Just because I can’t feel the ground, doesn’t mean it's not there
Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism.
Her devotion to making a personal greater contribution and positive difference to the urgency of building peace was realised when she was made permanently injured in the London terrorist bombings on July 7th, 2005.
But Gill is much more than a survivor.
Her presentations focus on topics such as confidence and trust within ourselves, how having both allows us to make transformative choices. Gill advocates for the growth of a more confident collective/communities, societies and as a nation. As a finalist for Australian of the Year, her platform was centred on the importance of growing a confident and cohesive Australia.
She speaks of change, or rather the negative connotation change has and change-makers are often revered figures who are seen as ‘pioneer’s’ and ‘leaders’. She encourages audiences to take control of change through our Choice of how we React and Respond... and use it as opportunity.
Her life is built on what she describes as a series of conscious choices, of mindfulness and being aware of the importance of the moment. Sharing what she has learnt about herself, about humanity and the extraordinary and what she believes is an inherent ability to not only face but to rise in the wake of adversity is not only inspiring, but it is valuable insight into what is possible in life.
Each of Gill’s unforgettable presentations are bespoke, written and created with stunning visuals especially for the audience she speaks with.
Achievements: Gill’s achievements are also certain to inspire. Starting from the ground up, she arrived in London as a 19-year-old and rose to become a recognised figure within the creative and cultural landscape of London, wider UK - and internationally - exhibiting work in Milan and New York. She owned and operated a design consultancy in London and turned an architectural publishing company around from the value of 1 pound to being sold for 1 million pounds! Gill was one of the first wave of women to be exclusively invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, no small chore for a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry.
Her ‘lived experience’, from survival to rehabilitation as a double amputee, created a clear demarcation from all she had known before the bombings, being at the helm of some of the UK’s most prestigious and respected institutions-including Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy and Head Curator at the Design Council.
Dr Gill HicksGill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as an Advocate for Sustainable Peace and a valuable resource in Countering Violent Extremism.
Saxton Fireside Chat with Artist & Advocate for Peace, Dr Gill HicksThe exchange of stories and ideas is more important now than ever. In this bi-weekly series of virtual Fireside Chats you can gain unprecedented access to the world's greatest storytellers and thought leaders. In this session, Gill shares the story of her artistic beginnings, her journey to London and how her life changed after the London terrorist attacks of 2005. Gill is widely regarded as one of the most life-affirming Speakers in the world for good reason, her takeaway from this session: this too shall pass.