Caspar Craven

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Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Caspar believes in challenging conventional thinking on how leaders and teams become truly effective and create extraordinary results.

Caspar has 30 years’ experience in building teams to make things happen. Starting as an entrepreneur at the age of 14, Caspar has built and led teams in global corporations, start-up businesses, struggling businesses and high growth businesses. He has built a team on a trophy-winning world racing yacht. But his toughest challenge by far was building his family team to sail around the world: with his wife and three children aged 9, 7 and 2.

Along the way he has built three separate successful million dollar businesses from scratch and sold one whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean. He launched his first business at the age of 14 catching crabs and lobsters and by the age of 16 was exporting 1/2 tonne of crabs a week to Spain. Realising that catching crabs wasn't going to make an impact on the world, he went to university and for the following 8 years worked in the corporate world - first as a Chartered Accountant and then as an Investment Banker at KPMG. 

In 2000 he signed up for the Worlds Toughest Yacht Race, the BT Global Challenge and joined Yacht Quadstone as the youngest crew member onboard. After winning trophies around the world and building a team as Watch Captain he returned to KPMG as an Associate Director to run a Technology and Telecoms team. In 2001 he returned to entrepreneurial life as an e-commerce entrepreneur. Over the following 15 years, he raised money for, built, grew and sold businesses primarily in the technology sector

He's made mistakes. He's fallen over. He got up again and carried on. He's had some great successes and some failures. In 2009 with his wife they hatched a plan to sail around the world with their young children and spent the next 5 years planning how to make things happen. In 2016, they successfully completed their circumnavigation having experienced amazing highs, having to make heart-wrenching decisions and experiencing agonising lows and life threatening situations on their 7-year voyage from idea to completion.

Caspar is on a mission now to be a truly inspiring leadership and team building speaker, giving actionable advice on how to achieve amazing results both professionally and personally, changing lives for the better.

Find out more about Caspar at www.casparcraven.com or https://vimeo.com/194100301.

Testimonial

Caspar’s story is simply inspirational!

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Caspar address an audience of over 800 technology channel people in Cannes, France. A mix of senior executives, managers, sales, marketing and techies, of which 3/4 were from outside the UK so English wasn’t their first language.

Despite the language barrier Caspar had them engaged for over an hour telling his story with purpose, vulnerability, humour and humility, making it relevant and demonstrating how the biggest of challenges can be overcome.

It just goes to demonstrate the power of a great story. Highly recommended for any business looking to grow its leadership teams
— Mark Waite - Managing Director at Tech PR & Marketing consultancy, Cohesive Communications

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