Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:37

Ranvir Singh

Television and radio host Ranvir Singh began presenting on BBC Radio Lancashire in 2002. From there, she went on to work on BBC GMR, covering the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and began fronting the regional news programme North West Tonight as a journalist and bulletin presenter. She was also a guest presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Her first national presenting role was when she co-presenter Manchester Passion, a live BBC 3 performance. In 2012, Ranvir announced that she would be leaving the BBC to join the ITV breakfast show Daybreak and occasionally reviews the newspapers with co-host Matt Barbet on This Morning (ITV). In 2014, she joined Good Morning Britain as a feature correspondent and has since, been a relief newscaster on various ITV news bulletins. She also reports for the Tonight, a factual programme for ITV.

Over the past few years, Ranvir has hosted several Exposure specials.  She is also the presenter of Real Stories with Ranvir Singh (ITV) alongside reporter Michael Underwood and co-presents The Martin Lewis Money Show with Martin Lewis.

Ranvir currently hosts as an occasional relief presenter on the ITV Lunchtime News, ITV Evening News and ITV Weekend News. She is set to host the new 2017 show, Eat Shop Save for ITV. 
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:06

Jasmine Harman

Property expert, Jasmine Harman is the presenter of Channel 4’s A Place In the Sun. Having filmed over 250 episodes since she joined the show in 2004, Jasmine has helped to boost the show’s ratings, seeing them nearly double over the years. The programme is currently broadcast throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Jasmine has also participated in some very personal documentaries for the BBC including My Hoarder Mum and Me, which followed her family’s attempts to overcome her mother’s compulsive hoarding. She also fronted The Zoo Next Door (BBC1), Collectaholics (BBC 2) and The Truth about Your Teeth (BBC1) and is a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1).

Before working on television, Jasmine worked in the Health Club industry. A qualified fitness instructor she lived in the Algarve working as a marketing manager for a luxury health resort whilst hosting her own live magazine radio show on their most popular channel, Kiss FM.

Jasmine supports a number of charities including Nelson Mandela’s Children’s fund, Breast Cancer Care and Dog’s Trust.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:01

Dr Oscar Duke

Dr Oscar is an expert at picking apart the complex science of the human body and is fascinated in uncovering the stories behind medical conditions and diseases.

Oscar was born with Albinism, a congenital condition where pigments in the skin, eyes and hair are completely or partially absence in the carrier’s genetic make-up. Suffers are also more prone poor vision and skin cancer as their skin burns more easily in the sun. Consequently, Oscar understands first-hand the challenges that people with disabilities face. Nonetheless, this has driven him to further understand the workings of the human body, believing that medicine should empower rather than restrain those with a condition or disease to achieve their goals.  

Oscar’s passion for medicine has seen him go on to present the BBC2 documentary, Born too White. For the documentary, Oscar travelled to Tanzania, a country with one of the highest rates of Albinism in the world. Here, he explored the shocking truth behind how people with the condition are treated. The programme raised awareness of the daily discrimination those with Albinism face often suffering from mutilation. In extreme cases,  they are killed because of their condition as their body parts are believed to harvest magical healing powers, made into potions by ‘witch doctors’ then sold on to wealthy professionals for a small fortune.

The programme received an overwhelming response with many viewers offering the community gifts to help improve their quality of life, as well as encouraging other people with albinism to be open and proud of their condition.

Oscar also appeared in the Channel 4’s series 24 Hours in A&E, bringing his combination of humour, intelligence and warmth to our screens.

Oscar graduated from medical school in 2010 and has worked in everything from the emergency department to an inpatient addictions unit; a transplant centre to the UK’s busiest sexual health clinic. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, has a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine and a Diploma in Family Planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Whether it be a school or conference setting, Oscar is an engaging inspirational and motivational speaker for any audience.  
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:58


Diarmuid Gavin studied amenity horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.  From here, Diarmuid set up his own gardening business going on to build some of the most beautiful outdoor garden displays. Some of his most iconic works include rearranging the Blue Peter garden with British Rock Band Primal Scream, to designing an estate garden for the National Trust. 

His marvelous designs have seen Diarmuid go onto win the Royal Dublin Society Gold medal for garden design, twice and the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1995 and 1996 consecutively.  In 1996, his vibrant city garden propelled Diarmuid’s career in television, where he furthered his individual style in contemporary garden design. 

Diarmuid has since featured on many gardening inspired programmes including Diarmuid’s Big Adventure, Homefront and Gardener’s World. Diarmuid also won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Documentary Series for Diarmuid’s Pony Kids, for which he also presented and wrote. The show followed 5 children as they were professionally trained in show jumping. Diarmuid was inspired to make the series after participating in the BBC show, Only Fools on Horses, where he learned to show jump for charity. 

He also won documentary series of the year for Blood of the Irish, which followed Diarmuid as he unraveled Irish heritage going back 60,000 years and presented the 2 hour BBC documentary Rich, Famous and Jobless and participated in 71 Degrees North– an endurance show for 2 weeks set in the icy glaciers of Scandinavia. 

He has also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, The Weakest Link, Mastermind, Masterchef, Splash! Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Celebrity Come Dine With Me and traced his family tree on Who Do You Think You Are? 

A charity advocate, Diarmuid is an ambassador of the Princes Foundation, set up by Prince Charles. He was also a member of the jury for the UK’s leading architectural awards, the Stirling Prize. 

In 2011, Diarmuid returned to the Chelsea Flower Show with his ambitious ‘Irish Sky Garden;’ an exhibit inspired by the Wonkavator. In 2012, he unveiled his ‘Magical Tower Garden;’ a scaffolding structure containing gardens on 7 levels, one on top of the other and in 2016 he once again returned to Chelsea with the ‘Harrods British Eccentric Garden;’ inspired by the work of the beloved British illustrator Heath Robinson. 

Diarmuid has written an array of gardening books including two co-authored with Sir Terence Conran. His most recent feature, The Extra Room: Make Your Outdoor Space Work For You, was published in 2016.  His autobiography, How the Boy Next Door Turned Out was published in 2011.

In 2007, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Art from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of his contribution to garden design.

Diarmuid currently runs his garden design studio, with clients in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.  He is available for quick gardening demos and expert talks. 
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:45

Anita Rani

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 in 2015.

Her other presenting credits include the property programmes Escape to the Continent and the RTS award-winning Four Rooms on Channel 4.

As a live presenter, Anita has fronted segments for This Morning (ITV), hosted Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace to more than 125,000 visitors and in 2011, reported live from the Royal Wedding for the BBC.

Anita has also participated in the award-winning BBC entertainment shows, Who Do You Think You Are and Strictly Come Dancing, joining the live tour at the start of 2017. Anita also participated in Comic Relief’s Great British Bake Off where she won the charity competition.

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. She experience as a live presenter makes her an excellent choice of after-dinner speaker or events hosts for any occasion. 
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:37

Ade Adepitan

Television presenter Ade Adepitan contracted Polio as a child. Luckily, Ade survived but was left wheelchair-bound. Despite what could be considered a setback, Ade has gone from strength to strength in his career, from participating in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics to presenting many well-known shows on television. 

On children’s television, Ade was a familiar face on the CBBC series X-Change.  He has also traveled the world presenting on the Travel Show for the BBC and Unreported World on Channel 4.  He has also hosted episodes of Channel 4’s award winning documentary series, Dispatches where he has confronted the UK’s benefit systems disability allowance.  Other works include Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime and The One Show. In 2016, Ade co-hosted The Superhuman’s Showalongside Alex Brooker and Children in Need for the first time alongside Graham Norton.

As a sports presenter, Ade has co-hosted BAFTA award winning coverage of the 2012 Paralympicsalongside Clare Balding, The 2014 Sochi Winter Games for Channel 4, The IPC Athletics, The Channel 4 Anniversary Games and The 2016 Invictus Games which were formed by Prince Harry. He has also hosted at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  His personal sporting achievements include a Bronze medal in the Paralympics in AthensSilver at the European Championshipsand Gold at The World Championships.

 Furthermore, Ade received an MBE in 2005,  was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. 

 His charity work includes Amnesty InternationalUnicefand NSPCC. In 2012, Ade opened the Ade Adepitan Short Break Centre in Brent; a place for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. He has recently become a Patron of Rotary International UK and Ireland, supporting the ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign- fighting to eradicate Polio all over the world.

 He has done a number of high-profile public speaking engagements including the launch of the 2012 Olympic bid. He works extensively in the UK giving motivational speeches to schools, charities and businesses.
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Monday, 10 July 2017 15:42

Danny Clarke

Danny Clarke gardening expert Speaker at Great British Speakers

Horticulturist Danny Clarke has taken his passion for gardens and turned it into a successful television career. Inspired by his travels and a love of the great outdoors, Danny has acquired a keen eye for gardening, becoming a highly acclaimed landscaper and designer in the process.

Danny has co-presented on BBC One, The Instant Gardener and hosted BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show and the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. He has also appeared on Inside Out (BBC) to share his gardening expertise.

Using his sharp eye for design and passion for ambitious, imaginative concepts, Danny is always keen to assist in any outside project.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 17:48

Alok Jha

Alok Jha science broadcaster speaker at Great British Speakers

ITN science correspondent Alok Jha was formerly the science correspondent at the Guardian and a BBC TV and radio presenter.

Alok presented the award-winning Science Weekly podcast and produced science videos for the Guardian’s educational website. He has also appeared on Dara O Briain’s Science Club (BBC2) and hosted the World Service documentaries on BBC Radio 4.

Alok also hosted a live science podcast at the Royal Institution, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London. In 2012, his podcast Science Weekly won the Sony Gold award for best internet programme. It’s the Guardian’s second most downloaded podcast.

Alok has reported on some of the most groundbreaking international science headlines and has interviewed hundreds of the world's leading experts in the field, including Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, David Nutt, Rebecca Skloot, Steven Pinker, E.O Wilson, Ian McEwan, Dava Sobel, Andre Geim, Susie Orbach, John Sulston, Paul Nurse and David Eagleman.

He has floated aboard a zero-gravity flight with the European Space Agency, had his genes sequenced, been a scientific guinea-pig to test the effects of the Atkins diet, learned how to Lindy-Hop, hung out with daredevil botanists in the mountains of Lebanon, and reported from location in Cape Canaveral as the space shuttle took off on its final mission.

In 2008, Alok was named ‘European Science Writer of the Year’ and was shortlisted for ‘feature writer of the year’ by the Association 
for British Science Writers.

He is the author of three books The Water Book, The Doomsday Handbook: 50 Ways to the End of the World and How To Live Forever And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses for 

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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. 

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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.

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