Friday, 26 January 2018 17:51

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp football soccer speaker at Great British Speakers

Born in the East End, Harry’s Cockney wit lightens the sometimes too serious world of the Premier League; he is one of the most popular characters in British football. Playing for West Ham Harry played a right-winger before starting a managerial career with Bournemouth in 1983.

Redknapp then went on to manage the Hammers, Portsmouth (twice) and Southampton, capturing the FA Cup with Pompey in 2008. Later on, in 2008 Tottenham bought Redknapp from Portsmouth for a £5 million transfer fee where he has become idolised by the fans and hugely respected by his peers.

He has a deep knowledge of football tactics. His after-dinner speeches are full of amazing stories from his 45 years in the game, and he pulls no punches in question-and-answer sessions.

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:34

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness. 

Gyles Brandreth raconteur speaker host at Great British Speakers

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute and Wordaholics to QI and Have I Got News for You), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children’s author and biographer, he has published two volumes of diaries: Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries (‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’, The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime (‘Witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant’, Daily Mail).

His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include 'Word Play', a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness – No 1 on Amazon. His online course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.

Gyles Brandreth raconteur host speaker at Great British Speakers

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he played Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2016 appeared in Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.

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Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain’s busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster (Sony and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association. At the end of 2016, he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.


What the clients say:

‘A standing ovation on a wet Wednesday in January – amazing. It was the best speech I have ever heard.’

Citywire New Model Adviser Awards, 2017

‘A standing ovation at the end of the best presentation I have ever heard . . . Pure genius and amazing research.’

Close Brothers Asset Finance Conference, 2017

‘This is the third year he has done it and it was better than ever – beyond brilliant, completely perfect.’

The COCOAS Awards at the Eden Project, 2017

‘As for Gyles – he was a triumph!’

Belvoir Awards, 2017

‘The best speaker I have heard at any Federation meeting ever.’

SW Federation of WIs, 2017

‘Everyone LOVED him! He really made it very special.’

Private Equity Awards, 2017.

‘Fabulous hosting of our awards ceremony . . . it was such a treat to work with such a true professional . . . our guests had a ball.’

CSSA 50th Anniversary Luncheon, 2017.

‘In 23 years the best speech and the best hosting - by a country mile.’

Oxfordshire Business Awards, 2017.

‘Over twenty years we’ve had everybody – Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall – but we’ve only had one person back twice and that’s Gyles Brandreth. Without a doubt, he’s the best.’

MDA UK Annual Dinner, 2017

‘A complete success, the feedback has been fantastic and the sum raised exceeded our most optimistic expectations. All of this was, above all, down to Gyles.’

Casual Dining Dinner in aid of The Prince’s Trust, 2017

‘Gyles was absolutely fantastic and would recommend him in a heartbeat! He managed to be humorous without smut or impropriety to a room full of international guests of all ages and cultures and the entire room were in stiches! Wonderful MC and will definitely use him for future events.’

SBID International Design Awards, 2017

‘He did a really professional job for us and we loved working with him and will look forward to working with him again in the future.’

The Promotional Edge, 2017

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:25

Cariad Lloyd

Cariad Lloyd at Great British Speakers

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Cariad Lloyd has featured on some of British television's best-loved comedy shows for over a decade. Some of Cariad’s television credits include; Peep Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Give Out Girls, Cardinal Burns, Siblings, Crackanory, Toast of London, Murder in Sucessville and Inside No.9. She also wrote and starred in her own sketch show, The Cariad Show, for BBC 3,

Cariad is also a frequent voice on BBC Radio 4, having featured on The Now Show, The Cariad Radio Show, Newsjack, The Guns of Adam Riches, Sisters, Small Scenes and the Sony award-winning, Here Be Dragons.

For her debut solo performance, Lady Cariad’s Characters, Cariad won the Best Newcomer Award at the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards.  Cariad performed her follow-up solo show, The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim and in 2014, won the Three Weeks Editors Award for Fringe excellence.

Furthermore, Cariad is one of the creators of Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel. The performance has sold out venues across the U.K and sold out four Edinburgh Festivals. In 2014, the piece won best sketch/improvisation act at the Chortle Awards for stand-up comedy.

When she is not performing, Cariad enjoys teaching improvisation workshops. 

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:56

Lloyd Langford

Lloyd Langford at Great British Speakers

Born in Wales but currently based in London, Lloyd Langford ventured into stand-up comedy during his time at University. In 2004, he became the first winner of the Chortle Student Comic of Year Award. 

Lloyd has appeared as a regular guest on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1) and performed his stand-up on shows such as The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and One Night Stand (Dave). Lloyd has provided tour support for Alan Carr, Russell Brand, Rhod Gilbert and Tommy Tiernan and has performed stand-up comedy all over the world from Abu Dhabi to Thailand.

 He has also written for an array of comedy shows including, Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Live at The Apollo (BBC1), Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and has written for a diverse range of comedians including Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Frank Skinner and David Walliams. Lloyd also provides audience warm-up pre-shows on television for Q.I (BBC2) and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2).

 Lloyd has a very confident stage presence. He is just as engaging whether he be performing to a small crowd or at larger venues such as The Hammersmith Apollo and The Birmingham Symphony Hall. He is available for a variety of corporate events; to host award ceremonies or entertain at after-dinner cabarets. Whatever the occasion, Lloyd provides a warmth and charismatic humour that is set to please any audience
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Saturday, 08 July 2017 15:16

Caryn Franklin MBE

Caryn Franklin MBE fashion style expert speaker at Great British Speakers

For 6 years, Caryn Franklin was the fashion editor of i-D Magazine. She still regularly contributes to i-D online and has recently collaborated with them to create a new section entitled Cool Psychology.

With her passion for image and fashion, Caryn’s projects have seen her collaborate with a variety of the most unlikely people in the industry to produce some of the most inventive fashion statements. She has gained inspiration from refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health experts, MP's, Government Ministers and of course some of the world’s leading fashion innovators.

Caryn has interviewed some of the most iconic names in fashion, from Yves Saint Laurent to Georgio Armani.  She presented televised tributes at the V&A for ITV, featuring Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy. She has also written and produced fashion programmes for BBC 1, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, Granada and UKTV Style. She was also the director and host of The Clothes Show for the BBC, which she fronted from 1986-1998.  

Nowadays, Caryn enjoys sharing her expertise with others. She has held lectures at the Central St Martins College in London, the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art.  She also has an honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, is an Honorary Fellow at the Arts University College of Bournemouth and a Visiting Fellow at London College of Fashion.

She is an ambassador for the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainability and helped create the Diversity Network at Edinburgh College of Art. She is also the education ambassador for Clothes Show Live, a brand she has worked with since its conception over two decades ago.

Caryn has chaired the award-winning Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, for 17 years and co-founding the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk in 2009, promoting sustainable body image and beauty ideals. This project has since been introduced to fashion students worldwide.   

Caryn has given after-dinner speeches, held fashion presentations and chaired panels for brands as diverse as Meryll Lynch, Wella, Oxfam, Graduate Fashion Week, National Portrait Gallery, Cambridge Debate, SHOWstudio and the V&A Museum.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 15:06

Armando Iannucci OBE

Armando Iannucci at Great British Speakers

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter, Armando Iannucci has created some of the country’s best-loved satirical comedies including I'm Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It, The Friday Night Armistice, The Armando Iannucci Shows, The Day Today and Veep.

As well as winning three BAFTA’s for I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It, Armando has also been nominated and won a host of other awards for his talent. Armando received an ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ nomination at the Emmy Awards for Veep in 2012. He also has won a Special Jury British Comedy Award for his distinctive contribution to radio and television.

Armando is also a successful director, having directed his own feature film In the Loop, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2009. As well as directing the film, Armando co-wrote the script with Jesse Armstrong. The film starred Peter Capaldi and James Gadolfini and received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010.

Armando is a confident speaker. His topics of discussion range from hosting an intellectual, political debate to giving an amusing speech about media and film. As well as being a comedic host, Armando also has interests in science and astronomy, IT, computers, internet, and new media. He has chaired corporate discussions and debates and delivered the Alternative McTaggart Lecture at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival.  He also delivered a series of lectures on Television and New Media at the Oxford University.

He has also appeared on radio and television to discuss these topics and has appeared on political shows like The Daily Politics, This Week, and Question Time.

Armando’s vast experience in the corporate arena includes hosting conferences for Microsoft and BT, speaking for Samaritans, Royal TV Society, Deutsche Bank, 
Energis, The Treasury, the staff of the House of Commons, Scottish Business groups and MI5! He has also presented Awards for Advertising Industry, PPA Magazine Subscription, ACE Press Awards, Hedge Fund of Funds, Incentive Travel and Meetings Industry, Security Excellence Awards, and Building Communities Awards.

What the Clients Say:

Armando, many thanks for an excellent evening. It was pitched just right, was excellently researched and made a great impromptu moment for us.- Odeon Cinemas Annual Dinner

I wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much we enjoyed Armando Iannucci’s very entertaining and amusing speech at the AIC Dinner. It was very well written, topical and perfectly delivered.We all agreed that he was a very charming man and I know that many of the guests at the top table thoroughly enjoyed his company. Please extend our gratitude. -Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Annual Dinner

I just wanted to thank you for speaking at our dinner last week. We received great feedback from delegates who attended the dinner, so thank you for coming along and for being so entertaining.- National Housing Federation Leaders Forum

He was genuinely well received, by the end he had the audience whipped up into a mild frenzy with his sharp, intelligent sense of humour.- SMMT Awards

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 27 May 2017 14:32

Howard Goodall CBE

Howard Goodall muscian composer at Great British Speakers

Highly respected broadcaster and educational campaigner, Howard Goodall is a multi-award winning composer, having won at the Emmy’s, Brit’s and BAFTA’s for his music. Throughout his career, he has composed choral music, stage musicals and scores for film and television.

His composing credits include the television themes from Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean to musical theatre; The Hired Man and Girlfriends. Howard composed the score and some of the lyrics for Love Story, a musical based on the late Erich Segal’s 1969 novella, which completed 32 sold-out performances at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. He was also commissioned to compose a piece to mark numerous national ceremonies and memorials. He also composed A Song of Hope for the National Holocaust Memorial Event in London’s Guildhall in January 2010.

Howard presented Channel 4’s the award-winning programmes, Howard Goodall’s Organ Works, Howard Goodall’s Choir Works, Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs, Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Composers, Howard Goodall’s Great Dates, and How Music Works.  He has also hosted on BBC Radio 2 and is currently Classic FM's Composer-in-Residence and presents Howard Goodall’s Saturday Concert for the station.

Howard is passionate about enhancing musical education in schools and in January 2007 he was appointed as England’s first ever ‘Ambassador’ to lead a National Campaign for Singing.

A witty and engaging speaker, Howard covers an array of subjects from the themes of his TV series to musical education and musical theatre. He is available for live appearances and hosting for a variety of private and corporate events.

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:04

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson chef at Great British Speakers

TV cook and author Nigella Lawson wrote her first book, How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food in 1998. She has since written ten best-selling cookbooks, which have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She is also a familiar face to television having hosted a range of cooking shows including, Nigella Bites (Channel 4), the Italian-themed show Nigellissima (BBC2) Nigella’s Feast (Food Network) and Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen and Nigella Express (BBC2). Nigella hosted her own cookery show Simply Nigella (BBC2) in 2015 and appeared as a judge on The Taste and Masterchef Australia.

Having studied at Oxford where she read Medieval and Modern Languages, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times and had a thriving career as a freelance journalist, writing a beauty column for The Times Magazine.

In 2000, Nigella was voted Author of the Year at the British Book Awards and won Best Food Personality at the 2014 Observer Food Monthly Awards. In 2016, she won Television Personality of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Awards and held a live talk to a sell-out audience at the Sydney Opera House.

Nigella is a  warm and charismatic host for any after dinner event. 

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 17:13

Edward Stourton

Edward Stourton from Great British Speakers

Edward Stourton is the host of BBC Radio4’s The World at One, The World this Weekend, Sunday and Analysis. He was one of the presenters of the Today programme (Radio 4) for over 10 years and still regularly contributes to the show as a guest speaker.

He has had work published in national newspapers and magazines and is the author of Absolute Truth  (Viking 1998), In the Footsteps of St Paul (Hodder & Stoughton 2004),Paul of Tarsus: A Visionary Life (Paulist Press 2005),John Paul II: Man of History (2006),It's a PC World: What it Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct (Hodder & Stoughton 2008) andDiary of a Dog-walker  (Transworld 2011) and Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees,  published in April 2013 (Transworld).

Published in Speakers
Friday, 19 May 2017 16:21

Debra Stephenson

Debra Stephenson at Great British Speakers

Debra Stephenson is of the country’s most popular impressionists and comedy actors, probably best known for her role in the critically acclaimed The Impressions Show on BBC1 and ITV’s Newzoids. Her comedic impressions – some of her most memorable being of Davina McCall, Ann Robinson and Cheryl Cole – continue to entertain audiences and her ability to display an array accents make Debra a unique and entertaining host and after dinner speaker.

Her other accolades include BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers and Rich Halls Election Breakdown. She has also had parts in Coronation Street (ITV) where she received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards (NTA’s), and Bad Girls (ITV)  where received nominations at the NTA’s for Best Actress in 1999 and 2000.

Debra has also appeared on a variety of evening entertainment shows such as The Friday Night Project, 8 Out of 10 Cats and a Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing. She also participated in Lets Dance for Sports Relief in 2010 and Sports Relief Top Dog in 2014.

In 2015, she hosted the Employee Benefits Awards in London and made an appearance at her alma mater - Manchester Metropolitan University to present the inaugural Staff Award at their annual awards ceremony in 2013. 

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