Heather Mills is an internationally recognised Activist, Campaigner, Entrepreneur, Alpine Ski Racing Medal-Winner, World Record Breaker, Wife and Mother; Heather has worked and lived under a number of labels with one core focus: Overcoming Adversity.
Not afraid to upset the status quo, and with perseverance and dogged commitment which many could only aspire to, Heather’s work and perseverance serve as inspiration to many.
Born in January 1968, Heather worked in war-zones as an activist and London as a businesswoman and model until August 1993 when, having returned from war-torn Yugoslavia, she was involved in a road accident with a police motorcycle.
Heather lost her left leg, crushed her pelvis and her lung was punctured. In the days after the accident, her family were told four times that she would die. Since that date she has continued to campaign but has also become a global ambassador for high-achieving amputees, winning Gold medals in adaptive skiing for her country and training with the GB Paralympic Squad.
“If she wanted to run one of my companies, I would have no hesitation in taking her on – I would kill for her”
Sir Richard Branson
As a renowned charity campaigner, raising awareness and funds, Heather’s focus over the years has covered many elements of life and modern-day society, from the widespread maiming by indiscriminate landmines to the plight of farmed animals and animals abused and poached for their fur to the nutritional benefits of veganism and the absence of proper regulation of the press and media.
Alpine Ski Racing:
During 2010, whilst on holiday skiing at Mölltaler Gletscher, Heather was spotted skiing in a straight line down a black run by Austrian Olympic Alpine Ski Coach – Peter Prodinger. This later led to Heather being recruited by the British Development Ski Team and then became part of the official British Disabled Ski Team.
Heather had to learn and compete in a short space of time in all 5 disciplines – Super G / Downhill / Super Combined / Slalom / Giant Slalom.
Just 2 years after being spotted, Heather started winning medals, including:
- 4 x Gold Medals in Aspen, USA for Super G and Downhill.
- Austria Cup Gold Medal in Innerkrems, Austria for Super G.
- Bronze Medal at Lackenhof, Austria Super G.
- 3 x Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal in Innerkrems, Austria.
- World Cup Silver Medal in Slalom, New Zealand.
In 2015 Heather Mills made her mark and joined the elite list of World Record Holders as she became the first and fastest ever disabled woman to speed ski.
Heather has since been named as an Ambassador and a member of the committee for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.
Heather is the owner of vegan food manufacturer VBites.
VBites sells 130 vegan products to over 20 countries around the world and is at the forefront of the fastest-growing food movement this decade.
Heather discovered veganism in the early 90’s as an alternative therapy to traditional medicine. One of the issues faced was being able to source ingredients and trying to find suitable meatless meats and fish substitutes that Heather could use in her cooking.
Having searched high and low a small food company called Redwood revealed itself in 2009, and after a long negotiation period, Heather bought the company. Redwood was re-branded, where the name changed to VBites to match that of the VBites Cafes. The product range was greatly expanded and the company underwent a re-brand that would bring the cafes and food production closer together and establish the basis for a worldwide brand name.
Heather’s many and varied roles have taken her around the world to remote, exotic and even dangerous places. Her message is simple; never give up. Heather will work with you to build a theme for your keynote presentation or to build a talk around your message, seamlessly infusing it with her trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense, get-up-and-go candor.
“People were very quiet after your talk, which concerned me for a while until I gradually realized that you had made a huge impact, and they were just thoughtful – I guess I am just not used to our delegates being that quiet”
Mike McGee – Landmark
You can expect an original and innovative take on your problem, theme or suggestion and, with that, buckets of motivational energy.
Heather Mills recounts tales of her varied and interesting life and draws them back to your message, with ever-such-a-little bit of nonsense thrown in for good measure and to keep the audience listening.