Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:40

Kirsty Young

Kirsty Young at Great British Speakers

Television radio host, Kirsty Young currently presents Desert Island Discs on Radio 4. Her presenting portfolio includes long running BBC 1 series Crimewatch, Five News the ITV’s News At Ten and ITV’s Lunchtime News. While working as the main news anchor for Five News, Kirsty received the Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New Talent and Newscaster of the Year at the TRIC Awards.

Kirsty has also hosted several documentaries including The British Family and The British at Work for the BBC. She was the main anchor for VE Day 70, BBC 1’s coverage of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day and hosted BBC 1’s commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. She has subsequently covered The Queen’s 90th Birthday and the centenary commemoration of The Battle of the Somme.

During her career, Kirsty has interviewed Sir David Attenborough, Theresa May, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few. She is also a frequent guest host on the BBC entertainment show Have I Got News For You and has hosted many award ceremonies including, The Evening Standard Awards and The  Which? Annual Awards. Her other corporate clients include Thinkbox and Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys. Kirsty has been a supporter of the global children’s charity UNICEF for many years and in 2016, became the president of UNICEF UK.

Published in Event Hosts
Monday, 28 November 2016 17:06

Neil Bentley

GBS Neil Bentley

It all started back in 1991, presenting on the infamous 103.2 Power FM.  Neil held down the position of overnight host, while studying media and film at college during the day.  Certainly a tricky work life balance for a 16 year old. Once graduated, he then set upon a journey around the country to gain experience and knowledge at a variety of the UK’s best loved radio stations. Neil was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to be part of the main presenting teams at Horizon Radio, Northants 96.6FM, B97 and TFM – before landing the dream job of daytime DJ at Galaxy 105 in Leeds.

Galaxy 105 was a huge turning point in my life.. Neil's passion of dance music and radio were fused together, helping him to ride the wave of the brand and deliver record breaking audience figures.  He would regularly DJ all over the country for brands like Deja Vu & Gatecrasher as well as further afield tours in Ibiza, Miami & Tenerife and it was here that he caught the attention of the management team at 95.8 Capital FM, who gave an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In 2003 Neil became the afternoon presenter on the now legendary London station, working alongside Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Kyle & Neil Fox.  He presented in front of 100,000 people at Party In The Park, was the go to expert for entertainment stories on Sky News and remixed a top 40 hit.  This was also the time that heralded the start of his voiceover career, catching the ear of Haymarket Publishing and became one of the main live voiceover artists for awards on Park Lane – alongside Alan Dedicoat.

In 2008 Neil moved to Heart 106.2fm and was lucky enough to be given the Drivetime Show.  In an ever growing competitive market he managed to score a number 1 position, while also becoming the main cover host for Jamie Theakston on Heart Breakfast.  Neil presented alongside Emma Bunton, Gina D’Campo and Alexandra Burke and interviewed a plethora of guests including Liam Neeson, Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins.

But it was the end of 2012 that was the most pivotal moment of his career, leaving Radio behind and becoming the founding member of a boutique creative video communications agency that helps brands and events showcase themselves online.

  

 

Published in Event Hosts
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:51

Trish Lynch

British Host & Facilitator, TV Presenter Trish is best known for her travel show reporting and anchoring on shows such as CNN’s Hotels Of The World, Sky Travel, TV Travel Shop, Paradise Abroad Financial Focus, Cuba Uncovered, Great Golf Courses Of The World & All Things Irish.

Trish is in demand as a live host/facilitator and her natural Irish warmth and professionalism ensure repeat bookings. Never one to be thrown by failing microphones or lost graphics while on stage Trish is a natural ad-libber and will ensure your event runs smoothly, on time and with the right degree of humour for your event.

As well as facilitating conferences, Training and Awards, Trish frequently facilitate panel debates.

Recent clients include RMI Analytics, Psion, EFQM Forum, Sony & Seven Seas. Trish has been described as “having a voice as smooth as a pint of Guinness” and has been the voice of many campaigns including Pampers, Phillips, Irish Tours, Murray Homes, Bank Of England and numerous call centres worldwide.

Clients:

Bank of England, Bank of America, Nissan, Post Office, Sony, BNP Paribas, and DHL

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:20

Simon Robertson

Simon is no stranger to being in the spotlight having worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. With many prestigious events to his name, his most memorable was co-hosting the visit of Her Majesty The Queen & The Duke of Edinburgh to mark the jubilee celebrations.

He is a Presenter, Facilitator, Host & Compere. He is an in-demand host, working throughout the industry hosting many live events, corporate, charity & fashion shows throughout the North-East and UK. His most recent events include presenting for Noble Systems at the SNUG EMEA, working as the face of Goodmans & Cello TV, presenting the Great Run & Great Swim Series for Nova International, The Butterwick Ball and The Red Sky Ball.

He has presented thirteen local Miss finals and has had the privilege to co-host the National Final of Miss Great Britain for the past two years.

He is fully experienced working with autocue, talk back and green screen.

2015 is the 2nd year we have had the pleasure of having Simon as part of the hosting team at the Miss Great Britain Grand Final! Co-hosting along with the Miss Great Britain National Director Kate Solomons-Freakley, Simon has proven once again that he is a consummate professional. Simon has effortless charisma on stage, allowing him to come across as both incredibly talented but also approachable and down to earth. Simon has the ability to put finalists at ease during the daunting interview section of the final and is a star when it comes to inevitable ‘filling’ when called upon. We very much hope to work with Simon again in the future.

Jemma Simmonds – Event and Operations Manager Miss Great Britain

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for the work you have done for Gateshead Council in this years events; The BBC Sports Relief Mile and The Diamond Jubilee Celebration and the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Phillip. Your role as MC at these events was done with enthusiasm and professionalism that helped to make these events enjoyable for all that attended. It was a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to working with you at future events.

Debbie Ross – Service Manager Events Gateshead Council

On behalf of the SAFC Foundation, I would like to thank you for supporting our Fashion Strikes Event. You ran our auction fantastically well which contributed a great deal to the final amount raised. Early figures indicate the event raised in excess of £20K which we are delighted with. Thanks again.

Lesley Spuhler – Chief Executive SAFC Foundation

Previous Clients include:

Duncan Bannatyne, Miss Great Britain, Nintendo, Noble Systems, Newcastle United FC, Sunderland AFC, Nova International, Gateshead Council, Alnwick Council, Tyne and Wear Development Company, NECC, DCSF, The Princes Trust, Muller Corner, Comic Relief, and Gateshead Council to name a few.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:38

Jonathan Trace

Jonathan is a skilled and experienced presenter, conference facilitator and awards host. As the son of Blue Peter’s first ever presenter Christopher it could be said it is in his genes.  However, he came to on-screen presenting late in his career having spent 25 years behind the camera producing and directing award winning corporate videos and films including the world famous Video Arts.  As conference host and awards presenter Jonathan has performed for DHL, British Association of Industrial Editors, British Association of Communicators in Business, Institute of Internal Communication, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Kaleidoscope Plus Group.  On-screen Jonathan has appeared in corporate videos for Route One Publishing, Construction TV, Intertraffic, Bauma, Intermat, Trustech and Cartes Secure Connexions. Whether on-screen or on-stage Jonathan has a relaxed, confident and unflappable manner; he can tease the most powerful and convincing of interviews out of the most nervous and reluctant of interviewees.  He has worked all over the world including the US, France, Germany, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai, Argentina and Brazil.

When the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) requires a professional and personable presenter to host its annual Central Region Awards, we can rely on Jonathan to deliver a first class, well prepared and polished performance, every time. It is not an easy task to hold the attention of a room full of communicators, but Jonathan always keeps us interested, with his pacey deliver and content that is spot on. Highly recommended.

Lesley Allman – Allman Communications, Former Central Region Director of IoIC

Jonathan has always supported us with our events, whether they be a charity fundraiser or a launch of a new service/initiative. He takes the time to fully understand what our aims are and puts guests at ease with a friendly and professional approach to his presenting. As a charity which works to eradicate the stigma of mental ill health and suicide, Jonathan has often needed to communicate sensitive and emotive information which he does so with passion and understanding so that the audience do not feel uncomfortable or disturbed by the content. Jonathan also brings humour and a light heartedness to presenting our events and comes highly recommended!

Monica Shafaq – Chief Executive, Kaleidoscope Plus Group

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:58

Greg Scott

Having banked countless hours of live, unscripted live TV and radio, along with many corporate and charity events, Greg is a corporate presenter who has been in constant demand for over 25 years.

Greg is an experienced event host with a sparky, fun, energetic style. His skills as a television presenter and host transpose very well to the requirements of a corporate or award ceremony.

In recent years, Greg’s work as a British presenter has taken him to Paris to front English versions of French entertainment pilots and established game shows that were sold and aired in the likes of the UK, USA and Australia.

Greg is a presenter with a warm and personable disposition.  If you’re looking for a presenter who has been commended by their clients as ‘a joy to work with’ and ‘loved by viewers’, Greg is a must-have for your next corporate project.

“Greg Scott – Fantastic with people and a truly excellent live host.

-Michael Leggo, former Head of Light Entertainment, BBC Television

Greg was the lead presenter of a talkbackTHAMES ITV show for me a few years ago, and was an extremely successful choice as our host. Viewers loved him and cast and crew were delighted to work with Greg who became an integral member of the team behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. He was warm, funny and personable and built a very dedicated fan base for the programme.”

-Alex Mahon, CEO, Shine

Greg is a joy to work with; He’s enthusiastic, cheerful and as professional as you can get.”

-Howard Huntridge, Senior Executive Producer, Worldwide Entertainment, FremantleMedia

The first time I saw Greg on TV, it immediately struck me that here was one of those exceptional performers who is genuinely able to make an instant connection with the viewer at home. Amongst Telly Professionals this is known as ‘…getting through the glass…’ (Referring to a Camera Lens or, more commonly an AutoCue ).  Proficiency in this skill can ONLY be achieved via experience. GREG SCOTT is a master of this skill and, to his credit, makes it all look far too easy”.

-Royston Mayoh , Director / Producer: The Kenny Everett Video Show, Tommy Cooper, Catchphrase.

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