An inspirational businessman who tragically lost his legs in a fire, Paul McNeive is a mental health speaker who knows all too well what is needed to bounce back from adversity. Since then Paul has risen through the ranks of leading estate agents Savills overseeing a team of more than 250 staff. As a mental health speaker Paul is able to inspire his audiences with the power of perseverance, believing in yourself as well as performing to the best of your ability.
Despite his traumatic injuries, Paul was keen to excel in his career. A talented chartered surveyor he was Managing Director at Hamilton Osborne King when they were acquired by Savills, staying on in the role as the business grew. Paul rose through the company, originally working as a trainee in the firm before flying through to the top job. As a motivational speaker, he can discuss this journey showing that anything is possible with the right mindset.
When Paul was just 20 years old, he was caught up in a tragic fire which caused him to lose both his legs. Coming back from such a devastating injury is no mean feat but Paul did not let this hold him back. Through mental resilience, a positive mindset and perseverance, Paul has achieved incredible feats and now vows to never let anything get in the way of his dreams.
Since then he’s gone on to make history by becoming the first double amputee to earn a helicopter licence, write a novel and star as a singer and comedian on the Late Late Show in Ireland.
Paul works as an ambassador for the National Burns Hospital, The Douglas Bader Foundation and he serves on the board for the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Additionally, he is continuing his work as an inspirational mental health speaker, sharing his journey from highs to lows and overcoming adversity through mental resilience which he helps others achieve in their lives.
“We were delighted to have Paul McNeive attend our annual staff conference and to present his thoughts and ideas on how you move people and businesses forwards, by degrees. We employ over 2000 staff in the UK and whilst only a percentage of those employees attended the Conference it has been interesting to hear many more people within the business talking about moving things ‘one degree at a time’ and also identifying who are the ‘Canaries’ in our business. Clearly, Paul’s messages have permeated out already and that, in my view is a real indication of how effective he was. He is also a very nice guy and an absolute pleasure to work with. The queue from the Conference attendees to speak to him afterwards and to receive a copy of his book went round the block!” – Nick Harding, Chief Executive, Praescape
“We were fortunate enough to have Paul deliver keynote addresses for us at a number of events across the country. With a diverse range of attendees, from start-up businesses to multinationals, Paul’s storytelling was the highlight of each event. Engaging the audience with a blend of insight and humour in equal measure, the single most common piece of feedback we received from the audiences was “inspirational” – Neil Hetherington, Microsoft Ireland
“Paul spoke at a training event of mine, one in which we were asking people to embrace change; challenge themselves to be the best they can be; and be bolder and more ambitious in their actions and behaviours. Well, did we choose the best person to embody and represent all this! Paul spoke with eloquence, emotion, insight and not a little humour. His story is compelling and his delivery engaging. Paul was a perfect way to end the day – painting a picture of what is possible when vision is combined with strength of will.” – John Morris, Partner Smith & Williamson, Chartered Accountants