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Deirdre Bounds:  Inspirational Speaker Serial Ethical Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author

An accomplished, charismatic and compassionate speaker, serial ethical entrepreneur Deirdre went from a standing start to build a global travel company that changed the lives of 1000's.

Over the years she has been an ethical entrepreneur. A Channel4 TV presenter. A round-the-world backpacker. An English teacher in Japan. A bus driver in the Aussie outback. A stand-up comic. A best-selling author. A recovering alcoholic. And a self-made multi-millionaire.

It's these experiences that makes her the successful businesswoman and inspiring event speaker that she is today.

Speaking areas: Enterprise, SME Growth, CSR/Ethics, overcoming adversity, authenticity, branding, women in business, the emotion economy

Recent subjects Deirdre has covered are, SME growth master classes, personal and business authenticity, the cure for bland brands, leadership, women in business, Gen Y customers along with her outstanding and inspirational keynote about the growth and sale of her travel company.

Deirdre Bounds:  Motivational Speaker Serial Ethical Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author 

Deirdre Bounds:  Motivational Speaker Serial Ethical Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author

Deirdre Bounds has been voted as one of the North's top 100 entrepreneurs, she is recognised as being in the top 50 influencers in the region, is the Woman of Achievement in Yorkshire 2010, sits on the board of three public sector organisations, is a regular commentator on BBC Radio 2 and 5Live and was one of eight entrepreneurs chosen to travel to Africa with Channel 4 to bring an alternative view to development.

Deirdre was responsible for making travel industry history by changing people’s perceptions of the ‘ethical travel’ movement. Her outlandish ideas in the company she created helped change the lives of 1000’s of people and protect the earth’s environment. In her talks she draws upon her broad range of experiences as a backpacker, stand-up comedienne, lost soul, hugely successful entrepreneur , a stint on 'Wife Swap' and bestselling personal development author.


In both business and life Deirdre Bounds

believes that success is available to anybody, that ethics and profit are made for each other, and that if anything is worth doing, it's worth doing differently. 

As a business person, her interests range from the enterprising mindset, SME business growth, curing bland brands, savvy marketing, zeitgeist spotting, the emotion economy, generation Y customers, fearless innovation, women in business and enterprising teens. Due to her international business experience she has much to comment about the global economy and why and how companies and individuals need to adjust to it.

As an entrepreneur, Deirdre founded and sold the world’s largest gap year travel company to a FTSE 100 company for an eight-figure sum. She has since set up an ethical children’s party company - the first of its type in the UK. She therefore has a connection both with business audiences and those aspiring to become the next enterprising leaders. This is revealed in the huge amount of practical advice consisting of both the successes and failures she encountered along the way. Her audiences are left in no doubt that she knows what she is talking about and take away much from her authentic wisdom.

As a commentator, author and speaker, Deirdre combines all of her life and business experience to create a memorable and helpful exchange of ideas. She passionately believes in helping each individual to survive the mental roller-coaster of business and life.


Recent subjects Deirdre has covered are, SME growth master classes, personal and business authenticity, the cure for bland brands, leadership, women in business, Gen Y customers along with her outstanding and inspirational keynote about the growth and sale of her travel company.

Deirdre Bounds:  Motivational Speaker Serial Ethical Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author


"Deidre Bounds -It was a master class in every sense of the word! The feedback from the delegates was incredibly positive. I had an Action Learning Set in the evening and all we talked about were the points you raised. 

Tom Gorman, Runshaw Business School


“An Edinburgh business audience can sometimes be a challenging one but the level of engagement and participation that you enjoyed was testament to the quality of your delivery and the content level itself. I think that everybody is intrigued by entrepreneurs who have started with nothing more than an idea and taken that business concept to global proportions…………….your story was a fascinating one made all the more interesting by your humour and authentic delivery”
Robin Carson, RBS


“ Deirdre’s talk to our MBA students provided an inspirational insight into the mind of an entrepreneur. Her ideas and presentation of them were first rate. Our students gain great benefit from listening to creative thinkers like Deirdre. Such experiences are crucial to the education of the next generation of business leaders.”
Professor Peter Moizer,DeanLeeds University Business School


“Deirdre speaks with an honesty and clarity that is both compelling and insightful”.
Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership


Deirdre Bounds is a very amusing and energetic speaker. She has a great story to tell and is an inspiring and knowledgeable entrepreneur”
Michelle Storer, Ernst & Young


“A naturally inspiring speaker, Deirdre Bounds “tells it like it is” in language which strikes a real chord with her audience. Her enthusiasm for business and for life in general is highly infectious! “
Simon Hill, Yorkshire Forward


“In my experience, it is very rare to find a speaker that captivates and maintains the attention of the whole room and Deidre Boundsdid just this. Her animated and dynamic approach was refreshing and exciting. Her frank and honest account of her rise to success and the trails, tribulations and challenges on that journey was professional, and truly inspirational. The audience were poised for the next chapter and each account was punctuated with humour and passion”.

Jenny Snell: Event Manager Trinity Mirror Group Business Awards 

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