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.

Matthew Barwell

Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic Soft Drinks

Brian Basham

Chairman, Equity Development

Judith Batchelar

Director of Brand, Sainsbury's

Toby Baxendale

Entrepreneur & Investor

Catherine Baxendale

Senior HR Consultant, Ayot Consultancy Ltd

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Chief Nurse and Interim Regional Director for London and South East, Health Education England

Sarah Baynes

CEO, The Creative Garden

Alex Beard

Chief Executive, Royal Opera House

Matthew Beard

Head of Media, Govia Thameslink

Jason Beattie

Political Editor, Daily Mirror

Dr Anna Beer

Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Professor John Bell

Professor of Law; Director of the Centre for Public Law; Erasmus Co-ordinator, Fellow of Pembroke College

Professor Derek Bell

President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Kate Bellingham

Engineer & Broadcaster

Sir Brian Bender

Chairman, The London Metal Exchange

Professor Jonathan Benger

National Clinical Director for Urgent Care, NHS England

Professor Richard Benham

Founder, Cyber4Schools

Natalie Bennett

Former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Sara Bennison

Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide

Jeremy Bentham

Vice President of Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell

Joumanna Bercetche

Journalist & Anchor, CNBC

Marco Bertozzi

Vice President, Spotify Europe

James Best

Chairman, Credos

Daniel Beutler

General Manager, Trainline

Sir James Bevan

Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Delroy Beverley

Executive Director, Nottingham City Homes

Professor Susan Bewley

Professor of Complex Obstetrics

Ann Beynon

Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales

Nina Bibby

Marketing & Consumer Director, O2

Lord (Karan) Bilimoria

Co-Founder & Chairman, Cobra Beer

Matthew Bird

VFX Producer

Roz Bird

Commercial Director, Silverstone Park

Harbinder Birdi

Partner and Head of Infrastructure at Hawkins Brown Architects

Sir Win Bischoff

Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and Chairman of JP Morgan Securities plc

Alan Bishop

CEO, Creative Industries Federation

Branko Bjelobaba

Finance and Engaging in Democracy Speaker

Professor Dame Carol Black

Principal of Newnham College Cambridge

Karen Blackett

UK Country Manager, WPP and Chairwoman, MediaCom UK

Baroness (Tessa) Blackstone

Labour Peer & Former Vice Chancellor

Emily Blagden

Surveyor & Record-Breaking Rower

Mike Blair

Executive Producer, ITV

Adele Blakebrough

CEO, Social Business Trust

Dr. Rosalind Polly Blakesley

Reader in Russian and European Art, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Amanda Blanc

CEO EMEA, Zurich

Sir Victor Blank

leading UK businessman and a former UK Business Ambassador

Jonty Bloom

Business Correspondent, BBC

Christine Blower

President of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)

Heston Blumenthal

Former Michelin-Star Chef, Academic

Helen Boaden

Former Director of BBC News Group

Marcia Boakye

Clinical Data Management Professional, Roche Products Ltd

Lord (Paul) Boateng

Peer & Former Cabinet Minister

Professor Vernon Bogdanor

Professor of Politics and Contemporary British History, King's College London

Nick Boles

MP for Grantham and Stamford

Edward Bonham Carter

Vice Chairman, Jupiter Fund Management plc

John Booth

Venture Capital investing; Chairman, Maintel plc; Chairman, The London Theatre Company; Director, Herald Investment Management Ltd and various other companies; Charity Trustee

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Chairman, Cancer Research UK

Dr Antonia Bostrom

Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass, Sculpture, V&A

Dame Colette Bowe

Chairman, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music