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Speakers 2016

Check out the Speaker line-up from 2016.

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.

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).


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

Jeremy Nicholas

Jeremy is an award-winning TV and radio broadcaster, well known for his quirky ‘and finally’ sports reports for BBC TV and radio.

He’s an accomplished after-dinner speaker, especially when they want someone funny, but can’t afford someone famous.

In 2014 his career peaked when he hosted The Good Funeral Awards.

He’s much in demand as an MC at events. He’s compered hundreds of business events for the likes of IBM, Samsung and Boots. His background as a sports broadcaster is a perfect fit for awards shows.

Kids of all ages are more impressed that he’s the voice of the global best-selling football video game FIFA 16. If your children have this game, you will know this man’s voice, perhaps a little too well.

TV sports fans will recognise him as the early face of live football on Channel 5, back in the days when the picture was a bit fuzzy. When the signal improved he was replaced by someone better looking.

In October 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.

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