Business Speakers

Welsh Stars work with an extensive range of business speakersDr Barbara Wilding (former Chief Constable); Abi Carter (Forensic Scientists); Geoff Hurst (former Governor of the UKs highest security prison); Dr Paul Thomas (BBC Business Doctor); Justin Urquhart Stuart; Rory Cellan-Jones; Sarah Dickins and many successful entrepreneurs. For more information on the availability of a business speaker or assistance in finding the perfect speaker for your event please contact one of the Welsh Stars booking agents on 01792 536120 or email enquiries@welshstars.co.uk

Sarah Dickins is BBC Cymru Wales' first Economics Correspondent and one of the country's most experienced Journalists.  Sarah's experience and in depth understanding means that she brings added context and understanding to her work.

Sarah's used to being ahead of the game.  Sarah was the first woman Industrial Correspondent on television in the UK when she took on that role for BBC Cymru Wales.  She also launched BBC2's Working Lunch with Adrian Chiles, BBC Radio Wales' first phone in, the Sarah Dickins Show and the business programme BBC Wales@Work.  With that programme Sarah won three prestigious awards from the Work Foundation.

Sarah has presented a wide range of programmes from Wales Today; Good Morning Wales; Woman's Hour; Business Breakfast and programmes for the World Service.

Dr Paul Thomas is one of those rare speakers and academics who are placed not only at the cutting edge knowledge and company development but has spent many years managing companies in both private and public services.  Dr Paul Thomas has also spent many months/years overseas consulting in India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan and parts of Europe, gaining significant experience in development and implementation of leadership within varying cultural environments.  Paul did several series with BBC Wales radio and television as ‘the Business Doctor’.

Andrew Price is a survival and bushcraft expert who presents his own programme on ITV called ‘Coast and Country’. This is his third year of presenting the programme which brings in very high viewing figures and he has 24 programmes a year. The programme sees Andrew travelling the length and breadth of the UK exploring the coast and countryside. We can now announce ‘Coast and Country’ has been commissioned, once again, for 2017.

 

Andrew is considered a leading expert on survival and bushcraft skills and has also appeared on numerous tv programmes, across all channels ITV, BBC and worldwide TV in this capacity. Andrew also presents an on-line survival and bushcraft series which has fans all over the world. Andrew has his successful bushcraft and survival company called ‘Dryad’ which he started when he was just 20. He teaches survival skills across the generations and works closely with under-privileged young people to increase their skills and build up their confidence. He has a great interactional personality and appeals across the age range.

 

Andrew is an extremely interesting speaker who covers several genres – inspirational/ motivational/business/leadership/team building.

 

Stunning television presenter Mai Davies has had an impressive career in television to-date. She was, for several years, the reader of the daily Sky Television news. Mai has also presented many other television programmes, including the weekly chat show/discussion programme 'On the Edge' featuring high profile celebrities and prominent figures; 'Wales This Week', the award winning weekly investigative current affairs programme; 'First Past The Post', a 'Pop Idol' type competition to find an 'alternative politician'; 'Sharp End Debates' studio debates during Assembly and General Elections as 'Question Time'; 'Sharp End', an issue based political discussion programme and 'Wales Decides', live Assembly Election results.

At 23, Dale Williams established the fastest growing recruitment company in Wales guiding it to more than 100% annual turnover growth year on year.

By the age of 27 Dale was considered a future serial entrepreneur and was named a Rising Star of the business community by the Insider group.

Barbara Wilding started her career in the police force as a constable. Barbara served as an operational detective and on a specialist units in New Scotland Yard.  Barbara rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief Constable in Kent and Chief Constable of South Wales Police.  The police force was an extremely male dominated profession at this time and Barbara is a true inspiration.  Barbara Wilding has also been appointed Lord Lieutenant.

Rory Cellan-Jones has been a reporter for the BBC for more than two decades, covering business and technology stories for much of that time.

Rory's on-screen career began as reporter for 'Wales Today' in Cardiff, from where he moved to London as a reporter on 'Breakfast Time'.  Rory quickly transferred to business coverage, working across the BBC's output from the 'Money Programme' to 'Newsnight', from the 'Today' programme to the 'Ten O Clock News'. The stories he has covered range from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.

Rory has hosted many 'high profile' events throughout the UK and is always extremely well received.  Rory is also much in demand as an after dinner speaker.

 

Having no idea what she watned to do Rachael Flanagan wanted to leave college at 16.  Fate intervened one day when their domestic cleaner did not turn up and Rachael offered to do the cleaning for her mother and the rest, as they say, is now history.  Nine years on Rachael is an award-winning and celebrated young entrepreneur expanding her cleaning business and services along the M4 corridor.

Rachael Flanagan is a fascinating and inspirational speaker and the enthusiasm for business she displays is infectious.

Kevin Green is one of the most sought after speakers – not only in Wales but throughout the world. A former dairy farmer turned property mogul and trainer, Kevin was on Channel 4's Secret Millionaires. He is Wales' most successful residential landlord. When you meet him and hear his fascinating story, not only will you be bowled over by his knowledge and enthusiasm for life and the property industry but you will find his 'rags to riches' story rather larger than life. Kevin, a property guru, social entrepreneur and trainer is the proud owner of 267 properties throughout Wales, worth in excess of £29 million.

Wynne Evans is not only an opera singer and broadcaster but he has also been involved with one of the biggest advertising campaigns of all time.  Since working with GoCompare Wynne has had the opportunity to work closely with some of the biggest and brightest creative minds in the UK and has seen first hand how ruthless the industry is to ensure your company comes top for brand recall, likeability and trust.'

Wynne Evans would give your event not only a fantastic insight into his business and how he has worked with some of the biggest brands in the UK, but also give you a highly entertaining and funny speech. Wynne is increasingly being recognised as one of the best public speakers in the country......you may even get a song.

'Having trained as a barrister, Justin took up corporate finance, working in both Africa and Singapore. He then went into marketing with a focus on corporate cash management facilities. This led him to help found Broker Services in 1986, which went on to become Barclays Stockbrokers, where he was Marketing Director. In early 2001, he co-founded Seven Investment Management, an investment management business that innovated the UK investment market with the introduction of the first Sterling Investment Wrap Account which now manages and administers in excess of £1.6 billion on behalf of professional financial wealth managers and intermediaries.

Elin Rhys is a graduate in biochemistry and began her career as a scientist in the water industry where she worked for five years. She joined HTV Wales in 1984 as a freelance journalist on science magazine programmes. She continued with HTV for 5 years working on science, health and environment features until 1990, when she became a regular freelance presenter for the school's science department in BBC Schools in London. During her time in London she also presented a magazine series taking a serious look at adult education for the BBC, 'The Education Programme'. Returning to Wales in 1992 she presented live magazine programmes in the Welsh language for S4C and several outdoor pursuit series and documentaries for S4C and BBC Wales, before establishing her own company in Wales.

Forensic Scientist Abi Carter runs her own successful company offering a range of expert witness services to legal teams throughout the UK. Working mainly with defence solicitors and private investigators within the fields of criminal investigation. She has dealt with many high profile cases, including Ralph Moat.

Geoff was born and raised in Usk and was educated at Monmouth School. He has lived, intermittently, in Llansoy for 34 years. Former Governor of HM Prison Belmarsh , the highest security prison in UK, former Governor of Cardiff prison and Drake Hall women's prison and recently retired Area Manager for all public sector prisons in Wales. He trained as a teacher and taught for 9 years in comprehensive schools and a secure unit for disaffected adolescent boys.

Michelle Mone grew up in the East End of Glasgow. Entrepreneurial Spirit was prevalent from an early age and whilst her friends had posters of Duran Duran on their wall, she had Richard Branson. When Michelle's father was struck down with an illness that left him confined to a wheelchair, in order to support her Mum & Dad, Michelle left school at age 15 with no qualifications to find full time employment.

From the minute Kristina Grimes hit our screens during the first episode of 'The Apprentice', the nation were left in no doubt that she was a force to be reckoned with.

Kristinawas, without doubt, the people's favourite. She excelled at every task undertaken and displayed a steel-like determination to succeed. Her outstanding business attributes were evident week after week and, unlike many of the other competitors, stayed clear of the back-biting that they appeared to thrive on. The viewing public were shocked when, during the final episode, Sir Alan Sugar did not choose her as the winner. Kristina, as always, accepted defeat with utter dignity, further endearing her to the massive 'Apprentice' audience.

World Champion Sailor, Round the World Yachtsman, and co-author of 'Boat to Boardroom' Alex Alley has seen it all. Having been three crew down, with one seriously injured, sub-zero temperatures and waves pounding the boat day and night, thousands of miles away from civilisation, he relives how motivating the team was pivotal to their safe return.

Alex now delivers interactive workshop and learn about the '7 Racing Rules' on how to win in business and in life.

Geoff Burch is considered to be Europe's most exciting business speaker and writer. A phenomenon who delights audiences throughout the world, Geoff is a remarkable speaker whose unique and refreshing outlook on all manner of business topics has made his name into a global brand and himself into someone who is constantly in demand for his memorable and uplifting presentations. His credentials are impressive, working extensively with the world's major blue chip companies to motivate and inspire their people and as a regular contributor on television and radio.

Andy McCann is in demand from high performing individuals from many walks of life as a performance coach and mentor. These include some of the UK's highest profile individuals from business, entertainment, and international sports stars and coaches from across several sports.

A popular conference speaker, Andy McCann has spoken at various national business events where his accessible style draws from an expertise including over 25 years combined experience of education, business, neuropsychology and elite sports performance.

Linda Narbeth established her company in 1993 having spent 20 years gaining experience in the private sector, which enabled her to become a leading business & personal development consultants, coach and leader.

Linda has a tremendous ability to instinctively recognise potential within people. The development of that potential is key to her success and the foundation on which her reputation is built.

Linda’s experience has given her the opportunity to excel as speaker and management development consultant. Working in both the public and private sectors, Linda’s specialist areas are management and leadership, personal development and identifying and implementing processes for managing change.

Entrepreneur and Entertainer, Stifyn Parri, is the Managing Director of Mr Producer.  Stifyn has 35 year's experience in the creative industiries and works as Creative Producer, Entertainer, Presenter, Consultant and Mentor.

Stifyn set up Mr Producer in 2001 and has produced some of Wales' most prominent live events such as the Opening Weekend of Wales Millennium Centre for BBC Wales, and "Welcome 2 Wales", Ryder Cup Opening Concert at the Millennium Stadium for SKY 1 and Sky Arts.

Stifyn created and managed the globally renowned Welsh Expat Social Welsh and Sexy Society (SWS) for over 10 years, with events in London, Spain, New York and Russia.

Born and brought  in North Wales, bilingual TV/radio presenter, Gareth Jones, hosts TV & radio shows & podcasts that empower, entertain and engage. 

Gareth is best known for presenting ITV’s flagship teatime show How2 for over 16 years, as well as fronting Tomorrow’s World (BBC1), The Big Bang (ITV1), GetFresh (ITV1) and a raft of school’s programmes from the award-winning Action Forces, to Maths Sphere

Gareth Jones currently presents & produces radio shows & podcasts. Off-screen.  With a background in science, engineering and technology, Gareth tours the UK with his one-man interactive stage shows. These highly entertaining events are, at heart, motivational lectures, designed to raise the aspirations of Gareth's audience and equip them with strategies that will help them achieve.

 

An expert in Social Media, Miranda Bishop works in both business-to-consumer and business-to-buiness markets and platforms, with everything from one-man-bands to global PLC's. Miranda can help you truly get the most out of social media in an accessible human way.

At 28, Miranda is young in the speaker circuit providing exuberance in a modern and exciting industry.  Miranda started speaking professionally after intense training in LA for a global travel brand, reaching out to thousands of students across the continents promoting exceptional volunteering experiences.

When she started her own business, Miranda discovered the local speaking event Ignite Cardiff.  A community-led movement (which is a cross-between Petcha Kucha and TED talks). Miranda quickly joined the team and effectively sold out every event since through high level social media marketing campaigns. Culminating in their final event at the Wales Millennium Centre, the evening was the largest Ignite Cardiff event in the world, attracting 1500 attendees.

 

Jamie Owen is a familiar face to viewers of the country’s most watched TV news programme BBC Wales Today. But he is also an experienced host for business conferences and business speaker.

Guess who worked at Colonel Gaddafi’s television station in Libya? Made the definitive documentary about Landrover’s roots? And was the man in the middle between billionaire Sir Terry Matthews and David Cameron?

Throughout all of Britain’s big moments in the last 25 years - Brexit, Scotland’s Referendum, General Elections, Devolution, Obama’s visit to Wales, Devolution to Diana – Jamie has had a ringside seat – reporting and commentating on those landmark moments.