Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton is a former Special Forces Soldier.
Ollie is a member of the Directing Staff in Channel 4’s prime-time hit show ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins‘.
Based on elements from real Special Forces Selection, the C4 program puts civilians through an eight-day selection process testing the candidates mentally and physically.
Ollie’s military career began at the age of 18 when he joined the Royal Marine Commandos and toured operationally in Northern Ireland & Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
Upon his return to the UK Ollie was recommended for SAS Special Forces Selection after five years service with the Commandos. Upon completion of the gruelling six months selection process Ollie was one of 7 candidates to pass selection from an initial 250 that started the course.
On completion of SAS selection, Ollie joined the Special Boat Service, (SBS) to undergo further training to qualify as a Special Forces Combat Frogman.
During his six years in the SBS, he undertook several high profile missions in a variety of locations both on land and sea.
Ollie’s missions included hostage rescue, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, homeland security, counterinsurgency operations and humanitarian efforts. Ollie also qualified as a pilot of the Submersible Dive Vessel (SDV), a mini-sub used to insert Special Forces Combat Soldiers behind enemy lines.
After leaving the Special Forces, Ollie initially worked in Iraq as a private security contractor for American TV crews, which saw him saving 12 members of his vehicle convoy from armed attack while driving his vehicle at 140kms/hr en-route to Baghdad. He spent seven years as a Country Project Manager in the Middle East for major infrastructure projects, responsible for employing and training a 2000 strong Iraqi guard force. Ollie Ollerton is a Special Forces bodyguard instructor with extensive military and corporate experience for private projects and government officials.
Ollie then headed to South East Asia using his incredible military training to benefit the lives of those less fortunate while working for a charity. He was the lead command of a three-man team bravely infiltrating child trafficking rings. One such mission saw the rescue of 22 children destined for the sex trade and sweatshop labour (the largest and most controversial mission the organisation has witnessed). Those children were taken to safe houses and are now being educated and live happy lives in a loving, caring environment.
Ollie Ollerton delivers motivational keynote presentations around teamwork, risk, resilience and leadership.