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After Dinner Speakers A – Z

All the After Dinner Speakers featured on this page are listed in alphabetical order by the first initial of their first name. 

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 MICHAEL MAGUIRE – (A) – Made the headlines in 2002 after famously winding up Sven Goran Ericcson pretending to be Kevin Keegan! Now host of Century FM morning show, and a regular on Granada TV. Popular after dinner speaker with an act that shows off his full range of mimics.

 BRENDAN HEALY – (A) – Former presenter of Razzmatazz, and star of stage and screen. A very well known character in his native North East where he still performs in Panto every year. A wonderful clean, story teller and huge dinner hit.

 ERIC JONES – (A) – Former Detective Superintendent with Manchester CID. Very eloquent speaker, with a wealth of topical observation, coupled with the story of his life from being a beat bobby to his retirement from the force.

 ROD TAYLOR – (A) – Former TV Producer. Re-enacting many well known comedic routines of yesteryear, alongside his tales of working with some of televisions' finest entertainers.

 STEVE TANDY – (A) – Superb comedian / impressionist with a whole host of impressions from the world of sport, to politics, TV and general celebrity. Steve's real talent is at golfing functions where he uncanny golf stories and impersonations really hit the mark. He is also very happy to play golf during the day.

 MARTIN GOLD – (A) – Former impressionist, ultra clean after dinner comedian / speaker. Delivers his act without a trace of bad language, and proves that comedy is all about timing, yet is suitable for all audiences, whether young or old, all male, or mixed. Martin is regularly in talks about his own game show and is surely a star of the future.

 LESLIE GIBSON – (A) – Impressionist and comedian. Leslie has taken the after dinner circuit by storm. A young comic from Liverpool, Leslie started out around 10 years ago as an impressionist. Years later, the act has developed into comedy and impressions, with his uncanny knack for portraying today soap stars a particular favourite.

 CHARLIE HALE – (A) – Superb comedy impressionist / entertainer. Uses stand up humour, coupled with a host of sports and TV impressions. An all round act, and no smut!

 BERNI FLINT – (A) – Comedian / Singer. Very popular corporate entertainer, with a string of hits to his name. Along the lines of Mike Harding.

 PETER J BROWN – (A) – Former Crown Prosecutor from North Wales. Light hearted look at the law, and the criminal system! Very entertaining speaker.

 JOHN WELCH – (A) – Former Coldstream Guard. Entertaining stories from the ranks, with the various characters brought to life by John.

 SEAN STYLES - Brilliant After Dinner Speaker / Comedian. Sean combines stand up humour from his native Liverpool, with superb mimicry of the dinner guests and littered with various uncanny impressions. A very confident speaker who is possibly one of the most popular speakers on the circuit.

 BRIAN NEWBOLD – (A) – Fast rising popular speaker. Has spoken at almost every kind of function up and down the country. Entertaining anecdotes from this former Coalboard manager, and chartered surveyor.

 DAVE HOWES – (A) – A history in business, and sport, Dave's stories do not just relate to his passion, Rugby League, but are a mix of amusing anecdotes from his life and the characters he has come into contact with. Ideal for both mixed and all male audiences.

 JOSH DANIELS – (A) – Really making a name for himself, Josh is an all round comedy entertainer. Stand up, observational and traditional humour, Josh is one of the few comedians able to bridge the gap between mainstream and alternative comedy. His forte is the unique parodies he performs with guitar and never fails to bring the house down.

 HARRY GRATION – (A) – From BBC's Look North. Popular broadcaster / presenter, and also very accomplished after dinner speaker. Formerly part of Super League, Harry has a vast knowledge of sport, particularly rugby.

 CHRISTA ACKROYD – (A) – As Harry's co presenter, Christa has a career steeped in the broadcasting and the media. Former journalist, now has her own page in the Sunday Express, as well as her show on Radio Leeds, and BBC Look North.

 MIKE FARRELL – (A) – Very dry after dinner speaker from Yorkshire, with a laid back approach, and over 30 years in the business.

 GARY MARSHALL – (A) – Original and fresh observational stand up comedian / speaker. Taking a rye look at life. Very entertaining, clean speaker who despite his 40 years, has been a professional comedian for over 20!

 IAN RICHARDS – (A) – A huge hit on golf events, Ian is a former cabaret comedian, who made the transition to After Dinner Speaker in 1990. A keen sportsman, he has been the chosen entertainer for many testimonial dinners, and is even capable of tailoring the speech to suit a particular brief if required.

 BILLY BEAN – (A) – Corporate speaker / comedian. Delivers a speech ideally suited to the audience. Humour and anecdotes always appreciated and never failing to hit the mark. DUSTY YOUNG – (A) – One of Ireland's greatest exports. Has sold more tapes as a comedian than any other within the British Isles. Now an after dinner speaker, with a simple daft approach to life. No bad language, just typical Irish humour.

 MICKEY GUNN – (A) – The pransome hince of Comedy. Known as the originator of the spoonersim version of Cinderalls, Mickey is a first class corporate comedian, suited to all male or mixed events, and a particular favourite at golf clubs.

 MIKE COWAN – (A) – Former Yorkshire and England fast bowler alongside Fred Trueman, Mike then went on to become regional sales director for Penguin Books. An honourary Rotarian, Mike's speech is not only about sport, but also humour, and provides an ideal finish to a conference, dinner, as guest speaker or comedian.

 BARRY ROBERTS – (A) – Former scriptwriter and programme consultant. Barry also has the ability to tailor his speech to suit the particular client, and has even written speeches for a number of top sportsmen and celebrities.

 DEREK HATTON – (A) – The infamous Liverpool Councillor! Popular media figure with his own regular radio show on Century Radio. A non political speech based on his life and loves.

 IAN KEABLE – (B) – Brilliant comedy mindreader, magician and after dinner speaker. An act combing comedy speaking and magic. Ian started out as a stand up working the Comedy Store and similar venues before developing the magic side to suit a corporate audience.

 JOHN HOTOWKA – (B) – An unforgettable evening of magic, comedy and good natured audience participation is the best way to describe John's act, which has taken him across Europe and the Middle East. He can also incorporate close up magic into the evening.

 LEE LARD – TRIBUTE TO PETER KAY – (A) - The only Peter Kay tribute act in the country – and the best! Lee not only looks like Peter, sounds like Peter – but is also as funny as Peter. From comedy characters, to regular stand up, Lee is not only packing audiences, but bringing a breath of fresh air to the comedy circuit.

 SID DENNIS – (B) – The Scrapmetal man from Skegness, or Metal Recycler! Growing up in the family business established in 1884, Sid's inventive capacity to relate his life in an imaginative and entertaining manner is always a hit with audiences.

 ALAN WRIGHT – (B) - For nearly 30 years, Alan has been one of the best known voices on BBC Radio. For many years, Alan has been a popular columnist and travel writer in the regional and national press. He is best known, however, in the UK and overseas as a top class after-dinner speaker.

 JOHNNIE CASSON – (B) - Widely regarded as one of the funniest comedians in the country by his comedy peers. Peter Kay's hero and simply a clean funny comedian taking a look at his downtrodden life as a Yorkshire man. Traditional and topical humour.

 GERVASE PHINN – (B) – Former Schools Inspector, author, broadcaster and after dinner speaker. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is just more than just a series of jokes.

 MICK MILLER – (B) – From the original TV show – THE COMEDIANS and with an act that is as fresh today as it was 25 years ago. Known for being a Max Wall lookalike, Mick's act is observational humour on modern day life. Simply a very funny man.

 STEPHEN SMITH – (B) – Yorkshire Solicitor / Author and Broadcaster. Thoroughly entertaining speaker, with a wealth of knowledge from his legal career. Has represented many celebrity clients including Prince Nazeem Hamed, and Adam Faith, and has written numerous books based around his love of comedy and law.

 JOHN KETTLEY – (B) - arguably Britain's most famous and favourite weather presenter. After Dinner Speaker, TV presenter and regular panellist. The only weatherman with a song named after him!

 IAN McCASKILL – (B) – Former weather presenter, now semi – retired. Fellow of the Meteorological Society, and entertaining, if not a little eccentric, after dinner speaker!

 NICK OWEN – (B) – Once the original king of morning and daytime TV. Now BBC anchorman for Midlands Today regional news programme.

 DAVID KENDALL – (B) – Former Bank Manager and famed speaker. Highly regarded entertaining speaker with a typical Yorkshire sense of humour.

 STEVE NALLON – (B) – One of the country's leading impressionists best known as the only Margaret Thatcher impersonator. Was the leading impressionist on Spitting Image and as a speaker goes through an array of popular characters. Will also liaise with the client to personalise the speech.

 IAN IRVING – (B) – As a cabaret performer, Ian has supported such names as Lionel Richie, Elkie Brooks, Jimmy Tarbuck, The Drifters, and many more. As an after dinner speaker, Ian has worked all over the world, including many golf classics, company dinners and sporting events in USA, South Africa, and Portugal. He is also able to tailor the act to suit the particular client.

 HOWARD MARKS – (B) - During the mid 1980s, Howard Marks had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty five companies trading throughout the world. Howard Marks wrote a monthly column for Loaded for five years and has written features for the Observer, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Time Out, GQ, and the Guardian. He continues to campaign vigorously for the legalisation of recreational drugs.

 KEVIN JONES (DR) – (B) – Consultant, and former junior at Barts Hospital. Very dry sense of humour, with a dark view on the Health Service. Very tongue in cheek.

 BARRY WILLIAMS – (B) – After dinner comedian / speaker. Very entertaining general speaker. Always a hit, with an act to suit all audiences.

 ANNE DAVIES – (B) – Former GMTV presenter, Reuters Newshour team member, BBC Current Affairs broadcaster and now BBC's East Midlands Today main anchor. Anne's speech is based on her many years in front of camera and is both entertaining and interesting. She is also the author of a children's cookery book and popular corporate host.

 GARRY RICHARDSON – (B) – BBC TV Sports presenter and broadcaster. R4's Today programme sports presenter, plus Wimbledon, World Snooker and many others. A fast moving monologue of stories from his life, 25 years of broadcasting and many topical one liners!

 DAVE WOLFE – (B) – The King of Corporate! Very clever approach to after dinner speaking, with a personalised speech tailored specifically to the audience.

 JOHN SIMONETT – (B) – Specialising in corporate events, John is able to absorb a brief and make each performance relative to the audience. As a bonus, he is also able to complement his speech with clever and amusing magic, introduced as a surprise, and performed in a business-like, matter-of-fact manner. His blend of topical humour andmagic - tailored to a client's specific brief - provides a unique and refreshingly different alternative to the traditional after-dinner speaker.

 FRED DINENAGE – (B) - Fred was an original host on the childrens science programme 'How?' and has a wealth of hilarious TV experiences. Very popular and sought after speaker, particularly in the South of England, where he still presents the local news and events show Monday to Friday.

 DON McLEAN – (B) – Very popular corporate after dinner speaker. Much in demand for his ultra clean brand of comedy.

 JOHN STALKER - (B) – Former Assistant Chief Constable for Manchester Constabulary. Outspoken former policeman turned TV presenter and crime expert.

 STEVE WOMACK – (B) – The complete after dinner entertainer. A combination of comedy, guitar, and musical ditties written and performed by Steve. In demand.

 TONY BALL MBE – (B) - Tony Ball is acknowledged internationally as one of Britain's top marketeers and most popular public speakers. A brilliant motivator, humorist and raconteur, Tony started his career as an apprentice on the shop floor of the Austin Motor Company and rose to become its youngest ever Sales Director. He's the man who actually launched the legendary MINI in the swinging 60's.

 WILLIAM ROACH – (C) – Aka Ken Barlow from Coronation Street. Bill has played the part for over 40 years and established himself as one of Britain's best loved soap stars.

 CLIVE COLEMAN – (C) - barrister, leading television comedy writer, after diner and motivational speaker working with a raft of top UK based and international companies and organisations (Microsoft, Cisco, O2, BT, Fiat, DAF etc). Writer of BBC Sitcom 'Chambers' and legal consultant and scriptwriter to 'The Bill.'

 HAZEL IRVINE – (C) – One of the BBC's most experiences and popular Sport presenters. With a wealth of regional BBC Scotland shows to her name (from joining in 1990) Hazel has since become the face of BBC Sport, covering events such as The London Marathon, World Snooker, The Open and Athletic to name a few.

 BARRY CRYER – (D) – Comedy scriptwriter, and the man behind many well known classic comedy sketches. Will personalise the speech to the occasion, and is writes much material for most top comedians.

 GYLES BRANDRETH – (C) – Thespian, writer, broadcaster, editor, former politician and very entertaining after dinner speaker. Holds the World Record for the longest AD speech, lasting 12hours!

 JENNIE MURRAY OBE – (C) - Jenni has been the regular presenter of Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987. She also presents Radio 4's The Message. She was a weekly columnist for the Daily Express from 1998 to 2000 and now contributes to numerous newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph and Eve magazine.

 ADRIAN WALSH – (C) – The Encyclopaedia of comedy. Able to tailor his act to suit the client, with his laid back Irish observational humour appreciated by audiences both sides of the Atlantic.

 DENNIS TAYLOR – (C) – World Snooker Champion of 1985, and now regular commentator, presenter. Dennis is a very entertaining after dinner speaker, with his clean Irish blarney, or can be booked to work round a snooker table, where his trick shots and rapport are best appreciated.

 BILL TIDY – (C) – Well known cartoonist and TV panel guest. Incorporates cartoons into the speech, which involves a huge scroll across the room. Entertaining, and something a little different.

 GRAHAM DAVIES - (C) – Former barrister, but no stuffy legal stories! Tailored to the client, Graham is the corporate man for all occasions. A plausible imposter, AD speaker / presenter, scriptwriter, AD tutor. His speech can best be described as topical, sharp, precise, tailored punchy delivered wit.

 MATTHEW PARRIS - (D) – Former Conservative MP, television presenter, and now journalist and parliamentary sketch writer.

 MICHAEL PORTILLO – (D) – Conservative MP for Kensington and Chelsea, broadcaster, company director, journalist and very entertaining after dinner speaker.

 QUENTIN WILSON - (D) – Former Top Gear presenter, now hosting Fifth Gear, alongside other car related shows, and has a regular column in National newspaper. A rather politically incorrect speaker, but rather entertaining!

 WAYNE HEMINGWAY MBE (D) – The founder of fashion brand Red or Dead, and now heading up new ideas Hemingway Design. A passionate supporter of quality design in new housing a Wayne writes for various industry magazines, appears on TV regularly and is currently undertaking some of the largest housing design projects across the UK.

 CHRIS BARRIE – (E) – Star of Brittas Empire and Red Dwarf and a superb after dinner speaker.

 JOHN SIMPSON – (D) – World Affairs editor for BBC, presenter and superb speaker. Draws on his vast experiences around the world, highlighted by his 2000 BAFTA Award for News and Current Affairs.

 TOM O CONNOR – (D) – Former Gameshow host, known for Name That Tune, Crosswits and Gambit, but also a household name with a number of his own TV shows to his credit. One of the most popular after dinner speakers on the circuit today, and always in demand for company events, particularly golf based.

 DOMINIC HOLLAND – (D) – TV and Radio star. Has appeared on numerous TV shows, including They Think Its all over, Royal Variety Performance and Des O Connor Tonight.

 RICHARD DIGANCE – (D) – BAFTA Nominee in 1990 for best British Comedian, and one of the most original and entertaining comedy performers on the circuit today.

 FRED MacAULEY – (D) – Accountant turned stand-up, Fred also hosts the leading breakfast show on Scottish radio. Many guest appearances including the 11 O Clock show, and McCoist and MacAuley.

 ROSS NOBLE – (E) – Perrier Award Nominee and Time Out Award Winning Comedian. A regular touring comedian in the UK, but also a big name in Australia, where he performs annually.

 ALAN CARR – (E) – Alan Carr is heralded as one of Britain's fastest rising comic talents, he has been leaving audiences breathless the length and breadth of the country for the last couple of years. He can now be seen regularly on Channel 4.

 DAVE SPIKEY – (E) - Alias Jerry The Saint Sinclair – The compere without compare on TV's Phoenix Nights. Dave co-writes the Peter Kay TV shows, and is a huge hit on the London Comedy Circuit, as well as many corporate events. Dave is a former North West Comedian of the Year, and has appeared on numerous TV shows.


 WILLIAM HAGUE – (E) – Former leader of the Conservative party, now MP, columnist, broadcaster and speaker. Very entertaining.

 SIMON ANSTELL – (E) – Television presenter and comedian. Best known for hosting T4's Popworld and now the main presenter on BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Excellent snappy comedian and corporate host.

 TONY ROBINSON – (E) – One of the stars of Blackadder, and countless other shows. Now presenting Time Team, Tony is available either as an entertaining after dinner speaker, or as himself for dinner, followed by appearing as Baldrick in character, to a tailored script. Great value and something a little different.

 ARDAL O' HANLAN – (E) – Star of Father Ted, and recently My Hero. He is also a best selling novelist and Perrier Award Winner.

 MEERA SYAL MBE – (F) – Comedian, playwright, singer, actress, journalist and writer. Award winner for the book Anita and Me, various TV credits in writing and performing on shows such as Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars and No. 42. Made No.1 singing with Gareth Gates on the hit single, Spirit in the Sky and has recently taken her show, Tandoori Night to the West End.

 JIMMY TARBUCK OBE – (F) – One of Liverpool's greatest comedy exports. Legendary comedian and game show, and television host.

 RUBY WAX – (F) – Formerly a serious actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ruby made her name as the out spoken American comedienne during the alternative comedy scene of the 1980s. Often seen as brash and loud, Ruby made a niche with her interview style and made several shows interviewing people such as Imelda Marcos and Pamela Anderson. And regularly appeared as a character actress on various UK sitcoms.

 ROB BRYDON – (F) – Actor, writer, presenter, voice over artiste and comedian. Star of TV's Marion and Geoff, a regular on shows such as Jonathan Ross, QI, Have I got news for you. Has written and performed some classic TV and radio shows, from I'm Alan Partridge, The Keith Barret Show, Gavin and Stacey.

 OMID DJALILI – (F) – Britain's only Iranian comic appears in many Hollywood Blockbuster films, and is a very entertaining stand up.

 AL MURRAY – (F) – aka The Pub Landlord and Perrier award winning comedian. Star of various TV comedy shows, as well as touring the UK and hosting a number of television gameshows.

 JOHN BISHOP – (G) - No two shows are ever the same with John. His engaging brand of observational humour mines his varied and colourful life experience. Winner of the 2001 City Life North West Comedian of The Year Award and sought after for both comedy clubs, and corporate engagements across the UK.

 David Ackfield – Cricket.

 Paul Ackford – Rugby.

 Johnathan Agnew – Cricket.

 Simon Weston OBE’s: message is one of single-minded determination, to not only accept what is, but to turn that to your advantage. Simon's own career as a Welsh-guardsman clearly demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals. Simon's irrepressible humour, infectious enthusiasm and immediately engaging personality, have made him the number one choice of many companies who invite him back to speak time and again. An inspiring and moving keynote speaker, Simon is also a wonderful and humorous after dinner speaker.

 Rebecca Stephens MBE: As the first British woman to climb Everest, Rebecca occupies a unique place in mountaineering history, and yet regards herself as nothing other than ordinary. What she achieved is something she believes is accessible to any one of us. 'It's about clarity of vision, defining exactly what it is you want to achieve,' she says. It is also a lesson about what every one of us can achieve and not allowing anything to get in our way. Rebecca is an inspiring character and her speeches only motivate one to achieve more.

 Terry Waite CBE: Whilst negotiating the release of Western hostages as the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, Terry Waite was seized and taken hostage himself. The experience gave him lessons in survival that would change his life forever. Terry shares insights he has gained from thirty years of international service. strength. He also tells a gripping story, including how he was unwittingly given a copy of The Great Escape. A well-respected and gripping speaker.

 Edwina Currie: is a former British Member of Parliament. First elected as a Conservative Party MP in 1983, she was a Junior Health Minister for two years, before resigning in 1988 over the controversy over salmonella in eggs. By the time Currie lost her seat in 1997, she had begun a new career as a novelist and broadcaster. Edwina is a brash and determined political speaker whom can command an audience with her experience and knowledge in the area.

 David Mellor CBE, QC: is a former conservative politician and Chief Secretary to the Treasury under John Major and a non-practicing barrister and QC. Mellor resigned from parliament in 1992 following a series of scandals and since then he has worked in the media and served as Chairman of the government's 'Football Task Force'. His expendable political background makes Mellor a versatile and interesting speaker. Never failing to deliver an encompassing speech specialising in politics, law or sport.

 Matthew Parris: is a former politician, serving primarily under Margaret Thatcher before being elected MP for West Derbyshire in the 1979 General Election. Parris then gave up his political career to become the presenter of LWT’s political interview programme, ‘Weekend World’. He has also taken part in large challenges such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and completing the London Marathon several times, along with many more respectful accomplishments. Parris is therefore an educational, motivational and entertaining speaker.

 John Pienaar: is the BBC’s Senior Political Correspondent, both on television news and Radio 5 Live and is therefore in the ideal position within the political sphere to give his opinions and ideas on contemporary politics. John is an experienced facilitator and chairman of conferences as well as an incisive speaker on the politics, current affairs and the environment. He was also invited to take part in a celebrity boxing show, only for it to be cancelled, this leads him to an interesting part of his speaking, the idea of an election reality show. Very amusing and interesting.

 Barry Cryer: has led a booming career in show business both as a writer and a performer. In which 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.

 Johnny Ball: is a populariser of science and mathematics, writing and presenting 23 Solo television series. Balls’ cheeky and cheerful approach to the subjects of science and maths have done the subjects wonders in promotion and his use of comedy and role play adds an educational factor to his speech and persona. Ball is a genius in his specialised subjects but is also a genius in speaking and captivating an audience.

 Col. Bob Stewart: After moving up the British army ranks, he was finally made Colonel in the 1990’s. after holding a number of ranks such as ‘Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied.

 Powers in Europe.’ In May 1998 he was appointed Managing Director of WorldSpace UK Ltd, a digital radio satellite broadcasting company that operates across the World. Colonel Stewart is an experienced and motivational character and speaker and can hold any audience with his fascinating stories of his time in the British army and the challenges he faced.

 Christine Hamilton: appears regularly on TV and radio, from entertainment to news and current affairs programmes. Her repertoire includes everything from `Have I Got News for You`, `Bo Selecta`, `Harry Hill` and `This Morning` . She also writes for newspapers, magazines and periodicals. Christine gained her celebrity status from her unnerving support in her husbands General Election Campaign. She has created a juxtaposition of persona for herself from ‘The Wife from Hell’ to ‘The Battling Lioness.’ However she always delivers a feisty and attention grabbing speech.

 Roy Walker: is the former presenter of the exciting and memorable game show, Catchphrase. His time on the show and his witty phrases and lines have obviously rubbed off on Roy as he is now one of the most in demand comics on the circuit. His experience on the show means that he can relate to the audience through a discussion about something from their past– Catchphrase! His dry comedy and sarcastic wit can keep any audience on their feet and in fits of laughter the whole night through. Funny and interesting– the perfect combination.

 Steve Nallon: was the leading impressionist on the award winning Spitting Image series and is widely recognised as one of Britain’s most entertaining raconteur impressionists and satirists. What truly sets Steve apart is his ability to tailor his scripts to and audience and include characteristics of key audience members, providing a unique evening of comedy, not easily forgotten. His cheeky wit and charisma means that he can play to any audience and ensures that his versatile and inter-changeable act always goes down a treat.

 Prof. David Purdie: was consultant to the Edinburgh Osteoporosis Centre which specialises in the detection & management of this brittle bone disease & remains an adviser to the Department of Health & the Ministry of Defence. Professor Purdie incorporates humour into his speeches and can hold his audience at any type of event, corporate, private or charity. He believes that ‘after dinner speech is ‘an art form’ and lives by the sole rule to ‘leave them wanting more!’

 Jeffrey Robinson: is an international best selling author of 22 books, specialising in crime and illegitimacy. He explores the financial background and organised crime and the idea of money laundering across the globe. His speeches cover attributes to customer services and discuss the benefits and down sides of risk-taking. Robinson is a previous winner of the Benedictine award for after dinner speaking, making him one of the best in the business.

 Graham Davies: is an ex-barrister, specialising in the area of crime. He uses his background information on the company and also the audience to tailor his speech to his corporate event, creating a brief on the client he is working for on the night. This makes Davies a fantastic choice for any corporate event as his personable approach is the height of comedy. Davies uses his skills leant from the Bar to create a tailored and personalised speech for any event, filled with wit and humour.

 David Dickinson: is an antiques dealer with over 30 years experience, he now is the main focus in his own show, Dickinson’s Real Deal” and is a highly sought after television personality and after-dinner speaker. His sharp wit , memorable catch phrases and confident persona make him an ideal speaker and fantastic performer as he can play to any audience at any kind of event.

 Declan Curry: has been voted the Proshare 'Financial Personality of the Year' two years running an award based on the votes of thousands of small shareholders across the country. Declan has appeared and still holds a spot on countless televisions and radio shows, making him a well recognisable name. He is also one of the most sought after and well known business speakers, after dinner speakers, conference facilitators and award hosts in the UK.

 Dr Phil Hammond: is a practising GP but is most probably better known for his comedy and after dinner speaking performances. Phil’s strong views on the NHS have seen him tour the country with his comedy and political and medical show. He has performed “59 minutes to save the NHS” nationally and his wit and entertaining approach means that he can get his serious point across whilst capturing an d maintaining the audiences attention.

 Eric Knowles: is a leading and well respected antiques dealer and informant. Eric’s knowledge and humour make for an enjoyable and unforgettable after dinner performance. Along with his humorous speeches, Eric can also adapt his performance into a game. Where he challenges the audience to guessing information about certain antique pieces. Also on prior notification and request, Eric will value any piece an audience member brings along to his speech. A highly entertaining and knowledgeable speaker.

 Robin Oakley: is an experienced political speaker and enthusiast. Robin is CNN’s European political editor based in London and is one of the leading political commentators internationally. Robin was awarded an OBE for his services to political journalism in the Queen’s birthday list in 2001. Robin has over 30 years experience in his field of politics and after continuously travelling the world he is well informed on all current and past political affairs. His ability to adopt humour into his speech makes for both an entertaining and informative performance.

 Nick Ross: is probably best known for being a long reigning presenter of Crimewatch, 23 years in total. His knowledge in crime, politics, current affairs and science make him an interesting broadcaster and after dinner speaker. Nick is regarded as one of the best conference moderators in the world and his versatile approach to after dinner speakers makes him continuously successful in any environment.

 Moira Stuart OBE: made a huge break and appeared on the television and news circuit when she joined the BBC's Breakfast daily morning news programme in October 2000, she remained on the programme until 2007. Although previously in 1988 Moira had been named ''Best Newscaster of the Year'' in 1988 by the TV and Radio Industries Club Awards, and in 1989 ''Best Television Personality'' by the Women of Achievement Awards, amongst other well known awards. Moira’s broad knowledge base makes her an ideal speaker for any event.

 John O’Farrell: is a journalist, broadcaster, author and former, short-lived politician. Many of his books relate to his time spent on his aspirations of parliament and his failures and down falls during this time, whilst also in the most light-hearted manner, mimicking the likes of George. W. Bush and Tony Blair. All done with no hard feelings intended! John’s grumpy persona only adds to the entertaining element of his speeches and ensures that he appeals to all audiences and environments.

 Martin Bell’s: impressive career as a foreign affairs correspondent, politician and UNICEF ambassador makes him a well sought after and interesting speaker. He was given an OBE for his work in 1992 and is well known for his political battles with Neil Hamilton and his ‘anti-sleaze’, Conservative campaign which saw him gain the majority vote. Martin gained respect and support though a campaign built on transparency and trust, you can therefore trust him not to disappoint at any event.

 Anne Diamond: is a well known television and radio name. Her contribution to the awareness of obesity and the horrific cot death is astounding and her campaigns and publications have decreased both undoubtedly. Along with these large achievements Anne has also campaigned about concerns such as cervical cancer screening, autism, dyslexia and vaccination programmes. Making her hugely influential and respected as a health campaigner. Her confidence and strong approach to the things she believes in makes her a respectable and powerful speaker.

 Tom O’ Connor: is a well established and sought after man of comedy and television personality. After executing at least seven successful game shows, Tom has made himself a well known household name. In the 1970’s Tom was given the highest honour for a performer, a spot on the Royal Variety show, which took place at the London Palladium. Tom is also an author and keen experienced golfer, meaning his speeches do not solely rely on comedy and he can engage with any audience. A fantastic comedy man and a great experience to see him perform.

 Nick Owen: has worked on national television for almost 30 years and has been the face of a number of breakfast television and sports programmes. His extensive CV and knowledge on day to day matters means that he is a thoroughly enjoyable speaker and brings a broad knowledge and light hearted approach to his speeches. Nick also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker.

 Quentin Letts: is well known for his controversial parliamentary sketches fro the Daily Mail. His opinionated manner and bold outlook make him a powerful after dinner speaker. His inside knowledge on politics and parliament only reinstate him as a knowledgeable and strong speaker. He is not to be stopped there though, his speeches also veer towards travel and theatre reviews and again his opinions are given and welcomed by the audience. A strong speaker, full of charisma and character.

 Dennis Taylor: is a former world class snooker player, winning countless titles. Dennis is now the BBC’s main commentator for snooker and has recently appeared as a contestant on the huge BBC production, Strictly Come Dancing. Dennis; light hearted and comical manner make him the ideal after dinner speaker for any event and his friendly, personable approach mean that he is suitable for and can appeal to all ages groups.

 John Parrott: is a snooker legend and well known name not only in the snooker and sporting environment,. Due to his well established and successful after dinner speaking, John is now known out of that circuit and is liked and listened to by many. On the sporting front, John’s large involvement in snooker means that he can talk in depth in this subject but also his childhood passion for Everton football club and interest in horse racing, makes him an ‘in the know’ sporting speaker.

 Barry McGuigan: is best known for his former professional boxing career and his span of over 20 years as a boxing commentator. Barry has commentated all over the world and is also President and Founder of the Professional Boxing Association (PBA), an organisation set up to protect the interests and promote education and skills development for professional boxers. Barry not only is an experienced sporting speaker but he incorporates an element of motivation and the idea of how you can achieve your dreams. An inspiring and interesting speaker.

 Dame Jenni Murray: was given an OBE for her contribution to radio in the Queen’s birthday honours in 1999 and later made Dame Commander by the Queen in 2011. Jenni, presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s hour has received the highest honours for her outstanding contributions to radio broadcasting. Her outspoken and bold approach to any subject has turned heads and captured the public's attention for many years, so it goes without saying that she will do so at any event and during any speech. Dame Jenni Murray never fails to impress and captivate her audience.

 Ronnie Irani: has been a cricket legend since the 1990’s and was former the skipper of Essex. Ronnie has previously played for England and has played 3 test matches and 31 one-day internationals. Ronnie has now taken up a permanent position on TalkSPORT where he co-hosts their breakfast show. His wit and charm shown on his breakfast show never fails to come through in his after dinner speeches. His vast sporting knowledge and personable attitude make him a popular sporting speaker.

 Geoff Miller: is a former cricketer, playing for Derbyshire, captained for Essex and also was vicecaptain for England. His secret talent however, was his talent for humour and to make his team mates along with anyone else subject to his conversations laugh. Being a Northerner, his dry sense of humour mirrored his fantastic ability on the field. Nowadays, he uses this in his after dinner speaking, meaning that he can entertain people whom lack a knowledge in the sport he is speaking about. Enjoyable for everyone, a truly entertaining speaker.

 John Stalker: is a well trained and highly respected policeman, serving in the Drugs Squad, Bomb Squad and Serious Crime Squad. At the age of 38 he went on to be the youngest Detective Chief Superintendent in the country. John later went on to be the Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. Since his time in the force John has become Director of a large national security company as well as running his own consultancy firm. John is also a best-selling author and has appeared on numerous television shows. A highly experienced speaker and man of many talents.

 Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock: made his debut at Millwall and then went on to have a long football career playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace, and finally concluded his career as a player and coach at Swindon Town. Since his retirement from football, Neil has gone on to take part in a number of reality television shows such as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Total Wipeout. He is now therefore a well-known household name and can appeal to all kinds of audiences with his tales of football, jungles and other adventures.

 Matt Le Tissier: is one of the best and most well respected players in Southampton’s history. He turned down a number of money rich moves in order to see his team through the tough times. His loyalty to Southampton was noted by fans who nick named him “Le God.” In 1990 Matt won the PFA Young Players award, for his outstanding performances and ability. An unfortunate case of repeated injuries meant that his career came to an early finish. Matt is now a panellist on Sky Soccer Saturday.

 Howard Webb: is an English football referee who has been FIFA listed since 2005 and now operates in the Premier League. As well as his high-flying refereeing career, in his spare time Howard serves for the South Yorkshire Police. Howard became a well-known household name when he was an official ref for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. As an aspiring footballer in his younger years, Howard uses his stories of his aspirations and his change of career path as motivation to others, to never give up on your dreams. An interesting and fantastic speaker.

 Peter Shilton OBE: is a football legend and the most capped England player of all time, with 125 International appearances. During his 30 years as a goalkeeper, Peter was awarded both an MBE and OBE for his services to football. He played for 11 English league clubs and also appeared in 3 different World Cups. Peter’s experience on the field makes him an interesting and fascinating sports speaker. His stories and anecdotes of his footballing career make for an entertaining and appealing event.

 Austin Healey: is well known for his time at Leister Tigers, playing 10 seasons and making over 250 appearances. Austin also capped Internationally over 50 times for the England team. He has represented England 5 times in the Five/Six nations tournaments and was an important player in the 1999 World Cup. Austin announced his retirement at the end of 2005 but his passions for rugby are still well and truly alive. This shows through his passionate after dinner speaking, where he tells stories and tales of his time as a national rugby figure head.

 Bill Beaumont OBE: has made a name for himself as a great sports leader, captain and rugby legend. Bill was the Grand Slam captain in 1980, he spent 13 years on A Question of Sport, and is one of England’s representatives on the International Rugby Board. In 1982 Bill was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the sport. Unfortunately a head injury, while playing for Lancashire in the 1982 County Championship final, prematurely ended his sporting career. Bill now re-lives his rugby days through his knowledgeable and entertaining after-dinner speaking.

 Victoria Derbyshire: is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. Victoria presents her own morning show on BBC Radio Five Live, which addresses the news and current affairs. In 2009 she won the Nick Clarke award and in 2011, a Sony Globe award for the Best News and Current Affairs Programme. Victoria has a number of television credits, including a weekly appearance on Lorraine, reporting on The One Show, Watchdog and many more. Victoria is well experienced in speaking and current affairs, her knowledge and manner make her an ideal speaker.

 Jim Tavare: is mostly recognisable from his appearances on The sketch show, which was BAFTA award winning. Jim is also internationally known as a stand up comedian, entertaining all over the world, including troops in The Falklands. Jim has taken art in 3 Royal Variety Performances and was the winner of the International Star Search in 192. He has written and performed his own series along with a number of other television appearances, including a part in a Harry Potter film. His experience in comedy and television make him an appealing and extremely funny speaker.

 Duncan Goodhew MBE: 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 4x100 metres medley relay. 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.

 Richard Herring: is one of the UK’s most talked about comedians. Richard has done countless television appearances and performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After appearances on well known programmes such as Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Richard currently co-hosts the Saturday morning breakfast show on radio 6. He has also established himself as a leading playwright at Edinburgh and he also devised 37 episodes of the sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, with A Murray. A talented and funny performer.

 Gareth Edwards MBE’s: motivational speaking is based on teamwork, commitment and achievement. All qualities which Gareth exercised and acquired throughout his career as a ruby legend. His anecdotes and tales of his time on the pitch are not only extremely entertaining but also represent positive and useful qualities to have and use in life. With 53 caps for Wales, including 13 as captain, Gareth is considered by many to be the greatest rugby player in the history of the game. He s also at the top of his game on the after dinner circuit!

 Geoff Burch: is an internationally recognised key-note speaker and business guru. A self employed author and business expert, Geoff is the winner of Business Communicator of the Year Award 2011. Geoff’s unique and hilarious outlook on all manner of business topics has made him the most prolific of speakers in the market. His flair for life and for all matters of business shows through in Geoff’s entertaining and informing speeches. Being a successful businessman himself he speaks first hand on how to break into business, adding the odd funny anecdote.

 Chris Moon MBE: is known for always “helping you go the extra mile.” A motivational and keynote speaker, Chris is one of the most sought after in the business due to his sheer courage and ability to pursue his dreams. Chris was blown up in Africa clearing landmines and lost his lower arm and leg. Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and now runs the world's toughest ultra-marathons. His bravery and determination is clear in his speeches and makes for a moving and un-missable event speaker.

 Fl. Lt. John Nichol: During 15 years service in the Royal Air Force John Nichol flew Tornadoes in both the Air Defence and Ground Attack roles. On active duty in the Gulf he was shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. John later returned to active duty and now is a key speaker on the after dinner circuit. His bravery and courage only heighten the passion and strength in his speeches.

 Sqdn. Ldr. John Peters: was just a regular RAF pilot, devoted husband and loving father. During the midst of the Gulf War his Tornadoe was shot down over Iraqi territory and he was captured and kept as a prisoner of war. He was repeatedly beaten and starved and his photo was released to the British press on Iraq TV which provoked mass support for Peter’s and the war which he was fighting. Since being released John has now taken position as an after dinner speaker. A brave and emotional speaker, guaranteed to captivate any audience with his tales of war and survival.

 Simon Evans: is a much sought after headline act, Simon Evans is a comic at the top of his game and wreaking of experience. The snobbish and superior persona could potentially alienate a crowd, but Evans pulls it off perfectly by playing on each audience member's belief that he must be talking about somebody else. Of course, it does no harm that the material is universally top notch, with every line perfectly honed and never failing to get the laugh. A truly funny and entertaining man.

 Seann Walsh: Charming and charismatic, a natural motor-mouth, Brighton's Seann Walsh is the most frighteningly precocious talent to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in ages. Within two years of his first comedy performance in 2007, Seann became the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after, other accolades included ‘Chortle Best Breakthrough Act’ Nominee 2010 and ‘Chortle Best Compere’ Nominee 2011. A national treasure in terms of comedy.

 Sean Collins: honed his unique storytelling style over 20 years. In 2000, his hard work and determination led to his receiving two prestigious Canadian Comedy Award nominations for 'Best Male Stand Up' & for his half-hour 'Comic's Comedy Special' on CBC. Sean's first tour in 2011 'Still On The Roadshow', was performed with fellow comic Mike Gunn. Such was its success that Comedy Store Management are now behind the tour for 2012. Sean is a comedian at the top of his game, making a lasting impression at an event.

 Bobby Davro: made his TV debut in 1981, but his major breakthrough came with an appearance in Live at Her Majesty's in 1983. This led to his own Saturday night series Bobby Davro on the Box, Bobby's Sketch Pad, TV Weekly which immediately topped the ratings for six consecutive years. Versatility is the key to Bobby's longevity, as a high profile personality. Be it in Television, Pantomime, Corporate Entertainment and Award Presentations, Golf Shows and Late Night Cabaret …. Bobby Davro is in constant demand as a major attraction.

 Adam Hills:Adam Hills has achieved international acclaim as one of the world’s best stand up comics. His combination of positive uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity have seen him receive a swag of awards, glowing reviews and a legion of fans around the planet. Adam’s solo shows are established highlights at the Adelaide Fringe, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe. Adam is an in demand, contemporary comedian, who never fails to deliver an enjoyable and hilarious show at any event.

 Milton Jones: Milton Jones is a multi-award winning comedian. He has been a panellist many times on Mock the Week, and was recently to be seen on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. He has also recently had his ninth radio series commissioned for BBC Radio 4. He is a former Perrier Best Newcomer and Perrier Nominee as well as having won a Sony Award for his radio show the Very World of Milton Jones. Milton currently holds the 2011 title for ‘Chortle website 'Headliner of the Year'. An outrageously funny and entertaining performer.

 Terry Alderton: Peeking inside the Technicolor mind of one of Britain’s finest comic talents and you will find him desperately doing battle with “The Voices”, two unpredictable and hilarious Voices in Terry’s Head. Though often a challenge to Terry these two different sides of his ego / conscience often lead him into unpredictable comedy routines. His witty humour and versatile act means that no two shows are ever the same. Terry is one of the most exciting comedians around.

 Craig Campbell: is a gruff Canadian man with a beard. He looks like a lumberjack and isn't afraid to say he likes wood. He's also a Canadian living in Britain, with all its strange idiosyncrasies that he just doesn't get. In our fair country, he has appeared on many stand up shows including Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and many more. Craig Campbell's upbeat attitude and natural ability to entertain results in a very good comedian to whom anything is worthy of a rant. One quote put it best by stating that Craig is simply a very funny man.

 Jon Richardson: is a highly entertaining and hilarious comedian. Jon discusses the everyday items that have a profound effect on his outlook, Richardson takes his audience on an eclectic journey from cheating footballers to decapitated alligators and beyond. ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ sees Jon working his pessimism with some hilarious consequences and is in turn the title for his first self-written book. Jon is a highly entertaining performer and a guaranteed hit at any event, having the unusual talent to make the whole audience laugh.

 Alun Cochrune: is a no-nonsense comedian who specialises in funny nonsense. Much of his comedy begins simply as something he’s seen, heard or felt in his own life, or in the street, or the kitchen, or anywhere and from that it blossoms into a highly amusing anecdote or a strange flight of fancy. Alun has recently joined Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show and can be heard every Saturday morning. This cheeky chappy is a guaranteed giggle as well as a versatile and entertaining comedian and after dinner performer.

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