Our Speakers

Resilience, hard work, finding what motivates you, dealing with failure, changing paths, what opportunities are out there — just a few of the messages that come from leaders sharing their experiences.

Our unique network of speakers are eminent, influential and leading figures in their fields who are nominated by their peers, our partners or invited to participate given their outstanding experience and contributions  to their field, profession or society. The talks themselves are assembly-style events focused on sharing insights, inspiration and experiences as someone at the top of their field or discipline, as a chance to for students to ask questions directly to someone shaping society today. Explore our network below.

  • To find out how we work and what talks are about, see How it Works page.

  • If you are look for information for your talk, please see our Speaker Guides here.

  • To take part, find out more about the commitment on our FAQ page.

Gisela Abbam

Director for Strategic Partnerships, Abt Associates

Funke Abimbola MBE

Solicitor, Business Leader and Diversity Campaigner

Michelle Adams

Director of Talent and Development, O2

Tazeen Ahmad

Investigative Reporter

Image of Anjana Ahuja, Award-Winning Science Journalist

Anjana Ahuja

Award-Winning Science Journalist

Alex Aiken

Executive Director, Government Communications

Andy Akinwolere

Broadcaster, BBC

Simon Albury

Chair, Campaign for Broadcasting Equality

Sir Rod Aldridge

Founder, Capita & Chairman, Aldridge Foundation

Dr Ayesha Ali

Consultant, Public Health Medicine and Specialised Commissioning, NHS England

Tim Allan

Group Managing Director, Portland

Mark Allan

CEO, St. Modwen Properties

Dr Brian Allen

Chairman, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox

Kenton Allen

CEO, Big Talk Productions

David Allison

Managing Director, Getmyfirstjob.co.uk

Professor Richard Alston

Lecturer in Roman History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Mohammed Amin MBE

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

Margaret Ammon

Chief Risk Officer, M&G Investments

Professor Martyn Amos

Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University

David Amos

Head of Regional Structured Finance, Scotland RBS

Keith Anderson

Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower

Sir Roy Anderson

Professor of Epidemiology, Imperial College London & Former Chief Scientific Advisor, MoD

Jenny Anderson

Finance & Education Reporter, Quartz

Iain Anderson

Executive Chairman, Cicero Group

Julia Angeles

Investment Manager, Baillie Gifford

Dame Mary Archer

Chairman, Science Museum Group

Ellis Armstrong

Non-Executive Director, Lloyd's Register

Lucy Armstrong

CEO, The Alchemists

Georgia Arnold

Senior Vice President, Viacom International Media Networks

Chris Arnold

Creative Partner & Founder, Creative Orchestra Advertising

Robert Arnott

Director of Strategy, Home Office

Sharon Ashcroft

Human Resources Director, TrustFord

Professor John Ashton

Former President of the Faculty of Public Health

Dr 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

CEO, e2v & Former Chair, Employment and Skills Board, CBI

Mark Austen

Former Chairman, LV=

Richard Aylard CVO

External Affairs and Sustainability Director, Thames Water

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

Suzie Bailey

Director of Leadership and Quality Improvement, NHS Improvement

Paul Bainsfair

Director General, IPA

Sam Baker

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

Richard Baker

Former Chairman, Whitbread

Christopher Baker

Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Hasan Bakhshi

Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta

Peter Bale

Editor of WikiTribune

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

Hugo Glendinning, 2017

Maria Balshaw

Director, Tate

Millie Banerjee

Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant

Sir Brendan Barber

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

Lionel Barber

Editor, Financial Times

Mark Barber MBE

Planning Director, Radiocentre

Dame Kate Barker

Business Economist

Richard Barker

Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital

Nick Barley

Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Kurt Barling

Investigative Journalist & Professor of Journalism

Jamie Bartlett

Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos