Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth

A national treasure and a man who knows everyone, Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, performer, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain’s most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of TV shows like QI (2003-) and Have I Got News For You (1999-2017), a reporter for The One Show (2008-) and a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute, his many books include the fictional Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the number one non-fiction bestseller, The 7 Secrets of Happiness. 

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for Chester, Gyles’ career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

An honest name-dropper, Gyles’ ancestors include George R Sims, a highly-paid journalist, Jeremiah Brandreth, the last man in England to be beheaded for treason, Benjamin Brandreth and the inventor of ‘Brandreth’s Pills’ a pill that cures everything.

Gyles is now in high demand as a speaker – he is actually the world record holder for the longest after-dinner speech at 12 and a half hours, so be careful what you wish for. Oozing with intelligence, anecdotes, charisma, style and class, Gyles will keep an audience engaged from the very start to the very end.

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Gyles Brandreth was truly superb. He ‘read’ the audience perfectly and his background work ensured that his speech was well targeted.
Harry Richmond, The Sportsman’s Charity

A standing ovation on a wet Wednesday in January – amazing. It was the best speech I have ever heard.
Citywire New Model Adviser Awards 

This is the third year he has done it and it was better than ever – beyond brilliant, completely perfect.
The COCOAS Awards at the Eden Project 

Really top notch! He had the audience in absolute stitches and really gauged the mood right to deliver a seamless performance.

Excellent and received very good feedback from clients. Very impressed with how he took a genuine interest in the awards.
RVM Promotions Ltd. 

Gyles was fantastic. He led the session ably – he was very knowledgeable about the subject, and took the time in advance of the session to speak to each of the panellists and put them at ease. He was very enthusiastic and ensured that the discussion was at once light-hearted and informative. In short, he fulfilled, and exceeded our expectations.
Anna, Exterion Media

Gyles was outstanding – he really tailored his speech to the audience and I was at a dinner the following evening where Gyles’ after-dinner speech was the talk of the evening.
Head of Aberdeen Business School

His energy, witty anecdotes and enthusiasm were completely irresistible.
Center Parcs Charity Gala 

I am delighted to say that Gyles Brandreth was absolutely brilliant. I can report with confidence that he was our best celebrity speaker yet! He made the day and had everyone in attendance in fits of laughter. He has a great command of the political scene and reduced it almost to a well organised farce. We would recommend him to anyone who wants a first class speaker.
British Vehicle Salvage Association

Undoubtedly the best after-dinner speaker there is and a thoroughbred professional on all levels.
Surrey Property Awards 

Simply the best presentation speech I have ever heard.
Timothy James and Partners, Van Gogh Alive Event 2021

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