Sharing stories of adversity

A MOTIVATIONAL speaker who grew up on a deprived Leeds housing estate is to run a one-day workshop inspiring others to overcome challenges and adversity.

Angela Whitlock, who is now based in Harrogate, will be hosting the workshop alongside her childhood friend Richard McCann, whose mother was killed by the Yorkshire Ripper.

The pair grew up together in Chapeltown and have both gone on to forge successful careers as motivational speakers and authors. Now, having met again as adults and discovered a common ground in their ‘can-do’ approach to life, they are hoping their individual strengths and life experience can help those struggling with self-confidence and self-worth.

Richard, who was five years old when his mother was murdered, has spent time in prison for drug offences and was on the brink of committing suicide before turning his life around to become a bestselling author and international speaker.

Angela, whose childhood home featured on The Tonight Programme with Trevor MacDonald as “the worst street in Britain”, launched the first of four businesses at the age of 21 and went on to manage high profile multi-million pound business change projects for blue chip companies and major national organisations.

“Richard and I both know what it takes to achieve something from nothing,” she says.

The workshop is at the Woodlands Hall Hotel, Leeds, on Saturday, November 19. For more information or to book a place visit