Speaking

Speaker Profile


Katie-Jane is represented by Caroline Rose Management

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Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere is proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, she explains this by claiming ‘we just need to be bold enough to begin’. Her talks as a motivational speaker at events captivates audiences and provides a highlight to your event.

A former successful model for M&S and Alexander McQueen, Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere always took opportunities that were presented to her. Katie even had experience in the film-world, working as Cameron Diaz’s body double in ‘The Holiday’. It was when Katie met renowned explorer Tarka L’Herpiniere that things began to change.

Tarka suggested Katie-Jane joined him on a major expedition, before she knew it she had began a 6 month trek of the Great Wall of China, the longest and most complete journey along the wall ever undertaken. Describing her times on this gruelling journey amongst others, Katie-Jane is an engaging and intriguing motivational speaker.


Key Messages


Having The Courage to Change
Staying Motivated in Tough Times
Setting & Achieving Goals
Peak Performance
Overcoming Adversity

Katie-Jane’s inspiring choice to take on this epic challenge was not an easy decision. Committing herself to endurance training meant gaining three stone in weight and preparing and motivating herself mentally for the challenge. During the trek she was sent to hospital twice and lost an inch in height due to the weight of her backpack. Katie-Jane faced blizzards, frostbite, exhaustion, dehydration and starvation. The Great Wall of China expedition is a wonderful example of peak performance and overcoming adversity in the harshest of environments, two attributes she describes in length as a motivational speaker.

Despite the incredibly hostile environment, Katie-Jane completed this great journey from the West to East, through the Gobi Desert and sub-zero temperatures of the mountains. Completing 4,500km in 167 days, the equivalent of 102 marathons – this was a world first.

Katie-Jane has gone on to complete the first major crossing by a woman of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, this involved surviving Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, facing extreme storms, crevasses, avalanches, snow blindness and surviving five days in a shelter after her tent had failed. In addition she has cycled Africa on bike bought in the Sahara with no brakes or gears. Raced her bike unsupported 3200Km across Europe in just 11 days. Lived in a floating tent at -50C for two months on the Arctic Ocean and more.

As a speaker, Katie-Jane’s fascinating story tells every listener that you can embrace change, survive tough times and leave our comfort zones behind. Achieving what seems impossible is Katie’s passion; her talks truly awaken the potential in others.


Dale Carneige
"I have to say that Katie-Jane was THE most inspirational speaker I've ever seen (and I've seen a few) I was absolutely transfixed throughout the whole presentation and have to say I didn't want it to end!!"

Dale Carneige
Unique: Women in Business

"Katie-Jane!... What an inspiration!  Her strength of character and courage left us all, I think, speechless and emotional.  A brilliant lesson in embracing change, surviving tough times and achieving the impossible."



Unique: Women in Business
Midlands Excellence

"Tarka and Katie went down a storm – they were fantastic and I am really pleased we chose them as our speakers for the evening.  Feedback was all extremely positive.  They were both such lovely down-to-earth people, wanting to share their experiences – and the story is amazing.  Certainly made the audience think (including me!) about ‘what’s next’ in life."



Midlands Excellence
Allen Carr’s Easyway International Ltd

"Tarka and Katie gave an inspirational talk about their journey to our international conference. All those who attended rated them exceptionally highly (with top marks) on their feedback forms at the end of the conference. The presentation was so inspiring, thought provoking, motivating, and interesting.... the short DVD clips at the end almost had our most hardened delegates having to push back tears.  Excellent.  Really, really, really, really brilliant.  I was (as you can probably tell) very pleased."



Allen Carr’s Easyway International Ltd
Orchard Information Systems

"Katie-Jane and Tarka’s presentation was entertaining and uplifting and yet still delivered a very relevant message.  The photographs and video footage were stunning.  The way they interacted with each other to tell their story was great.  Friendly, informative and humorous."



Orchard Information Systems
The Wilderness Lecture

"It was a really enjoyable talk full of interest and good humour, full of great anecdotes and adventures, good stories and excellent photography.  I thought their massive achievement was modestly understated and I found myself seriously impressed by the distances covered through hostile conditions.   It really was a most enjoyable lecture."



The Wilderness Lecture
Bournemouth University

"Engaging, inspirational and humbling. Katie's story portrays the life and journeys of unique and driven individuals, testing their bodies and mental strength in some of the most hostile environments known to mankind. Whilst many of us can only marvel at the physical achievements undertaken, the real message is in the focused approach to tasks that can be accomplished and only excuses will prevent you from achieving."



Bournemouth University
Royal Scottish Geographical Society

"Katie gave an excellent talk with some wonderful photographs. She must have tremendous courage. A most enjoyable night. (There were very few seats left in the lecture room: the busiest night we have had for a long time!)"

Royal Scottish Geographical Society



Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

"Katie is an amazing person and a natural presenter, the delegates really warmed to her.  A truly excellent presentation, really inspirational and motivating, making people believe the impossible is possible. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Katie and definitely would use her again."



Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Digital Explorer

"What an amazing story!  Katie's journey from model to adventurer shows that the only barrier to fulfilling our dreams are inside our own minds, or perhaps you just need to meet a Frenchman skiing uphill. Thank you again."



Digital Explorer
Advance Performance

"I just wanted to say how truly inspirational Katie’s presentation was - absolutely fantastic."   



Advance Performance
We are Slater
"Her presentation and story was inspirational, uplifting and captivating. Everyone on my table agreed and was full of praise for her motivational speech. Her humour and wit really captured the audience and made it possible to relate to Katie’s situation even though we were all in awe of what she has achieved."



We are Slater
HSBC
"We thought that Katie was lovely and that her talk was fascinating, especially hearing about the many challenging situations that she had to overcome. I was very grateful that she joined us afterwards to continue to answer questions in the less formal setting of the hotel bar too!"

HSBC
Insurance
Unique: Women in Business
"What can we say.  Katie-Jane was an absolute inspiration and made our final Women in Business Lunch this year the best yet.  Her strength of character and courage knows no bounds and the whole audience was speechless with many tears at the end of her fascinating insight into model turned adventurer. Highly recommended and absolutely fascinating"

Unique: Women in Business
EUI Ltd, Admiral Group
"I would like to thank you for the absolutely fantastic talk that you gave. Everyone I spoke to after the event found your story captivating and very inspirational. People have been talking about it ever since.”

EUI Ltd, Admiral Group