Austin Healey is a former England and British Lions Rugby Player, a Broadcaster and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
With over 50 international caps and nearly 250 appearances for Leicester, Austin Healey will long be remembered as the player who created the break that ended in the winning score in the Heineken Cup final 2001 in Paris; he then scored the second and decisive try against Munster when Tigers retained the cup at the Millennium Stadium the following year, and was named as Man of the Match in both finals.
World cup winner and rugby speaker, Ben Cohen MBE is a former professional rugby player who now spends much of his time as an activist and after dinner speaker.
Brian O’Driscoll is an Irish former professional Rugby Union player. A leading after dinner speaker, he played outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster and formerly for Ireland.
Cricket After Dinner Speaker
Cricketer turned official, Chris Broad has also dabbled within broadcasting. An opening batsman, Broad played in 26 Test matches and 34 ODIs for England, scoring six centuries throughout that time. Part of the 1986/87 Ashes’ winning team, Broad made his debut during 1984 against the West Indies at Lords. Progressing through pretty much all aspects of Cricket, Broad has an extensive knowledge of the game, a skill which makes him a desirable and demanded keynote and cricket speaker.
Welsh Rugby Speaker Ieuan Evans MBE – Wales Rugby Legend and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker. Ieuan Evans has enjoyed an outstanding rugby career as a right-wing with Llanelli, Bath, Wales and the British Lions, skippering Wales to the World Cup in South Africa in 1995.
Jonathan Davies is a welsh dual-code rugby legend. Captaining his nation for both Rugby Union and Rugby League, Jonathan joined an elite club of players to ever accomplish this feat. A wonderful rugby speaker, Jonathan observed the transition of Rugby Union to a professional sport as well as playing alongside some of the most formidable athletes of the sport.
Keith Wood is one of Ireland’s most iconic and respected rugby players.
A driven and hard-nosed player, Wood excelled as a hooker for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions over an international career that spanned an impressive nine years.
Kenny Logan began his rugby career in his home town at Stirling County RFC. Having progressed through the ranks he made his senior debut at the tender age of 17 and went on to win the Scottish League Championship in 1995 1996.
Though plagued with injury, Kyran earned 170 Saracens caps and 50 for England – including a big contribution to the famous World Cup win. He explains how the team had several leaders, each responsible for their discipline but following a single game plan. As in business, they fought hard to deliver results and to leave the opposition in their wake. After dinner, the Dancing on Ice champion tells how his team became the best in the world – and describes the journey from turnovers to toe loops.
Lawrence Dallaglio OBE – England and Wasps Rugby Legend. After-Dinner and Motivational Business Speaker.
Lawrence Dallaglio was born in Shepherd’s Bush, London in 1972. He was educated at Ampleforth College and was first spotted by Wasps while playing for the college at the Rosslyn Park 7’s in 1989.
Lucy Adams is a high profile HR Expert having been on the Board of the BBC during its most turbulent period and acted as its media spokesperson on all people issues. Lucy created Disruptive HR after she grew frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the profession.
Lucy has led and delivered difficult change in complex organisations for over 15 years. She was the HR Director on the Executive Board of the BBC. The BBC made the headlines on many occasions, most notably the Jimmy Savile scandal and the resignation of its leader after just 54 days. In the autumn of that year Lucy found herself on the TV news and in every major newspaper in the UK as she experienced her own personal crisis around the pay-offs to senior BBC Executives. Lucy has spoken at both leadership and HR conferences with a wide range of companies including - HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Jaguar Landrover, Rexam, RBS, Swiss Re, Sky and Aramco.
Rugby After Dinner Speaker
Martin Bayfield - Former British Lions and England Rugby Player, Broadcaster and After-Dinner Speaker.
Martin Corry is an English rugby legend whose amazing sporting talent has given him a string of career achievements. Ending his career in his tenth season with Leicester Tigers, Martin captained the team in multiple grand finals, winning both the Premiership and the EDF Energy Cup – marking the first double of Rugby’s professional era. A pre-eminent sports speaker, Martin is a highly sought after personality on the after dinner speaker circuit.
A legend of modern Rugby, Martin Johnson captained his England side to World Cup victory in 2003 as well as captaining his club, the Leicester Tigers to two Heineken Cup victories and six league wins. Martin was the England Rugby Coach between 2008 and 2011, where he used his extensive experience from his playing career to guide his national side once more. This knowledge is also what makes Martin a highly regarded rugby speaker for events and private functions.
Matt Dawson MBE is a former England Rugby Captain and a team Captain on BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport‘.
Born in Birkenhead, Dawson started his rugby career with Marlow and then moved to Northampton.
In 1993, Matt was a called up for the England Sevens team which won the first Sevens World Cup in Scotland.
Bath, London Irish and England rugby legend, Mike Catt is one of the nation’s most consistent and accomplished players. A world Cup winner in 2003, Mike has also become the oldest player to ever play in a World Cup final, achieved at the 2007 World Cup, aged 36 years and 1 month. Moving to England from South Africa after leaving school, Mike qualified to play for England thanks to his mother being from the country. Catt made the decision to play for England due to South Africa’s apartheid policy and adopted his new nation by joining Bath rugby club in 1992. A renowned rugby speaker, Mike can provide a unique insight into playing rugby for England as a South African, as well as reminiscing about his times on the World stage, including the memorable 2003 World Cup campaign.
One of the most highly respected Rugby referees in the world, Nigel Owens has refereed multiple Heineken Cup finals and officiated World Cup matches many times, making him one of the most accomplished and influential authorities in the sport. A fabulous rugby speaker, Nigel delivers a humorous insight into elite rugby and how to discipline giants of the sport.
Following a 16 year career as a professional footballer, Paul Fletcher has now become one of Europe's leading Stadium experts. He is former Chief Executive of the Reebok Stadium and the Ricoh Arena, and Commercial Director of Wembley Stadium. Paul believes the teamwork skills he learnt on the pitch are what has driven his success, and shares this insight with audiences through his keynote speeches.
Having started speaking at events back in 1998 at only 16 years of age, he has appeared at benefit dinners for many famous names including, Sir Alex Ferguson, Mark Hateley,Neil Lennon, Gordon Strachan, Artur Boruc, Lubo Moravcik and Maurice Malpas, he has also been the official guest speaker for the Clydesdale Bank SPL Awards Evening and The Scottish Sports Writers Dinner.
Cricket After Dinner Speaker
Australian Cricketer Peter Bowler is a former wicketkeeper batsman who finished his career scoring over 19,000 runs. Making his first-class debut in 1986, Bowler played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Tasmania, retiring in 2004. A former professional sportsman, Bowler is now an accomplished and recognised Sports Speaker, focusing his efforts as a specific Cricket Speaker with the ability to deliver keynote and after dinner speeches.
Prof. John Adair
World's first Professor of Leadership Studies & Former UN Chair of Strategic Leadership
John Adair is one of the world's leading authorities on leadership and leadership development. Today he is best known as the pioneer of Action Centred Leadership (ACL). Until recently he has been the United Nations Chair of Leadership.
Rob Andrew MBE was named as the Rugby Football Union's new director of rugby operations in March 2011 having served as the Rugby Football Union's elite director of rugby since 2006. England's most-capped Fly Half now shapes the RFU going towards the World Cup in 2015. His new position includes responsibility for overseeing tournaments and competitions, referee and coach development as well as sports science and medicine, and player welfare.
Welsh Rugby Speaker Scott Quinell Born on the 20th of August 1972, son of Derek Quinnell Legend of rugby union, married to Madora John sister of Barry John (The King), godfather Merv the Swerve, Scott was under no pressure of course to play rugby!!!
Scott started playing rugby for Llanelli Juniors at 8 years old, he had his first game for the Llanelli Scarlets at 18 years of age against Penygroes RFC in 1990. Scott went on to play 146 games for the Scarlets scoring 69 tries for his beloved home club, this was under the guidance of Gareth Jenkins his only Llanelli coach and mentored also by his father Derek.
Sean Fitzpatrick is a rugby legend, playing a world record 63 consecutive test matches for New Zealand and Captaining the All Blacks for 51 tests.Sean made his international debut in 1986 and went on to play 347 first class games, earning a reputation as a tough and uncompromising hooker. He was appointed All Black Captain in 1992, the crowning point of a stunning career in first class rugby. He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997.
Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward OBE has had a huge effect on English rugby. Clive became one of the sport’s true legends after coaching England to their 2003 Rugby World Cup victory.
Armed with an Economics degree from Durham University, Will Greenwood MBE started his working life as a trader for HSBC on London’s City trading floor – but would move on to become the second highest try scorer in English rugby history. In 2003, he helped England win the Rugby World Cup, and today, he is widely regarded as one of England’s greatest rugby players ever, and one of the sport’s most engaging, intelligent, and entertaining characters.