Dom Troulan is a retired British Army Major and former member of the Royal Marine Commandos and UK special forces. He is known for his bravery during the 2013 Westgate Shopping Mall terrorist attack and the Dusit Hotel attack in Nairobi. He was awarded the George Cross for his actions, making him the only person to hold both the George Cross and the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Troulan has also worked to support victims of crime and violence, offering his expertise and knowledge to help them through difficult times.
Why you should Dom Troulan for your next event
- Inspirational story and leadership experience: Dom Troulan has a remarkable and inspiring story of bravery and leadership, both in the military and as a civilian. His experiences can motivate and inspire audiences and provide valuable insights into leadership and facing challenges.
- Unique perspective on crisis management: With his extensive experience in high-stakes, life-threatening situations, Dom has a unique perspective on crisis management. He can offer valuable insights into how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and how to support those affected.
- Personal connection to the audience: Dom has a genuine and empathetic approach, and his personal experiences and connection to his audience can create an emotional and memorable experience. He can connect with audiences in a way that is both educational and engaging, making him an ideal speaker for events focused on courage, leadership, and resilience.
Dom Troulan is a retired British Army Major who joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1979 as a 16-year-old. His service record spans 30 years including 20-years in the UK special forces. Since his retirement from the armed forces, Dom has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa working in intense and life-threatening situations. Notable experiences include leading the hostage release and recovery of Paul and Rachel Chandler, Judith Tebbutt and many others who were all kidnapped by Somali pirates. Other less high-profile hostages include the successful release of 13-year-old twin girls, a lion cub and others.
Dom is more widely known for his participation in saving hundreds of lives during the 2013 Westgate Shopping Mall terrorist attack armed only with a pistol. Dom entered the mall in search of a friend’s wife and daughter who were trapped inside the building. Having successfully extracted these two he selflessly went back inside many more times to save dozens of lives from the heavily armed Al-Shabab extremists. In recognition of his actions on that day Dom was awarded the George Cross. He was the first civilian recipient of the award in 25 years. Dom was also involved in saving lives in the Dusit Hotel attack in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019.
Dom has had many ‘near death experiences’ and he has first-hand experience of dealing with crime and violence directed towards his person, including being isolated and attacked by two gunmen.
Dom was honoured to receive the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award for bravery – The George Cross. This joins the Queen’s Gallantry Medal which he received during his service with UK Special Forces: Dom is the only person in the world to receive both Gallantry Awards.
Dom understands the short- and long-term effects these violent attacks cause people and companies. He has been fortunate to have helped many victims and their families in the aftermath of such incidents. Proactively working with individuals and companies to support those affected.
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