Carolyn Weaver – Volunteer – Robin Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre

Gary very kindly offered to come and speak to a group that I help organise – Pudsey Adults with Time to Spare (PATS). I suspect that we are not his usual target audience (mainly aged 60 plus and mostly women). Gary told us his story in a refreshingly direct, engaging and unpatronising way that went down very well with the group. His message that while change can be uncomfortable and habits hard to break it can also be your ‘best friend’ is a timely one at any stage of life. I’m sure his talk will provoke some interesting conversations within PATS.

Laura Jane Forbes – Senior Fundraiser Willow Burn Hospice

I invited Gary McKendrick to speak at FRESH Networking. Gary was engaging and inspiring and the audience were captured by his honest account of his past. The attendees left with the tools to manage their time better and to kick start their business for new financial year. If you are looking for a motivating and passionate guest speaker for your event look no further than Gary McKendrick.

Department for Work & Pensions

“After seeing Gary at the Health Champion Awards at Christmas 2017 we were keen to run our own Wellbeing Motivational Event, due to the high-pressured environment that we work in.  Gary offered his time to be our guest motivational speaker and due to our environment, our colleagues had not experienced such an event before this.

Gary’s clear message “we make the life we live, and if you don’t like it change it” related to a lot of colleagues.  The raw reality and his brutally honest approach captivated staff and made them analyse their lives. For example, are they happy and if not, why not? What can be changed and how people could do this.

Gary is inspirational, uplifting and full of life. His passion and delivery has spurred life into our office and has been a good talking point.  I would recommend other companies to take the opportunity to hold a similar motivational event”.

Amanda Mains, DWP Wellbeing Team


Gary is the burst of energy who guides and listens to you. Being a business owner can be frustrating and having the a person you can trust and talk through the day to day frustrations can clear the fog and get you back to your and understand your goals

Stuart Redshaw

Derwentside Business Network

We recently asked Gary to give a talk to members of Derwentside Business Network. Gary gave an honest, powerful, reflective and inspiring talk that made a huge impact on his audience. Gary was able to show how we can achieve a better life balance through simple changes to our lifestyle and our approach to business. Gary uses his own experiences to great effect and helping his audience to relate to what he is saying. Gary left everyone feeling inspired and highly motivated. We have had many requests to invite Gary back again and we’ll be doing that very soon.

Gary Scott

Derwentside Business Network