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. 

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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

GBS Ben F Facebook

Ben Fogle is a broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel.

He has presented a number of highly successful programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and Crufts. In addition to his successes in front of the camera, Ben is a keen writer – he writes for the Sunday Telegraph and has penned six Sunday Times bestseller books.

He is an ambassador of many charities, namely for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation.

Not only is Ben a well-known face in the UK, he is also a special correspondent for NBC News in the USA, reporting from all over the world for Today, Dateline and MSNBC Nightly News.

If you are looking for a keynote speaker whose stories from across the globe will keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further!

Published in News

We welcome reknown After Dinner Speaker, host, raconteur, showman and writer Steve Parrish.

GBS Steve Parrish

Firstly, if you're not involved in the world of motoring, motorbiking or motorsport then Steve can captivate any audience with a superb set full of humour. His success story can be applied to almost any walk of life or business.

He first won the British 500cc in 1978, 79 and 1980 and added a Superbike title in 1981, being the team mate of the legendary Barry Sheene (boy does he have some stories of that period in his life!). His retirement from motorcycle racing was followed by a stellar caree in Truck racing having won the 1987 British Open Truck Racing Championship and going on to both the European and British Truck Racing championship titles in 1990 to 94 and the European again European in 1996.

He was the most successful truck racer in history before retiring in 2002.

That led on to a media career both on radio, TV and print. He commentates on BBC’s Moto GP coverage, with Charlie Cox. He has voiced several series for the BBC from the late 1990s, including the British Touring Car Championship, British and World Superbikes & now MotoGP.

As if he weren't busy enough Steve is a a qualified pilot and is currently a commentator for CH4's Red Bull Air Race series.

Steve is a superb showman and experienced key-note, motivational and after dinner speaker and is hugely popular even with non motorsport audiences.

Contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers 0044 1753 439 289 and let Steve captivate and engage your audience!

Published in News
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:41

Elspeth Pierce

Elspeth Pierce style music guru at Great British Speakers

As a host and style guru for Hoxton Radio, Elspeth has her finger firmly on the fashion pulse! She has presented all the off-court action at Wimbledon for Vogue magazine online, where covered all things fashion and celebrity, interviewing the likes of Grace Jones and Nick Grimshaw. She has also styled and presented various live fashion events from The Clothes Show to Britain’s Next Top Model.  

As a fashion stylist and presenter, Elspeth’s career began at ITV This Morning, styling models and celebrities for the live shows.  This led her to become a freelance fashion writer for Reveal Magazine and as a fashion blogger for shopping centres nationally.  She recently covered London Fashion week SS16, sitting on the front row and reporting on the top trends for next season. 

Alongside her current on-air work as a radio presenter, Elspeth has recently joined Candid Magazine as a music writer, contributing a weekly post to Candid's expansive digital music section and keeping readers attuned to what’s new in the world of music.   Elspeth was also part of the music industry’s celebrity Soccer Six tournament, interviewing the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, The Enemy and Reverend and the Makers out on the pitch.

This summer has seen Elspeth hosting the Betsafe Premier League Football show alongside Arsenal legend Anders Limpar and ITV’s Anna Williamson.  As the roving reporter she headed to training sessions and matches, placing herself in the heart of the action, interviewing footballers and managers.  Most recently she has hosted the Adidas campaign for the New Zealand All Blacks, interviewing the team and covering the event.  It was her role to hold the event together; interviewing fans, building the excitement and having an intimate interview with the team in the thick of their time in the Rugby World Cup.

With her fresh face and vivacious personality, Elspeth has also modelled for various companies, fronting commercial campaigns for companies as diverse as T-Mobile, Ted Baker, TGI Friday’s and McCains.

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