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Simon Weston

Simon Weston OBE

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Inspirational Falklands War veteran, businessman and author.


In 1982 Simon Weston CBE was aboard HMS Sir Galahad with his regiment of Welsh Guards when it was bombed by Argentinian planes. The horrific burns he suffered required a series of operations that continue to this day. Despite his injuries, as well as the physical and mental suffering, Simon's life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. After the Falklands campaign, Simon co-founded The Weston Spirit, dedicated to helping young people play an active role in their own communities. Until it ceased in 2008, he spent much of his time fundraising - enabling the charity to set up regional projects in Liverpool, Cardiff and Newcastle.


In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life.

Simon endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.

Simon Weston CBE is one of the most highly regarded keynote speakers on the circuit today, he is a professional motivator with nearly thirty years’ experience.

Simon is a veteran of the Falklands War. With irrepressible humour, he speaks about overcoming adversity and positive mental attitude as well as his experiences of being in the public eye for the last three decades. His humour, infectious enthusiasm and engaging personality have made him a firm favourite with many companies who invite him back to speak again and again.

He has become well-known across the United Kingdom and abroad for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life, and his message is one of achievement, of triumph in the face of adversity, and of seizing the moment and succeeding.

Simon's message is one of single-minded determination, to not only accept what is, but to turn that to your advantage. Simon's own career clearly demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals.

Simon is always in demand as both a keynote/motivational speaker and after dinner speaker. 

Simon’s presentation topics include:

  • Overcoming adversity
  • Accepting change
  • Dealing with challenges
  • Liking the person you are
  • Diversity
  • Bravery
  • Dignity
  • Inspiring others

Today Simon takes the opportunity to convey his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move to the next goal, whatever it may be!

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