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A former Royal Marine, Monty formed his own expedition company and led a group of divers to rediscover a sunken city beside the coast of India, suspected to be the cradle of civilisation. On television, he has undertaken Great Escapes, served as The Fisherman’s Apprentice, and relocated his life in My Family and the Galapagos. He draws together his array of incredible experiences to talk leadership, motivation, purpose and teamwork.
A former Royal Marine Officer and trained marine biologist, broadcaster and explorer Monty Halls has led teams through some of the most demanding environments on land and at sea. His adventures include discovering prehistoric settlements amid great white sharks, avoiding the bullets of poachers, and photographing a dangerous and rare crocodile underwater for the first time.
Monty first came to prominence when he led a group of adventurers and scientists to a sunken city off coast of India that could prove to be the cradle of civilisation as we know it today. He has gone onto circumnavigate the globe three times through his many adventures - including the search for £2,000,000 in gold bullion on a sunken P&O liner.
Monty has documented his travels in Great Ocean Adventures and demonstrated his knowledge of medieval warfare in The Perfect Weapon. He fled the city in Great Escapes on BBC2, where he charted his experiences living in remote parts of Scotland and Ireland. He’s looked at WWII’s Great Escapes, observed wildlife, renovated a cattle-shed to make a basic home and participated in local life. Monty’s book Beachcomber Cottage accompanied the series. His adventures have also appeared on Channel 5’s Monty's Diving Mysteries and the series Monty And... where he took viewers around the world’s most fascinating underwater sites. He also took part in (and won) Channel 4’s Superhuman - competing in twelve tests that pushed the participants to their mental and physical limits and in My Family and the Galapagos, took his wife and daughters to the Ecuadorian islands to highlight conservation efforts.
Using stunning images from his expeditions Monty is able to provide an incredible journey though some of the world's most inaccessible environments. In his presentations he demonstrates how we can learn from ecosystems and local communities, as well as the importance in preserving them. He considers the lessons in risk, preparation and leadership he has learned from a life that has encompassed working with Nelson Mandela to trekking through jungles and scaling sheer cliffs. He reveals how other animals behave under stress, how we occupy niches within our own teams – and how best to maintain objectives in an ever-changing environment.
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