Get INSPIRED this International Women's Day with a Great British Speaker!

7th February 2020

An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender-equal world?

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Here at Great British Speakers we are owned and managed by  Jane Farnham - a woman who is living proof of gender equality and opportunity!

We've gone from nothing to the incredible talent base we have today in three years and that's entirely down to Jane's passion, drive and enthusiasm for doing what she believes in.

So it will come as no surprise to find that when it comes to finding your perfect female speaker to celebrate International Women's Day that we have an unrivalled choice of talent available to book right now!

Let's give you some highlights:


Maggie Oliver.

Maggie Oliver Inspirational womens speaker child abuse campaigner at Great British Speakers

Maggie Oliver is perhaps best known as the “Detective turned Whistleblower” who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now-infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal.

During her journey for justice, the neglect she witnessed caused Maggie to initially embark on a lonely 18-month battle whilst still a serving Police Officer, during which she knocked on every door in a futile attempt to be heard. Those approached ranged from The Head of Serious Crime to The Chief Constable, from The IPCC to The Home Office. She was ultimately forced to choose between her conscience and her career but felt morally bound to resign to speak out publicly and expose this long-standing gross criminal neglect. As the first police officer ever to do this however, she had to face the very real possibility that she may go to prison for doing so!

To book Maggie to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Dr Ozak Esu

Dr Ozak Esu female Electrical Engineer diversity equality womens speaker at Great British Speakers

Ozak Esu is a multi-award winning professional electronic and electrical engineer.

Aged 20, she graduated in 2011 with First Class Honours in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, where she was also awarded a scholarship to take her PhD in Advanced Signal Processing and Wind Energy, which she began in the same year and completed in 2016.

She was named in The Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 list and won the Generation for Change (G4C) Constructing Excellence Midlands “Young Professional of the Year,” and “The David Bucknall Rising Star” awards in 2017.

Ozak has extensive media and public engagement experience gained from her ambassadorial role promoting the IET and engineering through radio and TV interviews and by engaging with pupils, students, parents, teachers, organisations, and members of parliament.

Maggie Alphonsi

Maggie Alphonsi MBE Womens Female England Rugby World Cup Winner Motivational Inspirational speaker at Great British Speakers

Next up is another Maggie and the woman that broke the mould in International and domestic Rugby.

Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet. Before announcing her international retirement in 2014, she represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, won a World Cup and helped England win a record-breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns.

Through her England rugby career she has become a household name but also a media professional, and since retiring she has commentated on live rugby matches, and featured in a diverse array of media outlets, from Stella Magazine to BBC’s Children in Need and The One Show.

To hire Maggi to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Adah Paris

Adah Parris Futurist Tech Cultural Innovator Advisor Keynote Speaker at Great British Speakers

Tech futurist, cultural innovator Diversity and equality advocate and enabler of human blockchains.

A polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories.

In 2019, Adah was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators and was nominated by Google.

In 2019, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology.

Adah is a storyteller who empathetically subverts the status quo by encouraging her audiences to become critical thinkers, creative innovators, philosophers and immersive storytellers. 

To hire Adah to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Alex Scott MBE

Alex Scott MBE former Arsenal professional footballer pundit host presenter at Great British Speakers

The former Arsenal Captain and England Centurion is a well-regarded pundit for BBC and Sky Sports, a regular on BBC’s Match of the Day as well as fronting ambassadorial campaigns for brands such as Nike, Barclays and Cadbury’s.

Alex signed with Arsenal at age 8 and stayed with the team for most of her career. Alex helped the club achieve a domestic double of the FA Women’s Cup and the FA Women’s Premier League. She was also a key figure in the historic quadruple season for Arsenal in which they won all their trophy competitions.

This became the obvious prelude to Alex’s captaincy for the club in the 2014/15 season. While playing for England Alex had the opportunity to travel all over the world playing the game she loves.

Alex retired from international football in 2017, though not before representing Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Alex is the second most capped England player with 140 appearances.

Amy Williams MBE

Amy Williams MBE World Olympics former skeleton racer and 2010, Olympic gold medallist at Great British Speakers

Amy Williams is British former skeleton racer and 2010, Olympic gold medallist. 

After returning from Vancouver clutching what was to be the only British medal won at the Winter Olympics in 2010, Amy became the first British solo champion for 30 years, and the first female winner for 58 years. However, injury cut short her quest to defend this title and Amy retired from Skeleton in May 2012

Since retiring from full-time sports, Amy has developed her media career and is now in high demand hosting and speaking for any number of high profile blue chip organisations.

To hire Amy to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Anita Rani

Anita Rani News Anchor Host Journalist BBC Countryfile at Great British Speakers

Anita Rani is the presenter of Countryfile (BBC1) and a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1). She has also presented many travel-inspired documentaries for the BBC including the two-part series, Refugee Camp; Our Desert Home, New York: America’s Busiest City and The World’s Busiest Railway Station, which featured as part of the BBC’s Indian Season.

Anita is a popular host and in high demand for both presenting and speaking events. Through her travels, Anita has many stories to tell that will both intrigue and entertain audiences. Her experience as a live presenter makes her an excellent choice of after-dinner speaker or events hosts for any occasion.

To hire Anita to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Claire Lomas MBE

Claire Lomas MBE motivational inspirational speaker at Great British Speakers

Former event horserider, Claire Lomas became paraplegic in 2007 as the result of a freak riding accident.  She has since become one of the most inspirational sports personalities, having fundraised over £500,000 and for finishing the London Marathon in 17 days using the ReWalk robotic suit. 

Claire re-wore the suit when she had the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square and used it to complete the Great North Run, walking the course in 5 days, and all while 16-weeks were pregnant!

Claire shares how the five best days of her life have all been after her devastating injury. She describes the turning point which was when she stopped thinking of everything she could no longer do, and instead the many things she could still do. 

People leave the room believing in themselves, inspired and hugely motivated. When faced with challenges in their own lives, Claire’s words stick in their mind “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t - you are right”.

To hire Claire to inspire your audience, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

Prof Beverly Alimo Metcalfe

Prof Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe International Psychologist Leadership Speaker at Great British Speakers

Beverly, a Chartered Organisational Psychologist, has an international reputation in the field of leadership studies - an area of interest for over 30 years. She has a passionate interest in translating rigorous applied academic research into a form that is practical and accessible to organisations. She supports Boards and Executive Teams of organisations to embed the ethical application of leadership, increase valuing diversity, and strengthening their capacity for engagement, collaboration, innovation and effectiveness.

While Chair of Leadership Studies at the University of Leeds, as a result of ground-breaking research into the nature of engaging leadership, involving over 6,000 managers and professionals in the NHS, wider public sector, and FTSE100 companies, she established a Leeds University spin-out company, Real World Group.

The company undertakes research into leadership, culture, governance, diversity and inclusion, creates robust diagnostic instruments that are utilised worldwide, and undertakes major cultural transformation projects across the public and private sectors.

To book Beverly to inspire your event, contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289


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