Supporting Us

Speakers for Schools is proud to have a network of dedicated supporters who see giving back to state schools and young people as a priority for their time and organisations. See why leaders lend their support.

Why our speakers and companies say they love working with S4S:

  • Our unique network of supporters-  they know they are part of network of 1,300 of today’s most notable leaders and influencers dedicated to giving back to young people
  • Reach enthusiastic students connect with young people, opening up doors and demystifying misconceptions about access to your profession or industry. 
  • Spark ambition – inspire students to think big and aim high, showing them that background is not a barrier to success. 
  • Getting the buzz – our speakers consistently tell us that stepping out of the ‘business bubble’ and engaging with young people from all walks of life makes them see the world differently, too…

Hear from some of our champion speakers about why they give their support to S4S:



‘’As an institution serving the public, we are thrilled to have been a supporter of S4S’  programmes from the get-go…it has been a win for those pupils who have benefited from an inspiring talk or work experience they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise access. But it is a win, too, for the Bank of England. The better informed young people are about the economy and the role of the Bank, the better the performance of the economy is likely to be.’’

 Andy Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England and S4S Patron




‘’I have been proud to support Speakers for Schools with my time since its early days as a speaker and now also engaging
with their work 
experience programme to reach more state school students lacking the links and confidence to come into our industry.’’

Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager at WWP and chairwoman of MediaCom





‘’I have always welcomed the mission of Speakers for Schools to democratise access to these invaluable parts of education that can shape a young person and propel them in their ambitions. It is imperative that our leaders and world-class organisations support state schools in the development of their students’ skills, aptitudes and understanding of the world of work – something Speakers for Schools can help achieve via their programmes.’’ 

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, Buckingham University 




‘’Speakers for Schools is a great organisation which gives people like me the opportunity to meet and interact with students whom I might not otherwise have a chance to meet… and for those students to meet with someone like me.’’

 Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and S4S Patron




‘’It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help shape their career aspirations, as well as welcome them into our business to give them a behind the scenes insight into the world of a fashion business. Through my work with the charity I hope we can inspire the next generation of young people, and I hope a few more will end up considering a career in fashion and retail too.”

Liz Evans, CEO, Fat Face