David is a highly entertaining after-dinner speaker who is building an excellent reputation on the speaking circuit. David is the former Managing Director of bmibaby, one of Europe’s largest low cost airlines. His knowledge and experience provides a wealth of tales from the aviation industry. He weaves these into an amusing and captivating routine which resonates well with anybody who has ever flown! David now combines his successful speaking career with other media commitments.
Jim is lucky enough to have clocked up over 30 years of polar expeditioning; thousands of miles mostly on skis and dragging his world with him, which has given him a huge breadth and depth of experience in surviving and working in extreme environments. In 2001, he founded the “Ice Warrior Project” that gives “ordinary” people the chance to become polar explorers, achieving extraordinary feats of endurance for the betterment of humankind.
His aim is to develop people, discover change and deliver it to global audiences in a way that engages others; fostering a better understanding of the world we live in.
Kevin Keegan is a Liverpool and footballing legend. With his crazy hair styles and fantastic football, Kevin is never without something to talk about in his after dinner speeches.
Kevin started out playing for the town of Scunthorpe and got his lucky break with Liverpool under Bill Shankly. Kevin has been both England Player of the Year and European Player of the Year. He is also one of the very few players who has both captained for and managed England. After an impressive football career and taking the managerial position at both Newcastle and England, Kevin retired from management.
He now shares his enthusiasms and experiences through his coaching and his after dinner speaking. He has the ability to tailor his presentations to his audience and is an undeniable gentleman on all occasions. A truly fantastic speaker and character.
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.
Steve has a wealth of experience as a comedian. He has been principle comedian in over nineteen pantomimes. He has worked all over the world on cruise ships.
He has a worked as a TV warm up on shows such as “Stars In Their Eyes Kids” with Cat Deeley, and “Russian Roulette” with Rhona Cameron.
He has supported many comedians and TV personalities in theatre, cabaret and at events. These include; Ricky Tomlinson, Ken Dodd, Brian Conley, Joe Pasquale, Ant & Dec and Des O’Connor .
He has been comic and host in many theatre productions, such as Flashback and Red Hot Chartbusters.He has also written comedy for other people. He was delighted to be asked by John Challis to write some material for himself and Sue Holderness for the “Boycie and Marlene” Tour.
Louise Minchin presents Breakfast on BBC One, the UK’s most watched breakfast programme. She is also a guest presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live and a reporter on The One Show on BBC One.
Before joining Breakfast full time in April 2012, Louise was one of the BBC News channel’s main presenters and also regularly presented the BBC One O’Clock News.
Away from news, Louise has presented five series of Missing Live, her own daytime series commended in Parliament for its work reuniting families.
She has also presented five series of Real Rescues on BBC One.
She is an ambassador for the BBC’s Share Take Care campaign to improve internet safety.
In 2009 Louise was one of twelve celebrities who took part in the BBC’s “Around the World in 80 Days”. She travelled from Mongolia to Los Angeles with BBC Breakfast co-presenter Bill Turnbull to raise money for Children in Need.
Comedian Willie Miller has been entertaining the audiences in Liverpool for years both on and off stage.
Perhaps best known these days as the BBC Mersey Sunday host alongside Sean Styles, Willie is also matchday host at his beloved Liverpool FC and counts players so as Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard as his person friends. However Willie is still a regular on the after dinner circuit, and a fantastic host and interviewer as well as comedian of course.
In 2016 he opened the bar Jinever on Hope Street, and where he is regularly seen cracking jokes with the punters.
Susan Calman used to be a corporate lawyer but in 2006 she decided to give it all up to be a comedian. She reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards and ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Funny Women’ competition in 2006 and she hasn’t stopped since.
In 2007 Susan was cast in ‘Ugly Kid’, a sketch show that was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and following critical acclaim, was commissioned as a pilot for Channel 4. The show was renamed ‘Blowout’ and the cast went on to be awarded a Scottish BAFTA that same year.
On Radio 4 Susan has appeared on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Now Show, Dilemma, So Wrong it’s Right and presented Woman’s Hour and Listomania. She recently recorded the second series of her sitcom “Sisters” for Radio 4 and has also started work on her fourth solo series for the station.
Sometimes Susan is allowed on television and has so far acted in How Not to Live your Life”, Rab C Nesbitt, Dead Boss and Fresh Meat. She’s also appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, Mock the Week, Go 8 Bit, Countryfile, The One Show, Pointless Celebrities, Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and Comedy at the Fringe. She also hosts a quiz show for CBBC called “Top Class” and recently recorded 20 episodes of a new network daytime quiz show for BBC One called “The Boss” which starts airing in April 2017.
She’s written a book called “Cheer Up Love” which was an Audible Bestseller in 2016, and has started work on her second book, which will be released in the Spring of 2018.
Susan continues to gig around the country and has always been a massive hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. She’s in the middle of her second UK Tour with her show “The Calman Before The Storm” and is playing to sell out crowds around the country.
Susan is lucky enough to be married, and has five cats called Pickle, Daisy Fay Harper, Olivia Pope, Dr Abigail Bartlet and DCI Jane Tennison. The cats are amazing.
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand-up performances.
Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television, the West End Stage to his critically acclaimed performance as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
Earning praise across the world, Omid has starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) & Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand.
Matthew Hoggard MBE is one of the most successful international cricketers to have played for England. He still captains and plays for Leicestershire County Cricket club who he joined in 2009, after departing from his home county of Yorkshire.
After making his debut for Yorkshire in 1996, Matthew was finally called to play for England 4 years later and has represented his country 93 times in total. 2006 was an impressive year for Matthew, he was awarded an MBE in the New years Honours list as well as being voted Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year. He was also officially ranked the 4th best Test Match bowler in the world and became the 10th England bowler to take 200 Test wickets.
Matthew’s International career finished in 2008 and since then as well as being a key player for Leicestershire County, he also spends much of his time coaching and taking part in after dinner speaking. Portraying his enthusiasm and passion for cricket and his time on the field.