Falklands war veteran and charity campaigner Simon Weston told business leaders to invest in themselves and to plan for the unexpected with an inspirational talk.
Mr Weston, who hails from Nelson, addressed members and guests of Caerphilly Business Forum at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus, on Tuesday, May 9.
Drawing parallels with his time in the Army with his business and life experience, he said: “What you expect is not necessarily what you get and you then have to learn to ride the blows and react to the situation you find yourself in. Nothing ever stays the same and if all you do is plan for what you expect, then trust me, the unexpected will catch you out.”
During the hour-long speech and Q&A, Mr Weston spoke of the need for Wales to speak up for itself and to have confidence on the world stage and of his experiences on board the Sir Galahad during the Falklands conflict.
On June 8, 1982, the Welsh Guard was aboard the troopship when it was bombed by three Argentine Skyhawk fighters.
The attack claimed the lives of 48 British soldiers and crewmen, including 22 out of 30 soldiers in Mr Weston’s platoon and left him with 46% burns.
Denise Lovering, Chair of Caerphilly Business Forum, and pictured right with Mr Weston, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Simon and to listen to him.
“What he had to say was inspirational and I picked up on the point that Welsh businesses need to start shouting more about their successes.”