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 ‘Inspiration’ (school talks) and our ‘Experience programme (Insight Days, Work Experience).

Our network is 1,700 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.

Gisela Abbam, FRSA, MBA

Chair, General Pharmaceutical Council & Senior Director, Government Affairs, PerkinElmer

Sereena Abbassi

Former CEO, gal-dem & Former Equity & Inclusion Consultant & Former Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion, M&C Saatchi

Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE

Solicitor, Business Leader and Diversity Campaigner

David Amos

Head of Regional Structured Finance, Scotland RBS

Sir Roy Anderson

Professor of Epidemiology, Imperial College London & Former Chief Scientific Advisor, MoD

Jenny Anderson

Freelance Journalist and Podcast Host

Keith Anderson

Chief Executive, ScottishPower

Iain Anderson

LGBT Business Champion & Executive Chairman, Cicero Group

Julia Angeles

Investment Manager, Baillie Gifford

Dame Mary Archer

Chair, Science Museum Group

Sir John Armitt

Chairman, National Infrastructure Commission & Former Chairman, City and Guilds

Lucy Armstrong

CEO, The Alchemists

Georgia Arnold

Senior Vice President, Viacom International Media Networks

Robert Arnott

Director, No10 Delivery Unit & Former Director of Strategy, Social Mobility & Disadvantage, Department for Education

Matt Ash

Director of Learning & Performance, Media Zoo

Professor John Ashton CBE

Former President of the Faculty of Public Health

Syima Aslam

Director, Bradford Literature Festival

Phil Attfield

VFX and Animation Partnership Director, NextGen Skills Academy

Keith Attwood

Former CEO, E2V & Former Chair, Employment and Skills Board, CBI

Tom Attwood

Chair, Hg Foundation & Former Chairman, Hg Capital LLP

Mark Austen

Chairman of UK Insolvency Service ,Former Chairman, LV= and other organsiations

Richard Aylard CVO

Sustainability Director, Thames Water

Peter Ayton

Department of Psychology Associate Dean Research | School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University London

Rachel Bacon

Assistant Chief Constable, Northumbria Police

Julian Baggini

Writer and Philosopher

Tim Bailey

Head of Practice, Xsite Architecture LLP

Paul Bainsfair

Director General, IPA

Richard Baker

Managing Partner, bd-capital, a Private Equity Company

Christopher Baker

Director, European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sam Baker

Journalist, writer, broadcaster, podcaster

Hasan Bakhshi MBE

Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta

Peter Bale

Principal, Peter Bale Media Ltd

Ed Balls

Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King's College London, and Chairman of Norwich City Football Club

Maria Balshaw

Director, Tate

Gordon Banks

Company Founder and Director, Cartmore Building Supply Co & Former Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister

Mark Barber MBE

Planning Director, Radiocentre

Richard Barker

Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital

Kurt Barling

Investigative Journalist & Professor of Journalism, Middlesex University

Phoebe Barter

Group Brand Director, Aviva

Jamie Bartlett

Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

Matthew Barwell

Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic Soft Drinks

Paul Bashir

President and COO, Roundill Capital

Judith Batchelar

Director of Brand, Sainsbury's

Professor Ian J Bateman OBE

Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) , University of Exeter

Catherine Baxendale

Senior HR Consultant, Ayot Consultancy Ltd

Toby Baxendale

Entrepreneur & Investor

Sarah Baynes

CEO, The Creative Garden

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Chairman, ITV

Alex Beard

Chief Executive, Royal Opera House

Jason Beattie

Head of Politics and Head of Campaigns, Daily Mirror

Elaine Bedell

Chief Executive, Southbank Centre

Hadley Beeman

Chief Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, Department of Health

Dr Anna Beer

Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Professor John Bell

Emeritus Professor of Law and Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College

Professor Jonathan Benger

Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital

Professor Richard Benham

Founder, Cyber4Schools

Baroness Natalie Bennett

Peer & Former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Peter Bennett-Jones

TV Producer and Agent

Sara Bennison

Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide

Joumanna Bercetche

Journalist & Anchor, CNBC