Georgie Barrat is a technology journalist, broadcaster and presenter.
At the beginning of 2017 she joined The Gadget Show’s new presenting line-up and has spent the past four years testing and reporting on the latest consumer technology. In 2019 Georgie also presented the BBC’s FIA formula E’s Championship coverage.
Alongside her work on the Gadget Show, Georgie has reported for ITV Tonight, Good Morning Britain, ITV Weekend and has appeared on The Jeremy Vine Show (formally The Wright Stuff). Most recently Georgie featured on ‘How to spend it well at Christmas’ alongside Phillip Schofield, selecting some of the best gadgets on offer for gift ideas in 2020. She also comments on breaking tech stories for Channel 5 News, Radio 5 live, talk radio & BBC Radio 2.
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Away from reviewing the latest apps and devices Georgie is interested in how technology is disrupting the way we work and socialise. Her keynote exploring future tech trends has taken her all over the world, being invited to speak at events including Web Summit, Mobile World Congress and Smart City Expo. Her writing credits extend to a range of publications including The Mirror, Tech City News, The Guardian, Marie Claire & The Metro.
Georgie is passionate about women working in technology and devotes time to encouraging more girls to be involved in STEM subjects. She works alongside Girls in ICT, the IET and Childnet striving to make technology and the digital world as exciting, safe and inclusive as possible. She also spent 2020 developing her relationship with Service Now, an American based software company, hosting numerous webinars and live broadcasts to a global audience.
Georgie has hosted two podcasts; “The Tech Disruption Series” that saw her interview various start-ups that are disrupting industries and “Sleep Life”, a podcast all about sleep, one of her favourite pastimes! Not one to shy away from a challenge she has a world record for the longest time anyone has been in VR (26.5 hours, if you are wondering) has run the London Marathon and bungee jumped whilst wearing a VR headset (terrifying, if you are wondering).
Georgie brings a genuine interest and warmth to everything that she does. Her journalistic background, yet playful presenting style means audiences are quick to like her.
THE TECH TOURIST: JOURNEYING INTO THE NEAR FUTURE
Join TV presenter and tech journalist Georgie Barrat as she takes you on a trip into the future. How is tech set to transform the way we socialise, learn and live? What’s the next evolution of Siri? How might video calls be changing? As a presenter of The Gadget Show, Georgie has first-hand experience of testing the tech that will change tomorrow and will be giving you an exclusive glimpse of what’s in store.
EMBRACING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
The workforce is changing and how we attract, engage and retain them will need a fundamentally different approach. Everything from recruitment and on boarding, communication, working patterns and personal development will be transformed by technology. This keynote looks at how businesses can truly embrace digital transformation and social media.
MANAGING AND MOTIVATING MILLENNIALS AND GEN Z
Business needs millennials more than ever to cope with the ever-quickening pace of change – but what values, behaviour and ambitions do young people of today have? In this keynote Georgie Barrat (who so happens to be one of those millennials herself) will give you engaging and informative insights on how to meet the needs of these digital natives.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FUTURE CONSUMER
This keynote looks at the unique needs of Gen Z consumers and gives a macroview of how technology is influencing consumer behaviour. What might the eCommerce business look like in the future?
KEYNOTES AIMED AT SCHOOLS / STEM CAREERS
With the technology industry growing faster than the rest of the UK economy Georgie gives a unique insight into the latest developments and exciting opportunities the industry offers. You’ll learn some top tips about how to set yourself up for a successful career in tech.
Brian Conley is a hugely popular comedian, television presenter and theatre star.
In a career spanning four decades Brian has appeared in award winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat show and completed numerous sell out tours of the UK. Brian also proudly appeared a record eight times on The Royal Variety Performance.
He is currently starring as Rocky Cant, a loveable rogue, in Eastenders.
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Starting out in comedy, where he became an instant hit with audiences, Brian has also gone to have huge success in the west end. He has played the lead role in musicals including Me and My Girl, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray, Oliver!, The Music Man, Barnum and Jolson for which he was nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award. In 2019, Brain starred in the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 and played Scrooge in a Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre in 2020. A huge favourite in Panto, Brian has performed all over the country.
Few performers working in show business today share the hours of live entertainment experience Brian has; having started his career as a warm-up for television personalities such as Kenny Everett and Terry Wogan. It wasn’t long before he was offered the chance to star in his own comedy programme. LWT commissioned The Brian Conley Show, a variety show that quickly became Britain’s most watched entertainment show. Brian went onto host and star in numerous entertainment shows including Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous, We’ve Got Your Number, Let me Entertain, Dirty Rotten Cheater and The TV that Made Me. He was also given the prestigious ‘An Audience with…”
An esteemed actor, Brian has starred in multiple award-winning television sitcoms including Time After Time, Last of the Summer Wine and The Grimleys.
Brian has won numerous awards including a British Comedy Award and The National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer. After a career spanning almost 50 years, Brian still firmly remains one of the UK’s most charismatic and loved entertainers.
Lorraine Kelly CBE is a Scottish television presenter, journalist and author, best known for her ITV show, Lorraine.
Born in Glasgow, Lorraine joined her local weekly newspaper The East Kilbride News aged seventeen. In 1983, she joined BBC Scotland as a researcher and a year later she became TVam’s Scottish correspondent covering stories like the Piper Alpha disaster and the Lockerbie bombing and went on to co-host the show.
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Lorraine is best known for her weekday show on ITV and has also hosted and presented many other TV programmes including The Last Leg, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, The STV Children’s Appeal, Wedding Day Winners, Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly, Have I Got News For You and The Paul O’Grady Show. She has also appeared as a guest on shows as diverse as Question Time and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2006 she won the RTS Award for the best presenter and in 2008 was awarded a “people’s choice” Scottish BAFTA. In addition to her television work, Lorraine continues to write weekly columns for The Sun and Hello!
During 2019, Lorraine celebrated both her 35th year in television and 60th birthday. In addition, she published Shine, ‘a guide to making every day a brighter one’. This year sees Lorraine return to Dunblane for a special documentary for ITV, 25 years on from the tragic incident
Lorraine has recently collaborated with Tails.com and has previously worked with Wayfair, JD Williams and Dove.
Her two fitness DVD’s – Lorraine Kelly: Living to the Max and Lorraine Kelly: Brand New You, have gone straight to the top of the charts.
Lorraine was elected Rector of Dundee University in 2004 – 2007, and was invited to be Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch Cadets in June 2009. In 2019 she was awarded the title of National Honorary Colonel of the Army Cadet Force (ACF).
She has run the London marathon three times and the New York marathon once and takes part in the 26 miles “Moonwalk” every year; raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
She is a keen charity supporter and is a patron of Help for Heroes and the STV Children’s Appeal.
In 2012, Lorraine was awarded the OBE, for services to charity and the armed forces, by HM The Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. In 2020, Lorraine also received a CBE for services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.
Lorraine lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Steve, daughter Rosie and alongside the loveable Angus. She is an avid Dundee United supporter.
A veteran presenter of live television programmes and an award-winning foreign correspondent, Andrew Wilson is a leading news and communications professional.
Andrew’s is an experienced conference moderator and event host. He is also an expert interviewer having hosted his own current affairs show on Sky for ten years. Those skills have been deployed in any number of corporate productions including a series of International CEO sit-down interviews around the world for Reuters and thought leadership exchanges at the WEF in Davos.
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For ten years Andrew worked on the news front line as a foreign correspondent bureau in Moscow, Jerusalem and then Washington DC. He covered conflicts and breaking news, reporting live and presenting programmes from Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, Chechnya, Haiti, the Asia Tsunami, Ukraine, Egypt, Africa, Lebanon and Iraq. He covered three US elections, two in Israel, two in Russia and any number in the UK.
On his return to the UK his program, Live at 5 on Sky News won best RTS best news program in 2016. He was also awarded numerous international awards for his coverage overseas.
Ever since he covered the first Earth Summit in Rio, Andrew has harboured a special interest in environmental stories. He presented a series of live shows from the Amazon jungle ahead of COP 15 in 2009 and has moderated environmental and business conferences in the City as well as hosting numerous Virgin Formula E events in New York and Paris.
See Andrew covering some of the worlds biggest news stories around the globe:
Andrew is an experienced media and skills trainer and regularly works with news presenters and reporters. He works with the John Schofield Trust to mentor young journalists and is a contributor to the Westminster Foreign Affairs think tank Global Strategy Forum and a member of BAFTA.
Andrew has extensive expertise in the following areas:
Bethan is a confident multilingual voiceover who helps companies to clearly communicate their message with bright and engaging, high-quality audio. She can record and edit from her home studio set-up in London or travel to a studio near you.
She is experienced in corporate narration, e-learning, explainer, commercial and character voice-over.
Bethan fell in love with voiceover while working in Valencia in 2014 when she recorded voiceover and songs for the shows and dialogues for Forum Teatro’s educational materials.
Since 2018 she has had her own studio set up at home and record for clients all over the world, specialising in narration, character and commercial voiceover. In 2019 she decided to learn from the best and began more training with the renowned Gravy For The Brain.
Bethan is a trained actor and has been working professionally since 2013 on stage and screen. As well as voiceover Bethan specialises in children’s theatre, physical comedy, puppetry and interactive theatre and brings these skills of improvisation, ability to take direction and playfulness to all of her voice work.
Bethan also works as a workshop leader and works with people of all ages in teaching drama, acting, singing and public speaking.
Bethan is a native English speaker and she is also fluent in French and Spanish.
Accents/Languages: English (Mother Tongue) Spanish (Fluent) French (fluent) Native accent: English (Home Counties/ Portsmouth) International: Australian, Dublin, French, Irish, Spanish UK: Bristol, Cardiff, Cockney, Edinburgh, Essex, Geordie, Glasgow, London, Northern England, Scottish Standard, Welsh (Valleys) (North American): Californian, General American, New York
Clients: Lavazza Tesco Indesit Inspire Education UNITAR Causeway Site Nilfisk Florim VeriCAV Win-D-Ice It’s Freezing In LA Cheltenham Borough Council VA-RCM Forum Education ASPIRE White Label Comedy BBC Cornwall Oxford Playhouse Brookfield Zoo Varey Tales Land Insight Ed App
Studio: Rode NT1A Mic, M-Audio Interface, record and edit in Adobe Audition, I record in a wooden purpose-built booth lined with producers choice audio blankets
Aldo Kane is a World Record-Setting Adventurer, Explorer, a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society, Producer, Author & TV Presenter with a penchant for the world’s most dangerous, extreme and remote locations.
Aldo is a superb motivational keynote speaker drawing on his rich and varied life with resilience featuring as a key theme.
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A former Royal Marines Commando Sniper, Aldo is an expert in all environments, making him the go-to man for TV & Film companies around the world. Aldo has operated and filmed in well over 100 countries so when things get tough in TV land, it’s Aldo they call.
Over the last 7 years Aldo has worked on well over 45 TV & Film productions, many of which were ground-breaking and fairly “tasty”, as he would have it. Aldo has been held at gunpoint, Charged by a black Rhino, Abseiled into an active volcano, escaped Ebola, rowed across the Atlantic and dived on Captain Kidd’s pirate ship, and that’s just the last year or two.
Aldo with another popular Great British Speaker, Steve Backshall
Aldo has been on screen around the world on many broadcasters from the BBC, to Discovery, Nat-Geo, Channel 4, PBS, ITV, Channel 5, History Channel and many more. Aldo has appeared on Discovery with Hollywood A-Listers like Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody & Henry Cavill in some of the most extreme environments on earth. With an inquisitive mind and an extremely unique skill-set, Aldo is well set up for hard-hitting investigative journalism missions.
Aldo runs a company called Vertical Planet providing technical safety consultation & risk management for TV & Film crews operating in remote, hostile and high-risk environments around the world. Aldo was recently the on-screen Expedition Leader for National Geographic’s latest flag-ship feature-length Natural History series One Strange Rock, hosted by Hollywood star, Will Smith. This saw Aldo lead a prominent American Scientist deep inside one of Africa’s most dangerous volcanoes whilst it was erupting.
Aldo joined the Royal Marine Commandos at the age of 16 and went on to become one of the youngest Elite Commando Reconnaissance Snipers in the UK armed forces. No mean feat with the hardest, and longest infantry training in the world. Aldo saw active military service from Northern Ireland to the Middle East and became a survival expert in many environments. Aldo has become an instructor in many outdoor fields including Mountain Leader, professional climber, Skydiver, re-breather diver, SIA bodyguard & qualified medic.
Aldo’s extraordinary life experiences make for amazing motivational talks and resilience is a central feature he comes back to peppered with jaw-dropping and amusing anecdotes from his life
Roya Nikkhah is the Royal Editor for The Sunday Times and a leading Royal Presenter, Commentator and Broadcaster for major television and radio networks.
A former Royal and Arts Correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph, Roya has more than a decade of experience in royal coverage, breaking exclusive stories and covering major royal events, and has secured exclusive interviews with members of the royal family including the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.
Roya is an accomplished Keynote Speaker and Event Moderator, sharing insights and reflections on her experiences covering the Royal Family.
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Roya is in high demand as a Royal Commentator on a range of programmes for national and international broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Sky News, CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN. She has also presented the royal documentaries: “Prince William, Monarch in the Making” (Spun Gold, 2020) and “Meghan and Harry: The Baby Years” (Spun Gold, 2019).
She broadcasted alongside Huw Edwards in the BBC’s official coverage of the death and funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and was part of the team presenting the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour and the official D-Day commemorations broadcast in 2019.
In 2018, Roya was part of the on-screen line-up in the BBC’s official live coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
Victoria Pendleton CBE is the world’s greatest ever female track cyclist and one of the highest profile sportswomen in the United Kingdom.
Victoria is also well known for being a very eloquent, intelligent sportswoman, who is as comfortable in a commercial environment and with the media as she is on her bike.
She is highly experienced working with sponsors, charities, corporate entities & has a deserved reputation for being the ultimate professional.
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Whilst studying at the University of Northumberland she started to train more constructively for track sprinting, inspired by the Olympic gold medal success of Jason Queally at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Victoria won her first World Champions rainbow jersey at the 2005 World Championships in the individual sprint.
That first rainbow jersey set her on the path to greatness and she went on to win a total of 9 World titles. In 2007 she achieved the unique feat of winning all three women’s track sprint events (Keirin, Team Sprint and Individual Sprint) at the World Championships.
In the form of her life and full of confidence Victoria went to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with just one opportunity to win Olympic Gold and she did so in great style.
The next four year Olympic cycle proved extremely challenging for many reasons, on and off the bike, but in 2012 Victoria regained her World title in the individual sprint in Melbourne then demonstrated her class and strength of character once again at the London 2012 Olympic Games winning Gold (Keirin) and silver (individual sprint) to end her competitive career in style!
TV credits include Victoria Pendleton: Driving Force (Sky Sports), Don’t Rock The Boat (ITV), Cycling’s Golden Girl (BBC One), Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins (Channel 4), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) and The Great Sport Relief Bake Off (BBC One).
With 14 international gold medals to her name, she holds the secrets to peak performance and marginal gains, and is regularly booked to share the strategies for personal development.
Victoria is happy to do motivational talks in a fireside-chat style format covering a wide range of topics always referencing her personal experience.
Goal Setting, Inspirational, Leadership, Resilience, Mindset, Overcoming Adversity, Performance, Personal Development, Teamwork
Dr Hannah Fry is a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities.
She is a mathematician, a best-selling author, an award-winning science presenter and the host of numerous popular podcasts and television shows.
As a speaker and academic she is known for her passion for mathematics to life for audiences of various levels of interests and abilities.
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Winner of the prestigious Zeeman Medal recognising her work in engaging the UK public with mathematics, Hannah is a trusted and well-recognised presenter.
Her expertise is regularly called upon to develop and host BBC documentaries and her fun and lively radio programmes and podcasts have a large and devoted following. Her ability to engage and enthuse people with even the most complicated topics is equally evident on the page and her books delight readers around the globe.
Hannah’s expertise is regularly called upon to develop and host documentaries and in the process she has been chucked off a mountain, spent hours in an arcade, and had the depths of her brain scanned multiple times. It’s impossible to choose anyone over the others. So just watch them all. Equally full of thrills is the current show she is doing for BT Sport, “It’s a Numbers Game,” looking at the maths of sport with plenty of adventures along the way.
Off screen and on air, Hannah can be regularly heard on radio programmes and podcasts. Her long running lively BBC Radio Four show and podcast presented with geneticist Adam Rutherford, “The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry,” is a wonderfully playful romp through topics and has a large and devoted following. In contrast, her work on DeepMind: The Podcast takes a proper in-depth look into the world of AI and the amazing people and incredible stories from the forefront of artificial intelligence research, sparking and guiding the curiosity of listeners along the way.
Hannah is an accomplished international speaker on STEM and specifically maths.
Her popular TED talk, The Mathematics of Love has become stuff of legend, with well over a million views.
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.
Alongside her other YouTube and Social Media gallery of material has cemented her reputation as an inspirational figure in STEM women.
See Hannah’s TED talk, The Mathematics of Love below:
Mathematics and science
Crystal Balls and Coronavirus
Maths, Data and the Future
Patterns in human behaviour
AI/Big Data/Technology/Smart Cities
Julie Etchingham is Anchor of ITV News at Ten and ITV Tonight. She is a journalist with 30 years experience at the BBC, Sky News and ITN.
She has twice won the RTS News Presenter of the Year Awards, the first woman to do so.
She is also a highly experienced moderator of live debates and events and recently has extended her skills to host numerous webinars.
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Julie was the first woman to moderate a General Election debate, with all seven party leaders, in 2015. The programme was watched by 7 million viewers.
Since then, she has moderated every one of ITV’s elections, EU referendum and Conservative leader debates. She has hosted countless live discussion programmes in her long career.
Julie anchored both of ITV’s acclaimed Royal Wedding programmes and has worked as a reporter or anchor of the last five US elections.
She has hosted awards ceremonies for the Royal Television Society, The Women of The Future Awards, The Rory Peck Awards and others. She is also President of the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards, and frequently hosts special events for their alumni.
Julie has also moderated international conferences at the Vatican, with Pope Francis in attendance. She hosted a TEDx event in 2018 at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English.
Julie is also a patron of Anti Slavery International, an organisation dedicated to ridding the world of the scourge of modern slavery.