JJ Chalmers

Former Royal Marine, Invictus Games Gold Medallist & Television Presenter

  • Survivor of an IED explosion
  • Captain of the Trike Team at the 2014 Invictus Games
  • 2 x Bronze Invictus Games medallist
  • Reporter at the World Athletics Indoor Championships, the Winter Paralympics, the IPC Athletics World Championships & other prestigious sporting events

When JJ Chalmers is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Overcoming Adversity
Mental Resilience
Peak Performance

JJ Chalmers, a former Royal Marine Commando, is a testament to the enduring human spirit that thrives even in the face of life-altering adversity. His journey from the battlegrounds of Afghanistan, where he suffered grievous injuries due to an IED explosion, to the victory podium at the 2014 Invictus Games, and eventually the spotlight of television broadcasting, speaks of an unparalleled resilience and tenacity.

In 2011, the brutal realities of war touched him personally when he faced severe injuries that included facial deformities and lost fingers. The subsequent period saw him undergoing nearly 30 surgeries in just eight weeks. But such obstacles didn’t diminish his spirit; they only strengthened his resolve. Determined not to be defined by his injuries, JJ set his sights on the Invictus Games, a platform for wounded military personnel. His exemplary performance, where he secured a gold and two bronze medals, showcased his undying team spirit, reminiscent of his days in the Forces.

Post his Invictus Games success, JJ embraced a new role – that of a television presenter. His charismatic presence and deep-rooted understanding of adaptive sports made him a sought-after figure in broadcasting. His commendable work includes presenting the 2016 Rio Paralympics for Channel 4, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics for the BBC, the intriguing Dunkirk: Mission Impossible in 2022 and the grandeur of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2023.

Beyond the camera, JJ shines as a motivational keynote speaker. Drawing from his experiences as a Royal Marine, he delivers powerful messages on mental resilience, leadership and peak performance. His words resonate deeply, translating military contexts into scenarios relatable to corporate audiences. His previous engagements, including speaking for the NHS, underline his capability to inspire and galvanise listeners. In essence, JJ Chalmers is not just a decorated military veteran; he is a beacon of hope, an embodiment of the idea that with determination, one can overcome any adversity. For anyone seeking inspiration, empowerment or simply the motivation to push through challenges, JJ is the voice that affirms anything is possible.

Official Testimonials

JJ Chalmers is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I have to say as I was lucky enough to be sat with JJ, what a wonderful, inspirational man he is and I’ve heard so many fantastic comments from our staff here at Revolution, he really did a wonderful speech and really made a positive impact on our staff and he is just such a wonderful chap. Please do pass on my best regards to JJ and I am so happy that I got to meet him.”

Revolution Bars Group

“Could you pass on our thanks to JJ from Kate and I and from the rest of DAWN. The conversation was absolutely brilliant, and we’ve had so many comments already with praise and positivity. We really think the entire NICE staff has been educated, had their eyes opened and just really enjoyed listening and taking everything on board, so thank you so much.”


“The session was great! JJ is an amazing storyteller, and the participants were so pleased with the session.”

NHS Dorset County Hospital

To enquire about JJ Chalmers for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@inspirational-leadership-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 320.