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James Parkes

Former Premiership Rugby Player | Founder of MyDay 

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James Parkes is a trailblazer whose journey has crossed the worlds of elite sports and groundbreaking entrepreneurship. He has established himself as a tour de force in every arena he enters, embodying resilience, adaptability, and an unyielding commitment to excellence.


For nine transformative years, James was an integral part of the Exeter Chiefs, playing a pivotal role in their meteoric rise to become giants in both Premiership and European rugby. His time with the team not only shaped his own character but also left an indelible imprint on the game itself. It's no overstatement to say that James’ key role as the team’s strength & conditioning coach, helped steer the Chiefs to English & European glory.

Building on this strong foundation, James has since channeled his energies into the corporate world, striving to create a digital wellbeing company that stands as a paragon of corporate social responsibility. For him, business is a mechanism for wide-scale change, a platform to address the pressing health and wellbeing challenges facing contemporary society.

What to Expect

When James Parkes takes to your stage, the audience becomes immediately aware they are not merely in the presence of a speaker, but a storyteller with depth. Each address is a masterclass in seamlessly linking diverse life experiences to provide invaluable lessons. James captivates his audience as he discusses the role of challenges in fostering growth, the importance of a solid support network, and the imperative of aligning personal and professional endeavours with deeply-rooted values.


Drawing upon his extensive experiences, both on the rugby field and in the boardroom, James delves deep into subjects that are universally resonant. From the significance of mental strength and resilience in sports to the strategies needed to scale a business against all odds, he provides a multi-dimensional perspective that is both intellectually stimulating and deeply human. With the charisma of a seasoned athlete and the wisdom of a business maestro, James navigates complex topics such as leveraging adversity for growth, the importance of community and relationships, and the moral responsibilities incumbent upon modern businesses.


A Lasting Impact 

A session with James is an impactful experience that lingers long in the consciousness of his audience. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, an established business leader, or someone seeking personal growth, his insights offer a transformative lens through which to view challenges and opportunities alike.


At the heart of his talks is a principle that extends beyond any particular field—the idea that life's challenges are not stumbling blocks but stepping stones, each one leading you closer to your ultimate goal. 


For companies and individuals alike, James imparts an essential understanding of the alignment of values, the importance of resilience, and the multifaceted nature of success. These are not just platitudes but actionable insights derived from a life steeped in diverse experiences and guided by a steadfast moral compass.


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Represented by: Tracey Duke

Location: Exeter, England

Who: James Parkes is a former rugby professional & strength & conditioning coach renowned for his contributions to European rugby through his 9-year stint with Exeter Chiefs. Leveraging his diverse experiences, he's now building one of the world's most promising digital well-being platforms - My Day. A compelling speaker, he offers transformative insights into performance optimisation, leadership, and resilience.

What to Expect: Expect a potent blend of practical wisdom and transformative storytelling. Drawing on his years in elite sports and entrepreneurship, James demystifies the complexities of high performance, resilience, and leadership. His engaging delivery is packed with actionable strategies, leaving audiences inspired and better equipped to face challenges.

Lasting Impact: James leaves an indelible mark, challenging audiences to reframe their perspectives on success, adversity, and leadership. His thought-provoking insights catalyse real-world change, driving individuals and organisations to strive for excellence. Expect a lasting impact that inspires renewed vigour for personal and professional development.

Available for: Keynote Talks. Q & A Sessions. Panel Discussions. Fireside Chats. Consulting Engagements. Executive Retreats. Podcasts.

Popular With: Professional Sports Teams. Start-Ups. Corporate Leadership Retreats. Environment Focused Organisations. Venture Capitalists. 


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