Our Speakers

Our network of speakers are eminent, influential and leading figures in their fields who are specifically nominated by their peers or invited to participate given their unique contributions and expertise. We work with partners, key institutions and existing speakers to maintain this special network of figures through their recommendations and invitations. These are figures who hope that by sharing their wisdom and insights as individuals at top of their profession they can spark imagination, encourage, inspire and broaden horizons for young people of all backgrounds.

  • To find out how we place speakers with schools please see our How it Works page and our Talk Themes for more about how speakers tailor their talks.
  • To find out more about planning a talk, please see our Speaker Guides here
  • Our speakers are generally nominated by a peer or industry bodies as influential, leading figures in their field. For more information please contact us here.

Funke Abimbola MBE

General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK

Richard Adams

Education Editor, The Guardian

Michelle Adams

Head of Talent and Leadership, Early Careers & D&I, O2

Lord (Andrew) Adonis

Former Cabinet Minister, Journalist & Historian

Tazeen Ahmad

Investigative Reporter

Image of Anjana Ahuja, Award-Winning Science Journalist

Anjana Ahuja

Award-Winning Science Journalist

Alex Aiken

Executive Director, Government Communications

Nabeela Akhtar

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Telefonica UK

Andy Akinwolere

Broadcaster, BBC

Sir Rod Aldridge

Founder, Capita & Chairman, Aldridge Foundation

Dame Helen Alexander

Chairman, UBM plc

Rushanara Ali

MP & Former Shadow Minister for Education

Tim Allan

MD, Portland

Mark Allan

CEO, St. Modwen Properties

Dr Brian Allen

Chairman, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox

David Allison

Managing Director, Getmyfirstjob.co.uk

Mohammed Amin MBE

Former Partner at PwC and Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester

Professor Martyn Amos

Professor of Novel Computation

David Amos

Head of Regional Structured Finance, Scotland RBS

Keith Anderson

Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower

Sir Roy Anderson

Professor of Epidemiology & Former Chief Scientific Advisor, MoD

Jenny Anderson

Finance & Education Reporter, Quartz

Dame Mary Archer

President, National Energy Foundation

Ellis Armstrong

Non-Executive Director, Lloyd's Register

Lucy Armstrong

CEO, The Alchemists

Georgia Arnold

Senior Vice President, Viacom International Media Networks

Will Arnold-Baker

Former MD, Publicis

Lucy Ash

Award-Winning Journalist & Presenter

Sharon Ashcroft

Human Resources Director, TrustFord

Professor John Ashton

Former President of the Faculty of Public Health

Terry Aspray

Consultant Physician and University Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Ros Atkins

Presenter, BBC

Tom Attwood

Chairman, Hg Capital LLP

Keith Attwood

Chair, Employment and Skills Board, CBI

Mark Austen

Chairman, LV=

Emma Avignon

CEO, Mentore Consulting

John Ayton


Peter Ayton

Department of Psychology Associate Dean Research | School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University London

Julian Baggini

Editor-in-Chief, The Philosophers' Magazine

Paul Bainsfair

Director General, IPA

Sam Baker

Co-founder and CEO, The Pool & Former Editor-in-Chief, Red & Cosmopolitan

Richard Baker

Chairman, Whitbread

Peter Bale

Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Public Integrity

Ed Balls

Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and Chairman of Norwich City Football Club

Sir Brendan Barber

Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council

Lionel Barber

Editor, Financial Times

Mark Barber

Planning Director, Radio Advertising Bureau

Dame Kate Barker

Senior Adviser, Credit Suisse

Nick Barley

Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Kurt Barling

Investigative Journalist & Professor of Journalism

David Barral

Chairman, Vantage Finance

Peter Barron

VP, Communications and Public Affairs, Google EMEA

Jamie Bartlett

Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

Matthew Barwell

Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic Soft Drinks

Brian Basham

Chairman, Equity Development

Toby Baxendale

Entrepreneur & Investor

Catherine Baxendale

Senior HR Consultant, Ayot Consultancy Ltd

Michele Baylis

Emmy Nominated Make-Up Artist

Sarah Baynes

CEO, The Creative Garden

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Chairman, ITV

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