Steve Cram OBE

Steve Cram is a legend on the track, breaking records in the 1500m, 2000m and mile distances. He was winner of 6 Gold medals at the Commonwealth, European and World Championships, as well as winning Silver at the Los Angeles Olympics.
Since his days as a successful Olympian Steve has taken his career into journalism, he is the BBC’s chief athletics commentator, as well as writing extensively for the national press.
Steve’s knowledge and experience of the sporting landscape, from individual athletic success to over a decade in broadcasting, makes him an ideal role model and ambassador for any brand.Steve was also a key character in the bid for and the running of the London 2012 Olympics. His experiences make him an engaging and motivational speaker, suitable for any event.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew specialises in employee engagement, customer experience and the leadership required to create the link between the two. Previously, he spent 28 years working for the John Lewis Partnership, starting as a management trainee to becoming responsible for customer experience across the department store division.
Andrew’s aim is to make individuals and organisations happier and more fulfilled through a sense of collective purpose, so they engender trust, loyalty and advocacy from their customers while becoming more productive and, as a consequence, more profitable. He helps organisations join up their own internal dots to create their unique link between employee engagement and consistently great customer experience.
Whether it’s public sector, not for profit or a large multinational, Andrew places an emphasis on understanding what makes (or can make) them different and special for their customers. Often different parts of an organisation believe they have different purposes, but Andrew enables them to cut through their differences in perception and experience. By uncovering inherent values and a shared enthusiasm he brings about employee engagement and growth.
Andrew also looks at the roles of leadership, communication, trust and enjoying work in creating success. In presentations, he explains that great customer experience cannot be taught but reflects a great internal culture. By developing a personality and values that are realistic, honest, and shared, organisations can deliver a degree of long lasting, competitive differentiation that few achieve, but many aspire to.
His speaking topics include:
– Consistently delivering differentiated customer experience to define the brand
– Leadership and change in a behaviour driven organisation
– Authentic marketing
– Defining and shaping organisational culture through storytelling
– Fun at work to enhance commercial success and productivity
– Selling though service and relationships
– Managing complaints to enhance reputation
– The challenges and future of retail

Geoff Burch

Geoff is an internationally recognised key-note speaker and business guru. A self employed author and business expert, Geoff is the winner of Business Communicator of the Year Award 2011. Geoff’s unique and hilarious outlook on all manner of business topics has made him the most prolific of speakers in the market.
His flair for life and for all matters of business shows through in Geoff’s entertaining and informing speeches. Being a successful businessman himself he speaks first hand on how to break into business, adding the odd funny anecdote.

Rasmus Ankersen

Rasmus Ankersen is a bestselling author, entrepreneur,
speaker on performance development and a trusted advisor to
businesses and athletes around the world.
In 2012 Rasmus published The Gold Mine Effect, in which he
explores how some countries
and cities develop a
disproportionate amount of top talent.
In 2016 Rasmus published Hunger in Paradise: a book about
how successful organisations can remain successful by
eliminating complacency.
Rasmus is also the chairman of FC Midtjylland, his child
hood
football club in Denmark, and a director of the English club
Brentford FC. Both are known as some of the world’s most
innovative football clubs, especially recognised for their use of
big data to drive decision

making.
Over the past few years, Rasm
us has been hired to share his
research on high performance cultures by global brands like
LEGO, Google, Boston Consulting Group, IKEA, Google,
Facebook, Hitachi, Roche, Ernst & Young and many more.

Pete Cohen

Pete Cohen is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have been motivated and inspired by Pete’s presentations.
Pete coaches business leaders, executives, corporate teams and sporting stars to achieve their best.
Pete excels at keynote presentations and inspires his audiences to think outside the box, believe in themselves and get motivated to take positive actions. He has worked with companies such as IBM, Boots, Pfizer, Robert Half International, BAA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Boehringer Ingelheim and Thomas Cook. Pete’s interactive style is fun, thought provoking and leaves a lasting impression.
He has professionally impacted on the lives of thousands of people worldwide, including business executives, professional athletes and the everyday person. Pete focuses on the importance of having a strong belief in yourself. He teaches that you need to be positive and you have to develop self-confidence to achieve your potential and be successful.
He is the author of 17 published books, several of which have been best-sellers across the world, including Shut the Duck Up, Habit Busting, Life DIY and Sort Your Life Out. He has also presented his own show on TV called The Coach and was the resident Life Coach on GMTV for 12 years. Pete’s background is in psychology and sports science. He specialises in taking self-help and personal development to the masses in a way that is easy for people to understand and apply. Working in sports performance coaching, Pete has helped world class sporting stars and teams reach their peak performance, including Sally Gunnell, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ellen MacArthur, Roger Black, the Kent Cricket Team and the Arsenal Football team.

Jim Lawless

Jim Lawless is an internationally renowned speaker and adviser who has inspired people within some of the world’s leading companies to take astute risks and adapt for change and high performance.
An untested theory for change has little worth. Jim Lawless’s own remarkable story shows how his own framework can and does deliver outstanding and unique results.
This is the framework that enabled Jim to become a jockey in just 12 months, and step into the record books as the first Briton to dive lower than 100m on a single breath.
But this is not about achieving the impossible. It is about helping delegates achieve what they have convinced themselves is impossible. And about helping your enterprise encourage people to reach their full potential.
Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers” (Random House).
Jim acts as an elite team coach at board level and serves as a non-executive board chairman. He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark, Skrill Group and Badminton England.
He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air.
In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride.
These adventures – and the lessons he learned – bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, qualified as a solicitor and practiced commercial law in the City of London and in a major IT company before founding Taming Tigers Limited (formerly “Optimise”).
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008 in recognition of his business writing.

Baroness Mone

Lady Mone is renowned as one of the UK’s most influential ladies. The multi-award winning Entrepreneur-turned-Parliamentarian is now Start-Up Business Tsar to the British Government and advocate for female equality in business.

Founder of Ultimo Brands International, the UK’s leading lingerie brand for the last two decades, she set out with a vision of helping woman look and feel their very best. It was upon that simple concept Lady Mone built her career and influence, being honoured with a Life Peerage to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister and an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her outstanding contributions to business.

The Baroness grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow when, at the age of fifteen, her father fell ill and was subsequently declared paraplegic and wheelchair bound for life. This forced Lady Mone to leave school without any qualifications in search of full-time employment, sparking her instinct for entrepreneurship. At the age of just 22, Lady Mone excelled herself to Head of Sales and Marketing in Scotland for the Glasgow-based Labatts Brewers. Unfortunately, being made redundant after two short years.

In 1996, after only six weeks out of work, Lady Mone was at at a dinner dance wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage-enhancing bra. It was here the Baroness had an epiphany on what the lingerie industry was missing, and the world-famous Ultimo bra was born.

After the launch of Ultimo, Lady Mone quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s finest exports, winning the World Young Business Achiever Award in 2000 at the Epcot Centre in Florida, as well as Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London. Lady Mone’s status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs was confirmed soon after when Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust.

In October 2005, Lady Mone attended a speaking event with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to her involvement in setting up the Women’s Enterprise Project in the Middle East in support of The Sultan of Oman. It was then she began to realise that her experiences and wisdom could transform lives and inspire others in the face of adversity.

Despite facing a challenging few years in her private life, suffering an acrimonious divorce and battle to retain her business, Lady Mone is now one of the United Kingdom’s most notable global speakers. The Baroness has inspired, coached and mentored audiences and individuals in over 50 countries over the last two decades. This culminated in her being given a Life Peerage in 2015, then being asked by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith to conduct The Mone Review; an insight into helping start-up businesses in deprived areas.

The proud mother of Rebecca, Declan and Bethany has now sold Ultimo to global lingerie giants MAS Holdings – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intimates, with a $1.4 billion turnover and 63,000 employees. A truly inspiring story, Baroness Mone has now revealed all of her struggles and successes in her autobiography: “My Fight to the Top”, which has ranked at number one in three Amazon Charts.

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil is a publisher, broadcaster and company chairman. He was named Journalist of the Year 2013 by Britain’s prestigious Political Studies Association and one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debrett’s in 2015.

In March 2015 The Times said “the ultimate test for assessing whether a party leader was fit to be Prime Minister is to put them in front of Andrew Neil for 40 minutes, the most forensic interviewer in broadcasting.”

He currently holds various roles: he is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of The Spectator, Spectator Australia and Apollo, the world-renowned art magazine. He is also Chairman of ITP and Chairman and joint owner of World Media Rights.

In addition to his business responsibilities, Andrew is a well-known anchorman on BBC TV. He currently presents three editions of the Daily Politics on BBC2 every week as well as the award-winning This Week on BBC1 every Thursday night. He also anchors Politics Europe, which is broadcast on BBC2, BBC News Channel and BBC World.

During his career, Neil has been House of Commons lobby correspondent in London, White House correspondent in Washington DC and Wall Street correspondent in New York – all for The Economist. He was made British Editor of The Economist in 1982.

The following year he left The Economist, to become Editor of The Sunday Times of London, one of the world’s most prestigious and influential newspapers. Over the next 11 years he turned it into the undisputed multi-section market leader, renowned for its investigative journalism and scoops.

While still editing The Sunday Times he also served as Executive Chairman of Sky Television, which he launched as Britain’s first multi-channel satellite TV platform. He created Sky News and brought The Simpsons to British screens.

Until recently he was a member of the International Advisory Board of Al Jazeera, the international news channel based in Doha, Qatar; and Publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers in Edinburgh for 10 years.

In 2019, Andrew stepped down from the long running BBC Show, This Week, and the broadcaster took the decision at that point to cancel the show, feeling that nobody could step into his shoes and continue the format as it was known.

Jo Fairley

Co-founder of Green & Black’s, the world’s first organic chocolate, and the first Fairtrade marked product. The tale of how it all began has become a blueprint for sustainable business everywhere, studied in business schools and featured in countless newspaper stories, from Newsweek to the UK’s The Daily Telegraph.

Simon Woodroffe

Simon is the founder of the food brand and restaurant chain YO! Sushi, which is now a well known Japanese sushi chain. From his days as an investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den Simon has appeared on a large range of television programmes, notably Question Time. The basis of his after dinner speaking is about brand building and the ability to win and break into new markets in different industries. In July 2006 Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his outstanding business career.
Simon talks about brand building, enthusing the work force and using innovation to win new markets and tap into business revolutions. His presentations often end with a rendition of How I Got My YO!, with Simon singing live to a track recorded just for him by The Blockheads.