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Dan Biddle Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Amongst the many everyday stories of hardship and survival, Dan Biddle's account of surviving the events of 7/7 is a story that sets him apart from others. Stood just 2 feet away from the suicide bomber on the Paddington bound tube train, Dan Biddle recalls the pulling of the detonator cord and the immediate aftermath of the explosion that was to kill 6 people and seriously wound many more on that fateful day.

Dan Biddle's account is one of the coincidences leading to him being in the wrong place on that day, the horrors of witnessing others die around him, and the 3 cardiac arrests, and 70 operations that he endured as a result of being the most injured survivor from the London wide bombings. Channel 5 subsequently ran a programme about Dan Biddle on 'The man who should be dead' as part of its 'Extraordinary People' series.

 For corporate audiences Dan Biddle's tale of resilience and ongoing personal battles is an extraordinary account of personal determination and refocus, which has allowed him to manage a serious case of post traumatic stress disorder, and to deal with his 'survivor guilt'. 

Dan Biddle's session identifies the steps necessary to overcome the odds, to reset personal focus and goals, and how he has become a successful and award winning business owner and advisor to others. He challenges others to push themselves beyond their comfort boundaries, and to overcome personal barriers in an honest, forthright but highly engaging style.

Dan Biddle  may no longer be able to get out of his wheelchair due to the loss of his legs on that unforgettable that day, but he will have your audience on their feet in admiration and respect for his story, his achievement and his inspiration. 

Key messages include
Equality and Diversity and the positive impact of embracing disability.
Overcoming adversity.
Adapting to life with a disability 
Breaking barriers
The importance of excellent communication in business
Never give up attitude and the ways to become empowered by change
Embracing change.
Dealing with trauma and guilt
Rebuilding a life from the bottom up
Learning to cope with a mental illness.
Maintaining positivity.
Detours on life's journey
Maximising opportunity
Determination to succeed

Dan Biddle Inspirational and Motivational  Speaker

Dan Biddle Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

In 2005 at the age of 26 Dan Biddle was caught up in horrifying events of the 7th July terrorist attacks in London. Dan Biddle suffered horrendous injuries such as the loss of both legs, losing one eye, having his spleen removed, liver and kidney damage as well as suffering 3 cardiac arrests which resulted in Dan Biddle technically dying 3 times, spending 8 weeks in a coma and 12 weeks in intensive care. All part of a recovery programme that meant he spent the first year of recovery in hospital. These are just a few of the injuries that made Dan Biddle the worst injured (as stated by the Metropolitan Police and City London Police) survivor of that terrible day. Dan Biddle is now confined to a wheelchair as his injuries are such that walking on prosthetic legs is not an option.

Dan Biddle’s story however is as much about the set of coincidences that led to his being stood in the wrong place, 2 feet away from a suicide bomber on 7/7, and of his ongoing journey of rehabilitation and re-setting of his life boundaries in the years after the event. Beyond his medical recovery, Dan Biddle talks of the power of love and belief, not bad for a man who was the subject of a 2007 Channel 5 Extraordinary People documentary (as part of the Extraordinary People series) titled “The Man who should be dead”.

Dan Biddle has battled back against all odds to rebuild his life and campaign for greater equality within society for disabled people, he is an advocate for Gwent police and their disability hate crime agenda, as well as the CEO of Nationwide Access Consultants Ltd. Within this role Dan Biddle has won many awards including the Chartered Institute of Buildings “Paul Andre Outstanding Achievement Award” South Essex homes “Diversity Champion” and DMUK (Disability Motoring UK) “Special Achievement Award 2015”.

Dan Biddle’s working life has been in the construction industry as a project manager and surveyor and he now works with large multinational companies to improve their levels of access for disabled by a process of surveying, design and project management.

Dan Biddle has spoken widely on the issues of disability and the process of facing adversity in the most difficult of circumstances, embracing change and empowering people to push themselves beyond the confines of their own boundaries. He is specializing in the subject of resilience, using his personal experiences to demonstrate how even the most difficult set of challenges can be overcome.

Dan Biddle has experience of speaking in front of intimate audiences, right up to 10,000 people at the Manchester Conference Centre. Dan Biddle has been on a journey battling through physical trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to reach where is he is now, but this does not mean that Dan Biddle is at the end of his journey, and it is this journey that Dan wants to share with you.

Dan Biddle is personable and has the ability to interact with a range of people, giving an honest account of his experience and the trials he has faced. His style is straightforward and honest, reflecting his East London roots, and his outlook is positive and enabling.  

Dan Biddle is a speaker not to be missed. His story is compelling.

Key messages

Equality and Diversity and the positive impact of embracing disability.

Overcoming adversity.

Adapting to life with a disability 

Breaking barriers

The importance of excellent communication in business

Never give up attitude and the ways to become empowered by change

Embracing change.

Dealing with trauma and guilt

Rebuilding a life from the bottom up

Learning to cope with a mental illness.

Maintaining positivity.

Detours on life's journey

Maximising opportunity

Determination to succeed

Dan Biddle Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Dan Biddle's speech was inspirational, and the content made you put your own life into perspective. He made you realise that whatever challenges you face in life, they are always surmountable. The realisation emerged that you should never be scared of failure, and instead should see it as a way to move forward.” 

Sian Waite New Hall School July 2016


“Dan Biddle's account of his 7/7 life changing experience was both moving and inspiring. It clearly highlighted how, with immense determination, one can flourish even when the odds are stacked massively against you.” 

Lucy Cracknell

“Dan Biddle's speech was truly inspiring and delivered with such emotion.”

Jasper Zambelis

“Truly inspirational from start to finish. Dan Biddle's speech was quite simply breath-taking, with the room being visibly moved by his recount of the events which changed his life permanently. Despite the sombre topic, Dan still managed to make the talk funny. A man whom it is an honour to listen to - a very moving speaker.” 

Sebastian Copp

In 2015, I was asked to put together a Conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, with a focus on good practice, lessons learnt and most importantly, the victims and survivors. The first person I wanted to secure to address the conference given my experience in the aftermath of that event, was Dan Biddle

I tracked Dan Biddle down through various internet sources and put the proposal to him. I was immediately impressed with his sparky energetic response and willingness to get involved. It was clear that his story was a big one, and something that the delegates across a broad range of security management and investigative disciplines would benefit greatly from hearing.

Over the course of a few months, we managed the arrangements for Dan Biddle's speaking appearance, including the logistical issues of him getting into central London, his parking needs and all the other issues of access affecting somebody with the requirement of a wheelchair. I was also acutely aware of the emotional impact this day would have, and that he would first be attending a vigil at the Edgware Road site.

Dan Biddle's account and delivery at the conference was show stopping. He spoke eloquently and with pace, recounting what could only be described as revisiting hell. You could have heard a pin drop with the atmosphere in the New Scotland Yard briefing room. Following his account there was an ovation the likes of which I have rarely ever seen. It is still being talked about across the Institute and has provided security practitioners with an inside perspective that many of them never expected and something to take back to their operational environments to support their workplace.

Dan Biddle is a man of courage and will illuminate and inspire any group he speaks to. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dan Biddle’s speaking abilities and integrity, and I consider him a friend who has provided me with a grounded perspective whenever I face problems in my own life. Together with his lovely wife Gem, I sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavours where I have no doubt he will excel.

Mike Thompson

Senior Investigator with the Serious Fraud Office in London and Disaster Victim Investigation Lead Officer for the 7/7 London Bombings


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