Roger Black comes to Cornwall

A multi-Olympic medallist is coming to Cornwall to be keynote speaker at a leadership conference, sharing his story and inspiring those who work within local businesses to apply themselves and become better leaders.

Roger Black, a multi-Olympic medallist

Roger Black MBE, an Olympian who has represented Great Britain at the highest level in the world of athletics, winning 15 major championship medals in 14 years, both individually and as a team member will be speaking at the leadership conference in partnership with Truro and Penwith College, at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on Friday, 24 September.

Places are limited for the free event so delegates are being encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure their place.

Roger Black’s greatest achievements are winning the Olympic 400m Silver Medal in 1996 and the World Championship 4 x 400m Relay Gold Medal in both 1991 and 1997. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, successfully overcoming several serious injuries and set-backs throughout his career and these experiences are what powers his motivational speeches.

Roger said of his visit: “I’m excited to be coming to Cornwall. My talks are designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout my athletics careers, which resulted in achieving my dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996. There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business.”

Fully funded by the European Social Fund, the ‘Bouncing Back with Roger Black – Leadership Conference’ will include topics such as change management, overcoming adversity, leadership and teamwork. Roger also covers how individual talent is not enough and how surrounding yourself with talent can add to your success personally in your career as well as throughout business and organisations.

Truro and Penwith College is delighted to be partnering with Roger Black to deliver this inspiring event. Not only a fantastic opportunity to network and meet like-minded people in business in Cornwall. This event is free for local business and individuals from within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The College is committed to developing the very best leadership capability and passionately believe that the very best leaders think differently, are inspired by challenges and are committed to developing themselves and others.

Access to Higher Level Skills Project Lead Madeline Richardson said: “We are delighted Roger is coming to Cornwall for our conference, he is hugely inspiring and a great motivator. Good leaders must be adaptable, and Roger’s career certainly links to many of our core leadership principles. Spaces are limited to ensure Covid safety so please book your place as soon as possible”.

The Leadership Conference is fully funded by the Access to Higher Level Skills Project, part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Widening Participation through Skills Project to develop potential in Cornwall. This project is receiving £2,942,993.92 of funding from the ESF as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England which has now been extended until December 2022

The Access to Higher Level Skills project has engaged with 1192 Cornish learners on a taster session or study skills activity and awarded 347 professional higher level qualifications since its inception in 2014.

Registering for this event is essential. If you work within a business in Cornwall and are interested in attending the event, head to