Waite to speak at Business Fair


Humanitarian and bestselling author Terry Waite CBE has been announced as the third key note speaker at this year’s Cornwall Business Fair 2013.

Terry Waite
Terry Waite

The former hostage negotiator will be attending the B2B fair on Wednesday, May 15, to speak about his own unique experiences and draw parallels with everyday working situations.

Waite, who was taken captive in 1987 for a total of 1,763 days, while negotiating for the release of western hostages in Lebanon, spent the first four years of his capture in solitary confinement.

Now a bestselling author and a patron for many charities across the UK, he will be speaking to attendees about how to deal with stress, loneliness and negotiating under acute pressure.

The Business Fair, hosted by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, will see Waite and a host of other inspirational speakers take to the stage to share their experiences and insights into the wider business community. He joins the already confirmed key notes, Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black’s and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.

Dynamic new elements have been introduced to this year’s Fair as part of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Kim Conchie explains:

Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie, said: “The Cornwall Business Fair is showcasing the journeys and experiences of a plethora of inspirational speakers, and Terry is no exception to this. We are privileged that Terry will be passing on his knowledge on the day, supporting our growing Cornish business community.”

The fair forms part of the Cornwall Business Week celebrations and will place at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre on May 15 from 10am-4pm. Attendance to the event is free and open to all businesses in Cornwall.