Friday, 19 May 2017 14:08

Emma Freud

Emma Freud at Great British Speakers

Presenter, Emma Freud has a wide range broadcasting experience, having worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. On radio, Emma is a regular on the long running show, Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 as well as hosting her own shows on GLR and BBC Radio 1.  

Emma is also a familiar face on many cultural and factual shows including The Media Show and The Big Picture Show. She also presented the popular entertainment show Pillow Talk has also presented awards at the BAFTA’s. 

Off camera, Emma is the script editor for her partner Richard Curtis, having worked his popular titles, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually. She was second unit director on The Boat that Rocked in 2009. She has also had articles appear in The Guardian, The Daily Mail and the first edition of Eulogy Magazine in 2010.

For years, Emma has worked closely with the National Theatre. She regularly chairs the National Theatre Platforms, which involve her conducting one-to-one interviews with well-known guests before opening questions up to her audience. Previously, Emma has interviewed John Humphrys, Nicolas Hytner and Dara O’Briain. She is also the director of Red Nose Day and a trustee for Comic Relief alongside Curtis. 

Published in Speakers
Monday, 13 February 2017 19:56

Martin Roberts

GBS Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts is one of the most well known faces on British Television. Martin has presented BBC1’s highest rating Daytime Programmes – “Homes Under the Hammer” for the past ten years. Martin has a regular weekly audience of over 12 million daytime viewers and is regarded by most housewives as their ‘guilty pleasure’. Martin is an all round performer and presenter and can be seen daily on BBC1 and was a hit on ‘I’m a Celebrity .. Get me Out of Here in 2016. He lives in Bath with his wife and 2 children.

He is a regular After Dinner Speaker and compere and enjoys sharing his inside secrets of Making Money from Property, and lifting the lid on the secrets only he know in making Britain’s favourite daytime show.

Martin is one of the UK’s most respected Property, Travel and Lifestyle TV presenters and over the past 20 years he has appeared on BBC TV and Radio, ITV, CNN and SKY TV. He was a regular presenter on ITV’s top rated travel show ‘Wish You Were Here?’ for 8 years and the travel editor of ‘Woman’ magazine for 15 years.

For the past ten years, he has written and presented the hit BBC1 property auction show ‘Homes under the Hammer’, which is shown on BBC1, BBC Worldwide and Home and is now in its 14th series. He has written his own series of children’s books – The Villes.

He is also the BBC’s UK and Overseas Property expert, appearing as expert speaker on programmes such as: - Sky News; Daybreak, ‘BBC Breakfast’, ‘BBC News, the Jeremy Vine Show and BBC Radios 2, 4 & 5 Live. He was also the weekly Property Columnist for the News of the World.

His career includes:

• Presenting ‘Homes under the Hammer’ Property show on BBC1 (Main presenter, 650 shows, 14 series). Also shown on UKTV Home and TV channels in America, Australia, Canada, Europe & South Africa

• Presenting ‘Wish You Were Here’ Travel Show on ITV Network (Regular presenter, 8 series)

• Presenting ‘CNN Travel News’ News programme on CNN Globally (Main Presenter, 100 shows)

• Author of Teach Yourself Making Money from Property

• Property Columnist for News of the World

He is the former Chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers and a board member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism and the AIPP. He is a regular expert contributor to a wide range of publications including Tesco’s in-store magazine and numerous other lifestyle and property magazines.

He is the author of the best selling Teach Yourself guide Making Money from Property and is an active property developer and investor.

Published in Speakers
Sunday, 12 February 2017 14:59

Suzi Digby OBE

GBS Suzi Digby

Suzi Digby OBE is a conductor, choir master and music educator. She regularly gives lectures and presentations on all aspects of the choral world, adjudicates choir competitions and gives workshops and team building sessions internationally.

Broadcast Work:

She was a judge on the highly successful BBC TV series Last Choir Standing - a competition for Britain's favourite choir, which attracted 10 million UK fans and many more world wide and she has judged The Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the BBC Choir of the Year and BBC Chorister of the Year competitions, as well as contributing regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Corporate Work:

Suzi has founded Singing4Success – and with her top team of experts they offer inspirational and motivational singing based workshops for team building and leadership exercises both in the UK and internationally with an emphasis on active listening, and confident communication providing 'Accelerated Learning' for Corporates.

Charitable Work:

Suzi is the Founder and Principal of The Voices Foundation, the leading music education charity which she established in 1993, which works with schools to deliver sustainable solutions to teaching music at a Primary level.

She is a Council Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Trustee of Music in Country Churches and several other music and education charities. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

She has worked internationally with children's and adult choirs for many years and founded Voce in 2003, widely acknowledged as London's best young and vibrant Chamber Choir.

Educational Work:

Other foundations are Vocal Futures, which aims to build young audiences (16-22) for classical music, and the London Youth Choir - an exciting initiative to provide London's young singers with a world class choral education and to create a flagship ensemble with a pyramid of 5 choirs from all 33 Boroughs to represent the city of London on a world stage.

Suzi has also launched the professional vocal consort, Ora - commissioning new choral works as 'reflections' of old masterworks. Within a week of release their CD Upheld in Stillness was the highest new entry in the Classical Specialist Chart.

She was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of outstanding services to music education.

What the audiences say:

“Suzi was on stage with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones when her choirs (Voce Chamber Choir and London Youth Chamber Choir) performed for the 50th anniversary concerts at the O2 with a capacity audience of 20,000!”

“Suzi, her conductors and musicians performed a miracle for us for our 210th birthday when they brought together three choirs of 60 colleagues and in under two hours coached them in three sung and danced medleys of Abba, the Beatles and Gangnam Style before an audience of 2,500. Suzi and team turned up the emotional pitch and united us all. It was an extraordinary moment. As for the singers, they bonded with colleagues they didn't know, achieved something they knew nothing of when they awoke that morning and of which most did not think themselves remotely capable. For them it was a transformative experience.”

The Pictet Group

“Suzi assumed we could all sing – so we could!' ~ 'Normally a very competitive atmosphere – so we let down our guard and played together' ~ 'Everyone was committed to working together to get the best sound”

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

“Suzi Digby was a very successful guest speaker at Roedean School. She gave an engaging and lively presentation which drew on the specific features of the school and kept young and old entertained with activating and community singing.”

Mrs Frances King (MBA) London (MBA) Hull, Headmistress of Roedean School

“Feedback has been beyond my expectations and can best be summarised as:

'Took me out of my comfort zone before I even knew it'

'Amazing parallels in music and what Suzi did with what we have to do as leaders and team players in banking'

'Suzi's leadership, energy and communication skills were awe-inspiring'

'The sessions gave me so much food for thought and areas for me to work on as a leader'

'Great opportunity for us to join up in a focussed but enjoyable manner'

'The dinner with Suzi was enlightening, not just because of her music experiences that translate to our leadership needs, but her own amazing leadership'

'Really fun event too'. In short, I would say that is a wrap! Thank you for all that you have done to help us on our journey.”

Martin Spurling, Fifs Chief Executive Officer Offshore Islands & HSBC Bank International Limited

"Great letting something inside of you out that you don't normally let out' ~ 'Excellent for times of low morale' ~ 'An excellent icebreaker on a training day”

Department for Skills and Education National Leadership and innovation Agency for Healthcare

'A clear link between singing and presentation/projection in the work place'

'I learnt key steps to overcome nerves and have more confidence'

'Surpassed all expectations of a normal presentation workshop'


“We were thrilled to have Suzi deliver a keynote speech at our conference and many attendees found her inspiring and were particularly struck with her talking about learning through listening, and how to facilitate that. Thank you.”

Making Music

See Suzi at work here:

Published in Speakers
Monday, 23 January 2017 20:12

Max Rushden

GBS Max Rushden

Max's latest venture is as the new host of The Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports. He also presents The Warm Up with Max Rushden 11am-1pm on talkSPORT every Sunday.

Not only that, Max has got seven series as host of Soccer AM on Sky Sports and Sky One under his belt.

Previously Max has presented on BBC One, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC London 94.9, and when he was much younger on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

He does a lot of charity work but doesn't like to talk about it. He has an Oxford History degree but doesn't like to talk about it. He is not as good as singing as he thinks he is, but he's got a record deal. He doesn't get invited to showbiz parties very often. He's not very good at throwing frisbees, or parking. He's really nosey.

He met his future wife on a volcano in Nicaragua. He is punching above his weight.

Published in Event Hosts
Monday, 16 January 2017 14:41

James Jordan

GBS James Jordan

Professional Dancer & TV Personality James Jordan is currently causing a stir as an All Star in the Celebrity Big Brother house every night on Channel 5.

Once ranked one of the top Latin American dancers in the world, James Jordan is one of the UK’s best loved dance champions but is now fast becoming better known as an outspoken TV personality in his own right.

Married to dance partner and star of ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here' Ola Jordan, they are celebrity power couple beyond the dance floor.

Following 8 years as one of the lead professionals on flagship show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, James has gone on to become a TV personality in his own right.  James was Head Judge and Presenter on a groundbreaking show, Dancing on Wheels, which was produced by Fever Media.

From the tender age of 10 when he started dancing, it soon became clear that James had a gift and he went on to compete professionally and win endless awards and championships throughout his illustrious dance career.

His incredible talent was heightened when he was partnered with his now wife Ola, whom he met professionally when she was just 15.  They were perfect together and within three weeks Ola had moved to the UK and they became dance partners.

Within six months of meeting they entered their first competition and after this amazing partnership was formed they went onto compete all over the world, winning many championships and becoming one of the top 12 dance couples in the world, also representing England in the World Championships.

It wasn’t only their dance skills that blossomed on the dance floor, James and Ola fell in love and were married in October 2003.  They moved to Hong Kong where they both taught Latin American dancing for 4 years before becoming part of the BBC1 Strictly Come Dancing series.

A keen sportsman, James loves to take part in activities such as golf, pool, tennis, squash and riding his Motorbike a Honda CBR600RR and driving his many sports cars!  James can often be found at Brands Hatch taking part in track days with MSV.  He also owns a speedboat and loves water skiing and wake-boarding.  He is extremely competitive, and loves to take part in anything that means he can show this competitive streak!

James also teaches and runs his own dance events. He also took part in a celebrity version of 'Total Wipeout' and James appeared on 'Tonight's The Night', dancing with a very deserving member of the public.

For more information on corporate work please call Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers 0044 1753 439289

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

Published in Entertainers
Thursday, 29 December 2016 16:43

Dean Macey

GBS Dean Macey

Dean Macey recorded successive 4th place finishes in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics, before setting the 2nd highest Decathlon score by a UK athlete, behind the great Daley Thompson. Dean finally won the elusive gold medal at World level at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Previously, he had claimed a silver at the 1999 World Championships and a bronze at the 2001 World Championships. Sadly, injury ended his dream to complete in his 3rd Olympic Games, retiring just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Since retiring, Dean has had time to focus on his main passion outside of athletics, Angling, and has been very active in this field, staring as guest presenter on Sky Sports’ Tight Lines. Dean now spends much of his time writing and presenting Angling shows.

Dean also fronts the coverage of mass participation events, such as the Rat Race series, Survival of the Fittest, and the Brighton Marathon. As well as having been a member of the Channel 4 athletics commentary team. In 2012, he was also the England team mentor on the CBBC’s Ultimate Sports Day. Dean expanded his commentating credentials, by co-hosting Bobsleigh events on Eurosport, and worked for Al Jazeera TV at Olympic, Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:29

Amy Williams MBE

GBS Amy Williams

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

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.

Following her sporting success, Amy has forged a successful career, in both the corporate and broadcast worlds. A regular guest presenter on BBC Ski Sunday, Amy headed to the Sochi Olympic Games 2014, as a Team GB mentor and BBC Presenter, providing critically acclaimed coverage from the Games on the BBC. Upon her return, Amy was signed as the new female presenter for Channel 5’s primetime hit ‘The Gadget Show’, and joined the team in April 2014.

An inspiring and exciting story, Amy is in high demand by corporate clients, and has undertaken a number of hosting and key note responsibilities for a variety of blue chip companies. In December 2014, Amy launched ‘The Skeleton Experience’, in partnership with Momentum Ski, a bespoke experience weekend in Igls, Austria. This provided participants the opportunity to experience the Skeleton and Bobsleigh under her expert tutelage.

Published in Speakers
Friday, 23 December 2016 11:59

Oliver Heath

GBS Oliver Heath

Oliver studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then completed a postgraduate in architectural studies with distinction at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He went on to work in exhibition and set design before winning the BBC’s Young Designer of the Year in 1998. Following this he set up the interior and architecture practice, Blustin Heath Design, with business partner Nikki Blustin. The practice worked on architectural projects at a variety of scales, creating practical, beautiful sustainable designs for the likes of Barratt Homes, Bio Regional, ING Real Estate and Islington Council, designing their Sustainable Living Centre. Since moving to Brighton and having children Oliver has been promoting his new design company, Heath Design Ltd, where he continues to work on a variety of schemes such as community centres, restaurants, commercial and domestic design projects.

Oliver has been involved in numerous television projects including BBC’s Home Front and BBC Changing Rooms, BBC’s Heaven and Earth, Channel 4’s House to Home and ITV’s Front of House. Throughout his media work he makes a positive commitment to discussing sustainability; demonstrating how people can make it part of their lifestyles in ways that won’t compromise their sense of style. Oliver’s last series, Dream Homes, for The Discovery Channel, sees him follow the lives of couples building new homes investigating the inspiration behind them – looking at the works of the architects and visiting inspirational buildings. Most recently Oliver has acted as a guest designer to the ever popular BBC DIY SOS, working alongside the regular team.

Oliver has written a weekly design column for the Observer, Friends of the Earth, Earth Matters, and Move and Improve magazine, he currently writes and styles for House Beautiful magazine. He has released three books about home design & style – “Oliver Heath’s Home Book” and “Front of House”. His most recent book, “Urban Eco Chic”, looks to define the practical and aesthetic issues surrounding eco interiors and describes his theories as to how to create them. Urban Eco Chic is now available in 7 languages around the world.

In 2006 Oliver co-founded, an online ethical retailer dedicated to interiors products reflecting Oliver’s Urban Eco Chic style. EcoCentric was set up as a response to a need for beautifully designed, coordinated sustainable products for the home. After 4 years of successful trading EcoCentric was sold to a competitor.

Oliver regularly presents seminars on the subject of sustainable homes and lifestyles at prestigious design events such as EcoBuild, Grand Designs Live, 100% Design, the Ideal Home Show, and the National Home Improvement Show. He also vets the Eco Trail at Clarion events Top Drawer and Pulse trade shows at Olympia.

He has recently completed a full environmental refurbishment of his own home in Brighton, with which he hopes to promote the concepts of “practical and style led sustainability” to a wide audience- demonstrating principles of low energy living, reuse and ingenious recycling. The house has since been awarded Super Home status by the Sustainable Energy Academy for reducing its carbon emissions by over 75% and in March 2011 was awarded the British institute of Interior Design’s Retrofit award.

Published in Speakers
Monday, 28 November 2016 17:16

Lorna Dunkley

GBS Lorna DunkleyLorna joined Sky News in 2002 and presented Live at Five, Sky News Today and Sky News at Ten before moving to Sunrise. Since then, Lorna has broken, live on-air, the news of the 7 July bombings and the capture of Saddam Hussein by US forces. She presented live from Windsor on the day of Charles and Camilla’s wedding and was on air as the Beslan School siege began. She also anchored coverage of Concorde’s final flight, a day she says she found both exciting and emotional. Reporting from the Glastonbury Festival proved to be another highlight, albeit a muddy one.

Prior to joining Sky News, Lorna spent several years with Westcountry TV – initially as a researcher and then as a reporter and presenter. During her time there she covered the Devon road protests and the environmentalist “Swampy’s” eight day long underground protest. In her final two years she presented Westcountry Live.

Lorna was named the BT West Young Journalist of the Year in 1997. A year later she was honoured by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace Reception for young achievers.

Lorna grew up in Cornwall, a region to which she still remains deeply attached although she has left behind her rugby-playing days with Bodmin. Her first experience of broadcast journalism was with BBC Radio Cornwall and Pirate FM Cornwall. She graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Glamorgan and completed a post-graduate course in Broadcast Journalism.

Away from the Sky News studio, Lorna enjoys hiking and playing the piano.
Published in Event Hosts
Monday, 31 October 2016 11:12

David W

David is male brand voice of the UK’s most number one commercial radio brand ‘Heart’.  You can also hear him presenting Channel 4’s UK Hot 40 chart show.

Veoila Water, Disney CNN Red Bull and Vodafone are some of the firms that have used David’s voice to deliver their corporate messages.
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