Monty Halls is a Documentary Broadcaster, Explorer, Travel Writer and Marine Biologist.
Over the past two decades, Monty has established a reputation as one of the UK’s most entertaining and thought-provoking speakers.
A former Royal Marines Officer, he left the military to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and biology.
The first stage of this was becoming qualified as a marine biologist at Plymouth University, where he achieved a First Class Honours Degree in 1999.
Monty funded his degree by running expeditions, the most notable of which was leading a multi-national team to the discovery of a sunken city of the Indian coast in 2002. During this period he also led four expeditions to Southern Africa, three to Malawi in order to explore the ecosystem of the lake and investigate poaching activity on the Nyika Plateau, and one to South Africa to dive looking for evidence of prehistoric settlements in cave systems off of the Cape.
For these expeditions, he was awarded the Bish Medal for his services to exploration by the Scientific Exploration Society.
Monty Halls has led international teams through some of the most demanding environments on earth.
“Monty is the highest scoring speaker we’ve ever had – Bear Grylls was a close second!”
Monty set up his own expedition company in 2003, completing four circumnavigations of the globe over the next four years seeking out the most significant encounters in the ocean.
This quickly bought him to the attention of television, and he was asked to compete in the flagship Channel 4 show “Superhumans”, where elite performers competed against one another in a series of tests devised by the Qinetiq testing centre. Monty won this competition and was immediately asked to present further shows for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC.
He is best known for his BBC2 series “Great Escapes” where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben.
He also presented the multi-award winning series “Great Barrier Reef”.
Monty has recently finished filming a ground-breaking expedition series called Lost Worlds for the Discovery Channel.
Furthermore, he has written seven books and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers.
Monty retains his formative interest and enthusiasm for the natural world and is Ambassador for various conservation groups. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Plymouth University in 2010.
Monty has established a reputation as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking speakers in the UK.
His talks are based on his experiences as a Royal Marines Officer, as an expedition leader, working with natural history film crews, and as a broadcaster. The predominant themes are the adventures and mishaps of the individuals and groups he has worked with, allowing pertinent team building and leadership messages to be incorporated into his presentations as required.
As a keynote speaker, Monty’s topics include:
- Team Dynamics
- Human Performance
- Maintaining the Aim in the Most Demanding of Circumstances
- Operating in Ever-Changing Environments.