31 May 2018

Intrepid Antarctic Gurkha addresses SHW seminar

Lieutenant Scott Sears of the First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles was the keynote speaker at the recent SHW Fee Earner’s Seminar held at the Reigate Manor Hotel. Scott – the youngest person ever to reach the South Pole unassisted at 27 years old – captivated the large audience with tales from his 1,100km expedition in 2017 and how what he learned about resilience and focus could be applied to other aspects of life.

Comparing the trek to ‘dragging Anthony Joshua from here to Prague’, Scott completed the challenge in only 38 days, surviving temperatures in excess of -50°C, frostbite and meagre rations in order to raise £45,000 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. He arrived at the South Pole on Christmas Day.


Scott spoke of the importance of not being afraid to ask for advice in order to become proficient at something, and that breaking massive tasks down into small component parts was the secret of his success. ‘’ I really enjoyed talking about my experience to such a large interested audience and relating some of it to the business world. ‘’


Paul Spruce, SHW Partner and friend of Scott’s said: “He was a very inspiring and motivational speaker and was able to compare some of the preparations and challenges he faced with comparable challenges in the workspace environment. His achievement should not be underestimated as he faced worse conditions than he planned for or anticipated but his training and commitment to reach his goal clearly came through in his excellent talk. We conduct a range of seminars, events and sporting challenges throughout the year to help make SHW a firm which looks to develop, nurture and inspire our team and Scott’s talk certainly did this.”


For more information on a career with SHW contact HR Manager Sharon Briggs on 01273 876223 /

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