Dr Xand Van Tulleken

Xand van Tulleken has a diploma in Tropical Medicine, a Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is a registered Doctor with the General Medical Council of the UK (without a licence to practice). Xand is a contributing editor to the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Humanitarian Medicine and has worked for Doctors of the World, Merlin and the World Health Organization in humanitarian crises around the world.

Xand has presented numerous shows for the BBC and Channel 4 including: Operation Ouch, Blow Your Mind, Horizon, Secret Life of Twins, and Medicine Men Gone Wild. 

He has also contributed medical analysis on CNN, BBC 1 and 2, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America, Channel 4, MSNBC, and Fox 5 New York among others.

He moved in with the White family for a weekend in Doctor in Your House, which was on Channel 4 UK on 17 November 2015.

He is currently looking into the range of weight-loss diets out there on Channel 4 in How to Lose Weight Well which is possibly even less dignified than anything he did on Operation Ouch involving, as it does, one green coffee enema and one bout of incontinence.

Also, one time Jon Stewart referred to him as Dr. Affleck on The Daily Show. And then he said catching Ebola off him would be “worth it.”

He is a superb corporate host and after dinner speaker, providing a tailored personalised speech to suit the client.

Anyika Onoura

Anyika Onuora made her Olympic debut in 2008 as part of the wider 4 x 100m relay squad but had to wait another long 4 years before making it on to the race track having narrowly missed out on final team selection in Beijing.  At London 2012 Anyika competed in the Olympic stadium in both the 100m and 200m individual events.  Three years later in 2015 Anyika made the decision to change race discipline to take on the longer, gruelling sprint endurance of 400 metres. This change proved to be a successful one for Anyika and just one year later at the Rio Olympics she received her Olympic Bronze medal along with her teammates in the 4×4 relay.

Leading up to 2016 Anyika enjoyed relay success at the World Championships, again picking up a Bronze whilst also winning relay Gold at the European championships and individual 400 metre bronze.

In October 2015 Anyika travelled to Nigeria and unfortunately contracted the disease Malaria. At a time when she should have been ramping up her winter training Anyika was, instead, extremely ill for several weeks. If her diagnosis had come just a few hours later the outcome could have been worse for her; a lot worse. She was told by her consultant that she was lucky to be alive. The time spent in hospital was extremely tough and there were days when Anyika wondered if she would make it out but after experiencing extreme fevers Anyika started to build her strength; quite literally step by step. She first learnt how to walk again then started to run and eventually got back to the training track. 10 months after contracting the disease Anyika was stood on the Olympic podium.

Anyika only told a couple of her GB squad team mates about her illness, she did not want to use it as any kind of weakness. In contrast her experience has taught her quite how much strength she does have.

Anyika’s story is one of perseverance, whether that is dealing with body confidence issues, fighting harder following non-selection or working hard to get back to fitness after a life-threatening illness.  An eloquent and engaging speaker with a story that will inspire many to dig deep and understand that there is always more strength in our tank than we first think.

In November 2019 Anyika announced her retirement from athletics after a 20-year involvement in the sport.

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.

Tom Bower

Tom Bower is a former reporter for the BBC’s Panorama and a noted author of highly critical unauthorised biographies. His subjects have included Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Gordon Brown, Simon Cowell and Richard Branson.

In 2003 he won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for Broken Dreams, an investigation into corruption in English football.

Kate Richardson-Walsh

As captain of the England and GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years and an international player for 17 Kate was an integral part of the squad, unanimously voted in her by her teammates for her ability to lead by example, nurture talent and bring the best out of people.  Her career started in 1999 and she reached the pinnacle of the game, amassing 3 Commonwealth Games medals as well as bronze at London 2012 and of course Olympic gold in Rio. Glory however did not always come easily – in London 2012 Kate’s jaw was broken in the first match, but her determination was on display as she returned after only 2 games to play with a plate in her jaw and a facial mask. In 2014 the team hit a new low with a 10th place finish at the Hockey World Cup when they had arrived as favourites.

Such experiences form the bedrock of Kate’s speaking, as she shares her personal experiences of leadership, team building, goal setting and high performance. Away from the field she also reflects on the importance of inclusive diversity. Having married her team mate Helen in 2013, Kate describes hockey as her ‘safe space’, a family which accepted her for who she was and whose only expectation was that she gave her best every day.

As a female leader who reached the pinnacle of her career she also speaks passionately about equality of opportunity for women and the need for flexibility in what a leader should look and sound like. Her own early attempts at leadership she readily admits were underwhelming, until she realised that she needed to find her own style, which was not necessarily a kind that she had seen before. In her words ‘You need to see it to be it’. In other words, the more diversity we see in leadership, the more women will have the confidence to think it is something that they can do even if they don’t fit a stereotypical mould.

With thought provoking content combined with a natural sense of humour and down to earth persona, Kate receives glowing feedback and has quickly established herself as one of the most in demand speakers around.

Gordon Sherry

Gordon Sherry was born in Kilmarnock on April 8th 1974. Gordon attended Stirling University between 1992 and 1996 and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. During these years Gordon’s golf developed greatly. Unlike his adversaries Gordon declined the opportunity to pursue a College Career in the US.

The main reason for this was his coach Bob Torrance. Gordon lost the final of the Amateur Championship in 1994 and the same year represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy. In 1995 Gordon went one better in the Amateur Championship by winning the Golf medal at Royal Liverpool. He then went on to finish 4th in the Scottish Open at Carnoustie followed by a whirlwind week at St Andrews during the Open where he played with Watson, Norman, Nicklaus, Singh, Mickelson and Calcavecchia. Most people remember that week for the hole in one he had whilst playing with Watson and Nicklaus. Gordon played in the victorious Walker Cup team in 1995 at Royal Porthcawl opposite a certain Mr Tiger Woods. Unlike what is commonly thought, Gordon played against Notah Begay III and Chris Riley in the singles matches and not Tiger.

Gordon turned professional in 1996 after playing in the US Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Gordon competed on Tour until 2004 enjoying a rollercoaster of results.

He is now a fully qualified PGA Professional and CEO of The Links Group, incorporating The Links Club – one of the world’s most exclusive golfing clubs, and Links Management International which concentrates on high performance management of players. Gordon will be returning to Augusta for only the second time since he played, as Former Open and Masters Champion Sandy Lyles agent. At 6ft 8 Gordon has the distinguished record of being the tallest man ever to play in the US Masters, and is now established as a highly accomplished keynote speaker. Gordon’s keynote is entirely golf related and is a story of the key moments in his golfing career with a number of the world’s golfing greats. The keynote, while informative, is packed with hilarious anecdotes and there are helpful tips for golfers of all abilities. He lives in Helensburgh, Scotland with wife Alison and their five children Thomas, Anna, Lara, Lucy and Holly.

John Hawksworth

Having started playing golf at the age of eight, the sport has been a major part of John’s life for well over twenty-five years.

John worked he way up through the amateur ranks, starting at county level, where he represented Lancashire, and then went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the 1985 Walker Cup in America. His team mates included eight times Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, and on the opposing side, the likes of major winner Davis Love III.

John then progressed to the professional ranks where he played on the PGA European Tour from 1986–2000.

He started working within the TV industry in the mid 90’s but became regularly involved with television commentary from 2000 onwards.

His media career started with Talk Sport Radio before being summoned to the BBC for a voice test after which he was offered a position as an on-course commentator for BBC Golf.

With over 25 years of golfing knowledge and experience plus a proven track record as a commentator and interviewer, he is regularly in demand to appear as an after dinner speaker at a wide range of different venues.

He will entertain your guests with his golf stories and experiences through the decades. From playing in the Walker Cup with Colin Montgomerie to the trials and tribulations of the European Tour and right up to the present day as a golf commentator and pundit.

He will take you through his travels across the continents with stories such as him coming face to face with a gun toting American on a course in Florida, nearly missing the British Open because of overzealous Marshalls and being deported from Czechoslovakia at gunpoint!

John is also available as a corporate commentator – Corporate Commentary is an entirely new concept for corporate hosting at golf events.

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.

Eamonn Holmes

 

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.