Our Speakers

Resilience, hard work, finding what motivates you, dealing with failure, changing paths, being aware of the wider world. These are just a few of the messages that come out of our speakers sharing their insights with young people today so they can see their own potential and embrace opportunities that are waiting for them. Our speakers hope that by sharing their real-life experiences and insights, as someone at top of their profession, can directly encourage, inspire and broaden horizons for young people regardless of background.

Who are they?

Our unique network of speakers are eminent, influential and leading figures in their fields who are nominated by their peers or invited to participate given their outstanding experience and contributions  to their field, profession or society. Although many are public figures, we also work with work with partners, key institutions and existing speakers to identify leading figures that might be lesser known to state schools and their pupils. All are recommended as key individuals influencing their sector and field.

  • To find out how we work and what talks are about, see How it Works page and our Talk Themes.
  • If you are look for information for your talk, please see our Speaker Guides here.
  • To take part, speakers are generally invited by a colleague or industry bodies as influential, eminent figures in their field. To nominate someone or if you’ve been told to contact us, please contact us here.


Gisela Abbam

Director for Strategic Partnerships, Abt Associates

Funke Abimbola MBE

General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK

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

Nabeela Akhtar

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Telefonica UK

Andy Akinwolere

Broadcaster, BBC

George Alagiah

Journalist, BBC

Simon Albury

Chair, Campaign for Broadcasting Equality

Sir Rod Aldridge

Founder, Capita & Chairman, Aldridge Foundation

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

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

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

Founding Partner, Come the Glorious Day & Former MD, Publicis

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

Former 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

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

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

Non-Executive Director, Man Group plc

Nick Barley

Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Kurt Barling

Investigative Journalist & Professor of Journalism

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

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