Hosts & Keynote Speakers

From television celebrities and sporting heroes to entrepreneurs and leadership gurus; we are experienced in working with some of the most interesting and motivational speakers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. 

Whether you are looking for a famous athlete to motivate your team or a renowned business leader to inspire your audience, let MotivAction help you find the right speaker to ensure your event remains in the memory of your guests for years to come.

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Author of 'Polar Bear Pirates And Their Quest To Reach Fat City’, Adrian is probably the most thought provoking and entertaining motivational speaker in the UK today. He knows how to inspire people into making a very real difference in the workplace.

The former Royal Marine led the first unsupported UK expedition from Canada to the geographic North Pole. After taking disaffected children to Africa in The Hottest Classroom On Earth, the Fastest Classroom and the Wettest Classroom followed for Channel 4. In his presentations Alan emphasises the need to question norms, build 100% trust and make decisions based on the facts. He also advocates leading from behind.  Alan relates his experiences to business audiences with wonderful clarity, outlining how the values which helped them reach the North Pole apply in any competitive environment.

At only twenty-three years, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. This was even more remarkable as only two years before he had broken his back during a parachute jump. Through sheer commitment and persistence, training and planning, Bear entered The Guinness Book of Records and joined only thirty British climbers to have successfully climbed Everest.

 Ben Fogle is a TV presenter, writer and adventurer.  He's in great demand on the corporate circuit as a motivactional speaker due to his achievements which include racing 160 miles across the Sahara Desert in the notorious Marathon Des Sables, rowing the Atlantic in 49 days and crossing 500 miles of Antarctica in a foot race to the South Pole, to name just a few.  His hit BBC adventure show, Extreme Dreams saw him lead ordinary people on extraordinary journeys across some of the most hostile environments on earch.  His natural presenting skills combined with a passion for everything from animals and wildlife, to adventure, lifestyle and sport, make Ben an ideal choice as an awards host for companies across a wide range of sectors.

BJ Cunningham is a successful entrepreneur and acknowledged thought leader in the field of branding, brand marketing and communications with a unique challenging, thought-provoking and charismatic style of presentation.

 

Despite knockbacks in a number of early controversial entrepreneurial projects, BJ’s persistence and ability to overcome adversity has led him to create a successful shoe brand and become a highly regarded business consultant.

Celebrity stylist and image consultant Ceril has worked with many famous people advising for photo shoots, special events and premieres. Her client list includes stars such as Anna Kournikova, Ringo Starr, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Zara Phillips and Cat Deeley. She is an animated speaker, helping people to look at themselves in different ways, make the most of their appearance and create new found confidence and self esteem. 

 
 

Chris Moon has always faced challenges head-on and never let advesity slow him down.  His is one of very few people to have escaped a hostage situation orchestrated by Khmer Rouge guerrillas.  Whilst working to clear landmines with the charity organisation HALO Trust in Mozambique, he was blown up which resulted in the loss of his lower right arm and leg.  He survived against all odds.  He has since completed the London Marathon, the Great Sahara Run and the Badwater Death Valley Ultramarathon.

Chris is a passionate speaker who delivers talks on the process of achivement, overcoming challenges, mindset, motivation and leadership.  He draws on his unique experiences to help people and organisation do what they do, better.

A former member of the SAS unit, Chris escaped from Iraq in January 1991 and was awarded the Military Medal. He left the SAS in 1994 and as well as becoming a best selling author, he has also been military advisor for many TV programmes.  He is an inspirational motivational speaker who can focus on topics such as teamwork, leadership and motivation.

In June 2001, 28-year-old Conrad Humphreys became the youngest skipper to win the BT Global Challenge 2000/2001. His success is down to preparation, professionalism and positive leadership. An energetic presenter, he shares his ideas about the value of adventure in inspiring leadership and creating high performance teams.

The first female and first publicly named Director General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington pursued a policy of greater openness for MI5. Under her leadership the Service extended its work in counter-terrorism.  Her absorbing experiences delivered in a straightforward, friendly and humorous way make for tremendous business analogies for corporate audiences to draw from. The relationship between leadership and management is explored and strategies that can be successfully applied to the ever-changing work environment are unveiled.

Damon Hill became Formula One World Champion in 1996 and was BBC Sports Personality of the year twice before being awarded the OBE in 1997. After retiring from Formula One in 1999 Damon co-founded the P1 club which provides 250 experienced drivers with access to a fleet of prestige and performance cars in return for an annual membership fee.

Dianne joined Camelot in February 1997 as Commercial Operations Director and the first female Executive Director to join the Camelot Board before taking over as Chief Executive in 2000. Dianne has developed and driven Camelot’s strategy for growth and successfully bucked the international trend of falling lottery sales. Dianne is now enjoying an active retirement.

Lord Digby Jones is an accomplished keynote speaker, he was the Director-General of the CBI for six and a half years and was Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He has a vast amount of knowledge on business, which is evident in his speeches.

 

Donnachadh is an author and environmental auditor and campaigner. He specialises in advising companies on how they can 'green' their business to improve the environment as well as being profitable. Alongside his environmental and political campaigning, he has greened his own lifestyle: his house in Camberwell is the only one in the capital with all five eco-technologies.

Ed's material is famed for its quick fire wit and acute insight into a world that is clearly mad from his sane vantage point. His razor-sharp wit makes him an ideal choice as after dinner entertainment.

Ellis is a truly captivating speaker, specialising in cultural change and inspiring organisations. He has headed a national newspaper business, turned around the Greyhound Bus operation in the US and ran Simon Cowell's Syco corporation before he took over the Scottish Media Group.

Frank Dick is the former British Athletics Federation Director of Coaching. Under his leadership, Britain enjoyed a period of unprecedented international success.  Frank’s professional time is split between the worlds of corporate business and sport.  His presentations have made him renowned as one of the country’s best and most consistently motivational speakers. This means he is in constant demand to speak at events in the UK and around the world. Frank customizes his presentations to each client but each contains his trademark themes of creating a winning mindset for success both in business and in life.

 

As the phrase “They Think it’s all over” passes into the vocabulary books, Geoff Hurst, MBE, is the man who made sure it really was all over for Germany.

Now a world-class motivational speaker, after dinner speaker, coach and consultant, Geoff imparts his knowledge and experience to international businesses at the highest level. He is currently a director at a London Insurance Company, and his business experience alongside his footballing history combines to make him an influential and motivational keynote speaker.

 

Internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from the UK and France to Singapore and Hong Kong, to the United States. Gordon has also become a star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally, with shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and MasterChef US.

James Cracknell’s outstanding sporting achievements, intelligence and sense of humour have made him a popular choice of corporate speaker. He has the ability to tailor his experiences to captivate and motivate a variety of audiences. James speaks with a relaxed yet informative style and offers a young fresh approach to corporate speaking which is always well received.

Jason powered his way to gold in Athens 2004 as part of the 4x100m relay team. He was also World Indoor Champion at 60m. Since deciding to hang up his spikes, Jason has worked with UK athletics and the Youth Sport Trust. Speaking to corporate audiences he outlines a long and difficult journey to Olympic victory, and what it takes to succeed in an elite team: “Make the most of your talent, seize every opportunity, learn to bounce back and plan to peak at exactly the right moment.”

A quick mind, a dry sense of humour and an in depth understanding of his topics make Jeremy Paxman a sought after speaker. An exceptional interviewer and moderator, he engages his audience and is unafraid to ask difficult questions and to address challenging issues, bringing his uniquely brusque style and charisma to events of all kinds.

 Joanna Yarrow is Head of Sustainability IKEA UK and Ireland. She is one of the UK's leading experts in sustainable living, specialising in making green living attractive and accessible to broad audiences through a combination of broadcasting, writing and consulting.  She is a founder of sustainability company Beyond Green, which provides advice to clients ranging from the Olympics to Audi and the Premier League, as well as designing and developing sustainable communities.  Joanna specialises in sustainable lifestyles and communications. She makes sustainability interesting, relevant and accessible to broad audiences.

Shot down over Iraqi territory, John Peter's disfigured image became a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein's ruthless aggression in the Gulf War. A best-selling author and prize-winning documentary maker, John is a leading motivational speaker and has used his experience to inspire and motivate audiences from around the world, earning him a reputation for being one of the best.

 Jonathan is founder and Chairman of Beyond Green, a company specialising in sustainable development.  Jonathan is one of the most experienced and effective sustainability strategists and practitioners in the UK and has spent over 20 years working in sustainability.

Karren Brady is a successful business woman and ranks high amongst the world's most influential women. She is known as the first woman in football have been the MD of Birmingham City FC.  She is one of the advisors to Lord Alan Sugar on "The Apprentice".  She has years of experience in the world of sports management and can effectively address issues such as sport, management, women in business and entrepreneurship.

Katherine is an impressive and accomplished speaker.  She has an exciting story to tell and she tells it well in an inspirational and authoritative way.  Katherine excels when talking of teamwork, overcoming challenges, motivation, winning and the importance of communication.

One of the UK’s top comedians, Lenny Henry has appeared in a number of television shows and films. A popular and entertaining speaker, he is also renowned for being one of the founding figures of Comic Relief.

His motivational presentations cover various topics including goal setting, visioning, personal effectiveness, action planning, self-organisation, and how to develop and maintain a mindset for success.  He bases a good deal of this content on his experience in extreme sports. having been competing in international marathons, ultra-marathons and extreme sports for nearly 20 years.

As a result of cancer, swimmer Marc had his leg amputated when he was seventeen. Only compounding his ambition, within a year he was swimmming faster than ever before, and over the next sixteen years represented Great Britain in the European, World and Paralympic Championships: attaining world records for the 200m, 400m and 1500m. His stirring business speech 'Path to Gold' takes in keynotes of motivation, inspiration, positive attitudes and facing adversity in teams.

Matthew Pinsent is one of the world’s greatest rowers winning ten world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals.  Matthew provides in an in-depth look at what it takes to achieve success and stay there as a motivational speaker to businesses and conferences world-wide.

Mervyn was appointed Group Chief Executive of Chartered PLC in November 2001 and has a wide ranging banking background in the UK, US and Asia. He joined the Board of Tesco as a Non-Executive Director in 2003 and was appointed Non-executive Director to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in 2004. Mervyn was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002.

Miles Hilton-Barber has been blind since his early twenties but has not let that stop him from undertaking extreme endurance events across the Sahara, Gobi and Qatar deserts as well as Antartica and Siberia. He is an exceptional story teller and entertaining motivational speaker who draws on his amazing experiences to inspire others to achieve their potential. 

Monty Halls is an explorer, writer, film maker and tv presenter. After five solid years on the road filming for BBC, and after the success of Fisherman's Apprentice in 2012 he settled in Devon to set up his own eco-touristm business.  Monty has gained a reputation as an extremely dynamic speaker who combines great entertainment with salient messages for any business or team.

Specialising in soft skills training, facilitation and team building, Paul is a refreshing, direct and enthusiastic presenter. Alongside his corporate work in business performance, PJ also works with professional sports people helping them with motivation, thought processes, outstanding behaviour and goal achievement.

Penny Hughes is an experienced business professional with excellent knowledge of consumer and media markets with particular expertise in international marketing.  She was only in her 30's when she became President of Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.  Over the last 10 years Penny has gained experience as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of significant international businesses.  Penny draws from her extensive business, media and banking experience and offers audiences insights into a number of management issues with particular focus on branding and customer service 

As the face of satellite TVs most popular motoring programme, The Used Car Roadshow, Penny Mallory is one of a very rare breed of highly respected female motoring journalists and experts in the UK. She is also a highly sought after motivational speaker who inspires people to get the best out of life and to achieve their goals.

Brian brings scientific discovery to life for millions. He’s also a leading physicist at CERN, recreating the conditions 1/1000000000th of a second after Big Bang “in the hope of confirming the universe’s underlying simplicity.” Using breathtaking images, Brian shows how science both shocks and excites our imagination. He also sets out the case for coordinated investment in science and technology as key to job creation and economic growth.

Branson has been tagged as a 'transformational leader' by management lexicon, with his maverick strategies and his stress on the Virgin Group as an organisation driven on informality and information, one that's bottom heavy rather than strangled by top-level management.  With his signature wit and down-to-earth attitude, he candidly shares the real-life experiences and  inspiring vision that have brought him such unyielding success.

One of Britain’s most successful jockeys, Richard was at the forefront of English National Hunt racing in the 80s and 90s, winning The Grand National, The Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Retiring due to injury in 1999, he had won a record 1,699 winners and endured 672 falls.  He was awarded the MBE for sporting greatness.  Audiences learn about the driving ambition, leading him to become a household favourite at only 21 and the fear of failure, which kept him to the fore for many years - earning him the title Champion of Champions.


Rob Beckett is incredibly funny and a brilliant entertainer. His inimitable style makes him highly sought-after and in great demand at diverse events across the country.

One of the country’s most successful athletes, who represented Great Britain for 14 years at the highest level. Roger is now a television presenter and an accomplished motivational speaker and conference host, able to inspire, motivate and create an individual’s awareness of self-achievement.

Beginning his career in radio satire and on the cabaret circuit in London and Edinburgh, Rory is widely regarded as Britain’s sharpest impressionist - a one-man opposition party - with his weekly Channel Four show "Bremner, Bird & Fortune“.  He is a firm favourite of senior corporate audiences, edgy but safe - his material is always up to the minute, never offensive yet always hilarious.

Sally Gunnell is the only woman to have held concurrently all four gold medals for the 400 metre hurdles. She is recognised as one of the UK’s greatest ever female athletes and after retiring from athletics, Sally concentrated on self well being and health and fitness which eventually led her to write a book, 'Be Your Best'. She is considered today as one of the leading spokeswomen in this area.

 Sharleen Spiteri is a versatile and relaxed performer and in great demand as a presenter and host at prestigious events around the UK and overseas.

Simon Woodroffe is a British motivational speaker and entrepreneur.  He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997 and sold his controlling interest in 2003.  He currently speaks around the world at corporate and promotional events and has as well as appearing on stage at the Edinburgh Festive to discuss his YO! Sushi venture, he has also been a 'Dragon' on the first series of Dragons' Den.

Everyone’s favourite stroppy boss, and the original East End lad made good, Sir Alan hires and fires with gusto on The Apprentice. Having earned his Spurs as a football club chairman and sold Amstrad, he shares his savvy with select business audiences and explores the roots of entrepreneurship.

Former Coach of the England Rugby Union World Cup Winning Team, Sir Clive Woodward led the 2012 British Olympic Team to a string of stunning successes at the London games. But it is his flair for using business skills to produce sporting excellence and sports values to inspire business success that marks him out as unique.   He is a world class leader in both business and sport. He translates business principles into a winning sporting formula.  Sir Clive Woodward is a popular and inspiring speaker suited to a wide variety of audiences.


After bringing the GB squad home from China with eight golds, Dave repeated the feat in London – the only country to win in more than one event. He also led Bradley Wiggins to victory in the Tour de France. In presentations he explains that motivation comes from within: “You can’t make winners, but you can help them focus and optimise their natural talent.” Leaders have to learn to deal with different people, and push for marginal improvements in every area.

Described as "The World’s Greatest Living Explorer' by the" Guinness Book of records, As a leading Motivational Speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes draws an analogy between nature's most dangerous and difficult challenges, and the very real day-to-day business challenges.  The elements vital to the success of an expedition include teamwork, determination, patience, discipline, enthusiasm and creative thinking. Building a team with the right character and attitude is of paramount importance.  Persistence, tolerance, planning skills, high organisational ability, flexibility to meet and beat unexpected obstacles, goal-setting and performing under extreme pressure are clearly all factors in the success of Sir Ranulph's remarkable endeavours. The same qualities are all crucial to success in the business world.

Leader of the Opposition from 1997-2001, William Hague is perhaps best known for his skill in parliamentary debate, particularly in some 200 exchanges and debates with Tony Blair. Channel 4 viewers voted him 'Politician of the Year' in 2001 and he was the Spectator's 'Parliamentarian of the Year' in 1998.  William served as Party Leader, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. He shares insights into world affairs, different styles of leadership – and why he pressed the Prime Minster on the existence of Father Christmas.