Hugh Hutchison

World class skier and successful businessman Hugh is an engaging speaker on sports, business, focus and resilience.
Hugh is Britain’s most successful male mogul skier and is a commentator on winter sports. He made the semi-finals at the1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games. He competed on the World Cup circuit for four years making ten top 25 results. He won the British senior title four times and he has three Commonwealth titles.
Competing at this level taught Hugh about focus, determination, resilience, the benefit of training particular skills and of using the best possible support, equipment and technology. 
 
After retiring from skiing, Hugh served four years on the British Olympic Executive representing all winter sports and was Athletes Director at the British Ski and Snowboard Federation. This was his first experience of working at board level but he has had several others since and this helped teach him the importance of good strategic planning. 
 
Hugh has also commentated and been a pundit for BBC, Eurosport, Sky and Olympic Broadcast Services who Hugh worked for at the Pyeungchang Winter Olympics in February 2018. Commentating and working as a pundit along with his varied work and life experiences helped introduce me to business and motivational speaking. 
 
He combined his competitive ski career with a career in the British Army becoming a Captain in the Royal Engineers and serving in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. Operational and people management skills are just two key qualities military training and operational scenarios gave to Hugh.
 
Since 1995, Hugh has focused on the commercial world of sport and entertainment including:
  • Working for Reebok’s International Marketing Department in Boston USA
  • Commercial Director and Head of Client Servicing at Fast Track (now CSM Sport and Entertainment), a London based international sports marketing agency (5 years)
  • Sports Marketing Strategic Advisor for Red Bull UK (4 years)
  • Managing Director of 9 Yards Marketing a UK based international sports and entertainment agency (6 years)
In 2011 Hugh moved to NZ and for six years worked at Sport NZ as Senior Commercial Advisor to the New Zealand sport and recreation sector. During this time, he delivered commercial support to specific National Sports Organisations (NSO), National Recreation Organisations (NRO) and Regional Sport Trusts (RST), as part of an integrated business improvement service. He also worked on collective and sector-wide projects resulting in business efficiencies and significantly increased revenue.
 
Hugh's business and commercial experience has ranged from small private companies to major international brands and from the private sector to the public sector. He has worked in the UK, Europe, the USA and over the last seven years in NZ as well as Australia. 
Commentary from the Winter Games

Presentations: 

  • Motivation/Inspiration
  • Business - management and sales
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Sport
  • Military

Client list: 

Nestle, Vodafone, United Airlines, Feber Maunsell, Virgin, CR Smith, Gemba NZ.

Testimonials: 

"The Winter Games NZ has used your public speaking in our television coverage, as a commentator, as well as at our VIP events.  With the VIPs we have used your services as both an MC as well as for one-on-one interviews with sports celebrities.  In both examples you have been professional as well as entertaining and we would use your services again"  Arthur Clapp, Chief Executive Winter Games NZ

"I have heard Hugh present and speak at seminars and conferences where CEOs and senior commercial management of many of NZ's sport and recreational organisations have been in attendance.  Hugh very quickly developed credibility in NZ due to his broad background, range of experience and commercial acumen.  His presentations and talks are full of quality business insight, engaging and very entertaining.  Companies both large and small could benefit from Hugh's experience and knowledge of sport, business, the military, leadership and teamwork.  Whether senior management or junior staff, all could learn from Hugh as well as be thoroughly entertained".  Richard Howarth, General Manager, Gemba New Zealand Ltd

"You were just what we needed!!!  I don't think we have stopped talking about your presentation for a moment, since you left the building.  In addition to getting the sales consultants all fired up and wanting to win, you got them thinking about their equipment, their business plan, their training and scrutinising opportunities to do better.  You were inspiring Hugh and truly reached the imagination of every person in the room.  The next day I was bombarded with people coming to my office to say how much they had taken from the event.  How it had affected them and how they wanted to change or try harder on the back of listening to your experiences and take on what is important.  Moreover, our month ends in 2 days time and we are all on track to hitting very challenging targets.  The results we wanted!"  Sally Douglas, National Training Manager, CR Smith Glaziers