British climber, SAS serviceman and airline pilot Daniel Hughes was in conversation with Imperial Enterprise Lab as part of its quarterly Speaker Series on innovation and entrepreneurship – speakers have included fintech entrepreneur Edmund Hor (on the sale of Trayport for £75m in 2008) and Charles Rolls (Founder of FeverTree Tonic Water on their IPO). Daniel shared his insights on managing and executing high risk ventures and overcoming adversity through disciplined leadership during the 2 ½ year Everest Million campaign, which involved attracting sponsorship from HTC, Nike and the BBC as well as a virtual team of 268 people. Imperial College Business School students learnt about the challenges of taking technology to new heights, successfully completing the first live video broadcast from the summit of Mt Everest and included an equipment demo, with kit that was on loan for the evening from our neighbours at the Science Museum.

About our Guest Speaker:

Daniel Hughes has spent the last 15 years leading and making decisions in high pressure and often hostile environments. Hughes has been a Special Forces Instructor, Great Britain Athlete and in 2013 built a team of 268 to deliver the world’s highest video broadcast from the summit of Mt Everest to the BBC Newschannel. He describes himself as a “determined problem solver, who enjoys building teams to succeed”.

Trained as a 787 pilot using NASA’s leadership frameworks, and the founder of ReIgnite Consultancy; he utilises his expertise to deliver Management Development programmes and establishes or reaffirms organisational visions and values. Hughes is a strong believer in education and also donates his time to Microsoft’s Educational programme to help inspire and educate the next generation of leaders.