The Gorilla on your Shoulder: Your Secret to Success

The Gorilla on your Shoulder Your Secret to Success

  • 19 January 2022
  • 18:00 - 20:30
  • SubSea Craft, East Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JJ
  • FREE
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Grad Connect Series: Building your Worth | The Gorilla on your Shoulder: Your Secret to Success


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. If you already registered for the original event on Wednesday 24 November, your ticket will automatically transfer. If you are unable to attend the new date above, please drop us an email to let us know:


Face your fears and manage your mindset to help you achieve your goals.

As a former leader in UK Defence Intelligence and deep sea bomb disposal, Olly Shepherd knows a thing or two about holding your nerve in challenging situations and developing a mindset to overcome fear. He also knows the value of following your gut and staying true to your principles, even under pressure.

Now COO of an exciting technology start-up, Olly shares his secrets on developing a strong mindset and how you can get in touch with the gorilla on your shoulder too.

Olly’s talk will be followed by networking drinks and canapé, included for all ticket holders.


6.00pm Doors open

6.30pm Talk

7.00pm Q&A

7.15pm Drinks and canapés

8.30pm End

Car parking

Limited free parking is available on the apron at the front of the building. Alternatively metered car parking is available in Broad Street Car Park or on the roadside nearby.

Photography and filming

The Grad Connect event series will be filmed by a professional camera crew and the talks broadcast via the University's YouTube channel later this year. Some of the content may also feature on our social media and web pages. The cameras will mainly focus on our speakers, but guests may feature in the background. Please advise event organisers if you would rather not feature.

Speaker bio: Olly Shepherd

Job title: Director of Operations, SubSea Craft – Advanced Maritime Technology

Course: MSc Leadership and Management, 2019

Olly is Director of Operations at Subsea Craft Ltd, having gained experience across the defence, intelligence and humanitarian sectors. Olly is a veteran, joining the Royal Navy directly from school where he qualified as a Mine Clearance Diver and High-Threat Bomb Disposal Officer. He has worked, managed, and commanded across the spectrum of Land, Maritime, and Joint Operations including multiple operational deployments in the Middle and Far East. Working within defence and national intelligence agencies, he led specialist teams countering global terrorist networks.

Since leaving the military, he has contributed to several international disarmament programmes within the humanitarian sector. As a Specialist Advisor, he has helped shape several international policies for mine clearance for the United Nations, enhancing safety in the most challenging of environments. In his current role as the Director of Operations at Subsea Craft, he supports the delivery of advanced maritime technology, blending digital innovation with the latest advances in cutting-edge technology to change the art of the possible.

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