Manley was schooled on leadership through a mix of practical and academic. He twice served as an Of cer in the Royal Navy, re-joining for the rst Gulf War and in between Manley was an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Marine Police. In 2000, he was selected as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, leading a team of volunteers, including novices, for 9 months in a 32,000 mile journey, the “wrong way”! Manley continued his adventures as part of the 3-man team that won the inaugural race to the Magnetic North Pole. The team faced polar bear attacks, and sub-zero temperatures, learning huge lessons about both surviving and competing in very dif cult circumstances. Their record time of 10 days and 9 hours still stands. Manley subsequently applies his Leadership experience to great effect designing and delivered successful cultural change programs, and sitting on the Board of a number of organisations globally, including the ATLAS Consortium, Hewlett Packard Defence UK and ,currently, Ark Data Centres, delivering true “high performance cultures”. In 2014, Manley published “Compassionate Leadership: How to Create and Maintain Engaged, Committed and High-Performing Teams”. In this highly acclaimed, entertaining and hugely readable book, Manley combines the two worlds of business and adventure to encourage leaders everywhere – at work, at home, in sports and mid-ocean – to take a new approach to creating teams of developed, self-aware and committed individuals.