Dick was born in Burma, but raised and educated in Northern Ireland. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals. Over the next 20 years he rose from Troop Commander to Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded an MBE for distinguished service in Northern Ireland. In 2001 Dick left the army and began a career in industry. He also ran leadership and teamwork courses, and gave lectures to schools and colleges. Dick's family persuaded him to audition for Channel 4's Scrapheap Challenge. His leadership abilities, personality and engineering skills, (and possibly because he had the biggest moustache the series producers had ever seen) secured him the job. Dick was in all 10 series of the show - first as a team captain, then as a contestant and finally as a presenter. In 2006 Dick and his family made a life changing move from The Malverns to Cornwall where they restored a small holding which they set about running sustainably. This ecological move was filmed and became the series, It’s Not Easy Being Green (BBC 2). In the 2nd and 3rd series Dick, and his son James, worked with members of the public on ecological projects across the UK.
Dick also stars in Escape to the Chateau (Channel 4) alongside his wife Angel, documenting the couple’s transformation of a 19th Century French Chateau to its former glory. The couple host multiple events at the splendid venue throughout the year, including weddings, team building events and French food weekends.
What the audience can expect
Dick is a witty, warm and knowledgeable speaker. An engineering, technological and environmental expert, he offers a varied, fascinating and impassioned insight into many different topics including British innovation, food, travel, leadership and teamwork. As one might gather from looking at Dick’s television career - he loves to meet a challenge head-on and is therefore an excellent motivational speaker.
To find out what Dick Strawbridge could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.