Vicky Ellis is a public speaker and consultant. She established her own speaking and leadership training program using lessons from her offshore racing career to illustrate leadership in challenging conditions and high performance team building. Vicky is one of only a handful of women who have ever led a team in a round the world yacht race. A sailor from a young age and exceptionally driven, Vicky has never been afraid of hard work which has led her to succeed in several fields. Offshore yacht racing became her sporting focus following her first offshore race win at the age of 19. After attaining a first class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol, during which time she represented the university in sailing, Vicky embarked on a spell as a professional sailor. She competed in the legendary Rolex Fastnet race and later went on to win the ARC transatlantic race despite encountering a hurricane on the way.
Next followed a land-based career in engineering consultancy, analyzing the structural integrity of aircraft wings. Vicky became a Chartered Engineer, further specializing in project and program management. In addition, she set-up and led an award winning initiative that inspired young people to enter science, technology and engineering careers. In 2011 Vicky decided to return to professional offshore racing full time, determined to attain one of the toughest positions in the sport, that of skipper in the Clipper Round the World yacht race. She was successfully selected as one of the 12 international skippers for the 2013-2014 edition of the race and was tasked with leading a multinational team around the globe for 11 months. Vicky was the only female skipper selected that term and became the first female skipper to ever win a leg of the race in its twenty-year history. Her passion is to inspire the next generation of female sailors and business leaders. Vicky lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband, son and water-loving dog. She continues to support a few sailing charities whose work is close to her heart.