Speaker Directory

Our speakers are leaders at the top of their industry, influencing and shaping their sector or society.

We connect speakers and their prestigious networks to state school students across the UK, through our school talks and our work experience programme, S4SNextGen.

Our network is 1,300 strong and growing. See who’s already taking part below.

  • To find out how we work and what talks are about, see our School Talks page.

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

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

Ewan Venters

CEO, Fortnum & Mason

Adam Vile

CTO, VAKT & Former Partner and Head of the Package Solutions Practice, Excelian

Louisa Vincent

Board Trustee, Fight for Sight & Former Managing Director - Head of Institutions, Lazard Asset Management

John Vincent

Co-founder and CEO, LEON Restaurants

Sarah Vine

Criminal Barrister

Paul Viragh

Screenwriter & Executive Producer

Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee

Professor of Physics, Imperial College London

Suzanne Virdee

Journalist, Author & TV Presenter

Marc Vlessing

CEO, Pocket

Dr Gertjan Vlieghe

Member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England

Johannes von Stumm

President, Oxford Art Society

Julie Waddell

CEO & Founder, Moorish

Gavin Wade

Director and Artist-Curator, Eastside Projects

Robert Wainwright

Chair, POhWER & CEO, WWA Consultants

Richard Wald

Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Jenny Waldman

Former Director, 14-18 NOW

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia

Professor Robin Walker

Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway

Simon Walker

Former Director General, Institute of Directors

Sir Harold Walker KCMG

Former Diplomat

Richard Walker

Managing Director, Iceland

Richard Walker

Managing Director, Iceland

Timothy Walker AM

CEO & Artistic Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Heather Walker

Director of Operations, Royal Opera House

Sir Peter Wall

CEO Amicus, and formerly Head of the British Army

Sir Stephen Wall

Former Ambassador, Political Expert & Historian

Andrew Wallace

Managing Partner, Leathwaite

David Wallace-Wells

Author, Penguin Random House

Sir Mark Walport

UKRI Chief Executive Designate

Fergus Walsh

Medical Correspondent, BBC

Dr Mick Walters

Senior Lecturer in Robotics

Gill Walton

Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Paul Christopher Walton

Historian, Brand Strategist & Engineer

Peter Wanless

CEO, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Nigel Warburton

Philosopher & Podcaster

Annie Warburton

CEO and Creative Director, Cockpit Arts

Dr. Richard Ward

Senior Independent Director, Direct Line Group & Former Executive Chairman, Cunningham Lindsey

Jon Wardle

Director, National Film and Television School

Kirsty Wark


Richard Warlow

Writer for Film and Television

Ed Warner

Chairman, Palace for Life Foundation & Former Chairman, UK Athletics

Dr Bruce Warner

Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England

Francesca Warner

Co-Founder and CEO, Diversity VC

Sir David Warren

Former Ambassador to Japan for the UK

Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi

Life Peer and Former Minister

Professor John Wass

Professor of Endocrinology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Emma Watkinson

CEO, SilkFred

Paul Waugh

Executive Editor for Politics, Huffington Post

Andrew Waugh

Director, Waugh Thistleton

Justin Webb

Presenter, BBC

Selina Webb

Executive Vice President of Universal Music UK

Photo of James Webster in a suit

James Webster

Presenter, ITV News Channel TV

Professor Bee Wee

National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England

Dr Timothy Weil

Fellow of Pembroke College (Natural Sciences); Director of Studies (Pembroke College), University of Cambridge

Arabella Weir

BBC Comedy Writer & Performer

Sarah Weir OBE

Chief Executive, Design Council

Helen Weisinger

Chief Marketing Officer, Brave

Evelyn Welch

Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum

Tom Weldon

CEO. Penguin Random House UK

Professor Melanie Welham

Executive Director of Science, BBSRC