Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:36

Francine Lewis

GBS Francine Lewis

The UK’s best loved impressionist took us all by storm in 2013 on Britain’s Got Talent series by making it all the way to the final with her incredible talent and disarming sense of humour.

Since then she has gone on to be nominated by the UK public for The Most Popular Female Personality of the year and has attracted nearly 100,000 Twitter followers, illustrating how she become one of Britain’s most sought after comedy faces. Today she writes a column for the Sun on the latest Britain’s Got Talent.

Star of Channel 4’s much acclaimed ‘VIP’, Francine started doing impressions of her teachers and fellow pupils when she was only 5 years old. She was both accurate and humorous and was always being asked to entertain her family and friends. She went on to join Kids & Co. Drama School in London, where she studied acting, singing and dancing.

As a teenager she became a television soap addict and picked up the mannerisms and voices of the characters with ease. Over the years she has continued to extend her range of characters, including male personalities as well as female. Today her favourite impressions include Gemma Collins, Sharon Osborne, Katie Price, Geri Halliwell, Amy Childs, Vanessa Feltz, Janet Street Porter, Cheryl Cole, Darcey Bussell Dot Cotton, Stacey Soloman, to name just a few!

Although impressions are her forte, she is also an experienced comedy actress and has graced many stage productions including Aladdin, Bugsy Malone, Minstrel Spectacular, Snow White and Babes in the Wood. In June 2012 she took a cameo role in ‘WAG the Musical’ where she got to sing and act as the hilarious comedy character Charmaine. This Christmas will see her take part in a major new Panto playing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at The Shaw Theatre.

Francine has extensive Presenting experience and is always open to new and exciting TV, Film and stage opportunities.

 

Francine is available at Great British Speakers in partnership with White Management.

 

Here's her performances on 'Britain's Got Talent'. She's also available with our other hilarious BGT impressionist DARREN ALTMAN

 

 

Published in Event Hosts
Saturday, 24 December 2016 15:52

Mark Pougatch

GBS Mark Pougatch

Mark Pougatch is ITV’s lead football anchor, presenting live England matches and the Champions League and will head their team at the Euros in France in 2016. He combines this role with being BBC Radio 5 Live’s main sports anchor, having presented their flagship Saturday afternoon show, 5 Live Sport and Sports Report, since 2000. He also presents his own show ‘ Football Today ’ on Monday’s on PLTV ( Premier League Television ) as well as live matches on a Monday evening. PLTV has a huge worldwide audience. Mark presents for BT Sport Score, Mark also hosts Channel 5’s live boxing programmes.

In 1991, Mark Pougatch began his career at GLR as a Sports and News presenter. In addition to this Mark also worked at LBC as a Sports Reporter. In 1992 Mark joined BBC Essex as their Sports Editor.

For BBC Radio Mark has been the main presenter for the past four Football World Cups, three European Championships, three Ashes tours in Australia, Olympics Games, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships as well as a host of FA Cup Finals, Grand Nationals, Wimbledon tennis and the Six Nations Rugby. He’s also been privileged to commentate on Test Match Special.

Mark’s television work includes being a presenter for BBC Sport on Match of the Day and Match of the Day Live, Football Focus, Final Score, BT Sport Score, Sunday Grandstand, World Darts Championship and Open Golf Championship highlights. He has also been a stand in presenter for 5 Live’s Breakfast and Drivetime shows.

At ITV he has presented the live FA Cup draws, Euros 2016 and the Indian Premier League cricket.

In 2015 Mark presented The Rugby World Cup for BBC Radio 5 Live.

Mark has also been a columnist for The Times at the World Cup, The Ashes and a regular contributor in The Game on a Monday, has written articles for T2 and The Times on pig-keeping and for The Mail on Sunday on tracing his family’s Ukrainian ancestors. He has also done exclusive podcasts with Shane Warne for The Times and The Ashes and has been a panellist on The Wright Stuff.

In 2010 Mark published his first book ‘Three Lions vs The World; The Story of England at the World Cup’ about the history of England’s World Cup adventures.

In 2015 Mark was the main presenter for Radio 5 Live’s coverage of Wimbledon and the Rugby World Cup.

In 2016 Mark is leading the broadcaster’s team for The RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championship for ITV.

Exciting start to 2016 – 17 Football season as Mark launch’s the New BT Sport Score programme as the lead presenter, keeping viewers up to date with all the latest live scores from across the UK and Europe.

Mark is a brilliant compere at corporate events. Some of Mark’s past events include The Variety Club Sunshine Awards, The FA Club at Home Internationals, SportsAid, The Hollis Sponsorship Awards and other charity nights and quizzes.

Mark counts gardening, pig-keeping, history, politics and playing sport as just some of his interests.

Mark is available through Great British Speakers in partnership with MPC Entertainment Ltd

Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:49

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan stand up and host at Great British Speakers

Patrick Monahan blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and captivating topical and observational material. He is loved by his audiences, and works the room to make an effortless connection with them.

Patrick’s 2013 TV appearances include ITV’s Comedy Annual, Daybreak and Loose Women. In 2014 Patrick appeared on ITV’s Splash! Celebrity Squares and Fake Reaction. He also appeared on Fox’s Man Up and was a regular guest on Not The One Show (London Live). In 2015 Patrick could be seen on Sky TV as host of Jongleurs Live! and on BBC/CBBC’s 12 Again.

Patrick was named Britain’s Hardest Working Comedian 2015 by for playing the highest number of venues in the UK! In 2012 he won Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his hit show Hug Me I Feel Good. He was the Winner of the 2011 ITV1 series Show Me The Funny.

Patrick is also a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs and in addition to this he is in huge demand on the corporate circuit as an after dinner speaker and awards host – to secure Patrick for your next awards dinner, please get in touch via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Published in Comedians
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:45

Steve Walls

There is little doubt Steve is in the premier league of event hosts and unlike many hosts he’s a comedian, singer and corporate presenter and writer, so he brings to the table an unrivaled array of talents to make your event memorable for years to come.

He regularly hosts shows at Grosvenor House, Tower Bridge, Royal Courts of Justice, Connaught Rooms, Old Trafford, Blackoool Opera House, Tower Ballroom, National Railway Museum and Birmingham ICC among many others.
“I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve to host any high-level Annual dinner or Awards ceremony. He did an outstanding job for us at our recent Summer Ball & Awards, dealing with unexpected issues as they arose which is just what you want from a compere, and providing the right combination of professionalism and humour. The best host we have ever had, and one which we will certainly be using again. Thank you”.
Nikki Silcock – Branch Manager – CIOB North East
“Hi Steve, thank you so much for Thursday -you were an excellent compere and your singing during dinner was perfectly pitched, adding to the ambience and the conversation. I would certainly look to use your talents again, and would most definitely recommend you to peers and colleagues.”
Amanda Tomlinson; Chief Executive – Black Country Housing Group
“Steve is the ultimate professional and kept the night running from start to finish. We were complete novices at pulling a big event together, and Steve kindly held our hands through the whole event process. His performance was second to none and so many of our customers were so impressed, I think he ran out of business cards on the night! You have to use this guy!”
Chris Harrison; Sales & Marketing Director – Dawson & Sanderson Ltd

Steve regularly work with many high profile celebrities, such as Ant & Dec, Cat Deeley, Ben Shephard, Al Murray, Olly Murs, Jeremy Vine, Tony Hadley, Ricky Tomlinson, Ken Dodd, Brian Conley, Joe Pasquale, Ant & Dec and Des O’Connor Alexander O’Neal and Martin Kemp to name a few!
Published in Entertainers
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:08

Nina Anderson

Nina took up international athletics at the age of 35 and won double gold at the World Masters Championships (400 and 800 metres – she is currently the unbeaten European veteran champion in both these distances). Her athletics background became useful in her role as infield reporter and presenter for a variety of different track meetings and road races.

Nina’s foray into television began over a decade ago when she was able to use her background as a professional dancer to wow the audiences of Wired (Carlton) talking about London’s latest dance crazes. Following this her diverse skills enabled her to be selected to take part in SuperHuman (Channel 4) where she was required to undertake some of the toughest scientific challenges ever seen on TV – this resulted in her not only being the highest scoring female contestant but in addition she also beat all the men!

Nina’s knowledge of running and athletics results in her frequently being asked to write on these subjects for various health and fitness magazines.

While Nina feels very comfortable on stage in a conference environment she also has a real passion for studio work and talkback either with or without autocue.

In short Nina is a versatile and experienced presenter adept at both live and pre-recorded television. Her professionalism combined with her personable nature ensures that she is a safe pair of hands for both the screen and conference platform.

Clients
Panasonic, Audi, PWC, Cadburys, BT, North One Television, Accenture, Citroen, Furniture Village, Dove, Vodafone, Toyota.
Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:55

Natalie Fee

Natalie’s a confident, articulate and funny presenter with a natural, relaxed style. With over 500 hours of live and recorded prime-time television experience and over five years presenting live events, corporate videos and awards ceremonies, Natalie brings bags of positive energy, fun and a professional approach to all her clients. From writing scripts for camera to improvising in front of a live audience, Natalie thinks on her feet and makes people feel at ease; both on and off camera. V

Specialist areas: live events, environmental issues, green living and wellbeing.

Very good – Naomi Wilkinson-esque. Likeable, nice manner, not over the top. Her timings were good and her passion came across. Very impressive. Took to main presenter role and social media with ease and I could see her doing the social media role on Unsprung easily. She could fire fight and keep the pace and energy going. I was really impressed.

BBC Springwatch Producer

Natalie is a superlatively good presenter, with an intuitive understanding of her craft and of the subject she is reporting on. I would, and do, highly recommend her.

Ade Thomas, Founder, Green TV

I’ve worked with Natalie a number of times – she’s a natural presenter with a wise charm and an eloquent, accessible personality. She’s at home with a wide range of productions: news items, ethical corporate promotion and live studio and event broadcasts ... and she’s brought style and added value to them all.

James Light, Corporate Video Producer

When you buy Natalie as a presenter you get one of the most engaging and charismatic people I have met. Her charm confidence and love of everyone set her apart. She is playful, flirtatious, fun – yet possesses a deep passion and concern for the trials that some experience in life and the joys that others often miss. She will banter with builders, catch her breath on the setting sun. To camera Natalie works extremely well to script, or scripted guidance, taking her cues without attitude – glad to be playing her part. But give her a chance to improvise and you set the potential of this extraordinary presenter free. I have seen her single-handed stage shows, un-rehearsed, with the barest of the preparations, captivate and hold an audience for over an hour. If you’re looking for someone, look no further.

Hywel George, Plastic Buddha Productions
Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:48

Joti Patel

Joti is a versatile, engaging and sought after Presenter with a wealth of experience in live hosting and video presenting. Joti’s sparkling personality shines through her work allowing her to effortlessly captivate and connect with her audience on stage or screen, making her an ideal choice on any project.

To date projects include global award shows, conferences, chat shows, corporate bulletins, guest interviews and much more. Joti’s psychology and business background led to a career in healthcare before working in media where she has worked for many leading brands and high profile businesses counting politicians, entertainers, sportsmen and CEO’s amongst her audience.

With a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Health Promotion, her services are often sought by various medical schools to work with their examiners in assessing GP’s, consultants, psychiatrists and other allied healthcare professionals as well as advising on communication skills. Aside from health psychology, Joti’s has a genuine passion for food and healthy living which she has been able to combine through working with global food brands on healthy eating campaigns for the South Asian communities to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

She has also advised care home owners and NHS Trusts on hot topics such as CQC compliance, caring with dignity, diet and nutrition, social stimulation, audit reviews, management & leadership, performance management and health promotion.

Joti is especially keen to promote compassionate care and was involved in organising a national conference for NHS professionals to maintaining compassion through adversity. Joti has also consulted on innovative integrated training via education, learning and best practice to place people and their lifestyles at the centre of meeting their own healthcare needs.

Joti has also worked within mental health for ChildLine and raised funds for Alzheimer’s Society by running 13 miles. She is keen to raise more awareness and support for mental health and the ‘forgotten’ older generation.

Testimonials:

L. GEORGE (CEO, ASIAN BUSINESS AWARDS)

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Joti at the Asian Global Business Awards which was televised live and attended 1200+ high net worth individuals. She is a warm, gracious and elegant lady who adds a touch of class to the work she is involved in. She is very personable and proactive and puts an amazing amount of work into everything she does. She is focused, highly professional, punctual, was excellent on stage and incredibly calm under pressure. Joti is absolutely stunning both inside and out. I have no hesitation in recommending Joti.”

LEON CAMPBELL (BBC TV PRODUCER):

“You are brilliant and should be really pleased I hope! Not only are you a complete professional to work with but you are very engaging as a personality too – the all-important bit!”

J. HUSSEIN, (DIRECTOR of MEDIA REACH ADVERTISING)

“Joti has a great personality and it shines in her work on and off screen. Her professionalism and dedication to wok and ready to add extra was highly appreciated. She has a versatile face which works well for the brand. Her presence added sparkle to the project which has been a real success. I have no hesitation in recommending her and we will be using her for other brands and shoots in the future.”

RICHARD GLEED (FINANCE CONDUCT AUTHORITY)

“It is a real pleasure to work with Joti. A true professional who cares about the job, then has the ability and charisma to make it all look so effortless. I look forward to working with her again soon.” K. HOLDSWORTH (MD of DK Management) “Joti is a thoroughly professional presenter who has achieved many high profile roles with us and we are delighted to be working with her. Joti excels at communication and is both reliable and talented – an excellent combination!”

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:25

Jane Farnham

Jane is a director of Great British Speakers, Great British Presenters and Great British Voices. Hugely experienced in the world of media and broadcasting having spent her entire working life presenting she can certainly walk the talk.

She's worked for the BBC including her property show 'Wreck or Ready' with Jonnie Irwin -  who is also a member of the GBS team!

In the corporate world she's worked moderating for conferences, presenting on exhibition stands worldwide and is also an established voice over artist with her own studio, prompting her to set up Great British Voices which now has over 160 artists on it's roster.

BBC daytime comissioning editor Jo Street said
“Jane has done a terrific job on the series – she’s bright, warm, funny, quick, looks great – what more could I ask for?”

Excelling at technical presentations, Jane regularly works as a corporate presenter, events host and product demonstrator for clients at The NEC, ExCel and Earls Court.

Jane worked with Screen at Ipex at the NEC
“Jane proved to be the first class presenter we knew she was and on top of this she was good fun and fitted in very well with all of our team. Ipex is a bit of a Marathon but Jane managed to retain her good humour (even into the second week!) which is no mean feat and reflects her professional approach to her work.”

Clients include:

BBC, Dell, Nestle, Transveral, BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Komori, Screen Dai Nippon, GSK, NatWest, Google, Sidel, The London School of Business and Finance, IPF, Brewin.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:09

Hendrik Fritsch

For a decade Hendrik has been specialising in multilingual product presentations with a focus on international and specialist trade shows. He has convinced audiences throughout Europe with his specialist in-depth knowledge as well as a compelling performance. His extensive preparation in the run-up to the event and the fact that he develops all the presentations himself lead to the following results:

Hendrik fully understands the product he presents, even complex capital goods such as machinery. He presents without cue cards or any other help and in an outstandingly authentic and convincing way. Even long-term customers of clients he works for, ask whether the new employee presenting belongs to the client’s marketing or sales department!

The target-audience feels that Hendrik knows what he is talking about, having understood their specific area of work and its related problems and he presents a solution that offers them positive advantages over current options.

Initially approached by clients in 2012, Hendrik now also trains employees such as product managers and salespeople in the effective communication of customer benefits with the help of a product presentation techniques.

Your moderation of our forum far exceeded my expectations...ABB

...more than satisfied with the work of Hendrik... excellent crowd gathering skills.. Our clients actually thought that he was a Siemens employee....Siemens

Hendrik lives in both Gemany and Spain and works Europe-wide with large to middle sized concerns.

Clients include: Siemens, Toyota, Microsoft, ABB, ThyssenKrupp, Sennheiser, Caramba and Samsung

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:17

Désirée Duray

GBS Desiree Facebook

Désirée is a real International presenter talent, able to speak fluent German, English and Dutch and has a working knowledge of French, Italian and Spanish!

She is a moderator, live event presenter and facilitator based in both Holland and Germany having broadcast on TV for the likes of RTL, WDR, ZDF, Pro7, Euro Sport, Sport 1, TV-N, Telekom TV, HxGN TV & G+J Gruner.

She also has hosted  many social and business events worldwide for trade organisations and corporations.  This includes events where she is interacting and interviewing heads of state and very senior company CEO’s.

I would like to once more thank you for your effort and commitment, most helpful show- and event-consulting and highly skilled performances. I am – time and time again – very impressed by your professionalism and communication skills. Many thanks for your always patient and brilliant support for all our events....

Whirlpool International, Bauknecht Europe

Désirée, thank you very much for your very professional and charming way of facilitating our International Customer Convention 2016 this June in Munich! Such great help to have all your knowledge of BMW topics on board...

BMW Group

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