My Story

‘People Can Achieve Extraordinary Things When They Believe It Is Possible’


‘In 1996, I became an Arctic explorer, and the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole. 

Prior to that I had never been further north than Scotland – never been cross-country skiing – and never come face to face with a polar bear.

It made me realise that we are all capable of so much, yet we often don’t maximise the potential we have.  So instead of expedition memories remaining in a photograph album, I use that life-changing experience to inspire others to explore their potential’.

Stepping into the unknown is something that Sue Stockdale does every day. Her inspirational message empowers leaders to find the explorer, entrepreneur, and creative inside, pushing past fears and uncertainties. Sue’s message is one of resilience, adaptation, and change. But not the kind you’re pushed into – the kind of change you reach out and take hold of, especially if that means stepping out of your comfort zone.

That pull is something Sue has harnessed time and time again. What began with a celebrated role as one of British Gas’ youngest senior managers, was enriched when Sue represented Scotland in Athletics. Then she forged a new path as an intrepid member of the United Nations civilian contingent in war-torn Yugoslavia before becoming a polar explorer.

Her unique journey makes Sue highly desirable as a motivational speaker. With extensive qualifications including an MBA in Entrepreneurship; MSc in Quality Management; Master Executive Coach certification and Coaching Supervisor accreditation; Sue has spent the last 25 years coaching the world’s leaders. 

Her inspiring work with CEOs and board-level executives of FTSE 250, Fortune 500 and other organisations has paved the way for innovation and professional growth at scale. 

For the wider business community, Sue has published 9 books. The most recent; Explore: A Life of Adventure, is highly recommended by business leaders and described as ‘captivating and inspiring‘ by Dr Dev Pragad, CEO of Newsweek.


The ultimate challenge. 

Sue also hosts the “Access to Inspiration” podcast featuring popular interviews with international guests which is ranked in the top 10% globally according to Listen Notes.

Through her coaching, speaking, authorship and podcasting work, Sue endeavours to show the leaders of today and tomorrow how to embrace uncertainty and apply proven mindset & planning techniques to achieve more than they imagined possible.

She is a Patron of Ski4Cancer and Ambassador for Panache Cruises.


Talking about adventures. 

British journalist and broadcaster, Anne Diamond interviews me for Viking TV.

Episode 260 of Podcast Junkies

Reflecting on adventures, podcasting and what I’ve learned. 

Celebrating women explorers of the 20th century in a lecture for Viking TV.

Episode 291 of Inspirational Creatives podcast 

Taking risks and being a polar adventurer.