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Speakers 2016

Check out the Speaker line-up from 2016.

Andy Lopata

Labelled ‘Mr Network’ by The Sun, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent.

Andy is the author of three books on networking, has been quoted in a number of other business books and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Andy travels widely and speaks globally and is regularly quoted in the international press.

Andy is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, the Institute for Sales and Marketing Management and of the Learning and Performance Institute.

Find out more at or follow Andy on Twitter @AndyLopata

David McQueen

David McQueen

David McQueen is an international speaker, facilitator and presentations coach. He has worked with a number of audiences around the world in business, third sector and education, sharing his thoughts on personal development and effective presentations.

A natural storyteller, he is passionate about showing people what good speaking and presentation looks like.

He can help you to become a better speaker and presenter, whether in leadership, sales, pitching for investment, customer service or convincing your staff to stay motivated and driven.

Jack Ismail

Jack Ismail

Jack Ismail is the Director of Retail Operations at Specsavers, and sits on the Operating Board for the UK and ROI and he has been part of the Specsavers leadership team for the last 6 years.

Before this role he held a broad range of positions in blue chip organisations including Marks & Spencer, B&Q, Home Retail Group and Whitbread. He’s even been a franchisee himself, having run two Domino’s franchises in the Midlands.

A life-long retailer and leader of people, Jack believes passionately in the power of engaging others – both customers and colleagues – in order to achieve success.

Jeremy Nicholas

Jeremy Nicholas

Jeremy is an international speaker on communicating with impact. He works with companies to put humour in business presentations, and adds laughs to talks for speakers with his ‘Tickle My Keynote’ programme.

He’s an accomplished MC, awards show host and after-dinner speaker, especially when clients want someone with the humour of a comedian and the authority of a 27 year BBC news and current affairs veteran. He’s the 11th most famous BBC Jeremy, a long way behind Clarkson, Paxman and Vine.

He has two shows which have both enjoyed month long runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured. His 2018 show is ‘After Dinner Stories From My Broadcasting Career’ which is just for fun.

And his 2019 show ‘What Are You Talking About?’ is a serious keynote about communicating in business, but delivered with loads of laughs. It premiered at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention in Singapore in May this year, and he’ll deliver it at the Global Speakers Summit in Namibia in 2020.

He’s has two masterclasses which he delivers across the world:

Talking Toolbox is how to make your business presentations engaging and entertaining.

Talking Funny is how to get laughs when speaking in public. If they’re laughing they’re listening.

In 2015 Jeremy was awarded the highest award in UK speaking, the PSAE – Professional Speaking Award of Excellence – the fifteenth person in history to receive it.

You can download a free copy of his book on public speaking at his website.

Lesley Everett

Lesley Everett is an internationally acclaimed professional keynote speaker and specialist on The Personality of the Brand, and has presented her Walking TALL Methodology in 25 countries across 5 continents to date. She is a published author of 3 books (latest Corporate Brand Personality – Kogan Page, 2016) and is an Executive Brand Coach. Her clients include many FTSE 100 companies as well as The United Nations, Bank of America and GE, and various charities and associations.  

Lesley is often called upon to comment on people in the public eye on their personal brand and image.  She has appeared many times on TV in the UK on BBC News and Sky Business, and in the US she has featured on CNBC, CNN, CBS and Bloomberg.  Lesley has also had over 200 articles published in print media around the world.

Lesley is the founder of Walking TALL International, with offices in UK, US and Hong Kong. She has created a methodology for Personal Branding that has inspired audiences for the past 15 years.  Her materials are continually developed via the interactive research she carries out and is often quoted by other business professionals.

Lesley was awarded the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence in 2010 and is a Past-President of the Global Speakers Federation (2013 – 2014).


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