Health & Pharmaceutical Organisations

Speaker for Health & Pharmaceutical Organisations

Darren seeks to inspire and motivate staff within the pharmaceutical industry. He aims to help staff to realise that through developing, designing and producing products and solutions that specifically improve the quality of people's lives, their jobs are truly meaningful.  

Darren's inspirational talks intrinsically motivate staff to work at their best, for the best in their patients. Darren believes this is the best motivator for doing an efficient, effective and productive job every day. The end result is staff who respond with high levels of engagement and commitment.

It is this "bigger picture" attitude that Darren promotes which needs to become inherent in staff behaviour. Not merely working for a paycheck or to impress the boss but the wider goal of knowing the work you do directly affects the quality of people's lives.

Darren's relaxed and entertaining approach makes clear to staff the realities of living with a long term illness and the importance of appreciating your health. With over 1,700 hospital visits himself, coupled with a Degree in Health & Fitness and a Masters Degree in Health Promotion, he is ideally suited to motivate your staff from the routine of their daily duties.

Darren has spoken at the EU Parliament, Medical Conferences and in-house to many big Pharmaceutical companies inspiring, educating and entertaining through his story of overcoming adversity and the lessons he has garnered through this experiences.

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Your story definitely made an impression on the policy makers.

"Thank you so much for coming all the way to Strasbourg to speak at the event yesterday. We were delighted with how it all went. Your presentation was excellent – I can tell you enjoy public speaking! Your story definitely made an impression on the policymakers – I was sitting next to a couple of them!"

Anna Rouillard , LOGOS Public Affairs, European Parliament
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Truly inspiring talk by Darren

"Truly inspiring talk by Darren today shows the importance of companies to keep improving treatments for the patients."

Philip Jarvis , Validation Lead at Alcon
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the standing ovation at the end was a reflection of how well you went down.

"I think the standing ovation at the end was a reflection of how well you went down with everyone."

Anthony McHale , Training & Development manager, Fort Wayne Metals Co. Mayo (Med tech Co.)
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A very powerful story

"A very powerful story centred around the patient that also captures the primary objective of manufacturing in pharma - patient safety."

Mark McLean , Managing Director, Team Horizon
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extremely positive...

"Your talk was excellent and the feedback from Sligo was extremely positive."


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he reminds us all why we should be motivated at work every day...

"Darren is a very positive and inspiring man. Despite his health background he reminds us all why we should be motivated at work every day. He stresses how important it is to have the right attitude and not think "I work in the Marketing Department or in production" but "I help people who suffer from kidney disease and save lives."


Mr. Markus Strotmann , Deputy Member and Head, Avitum Division, B. Braun
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The impact of Darren's presentation on our team was remarkable

Darren's story demonstrates how important the partnership of the patient in the right frame of mind, the medical team and the medicine is in managing a chronic illness. The impact of Darren's presentation on our team was remarkable.

Dermot Fennelly , Manager, AbbVie, Ireland
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reminds everyone of why they should face every working day with positivity and motivation

"Despite his medical history, Darren remains a very positive person and reminds everyone of why they should face every working day with positivity and motivation. He stresses how important it is to come to work with the right attitude and not think, “I work in marketing or production or...”, but instead “I am helping people suffering from kidney disease and saving lives."


Simone Klein , Vice-President Sales & Marketing Services, B Braun
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...you were the highlight of the day.

On behalf of the TUN Conference committee I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming along last Friday and speaking at this year’s TUN Conference. I for one thoroughly enjoyed your talk, I can see why you do it for a living, you were fantastic! I definitely think you were the highlight of the day. The feedback was phenomenal and the only complaint is that people would have liked to listen to you for longer so that’s certainly not a bad one.

Laura Byrne , 7th Annual Transplant and Nephrology Conference Committee. (2018)
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A truly engaging and inspiring speaker

"Darren has a unique ability to connect his experiences as a patient to diverse audiences. A truly engaging and inspiring speaker."

Michael Bourke , Clinical Meeting Manager @ Novo Nordisk
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highly recommend Darren for any company embarking on the quality culture journey

Darren Cawley spoke to the staff at the Allergan Westport site during our Health & Safety week in 2016. His talk was inspirational and struck a cord with all of us. There was a realisation after his talk that we were not just working at Allergan we were making products to transform people's lives -what a remarkable impact from a one hour session. Darren has a natural wit and charm and speaks freely and easily about his experience. His positive mental attitude and ability to make it through very challenging times in his life is truly remarkable. I would highly recommend Darren for any company embarking on the quality culture journey to help drive the message of patient safety first.

Louise Walsh , Executive Director Quality Operations, Allergan
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help your employees understand the vital importance of their work

"Darren tells a compelling, intimate story about how healthcare has changed his life. If you work in the fields of healthcare, pharma, or medical devices, he will help your employees understand the vital importance of their work."

Helge Hinniger , Corporate Communications Manager, Fort Wayne Metals. Indiana USA. (Med tech Co.)
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your inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me.

Talking about the actual experience of kidney failure and describing your ordeal, yet maintaining you’re uniquely positive and inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me.

Toby Viering , Product Communications, Amgen (Europe) GmbH