Roger Black MBE

Roger’s standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout my athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.
The session includes a selection of Olympic images and archive race footage of the Gold Medal Winning 1991 World Championships 4x400m Relay. Audience members can also reflect and learn from the performance lessons of Team GB, who delivered on the greatest stage of all, the London 2012 Olympic Games, coming third on the medal table and four years later, improved their performance to come second on the medal table at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business. Topics he will address including:

• Change management
• Overcoming adversity
• Talent is not enough
• Need to achieve v Fear of failure
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Ownership/accountability
• Synergy – surrounding yourself with talent
• Pro-active vs Re-active

His particular areas of interest are:
• The space between talent and performance, the attitude and behaviours of
world class performers
• The balance between individual and team success.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for eighteen years. She decides which of her colleagues rush into a burning building and how they confront the blaze. She makes the call to evacuate if she believes the options have been exhausted or that the situation has escalated beyond hope.

Taking us to the very heart of firefighting, she immerses us in this extraordinary world; from scenes of devastation and crisis, through triumphs of bravery, to the quieter moments when she questions herself. Revealing her own story for the very first time, she recounts her years spent sleeping rough and her passion for a career that allows her to rescue others as she was never rescued herself.

Lost Voice Guy

Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy may not be able to talk, but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless.
He has gained a reputation for being both very funny and completely unique, and been described as “a wonderful comedian” by Little Britain’s
Matt Lucas.

Lost Voice Guy won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014, and last summer became the prestigious winner of ITV’s highest rated show, Britain’s Got Talent. He was the first comic ever to win the show, and when he took to the stage, he delivered one of the most hilarious stand- up routines the show has ever seen.

The Newcastle funnyman, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak, is the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid. Right from the start of the ITV competition, Lost Voice Guy impressed and entertained with his comedy routines, spoken entirely through an iPad app. In order to perform, Ridley uses a speech synthesiser upon which he programs his material before selecting certain lines based on audience reaction. Lee also performed at the Royal Variety Performance, in December, as his prize.

Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan is a former Olympic swimming champion and is one of the worlds instantly recognisable athletes. Duncan was Captain of the GB swim team at the 1980 Olympic Games where he won gold in the 100 metres breaststroke and a bronze on the 4×100 metres medley relay.

This was merely the beginning for Duncan Goodhew who quickly, at the age of 23, adapted the lessons learnt in the pool to assist business teams to find inspiration and effective ways to overcome the obstacles to success. Inducted by IBM, he has worked with 100’s of leading businesses and organisations.

Duncan Goodhew’s business experience stretches form arranging large sponsorship to corporate fundraising and business introductions.

In his book, Sink or Swim, Duncan Goodhew draws on the events of his own life and the long and arduous grind of training for competitive swimming, where your skills will be judged on a performance which is over in less time than it’ll take you to read this paragraph.

He addresses such issues as how to get yourself motivated (as well as how to stay motivated) and, perhaps most important of all, that success is an entirely individual matter. This is a book which can be applied to home and family life as well as life in the office and addresses the issue of making sure you set your own criteria for achievement – rather than simply meeting the expectations of other people.

He is also the author of the motivational book “Fix Your Life Now.” Duncan’s vast experience in sport and personal experience of striving to be the best and the challenges one faces, along with his comforting and personable manner makes him an ideal speaker.ed the nature of success – and shows you how to achieve it.

 

James Haskell

An England international from the age of 21, James Haskell has enjoyed an impressive career on the rugby pitch. The flanker has featured for some of the biggest rugby clubs in the world, as well as making 77 caps at international level. James has pushed himself to the top throughout 16 years in the game. James moved to Northampton Saints in 2016, making them the sixth team he has played for. Prior to his move, he made a splash at several clubs.

After having represented England at all the youth levels, James’ efforts won him an international call-up and soon he was a key player in the England team. He made his international debut in the final game of the 2007 Six Nations, against Wales.

He was a member of the 2011 World Cup side which reached the Quarter Finals and again in the 2015 Rugby World Cup team. Alongside his international appearances, he has twice played for the British and Irish Lions, becoming the man of the series in the 3-0 series win over Australia.

The stories of James’ remarkable career in rugby continues to impress sporting and corporate audiences around the world. He is able to expertly speak on peak performance, teamwork, leadership, drive, sporting success and more.

Derek Redmond

Derek Redmond is an outstanding Olympic champion. Derek broke the British record in the 400m for the first time 1985 in a time of 44.82 seconds beating the 10-year-old mark set by David Jenkins. He then in 1987 reclaimed the record from Roger Black in 44.5 seconds and held it until it was finally broken in 1992 by a mere 0.03 100’s of a second.

As well as being a world record setter, Derek also won a number of competition and medals. He was Commonwealth & European Champion in 4 x 400m Relay in 1991, World silver medallist in 1987 and World Gold Medallist in the 4 x 400m Relay in 1991, setting yet another British European and Commonwealth record and also running the second fastest time ever recorded for the 4 x 400m.

Derek’s increasing career was halted by a serious injury. He endured no less than 13 operations on his Achilles tendons and knees which finally forced him to pull out of many major competitions.

Derek draws on his vast experiences as an international and Olympic sportsman to provide a fascinating and inspirational platform for his motivational speeches. In telling his story, Derek takes the audience on a emotional roller coaster, in giving away his secrets of success along with those to survive and succeed in a team.

Declan Curry

Journalist, speaker and conference chair Declan Curry was one of the BBC’s most recognisable business presenters and is an accomplished after dinner and keynote speaker, conference facilitator and awards host.

Declan previously presented BBC’s Working Lunch and was the front man for the BBCs Breakfast Business News for many years. He was also the Business Presenter on BBC News 24 since the channel’s launch in 1997.

Previously he presented Show Me The Money on BBC News, and a weekly programme on business and work – On The Money on BBC Radio 5 Live and a weekend show Your Money, providing essential news and information on personal finance.

His broadcasts on Breakfast covered a wide range of stories about business, work and money, he extracted news and views from chief executives, trade union leaders, stock market watchers, private investors and individual workers.

He formerly broadcast for the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World, and he reported as the business commentator in the United States for ABC News for nearly a decade.

Also, formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live’s early morning business programme, Wake up to Money. He produced and reported for a range of programmes, including Radio 4’s personal finance flagship Moneybox, Radio 5 Live’s Financial World Tonight, and World Service Radio’s World Business Report. In the past, he has worked for the London-based commercial news station LBC, and writes for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and industry publications in the UK, the Irish Republic and the United States.

His previous speaking engagements include the Global Economic Symposium, which has become an annual event for Declan, National Business Awards conference, Retail Week Conference and the Engineering Employers Federation annual awards.

A consummate professional, Declan has brought his vast experience in the media to the speaking circuit. He can facilitate conferences, host awards ceremonies and act as an entertaining after-dinner speaker. Able to tailor his speech to any audience, Declan’s charm and knowledge makes him a sought-after speaker.

Sir David Hempleman-Adams

Sir David Hempleman-Adams MBE OBE is a leading British Adventurer.  He is an accomplished mountaineer,  having climbed the seven highest peaks of the seven continents, i.e. Everest (Nepal), Mt Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (Argentina), Carstenz Pyramid (Indonesia), Elbrus (Russia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

Without his motivational and team building skills… Sir David Hempleman-Adams would be dead!

As a keynote speaker, David presents highly enjoyable and informative speeches which will inpsire you and your team.

From his experience gained in the workplace and from his vast adventures, David can deliver tailored presentations focusing on the synergy of team building and working towards goals either in the marketplace or on mountains.

Celebrity Comedian

You may be after a household name or a comedian you just happened to watch at a previous event and don’t quite remember the name.

Either way, we can help find the person you are after and with fees from £300 upwards, it should be the comedian you want is within range.

Call us now to discuss your event.

Barry Cryer

Barry has led a booming career in show business both as a writer and a performer. He has worked with most of the biggest names in comedy  and show business, including the likes of Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Kenny Everett, Dave Allen and the two Ronnie’s along with many more. Show business and performing is definitely Cryer’s forte which is clear when he takes the stage as an after dinner speaker. His large persona and quick wit makes him an entertaining and interesting choice.