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.

Eamonn Holmes

 

Simon Callow

Simon’s first role in the theatre was working for Sir Laurence Olivier ” in the box office of the National Theatre. This offer of work came by return of post following a fan letter to Olivier. It was while watching actors rehearse that Simon realised that acting was something he wanted to do.

His films include the Merchant Ivory production A Room with a View (1985) playing the part of the Reverend Beebe.  He memorably played Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and the dour Master of the Revels in Shakespeare in Love (1998).

On television he starred in several series of the Channel 4 sitcom Chance in a Million, as the eccentric Tom Chance, and appeared with Saeed Jaffrey in 1994 British television series Little Napoleons.  In 2004, Simon appeared in a Comic Relief episode of Little Britain.
An acclaimed author, he has written biographies of Charles Laughton, Orson Welles and agent Peggy Ramsay.
In 1988, Simon directed the West End premiere of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, starring Pauline Collins. In 1992, he directed the play Shades by Sharman MacDonald and the musical My Fair Lady. These were followed by a stage version of the classic French film Les Enfants du Paradis for the RSC in 1995.
His prolific stage career has included many other memorable performances (e.g., the solo play, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, 2000), in both actor and director roles.
He has become renowned for a series of one-man shows, which have toured the UK and internationally. These include The Importance of Being Oscar, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, There Reigns Love, a performance of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops by Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate, The Man Jesus by Matthew Hurt, and Inside Wagner’s Head.
He was made a CBE in 1999.
Simon is a most entertaining after dinner speaker.

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.

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.

Andy Ashworth

Andy has worked in the event business for 30 years; including 11 with the BBC in the North predominantly as BBC Radio Lancashire’s sport presenter. He has fronted over 2000 events from business presentations, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners, summer balls, international sporting events, competitions, sporting dinners and golf days.

Andy’s wealth of experience ensures he can adapt comfortably to every situation and under pressure takes a calm, flexible approach. He appreciates the attention to detail and protocol required, events run to time and itinerary, allowing clients to relax and entertain their guests.

A very composed and confident presenter, Andy is not a comedian, however he ensures every event is enhanced by its unique entertaining style. He holds audience attention, his professionalism and spontaneity guarantees the evening flows throughout. If you are fund raising look no further; recognised as on of the best auctioneers in the business. Go on exceed your expectations!

Sam Harland

Sam Harland’s unique,  observational humour, is drawn from his working class roots. He is able to engage his audience in a warm, quick-witted and friendly manner. Sam’s material is self-deprecating, ironic and honest, particularly in relation to his colourful past escapades.
 
He is the consummate professional and delivers constantly. His popularity among his audience and fellow comedians is well deserved.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones is the perfect host for awards and sportsmen’s dinners; he is entertaining, professional and experienced. He works across the UK and worldwide.

Mark has hosted Manchester United’s Player-of-the-Year awards every year since 2002. He was live MC for all Sky Sports’ Masters Football, hosting all their televised UK arena tournaments, plus those in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei and Macau, China, he presented the live TV interviews too.

“Thank you for doing a great job, the awards were a huge success. How you managed to keep us on time still amazes us! See you next year!  #TopMC
Mark Duggan, Managing Director, The Pallet Network

“They were a difficult crowd to please, you did an exceptional job! Well done!” 
HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex [Mark hosted the official opening of Aquavale Leisure Complex, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire]