Dell EMC extends its sponsorship of the Management Challenge


Chrissie Wellington OBE - keynote speaker for 2017 Dell EMC Management Challenge
Chrissie Wellington OBE, 4x World Champion Ironman Triathlete and 2017 Keynote speaker

Dell EMC has extended its partnership and sponsorship of the annual Management Challenge, run by CEO and founder Hywel Loveluck, who said:

“We are very grateful for the support of the senior leadership at Dell EMC over the last 4 years and their involvement in evolving the format in to such a unique event. We look forward to working with Claire Vyvyan and Dayne Turbitt and their leadership teams, with our clients, our associate sponsors that include Microsoft Office, LinkedIn, Ordnance Survey, Secureworks, RSA, VMware, our channel partners and customers of Dell EMC, to continue delivering this fantastic event”.

The event is now a well-established and unique occasion for 25-30 senior executive teams of 6, from leading Global and UK corporates such as GE, Wells Fargo, AB Foods, Dawnus etc.

It’s a 4 dimensional competitive event held annually over 2 days in the Brecon Beacons, aimed at optimising management team performance and delivering positive charitable outcomes:

1      Adventure Raceinvolving canoeing, mountain biking, running, hiking.

2      Management Development, the team’s management skill is tested with a real ‘live’ charity case study problem, which is completed in parallel to the Adventure race.

3      Senior level Networking opportunities and forums

4      Charity development and fundraising activities – 2017 charity partner is The Prince’s Trust.

The 2017 event theme is #Collaboration and this year’s event will  feature the legendary Ironman Triathlete Chrissie Wellington OBE as its keynote speaker (see attached picture). Chrissie is a 4x World Champion and World record holder and will provide a unique insight into her professional sport, the preparation, the competing and importance of #Collaboration in her sporting, campaigning and professional life.

Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President VP Dell EMC UK & Ireland Commercial said:

“All of us at Dell EMC are excited to be continuing our involvement with this unique contest. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s event for another highly rewarding weekend. Collaboration is a very relevant theme in our business and it will be fascinating to hear Chrissie’s insight into how it combined with strategy and a winning mind-set play a crucial role in the path to success’

Dell Management Challenge key note speaker enters Guinness World Records

Five years after completing his record setting 737 Challenge, Richard Parks has been officially recognised as a Guinness World Records title holder in the new category of ‘Fastest completion of the Explorer’s Grand Slam (Last Degree) by a male’.

In 2011 Richard became the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents and stand on all 3 poles (North Pole, South Pole and summit of Everest) in the same calendar year, completing his 737 Challenge in less than 7 months.

Many thought that achieving it was impossible within a calendar year, however this new record was a game changer in the climbing of the seven summits and sparked a wave of adventurers wanting to emulate Parks’ feat.

Today, Richard received his official Guinness World Records certificate for ‘Fastest completion of the Explorer’s Grand Slam (Last Degree)’ by a male.

He stated; “To be recognised as an official Guinness World Records title holder is a wonderful honour, but what is equally special to me is that a new category was created to mark my record.” Read more




Two Ordnance Survey teams podium at the Dell Management Challenge 2015

Two teams from Ordnance Survey achieved first and third place respectively at the 2015 Dell Management Challenge, second place was awarded to a very competitive team from GE Aviation.

  • The winning team for the charity fundraising prize was Ingram Mircro, raising over £5,000.
  • The winner for the Team Enabler prize, sponsored by vmware,  was Kasia Motel (representing Team Kelway).

The first prize was provided by Associate sponsors Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, one of the world’s leading business schools. The prize, worth over £15,000, comprised of 7 places at the highly acclaimed Executive Education 2 day open enrolment programmes for senior and middle managers

The theme of the 3 day Challenge held in Brecon Beacons, Wales (25-27 September 2015) was #TeamOptimisation. The Challenge involved 26 teams of 7 senior executives from leading UK and Global organisations, who participated in:

  • A challenging 3 day Adventure Race involving running, canoeing, cycling, orienteering and hiking
  • Management development featuring Dell UK CEO Tim Griffin, Olympian Greg Searle MBE and Cambridge Judge Business School’s team management expert- Dr Andreas Richter
  • A Management task to benefit three beneficial charities – Action for Children, Clic Sargent, Transformation Trust

The event also served as an excellent networking forum and one of the key highlights were all the teams raising just under £30,000 for the three charities as well as delivering invaluable management solutions for the charities in question.

Complementing Dell as Title Sponsors/ Strategic partner was a partnership with six Associate Sponsors including LinkedIn, Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, Ordnance Survey, Microsoft, vmware and Welsh Government.

Pictures: (photo gallery available on

Led by Team Captain’s Peat Allan (Winning team) and James Crawford (Third place team) – the two podium teams from Ordnance Survey 



Keynote speaker – Greg Searle MBE

Dell Management Challenge - Brecon - Friday  25th September 2014 - Wales </p><br /><br />
<p>© - Please Credit: Ian Cook - Fotowales


Profile/ Q & A with keynote speaker Greg Searle MBE


The Dell Management Challenge are delighted and proud to be associated with Greg Searle. Greg is a Olympic icon, winning a gold in 1992 Olympic rowing final of the coxed pairs . Greg staged a sensational comeback for the 2012 Olympics, aged 40, and won World Cup Gold and Olympic Bronze.


Greg will be the keynote speaker at the Dell Management Challenge 2015. Greg will draw on his successful Olympic and Executive Coaching experience on the importance of a clear vision, shared values and  at a performance level, contracting to a common cause to enable #TeamOptimisation. We recently caught up with him to undertake a brief Q and A profile:

 1          Personal profile:

  •  Age: 43
  • Home: Somerset 
  • Family: Wife and two kids
  • Occupation: Consultant
  • Current fitness regime: Regular running, golf and dog walking.
  • Interests: Watching my kids sport. Golf
  • Last holiday: Sardinia – Forte Village.
  • Last film watched: Divergent
  • Last book read: Talk Like TED
  • Newspaper read: Sunday Times


2          What you been up to since winning bronze in 2012?

 Working with Companies to help them perform like TeamGB

3          Can you confirm you have no plans to launch another comeback for Rio 2016?

 Watching the next generation now. No sporting goals for me. 

4           What are your thoughts and predictions for the GB Rowing team in 2016

TeamGB have set a goal to win more medals in Rio than in London. It’s a big ask because no one has ever won more medals after hosting than when they hosted. With the collaboration between Olympic Sports and The whole Paralympic team I think we can do it. 

5          What are your views  on the recent Sunday Times finding on IAAF as regards use of EPO and PED?

I think some sports are dodgy and I’m glad they are looking into it properly. I hope we aren’t all tarred with the same brush. 

6          We are delighted to welcome you as our keynote speaker on the 25 September, what is it that appeals to you to appear at this event and what will you be looking to achieve and communicate at the event?

 I like the idea of teams working together outside of their regular day to day business. I’m looking forward to helping people have a different level of connection to their colleagues. 

7          The Theme of the event is #TeamOptimisation. What does this term mean to you?

Team Optimisation is about getting the best from everyone. 

8           From your experience of two Olympics, World and European championships,what makes great/winning teams?

The best teams share a common purpose. They know why they are all there and have a level

Of interdependence to deliver collectively. 

9          Tell us why goal setting is important or indeed not important?

Outcome Goals get us out of bed in the morning. Performance goals help us measure progress and Process goals help us know how we need to act and behave on a daily basis. 

10         What are the key things you would be doing in terms of preparing for this event – as a team and as individuals?

Every session is an opportunity to learn. I’d encourage people to give and receive honest feedback so no training is wasted. 

11          From your experience as a Senior Executive Coach what difference do healthy executives (engaged in sport) have on their team’s productivity? Are physically fit teams more productive and why?

I believe the way you do anything is the way you do everything. If you look after yourself well then I’m sure you look after business well too. 

12         We appreciate there are many positive takeaways for the teams and individuals in the event, but if you had to pick just one, what would it be?

Having different conversations and experiences with each other. 

13          Quick fire questions

  • 2 or 8 man: Eight 
  • Water or isotonic drink: Water
  • Weight training or aerobic: Aerobic
  • iphone or android: iPhone
  • White or red: White
  • Twitter or facebook: Twitter @gregsearle2012
  • Beach holiday or skiing: Skiing
  • Mountain biking or road biking: Mountain biking