Miles Hilton-Barber

Miles Hilton-Barber, Blind Adventurer and International Motivational Speaker has had the privilege of speaking at over 800 corporate events in 69 countries to date.

He has, since the age of 50, set numerous world records whilst undertaking extreme endurance events across all seven continents of our world, including;

  • First blind pilot to undertake a 55-day, 21,000 kilometre microlight flight from London to Sydney, relying on revolutionary speech-output technology, accompanied by his sighted co-pilot
  • Man-hauling a sledge over 250 miles across Antarctica
  • Completing “The Toughest Foot-race on Earth” – 150 miles across the Sahara Desert.
  • Climbing to 17,500 feet in the Himalayas
  • Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc- Africa’s/Europe’s highest mountains
  • Running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from the Gobi Desert to the Great Wall
  • Completing the “Coldest Marathon on Earth”- the Siberian Ice Marathon
  • Competing in the hottest ultra-marathon on earth across Death Valley California.
  • Crossing the entire Qatar Desert non-stop day/night in 78 hours without sleep
  • Circumnavigating 38,000 miles around the world using 80 different forms of transport
  • Setting the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for a blind driver in a 230kph Lotus
  • Setting a new British high-altitude record for a tandem microlight (20,300 feet) with -55 Centigrade open-cockpit temperatures
  • White-water rafting down the Zambezi River
  • Completing more than 40 skydiving jumps
  • Cage-diving with Great White Sharks
  • First blind pilot to undertake a sortie of extreme aerobatics in a +600 MPH Hawker Hunter fighter jet with an ex-Red Arrows co-pilot
  • Becoming the first blind person to do the solo kamikaze skeleton run down the 5G Olympic bob-sleigh track in Lillehammer, Norway
  • First blind person to drive a 340 BHP performance rated Zap Cat power boat in ocean time trials
  • First blind aviator to break sound barrier- attaining speed of Mach 1.4/1,060 MPH during vertical climb to 50,000 feet in just 90 seconds in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet.
  • First blind person to participate in a drag-racing event, driving a 150 MPH supercharged machine at Britain’s Santa Pod drag track.
  • First blind person to drive a 5.5Litre 450 BHP V8 Mustang race car on Cape Town’s Killarney Circuit (performance 0-62 MPH in 2.8 seconds)

He comes to remind us that we too can live our dreams, because “the only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves”.


He is an exceptional storyteller and inspiring corporate motivational speaker whose messages come wrapped in a package of humour and profound personal insight.

Whether Miles is giving a keynote corporate presentation or an after dinner speech, his humour, timing and use of material is exceptional, telling stories from his own rich experiences as a blind adventurer, covering such life-lesson themes as;

List of 8 items

  • Dream big to achieve big
  • Attitude determines altitude.
  • Step outside your comfort zone.
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Never Give Up
  • The Importance of Teamwork
  • Don’t let your Past Determine Your Future
  • Overcoming your fears
  • Embracing change
  • Benefiting from adverse circumstances.

Companies and organisations where he has spoken include

3I, 3M, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Accenture, AIG, Barclays Capital, BBC, Bombardier, Boehringer Ingelheim, BP, British Gas, British Telecom, Caterpillar, CibaVision, CIPD, Cisco Systems, CitiGroup, Coca Cola, Cunard, Danone, Deloitte & Touche, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, EDF Energy, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, EON, Ernst & Young, European Court of Human Rights, Ferrero-Kinder, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HBOS, Heineken, Hong Kong Jockey Club, HSBC, IBM, Institute of Directors, John Lewis, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, KPMG, Leica, Lenovo, Lloyds Banking Group, Logica, Marks & Spencer, MerkSharpDohme, Million Dollar Round Table, Nationwide, NATO, Nestlé, NHS, Nokia, Norwich Union, Novartis, Npower, O2, Orange, PepsiCo, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, Powergen, Procter & Gamble, PWC, Raytheon Systems, Reckitt Benckiser, Red Bull, Rolls-Royce, Rotary International, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Geographic Society, Sandhurst Military Academy, Sanofi Aventis, Shell International, Siemens, SKF, Sony, SPAR, Standard Chartered Bank, The British Council, The Daily Mail, The Red Cross, Unilever, Unisys, Viacom 18, Virgin Atlantic, Vodafone, Waitrose, Western Union


“I can’t even imagine the difficulties of travelling in Polar Regions without being able to see things. My admiration for Miles is enormous”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“I have nothing but awesome admiration for his bravery…”
Michael Palin

“Miles was sensational as the opening speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table conference in California and his presentation skills to some 9,000 delegates from 80 countries was captivating. BRAVO!”
Guy Baker , BTA Group

“This amazing man is an unparalleled force for motivation…”
Lord David Puttnam, Enigma Productions (Chariots of Fire)

“What can I say! I was reduced to tears and made to feel very humble by this gentleman. I have attended a lot of functions with guest speakers not one has taken a group of people on a rollercoaster of emotions… A truly inspirational man!”
Peter O’Neill , Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

“We have worked with Miles on a number of events – the team find his vision, ambition and desire to push out the barriers, truly inspirational – it is rare in feedback for any speaker to score so highly and to have such an impact on any event.“
Steve Pateman, Director, Corporate Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland

“Any business striving for success should hear his message.”
Ray Bradbury, Qatar British Business Forum, BAE SYSTEMS

“Miles is not only a global adventurer, he is also an entertaining presenter whose inspirational messages register with any culture. His witty stories, images and achievements captivated our group of Japanese employees, staff and customers, and they went away with renewed energy, motivation, and courage to tackle our business challenges as an effective team.”
Richard Thornley , Regional Director-Japan, Rolls-Royce International

“I have never seen anyone get a standing ovation at a European venture capital conference before. Miles was outstanding at our Stockholm conference…”
Patrick Sheehan, Chairman, EVCA Venture Capital Platform

“Miles, thank you for both of your incredibly moving and inspiring presentations to GSK in Lisbon last year and yesterday at GSK House.
Please don’t underestimate what a profound and inspirational impact you have made…”
Jane Dixon, OTC Consumer & Market Insight, GlaxoSmithKline

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