A little background on Jay Allen
Initially qualifying as a social worker. he went on to serve Queen and country within the British Army for over 12 years. Qualifying as an Advanced Trauma Medic, Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare Medic and Pre-Deployment Training Officer.
Stationed both within the UK and across Europe and frequently deployed on overseas operations (including but not restricted to Northern Ireland, The Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor & Sierra Lione) operating on the ‘front-line’ with specialist rapid deployment regiment.
Prior to leaving the Armed Forces in 2003, he was the Senior Pre-Deployment Medic for the Rapid Reaction Joint Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Regiment (During the period of the ‘Weapons of mass destruction’ Saga!).
However, a series of ‘incidents’, eventually saw him Medical Discharged in 2003.
Whilst many would have used this as an excuse to ‘give up’….
Jay battled on through extensive treatment for well over 2 years. And recovering from this, went on to work at Consultancy/Advisor level with a number of well-known high street chains.
Eventually Jay turned his attention to Entrepreneurship, and has to-date; bought, acquired or set up from scratch:
- 4 of his own businesses
- sat on the Non-Exec board as a national government advisor
- currently holds both Chair of the Non-Exec Board and Strategic Lead on the Exec Board positions within progressive businesses
- and founder of the UK’s Leading Ethical Business coaching Company – My TrueNORTH
“I ‘fell’ into public speaking back in 2011, when a friend and ex-colleague who WAS due to keynote at a business event I’d chosen to attend, had a car accident on the way to the venue, and was in ‘no fit state’ to go on and present.”
Jay volunteered to step in (if required) to ‘lend a hand‘ with the expectation he might be asked to contribute a few stories to whomever was due to take his place. However, as the MC stood, and advised there was a last minute change to the program, and that Jay would be the presenter that evening!
“Rather nervously and rather unprepared I stood, and shared around 20-25 minutes of a combination between my own experiences of the Army, what I could recollect of things associated with the intended speaker, and a call to put aside any political differences the audience may have about COMBAT and to support a ‘Good cause’.”
By the end of the night 3 remarkable things happened:
- They went on to raise around £7,000 MORE than the event organiser had hoped to raise prior to the original speakers demise!
- Jay was approached by a ‘Speaker Agent’ asking if he was exclusive with whichever agency had sent him, and if not “Would he like to be represent as a speaker?’
- And received the following feedback from one of the attendee’s:
“I attend A LOT of these type of events, all over the world, as part of my role with the business. I have NEVER heard anyone speak so honestly, so emotionally and so impactfully about their time in the service, and yet related it so well to every single person in the room. If your not already doing this for a living, your wasted, you need to share your story with everyone!”
A year later, and having taken his advice and sold his former business to concentrate Full Time on his role as a Motivational Speaker. Jay was speaking on behalf of the Federation of Small Businesses at their National Conference.
The keynote was considered so powerful, it was nominated and subsequently won a Global Entrepreneur ‘Big Impact to Business‘ Award (Kauffman Institute).
Within 2 years, Jay was on the international stage, presenting both mindset and business goal setting to business audiences in Germany, Poland the United States and Dubai. The rest (as they say) is history!
Having worked with both public sector, and PLC…
As well as Micro and across the SME market. Jay’s no-nonsense understanding of business success strategies have been fundamental in his own success, and a significant influence in many others.
Jay Allen is currently listed on the UK Power 100 (Smith and Williamson) as one of their top 100 recognised Business Influencers in the UK.
Jay’s highly engagement, informative and often thought provoking speeches predominantly concentrate on both personal and professional growth of Business and Business owners/managers. Jay’s personal story regarding Mental Health/Mental Wealth, is most inspiring to all. He predominantly works in the Business to Business arena.
As a Regional Ambassador for the UK registered Charity Combat Stress, Jay has made a lifelong pledge to support this UK registered charity. He does this by making a personal donation from ALL commercial speaker engagements.
Furthermore, he donates (30% net) of all book sales to this most worthy cause.
You can either click here to book a slot with Jay via his diary or, if you prefer fill the form in below and Gemma (His PA) will get back to you soonest;