Scott McArthur

International Keynote and Virtual Speaker

We are creatures of habit, and Scott McArthur's mission is to help us break those habits; especially ones not beneficial to our progress. Originally from Lanark, Scotland, Scott started his career path by breaking the very habits that should have defined him. Rather than be swept up in a predictable future, Scott decided to prove the statistics and his school career advisor wrong and went on to study biology and psychology at University. Today, he delivers keynote speeches on the human condition, guiding audiences on how to make better decisions, have better conversations, and reframe beliefs and opinions.

With a myriad of experiences, Scott's background provides him with a deep well of content, upon which he draws, allowing him to connect with his audience in a manner quite unlike other traditional audience experiences. Rather than approaching a talk with a list of bullet points, Scott's aim is to teach his listeners to rethink approaches, so that they can walk away with effective tools and techniques to use in their personal and work lives.

Having worked as a rock musical producer, TEDx speaker, business consultant, HR director, and research scientist, Scott's experience is rich, and his delivery style refreshing and transformative. He became the 'go-to' speaker for keynote speeches at events and workshops whilst working for top organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, M&S and the UK Olympic Authority. Today, Scott has worked and consulted with a diverse range of clients such as Atos, Superdry, SwissRe, Deloitte, Specsavers, Capgemini and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Scott is published in a variety of disciplines including leadership development, disease detection, personal and business transformation, mindfulness, pioneering microscopy techniques, rock music, and human resources. He focuses his keynote speeches on the Employee Experience (EX) and the Workplace of the Future through the lens of his experiences in Business, Science and Technology.

Learn how to change your life and disrupt the habits which define you, with Scott's well-crafted and inspiring programmes.




Popular speaking topics


  • Leading from the inside out - self-awareness as the differentiator hiding in plain sight watch video
  • Why facts don't change people - the science and art of influencing change watch video
  • Are you paying attention - new leadership, emerging markets and dealing with disruption watch video
  • Managing yourself and others - the role of relationships and vulnerability in business strategy
  • Natural stupidity and artificial intelligence - AI as an impending disaster or a route to human happiness
  • HR as the corporate apothecary - performance-enhancing drugs in the workplace watch video


I've had the privilege of being asked to speak for clients such as PWC, London Olympics, West Yorkshire Police, NFU Mutual, NHS London, KPMG, National Probation Service, Sopra Group, Scottish & Newcastle, Virgin, DWP. Other clients and events include:





Helen Murdoch

CEO, Hannover Scotland

"Scott gave off so much energy during his keynote that if harnessed could have lit up the city"

Paula Sussex

CEO, Charity Commission

"Scott is a brilliant, creative and fearless speaker. He will challenge your assumptions and make you and your team think"

Elaine Stewart

Head of travel, transport and hospitality (Europe), Mindtree

"Scott is the conference organisers dream. He is inspiring, authentic and selfless and his presence and support, help everyone on the stage and in the audience be the best they can be"

Ursula Morgenstern

CEO, Atos Germany

"Scott brings a huge amount of creativity & passion. He provides deep expert insight into employee engagement & communication. He is not afraid to challenge his senior clients to achieve superior results"

Jon Roughly

Strategy Director, The Phoenix Group

"Scott always delivers what he says he will but more than that, through every engagement he has looked to add additional value to our business and its people. His speaking style is engaging and thought-provoking - a pleasure to work with"

Duncan Kemp

Lead Systems Engineer, Department for Transport

"Scott is an exceptional keynote speaker and consultant who has helped me resolve complex cultural issues. He is able to apply his considerable business, HR and interpersonal knowledge to propose and implement simple and pragmatic solutions. Always positive, I have found Scott to be both a valued team member and an inspirational leader"

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