“Steve Heaney MC worked with and inspired a group of 10 of our hard to reach students in Year 9 – male and female. They previously lacked any sort of direction or motivation to make something of themselves. The Pathfinder Programme was tailored to the individual needs of each student and the skills they learnt either in the classroom or whilst on ‘drills’ on the school field has given them a sense of purpose. They have started their GCSEs knowing that a good education gives them access to opportunities many of them didn’t know existed. I would wholeheartedly recommend the programme to schools who have similar students who need time to reflect and a positive role model to guide them”
King Charles 1 School – Kidderminster, Worcestershire
“The aim of the Pathfinder Learning Programme was to re-motivate a selection of year 9 pupils who had disengaged with the learning process. From the outset Steve Heaney MC was very dynamic and was a strong role model for the young people.
Steve provided detailed lesson plans and high quality resources that were designed to help the pupils solve Mathematical and English Language problems in practical settings. Throughout the course the pupils’ attitude to learning and general behaviour improved, significantly.
A Mathematics teacher wrote that, “One of the boys in my year 9 class has recently attended the Pathfinder Learning Programme. As a result, the pupil’s attitude and effort is noticeably better than before. He is more willing to get involved in class discussion and is eager to please.
A parent of one of the pupils commented that her son had been ‘transformed’, as he was more settled at home and had a much more positive attitude to school and life”
Trinity Catholic College – Middlesbrough, Cleveland
“Fantastic course – clear, concise, plenty of humility. A lifetime of lessons and principles, all delivered in an easily understood way. The course was thought-provoking with powerful examples of leadership. The authenticity and storytelling was excellent and the practical information/insight so valuable around the importance of decision making and planning, whether you are an experienced business person/team or just looking to boost your teams leadership skills I would highly recommend attending Steve’s courses. All 12 delegates have asked when Steve will be back !!”
Sean Evers – Vice President Accountants Channel Sage UK
“Steve has actively engaged with the objectives of the programme and integrated some excellent skills into a series of bespoke sessions to players and staff. The expertise and experiences Steve has accumulated are easily transferrable to the sporting environment and serve as a great tool to support the coaching and education programme”
Kristjaan Speakman – Academy Manager Birmingham City FC
“Steve Heaney MC has the ability to captivate an audience with anecdotes from his military life, whilst relating his experience back to the business world. I asked Steve to deliver a two-day course to our Sales and Product Management Teams, covering Change, Leadership, Virtual Teams and Motivation. Sessions included video, slide presentations, military examples and group activities. The course material was very well prepared and the delivery was superb. The attendees all gave very positive feedback as they left the sessions with a new perspective on the key components of success, whilst feeling highly motivated. I would certainly recommend Steve Heaney to any organisation seeking unique, interesting and productive ways to motivate and develop teams”
Jason Wheelhouse – Associate Director of Sales Open GI
“The Operation Mayhem event was a truly humbling insight into the limits to which the Armed Forces will push themselves to ensure the protection of others. To have such an experienced, respected and informative soldier as speaker was fantastic.
Steve Heaney MC spoke with great passion and pride for his soldiers, the British Armed Forces and the people of Lungi Lol village in Sierra Leone whose lives were owed to the courageous actions of the Pathfinders. If you are looking to motivate employees, encourage people to think beyond their perceived limits or gain an insight into the minds of individuals under extreme pressure and facing overwhelming odds, I suggest you look no further”
James Geldart – Head of Tier 1 Private, Select and Personal Banking Santander
“Steve Heaney MC spoke with exemplary clarity of his experiences on Operation Palliser in 2000, during which he led the Parachute Regiment’s elite Pathfinders in an operation that effectively stopped the advance of the rebels force on Freetown, Sierra Leone and materially helped the stabilization of that country. It is an amazing story beautifully set out in his book ‘Operation Mayhem’, which should be mandatory reading for all who aspire to lead in the British Army. What he does not mention is that it is extremely rare for an NCO to plan and lead an operation. That he did so and was subsequently awarded the Military Cross is testimony to both his intellect and his leadership.
Steve speaks incredibly well, with great humour and his answering of questions is equally clear and diplomatic. If you want, or need an example of a born leader who can inspire people from all backgrounds and ages, Steve Heaney MC is that man”.
Brigadier Bruce Willing CBE – Chairman, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Jersey
“Steve worked with us as part of our ‘Leadership Seminar’, our annual conference involving the board of directors and senior management team. His insight to leadership and motivation was a real eye opener. Some of his real-life experiences around team management during his time in the military were captivating and I would recommend Steve for any event involving high performance management teams.”
Stuart Whalley – Operations Director Fresh Insurance Group
“Steve Heaney MC has led an extraordinary life, meeting adventure, hardship and danger head-on. He has a refreshingly down-to-earth perspective and is hugely modest. A great natural leader with tremendous enthusiasm, very culturally savvy with a keen sense of humour. Steve inspires absolutely – passionate, credible and energetic with an amazing tale to tell.”
Lieutenant Colonel Nigel D. S. Smith – Infantry Advisor to the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
“I have known Steve Heaney MC for 16 years; he had a significant impact on my early years in the Parachute Regiment and Pathfinder Platoon and is one of four mentors that I hold with deep respect. He always produced excellent performances and had excellent diligence, his work ethic was always immense, and this reflected in how he built his team around him…sleepers had no place.
Totally reliable, and very comfortable working within Commanders ‘intent’…he always understood the bigger picture both operationally and institutionally. It is the latter that marks him out from the rest. It proves he is no one-trick pony…
He is an extremely impressive man, a team player, he has high levels of effective intelligence, he is calm, and he is great fun.”
Lieutenant Colonel Grant Harris MBE DSO