BMF Keynote Speaker uncovers the power of a good story

28 Jul 2022

Every picture tells a story and photographer Giles Duley, the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Conference in September, has spent much of his career drawing attention to the long-term impact of conflict and humanitarian crises by highlighting individual stories behind the headlines

Giles’ own story is as dramatic as those of his subjects. Working in Afghanistan at the height of the conflict there, Giles stepped on an IED losing both legs and his left arm, and nearly losing his life.  He became the only civilian to be treated at the military hospital at Headley Court where he underwent nearly 30 operations. Despite being told that he would never walk again, by focusing on what he could do, rather than what he couldn’t, less than two years after the incident, he was both walking and working once more.

Giles offers a look at a world that few see at first-hand, putting things in perspective, but also offering lessons in commitment, goals and values. He considers what businesses can learn from the power and importance of telling a story as well as his own resilience and determination.

The BMF Members’ Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner takes place on 15 September at The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 14 September at the exclusive JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks our Members’ Conference headline sponsor Marshalls Stonemarket who are supporting the event for the third consecutive year and our Keynote speaker sponsor H+H.

To find out more and book your place of the BMF Members Conference and Awards 2022, please visit the events section at

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