Matt Ellison

Matt Ellison

Matt Ellison is a highly sought-after, entertaining and thought-provoking transgender speaker. His life experience as a trans man has fascinated and inspired audiences of all kinds in both private and public sectors in the U.K. and internationally.

His insights on change, as someone who has made such a huge and fundamental change himself, apply to everyone in all areas of professional and personal life.

His is a story filled with courage and determination; after 39 years in a woman’s body, Matt began his transition in 2013, supported by his friends and family – after years of suppressing his true feelings – to physically become his true self.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book LGTBQ+ transgender speaker Matt Ellison for your next event.

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“Matt was fantastic. He brought great energy and delivered a personal, honest, inspirational story. We were very happy.“
Microsoft, June 2022 – London

“A big thank you for a very authentic and thought provoking session today, as part of our harnessing the power of diversity week.
In speaking to a number of our senior leaders after the session they all said it made them stop and think, and everyone I spoke to has taken something away from your story. It’s a really great way to get a discussion going and the little frog analogy was very powerful – simple yet effective.”
Leonie Govan, Rolls Royce (Dreadnought Alliance), Organisational Effectiveness Lead – Virtual event, June 2021

Thank you, one of the most inspirational speakers I have heard for some time”.
Government Agency Virtual event, May 2021

Matt hosted a brilliant and eye-opening session on what it means to be a trans man. I never thought about how problematic it can be to have gender specific uniforms and force someone who identifies as a man to wear a skirt. But it makes so much sense! Thank you Matt for making me realiase what a difference the “little” things in life can make.
Cathrine, Alpha FMC

You are a fantastic and extremely uplifting speaker Matt, thank you for helping me increase my understanding.
HM Courts & Tribunals 

The talk given by Matt Ellison as part of the 2021 Mars UK LGBTQ+ Pride Series was thought provoking and inspiring. Matt’s honest and personal style of storytelling took the audience on an insightful journey into the experiences of transgender people. Matt engaged the audience from start to finish and was open and supportive of questions.

Matt is an eloquent and engaging speaker whose candid style and refreshing quick humour won over our audience. He speaks from the heart in an entertaining yet insightful manner. Matt’s personal journey is so inspiring that we are already planning on bringing him back. If you get a chance to book Matt you will certainly not be disappointed.
Broadridge Financial Solutions

Pandemic or no pandemic, nothing can stop our Kentucky Fried pride celebrations. To get the party started Matt Ellison joined us virtually to share his personal journey and experiences. Buckets of love and gratitude to Matt for such an inspiring, authentic session.

I have no hesitation in recommending Matt to speak at any event across any industry vertical. I think his stories around transformation and change, and the bravery and courage in personal journey, is something that is applicable to any type of person in any type of industry.
Jonathan MacDonald

He did such a phenomenal job, and we are so appreciative of his willingness to share his story with the Qualtrics team. Bridget,

Matt’s ability to interweave his personal journey, into broader discussions around social rights, access and inclusivity, creates a space to reflect upon our own experience searching for a voice and identity and how that has affected the way in which we engage with, and are engaged by, the world around us. Yet, what stood out to me most about Matt’s session was the empathetic warmth at it’s centre; that beyond necessary and important discussions around difference, we should never lose sight of our similarities. The desire to feel accepted, included, loved and safe is universal. And the way in which Matt shares his story not only allows you to feel included, but the pride with which he tells it is genuinely inspiring.
Anton, Alpha FMC. 

Matt was incredible today and was a joy to work with start to finish.
Malia, Design Operations Manager, Epiq Global

He was brilliant. The students just loved him. For me it was like working with a good friend. So, an all-round excellent job.
Stephen Simms, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Having never met someone transgender before, I was really looking forward to hearing Matt talk about his story. What I hadn’t prepared for was how much I wanted to learn about the transgender community after his talk. Since hearing Matt speak, I can’t stop reading and learning about this topic. Matt has the most unique ability to pass wisdom – without being preachy – in such a way that left us wanting to educate ourselves. Matt provides a sensitive yet influential argument about some hot topics relating to gender and diversity. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt.
Deborah Mowbray, Senior HR Business Partner

One of the best talks I’ve ever heard at a conference.
Robbie Turner, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Matt Ellison speaks with authenticity and truth. He shares his knowledge and life experiences with candour and emotionally connects everyone in the room in an instant. I learn something from Matt every time I hear him speak.
Gina Battye, Authenticity Coach

Matt Ellison is an engaging performer and an inspiring teacher who has been changing lives for years. He has courage, integrity, passion and a unique story to tell.
Dr Geoff Lindsey

Brave beyond words.
Ann Child MBE

You know you’re seeing a *great* talk when you don’t think to tweet about it.
James Andrews, Treasurer, RPS Surrey Local Pharmacy Forum

Matt Ellison speaks with authenticity and truth. He shares his knowledge and life experiences with candour and emotionally connects everyone in the room in an instant. I learn something from Matt every time I hear him speak!
Gina Battye, Authenticity Coach, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker

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