Join us and more than 200 businesses and charities from the local area at this unique networking event. Thur 14th Sept – 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Tour of Showground
Networking with drinks and canapes
Christopher Ganley: A two wheeled inspiration
I joined the army in 2006 as a soldier in 1st battalion the Rifles. I served in the Falkland Islands just after my 18th birthday and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. After returning in April 2009, I served in Cyprus before heading back on tour.
I trained and served in various locations including Kenya. During the process of training, my company SGT Major, who raced for the army invited me to a few race events to work on his bike. In 2013, I went to the Isle of Man Manx GP to help two riders from the Army race team. Having always had a love affair with motorcycles, I realised that I wanted to race at a competitive level.
During my time serving in the Army, I was involved in a serious incident on my road bike. I was put into a medically induced coma for one week. Once I awoke, I struggled to work out where I was and what had happened. The whole of my right arm was in a cast and placed on a stand. As I tried to remove my arm from the stand with my left hand, I realised that I had lost my arm. I also suffered a broken back in three places, bleed to my frontal lobe, broken ribs, popped lung and severe nerve damage down the left side of my body.
During my rehabilitation at Headley Court, a centre for injured soldiers, I was spending my time working out simple things like tying my shoe laces and buttering bread. These tasks I found more difficult than working on
Determined to ride again, even whilst sitting in my hospital bed, I designed a way I could adapt my bike to ride with only one arm. Once I was released from hospital, I immediately started stripping and rebuilding my racing bike.
Five months later, I had my bike back. I took the bike to a track to see what I could do with one arm. After a day of testing, I wanted a bigger and faster bike to carry on my dream of racing. I bought a new Yamaha YZF R1, now named the aRm1 and started racing in 2017.
I currently race in the Thundersports GB Championship. During my first race at Snetterton, I claimed a 3rd place finish. In the future, I hope to develop a fully disabled racing team, where not only the riders are disabled but mechanics and pit crew too.
Just getting back on the bike changed my outlook on life – nothing is impossible if you think it is then you just haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve set myself a goal of racing at the Isle of Man TT by 2023.”
David Guile: Bestselling author and much more
David Guile is an Executive Leadership Coach, mentor, best-selling author, and keynote speaker.
Having worked his way up through all the managerial levels within the hospitality industry to CEO, David combines hard-won experience with robust coaching methodology to provide insights, support and direction to coach Senior Executives, Managers and emerging leaders to exceed their personal and business goals and to unlock their individual potential and the potential of their teams and business.
As CEO of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts from 2008 to 2014, David led the business through economic downturn to profit growth and award winning service excellence.
Success came as a result of David’s strategic approach to the business and his engaging and motivational leadership style.
He is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Mastered Leaders Coach programme, accredited by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaching and has experience in coaching from General Management level to CEO and Board level.
He has been working with Senior Executives and emerging leaders within a wide range of organisations and privately run businesses, including Shell, Exclusive Hotels, IHG, Nicolas James Group, Radisson and Intercontinental Hotels.
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