Salford Lecture Series presents Martin Hewitt: Leading through adversity

Date - Wed 19 Feb 2020

Time - 6.00 pm

Duration - 1 hour

Cost - Free

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - Chapman Building, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford


Join us for an inspiring evening with Martin Hewitt as he discusses how to lead through diversity to celebrate the launch of the CDT.

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Salford Lecture Series presents Martin Hewitt: Leading Through Adversity

This lecture addresses the challenges faced leading teams in demanding and often hostile environments. The role and responsibilities leaders have in such environments and the measures taken to facilitate disabled teams achieving success in extreme physical and psychological challenges.

About Martin Hewitt

Martin served as a commissioned officer in HM Parachute Regiment with operational experience in the Middle East. Martin was injured whilst leading his men in combat receiving gunshot wounds to the chest and foot.

Martin then turned to elite sport and represented GB in the Paralympic World Championships competing in Downhill Ski racing.

On leaving the military, Martin founded the Adaptive Grand Slam project, leading disabled teams climbing the highest peak on the each of the 7 continents and walking unsupported to the North and South poles. The Adaptive grand slam project also organises guided physical challenge events in the UK and Europe.

Martin’s North Pole expedition was documented on BBC1 in Harry’s (HRH) Arctic Heroes. In his second televised expedition, Without Limits, also on BBC 1, Martin led a team of injured veterans through the outback in Australia.

Martin is now close to completing the ‘Adaptive Grand Slam’ having successfully climbed Mt Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Everest. Martin founded a specialist business assisting Elite sport teams and organisations to develop their emerging leaders through immersive scenario training drawing from a range of experiences in elite military units, sport and expedition teams.

Martin is a co founder and trustee of the Endangered Species Protection Agency and ambassador for service charities British Limbless Ex-serviceman’s Association and Supporting Wounded Veterans.

Martin Hewitt is also a 2003 Business Studies with Marketing Management alumnus of the University of Salford.

About the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - Prosthetics and Orthotics

In 2019, the University of Salford, together with Imperial College London, and the Universities of Strathclyde and Southampton obtained an EPSRC grant to create a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in prosthetics and orthotics. This CDT, lead by the University, will train over sixty students to doctoral level over the next eight years to address the skills gap both at home and abroad.

The CDT in prosthetics and orthotics combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton. The CDT partners with 27 global industry and clinical collaborators, including two of the largest manufacturers of prosthetic and orthotic devices, Blatchford and Össur, and the global leader in research in the field, NorthWestern University in the US.

This group of world-leading research organisations will be able to address important global health challenges in the prosthetics and orthotics and the wider healthcare technology sector.

The CDT aims to create a new generation of highly skilled researchers who will be able to deliver the technologies and service innovations to meet the needs and aspirations of prosthetic and orthotic users ensuring no one is left behind.

Registration from 5.30pm, Lecture will start promptly at 6pm.

Please join us for light refreshments following the lecture in Chapman Refectory.

If you have any questions or access requirements please get in touch with the Events Team on or 0161 295 5275.

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