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A to Z of Speakers

Here in the A - Z of Speakers Unlimited will be building a directory of some of the greatest speakers, come back soon to see who we include!

 

Born and raised in Bangor, BBC Wales news presenter Jennifer Jones was educated through the medium of Welsh.  Jennifer worked for BBC Radio Cymru for two years, writing and reading news bulletins.  She then moved to S4C presenting the nightly evening news. before moving to BBC Wales Today. Since this time Jennifer has reported and produced lunchtime and weekend bulletins. For the past 12 months Jennifer has presented the main 1830 BBC Wales Today news programme on a regular basis.

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.

Lucy Owen is one of the most famililar faces on Welsh television with more than 20 years broadcasting experience. She presents BBC Wales’ flagship news programme ‘Wales Today’ and he popular consumer programme ‘X-Ray’. She also presents on BBC Radio Wales.

Lucy has devised and presented a number of documentaries in recent years – ‘Working Mum’ ‘My Big School Dilemma’ and ‘Middle Aged Me’.

Lucy has written an engaging children’s picture book ‘Boo-a-bog in the Park’ and, as an ambassador for the Noah’s Ark Charity, she is donating profits to help raise money for The Children’s Hospital for Wales. Her next book for children ‘The Sea House’ will be published next year.

With a vast range of presenting credits to his name Dr Rhys Jones is best known for his hit BBC Television series 'Rhys to the Rescue' and 'Rhys Jones's Wildlife Patrol' for which Rhys achieved a BAFTA nomination.

Rhys holds a BSc in Zoology and Genetics, an MPhil in Medical Molecular Entomology and a PhD in Genetics, Phylogeography, Parasitology and Herpetology.  Rhys holds the position of lecturer at Cardiff University where he lectures in various topics including Wolf Ecology, Reptile Mitigation and Cardiff's flagship Animal Diversity module. 

Oxford Law graduate Felicity Evans is a journalist and broadcaster with nearly twenty years’ experience. With regular shows on TV and Radio Felicity Evans also has extensive experience of hosting cultural, business and political events for a wide variety of organisations.

Sean Holley is a currently a TV Rugby Analyst for BBC Wales Scrum V in studio and outside broadcasts. Sean provides commentary and match analysis In-game and pre/post match. Sean is also host of the 'Rugby Nation' weekly show for Town and Country Broadcasting. He also writes technical coaching articles for several publications. Sean Holley was Head Coach for Ospreys Rugby for nine Seasons – over 250 Games. Sean worked with  British Lions, Six Nations Internationals, All Blacks and Springboks working with the most famous names in Rugby in Wales. Sean has also held several other high profile positions in the world of Rugby and is the Head Coach for Bristol Rugby. He was the longest serving and most successful Welsh Regional Coach in the history of the game.

Sean Holley has a great deal of experience in education, teaching, lecturing and developing a range of further and higher education courses including HND Sports Science.  He is an accomplished after dinner and keynote speaker. He has fascinating stories to tell of his rugby tours and the business side of the game. His effervescent personality also makes him an ideal host for high profile events. He is also a much sought after business speaker widely used by Businesses and Governing Bodies. Sean Holley is also one to surprise his audiences as he will often bring along his guitar and sing a song he has written about the event he is speaking at. An altogether first-class, exciting and exceptionally interesting speaker whatever the genre.



Playing for Llanelli over 400 times Phil Davies is one of the most successful Welsh Rugby players of his generation. Over the course of his career, Phil played for Wales 46 times and captained his country in 1989. Throughout an impressive playing career, Phil, collected many awards and accolades for both his illustrious side and indeed himself.

Following a highly successful playing career, Phil moved into coaching and managing within the professional game and has been equally as impressive both as a Coach and as Director of Rugby.

Away from his rugby duties Phil is a regular after-dinner and motivational speaker at both sporting and corporate events.

 

 

Lord Dafydd Wigley is a fluent English and Welsh speaker.  With a wide and extremely impressive career, since he graduated from Manchester University Dafydd Wigley is a commanding and extremely interesting speaker on a wide range of subjects.

Amongst his many accolades Dafydd Wigley was appointed MP for Caernarfon, serving for over twenty-five years.  Dafydd has also had six books published which include several autobiographies.

Graham Bell is a former five times Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist and is regarded as one of the finest downhill skiers the UK has ever produced.  Undoubtedly one of Britain's finest Olympians of all time Graham has presented the hit BBC programme 'Ski Sunday' for over a decade.

With over 20 years' experience in winter and extreme sports, Graham Bell writes regularly about current issues in both areas for many of the major national newspapers.

"Max Boyce is the personification of Wales and what it means to be Welsh. His passion-fuelled lyrics, as relevant as they are witty, are the anthem of our nation."  Gareth Evans, Columnist, Western Mail

Having celebrated his landmark 70th birthday Max Boyce, the man from Glynneath, is as popular as ever, selling out at recent tours. Max's humour and music have both diversity and breadth and his popularity extends far and wide. Max Boyce filled the Sydney Opera House in 2003.

Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, runs a research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, on improvements in transgenic technology in animal models, with a long-term aim of improving human transplantation. Professor Lord Winston has around 300 scientific publications in peer-review journals on reproduction and embryology. Robert Winston is also Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Chairman of the Royal College of Music and was voted “Peer of the Year” by his fellow Parliamentarians in June 2008.  He is a member of the Council of the University of Surrey.

Described by The Times as both “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics”, by the Daily Mail as someone whose “wit and enthusiasm can enliven the dullest of topics”, and by the Daily Telegraph as “dauntless”, Quentin Cooper hosts a diverse range of events in Britain and beyond as well as appearing regularly on radio, TV and in print. Quentin's probably best known for presenting the UK's most listened to science programme, The Material World on BBC Radio 4’s - “the most accessible, funny and conversational science programme on radio” according to The Radio Times, “excellent...a splendid listen” according to Nature.

An accomplished pianist and violinist, Welsh speaking, Gethin Jones is a multi-talented TV presenter with a background in economics, music and sport. He is best known for his time on Blue Peter, and as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

Andy McCann a fascinating and inspirational speaker.  At the age of just 37, exceptionally fit Andy suffered a massive stroke. Andy lost his speech and was unable to walk – both of which he had to learn to do. Andy gave 100% to making the full recovery he was determined to achieve and, miraculously he did just that.  Andy wrote about his road to recovery from the trauma and horrors of brain injury in the highly acclaimed book 'Stroke Survivor – A Personal Guide to Recovery' which sells world wide.

 

Very much in demand as an adviser, mentor and mental skills performance coach to high performing individuals from many walks of life.  Andy's work has been described as 'cutting edge' (Daily Telegraph, 2009) and he is regularly featured in the national press and on TV and radio. Andy is working  closely with Sports Coach UK on a range of High Performance Projects and is contributing to the Inspire and Aspire programmes for coaches and athletes with a realistic podium place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Wynne Evans (Mr Go Compare) is one of the UK's leading tenors, with worldwide fame.  Wynne has performed as a principal with all of the major opera houses and orchestras, including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera.  Wynne Evans was born in Carmarthen, South Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Opera Studio, London.  Wynne is also a brilliant after-dinner speaker and puts so much into preparing for a speaking engagement that he cannot fail to please his audience.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's most successful Paralympic athlete ever!

Born in Cardiff in 1969, Tanni was named Carys Davina. However, when her sister first saw her she called her "tiny" which stuck and became Tanni. Tanni was born with spina bifida but with the support of her parents she was always encouraged to be independent. Tanni attended her local primary school – at first using crutches and callipers and then a wheelchair. Tanni progressed to St. Cyres Comprehensive School and subsequently obtained an honours degree in Politics at Loughborough University.

Sean Fletcher is a sport presenter on Sky television.  Sean's story is one of seizing opportunities, from when he got his initial break on BBC Wales, to doing the 10 O'Clock News alongside Moira Stewart at short notice because the regular sport presenter was suddenly taken ill.

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.

 

Phil Bennett: Llanelli RFC. Wales. British Lions & Barbarians

When asked to describe Phil Bennett, one rugby author wrote: "There is a word in Spanish which is used when other superlatives are deemed inadequate - 'Duendne'. It has no equivalent in English or Welsh but it accurately describes that doyen of Welsh Rugby, Phil BennettPhil was a rugby player whose talents defy definition; a mercurial mix of the impressive, the unexpected and dare I say, the superhuman!"

Without a doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin Jackson called time on his outstanding athletics career in front of an adoring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003. After more than a decade spent at the very pinnacle of his sport, it was a fitting end to a glittering career.

110m hurdler Colin ranked in the world top 10 for 16 years, was World No.1 from 1992-1994 and, for the last 7 years of his career, was never out of the world's top 3 and since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, went on to set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth and 9 UK records at 110mh. Colin Jackson still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994) and, has only recently been robbed of his 13years World Record over 110mh outdoors (12.91, World Title, Stuttgart 1993).

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt combines wit, warmth and a way with words. Carolyn has written and presented television and radio series on the arts, popular culture, consumer issues, history and sport for Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales. Carolyn's broadcasting projects have ranged from Family Detectives, the popular ITV family history series to Gareth@60, a BBC documentary on rugby legend Gareth Edwards. She is also in demand as a media pundit on a wide variety of subjects, from current affairs to literature and as a producer has worked with some of Wales's most well-known personalities.

Behnaz Akhgar has become household name since 2008 when she started presenting the weather for BBC Wales. Behnaz can been seen or heard daily talking about the ever changing weather we have here in Wales.

Behnaz Akhgar was born in Shiraz, Iran and has a good command of Farsi. Behnaz moved to Swansea when she was 10 years old and has lived in Wales ever since.  Behnaz went to University of Glamorgan where she gained a BA in communication studies. Behnaz completed her postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.

Behnaz Akhgar initially joined the BBC in 2001 working behind the scenes in News and then went on to become a picture editor and a video journalist, where she produced various stories on Wales Today.  Now, of course, Behnaz is a much loved weather presenter on BBC Wales.

Broadcaster and Journalist Jamie Owen anchors the country's most watched TV News programme BBC Wales Today.  Jamie also has his own weekly live show on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio Wales

Jamie Owen began his broadcasting career on BBC Radio 4 where he read the news and the shipping forecast.

A popular after dinner speaker, Jamie is also in demand as a conference host and chairman.

Derek Brockway is Welsh born and bred and his interest in the weather began as a young boy growing up in Barry during the long, hot summer of 1976. When he left school Derek joined the Met Office, based mainly at Cardiff Weather Centre but with spells observing the weather at Cardiff Airport, Birmingham Airport and eight months in the Falkland Islands. Derek qualified as a forecaster in 1995 and was posted to Birmingham Weather Centre, broadcasting on several BBC Radio stations across the Midlands.

In December 1995 Derek moved to London and worked in the world of television preparing the ITV National Weather and Channel 4 weather. Derek has also broadcast on GMTV's 'The Sunday Programme'. Derek is the main weather presenter on BBC Wales television and radio.

Vivacious television presenter, Claire Summers, is a familiar face on BBC Wales' flagship news programme, 'Wales Today' being the main sports presenter. Claire enjoys a much varied role on the programme from anchoring the main slot to doing a whole range of live broadcasts from out and about. Claire also presents 2W news and sport. With her easy going personality and highly tuned sense of humour, Claire is extremely popular with viewers and colleagues alike. Claire Summers is passionate about news, and enjoys the challenge of a hard story but, at the same time, has a lighter touch. Claire has anchored 'Wales Today' from the National Eisteddfod for several years. and also delighted viewers and visitors to the Royal Welsh Show. Claire had been asked to enter a Heifer in the main ring and, although she found it a bit of a challenge, she did turn up trumps.

Andrew Price is a renowned Survival Expert.  Andrew's interest in all things outdoors started at the tender age of five, when his grandfather showed him how to collect periwinkles and mussels from the rock pools close to Mumbles. Andrew's father used to take him fishing off the Gower Coast for mackerel and sea bass from an ancient and slightly leaky Canvas and Wood Kayak. Those early experiences sowed the seed of Andrew's enthusiasm for wilderness living skills and outdoor pursuits.  Andrew Price runs his own successful Bushcraft company and presents an on-line series called A-Z of Bushcraft.  Andrew has a large number of television and radio appearances to his credit – the latest being ITVs Coast and Country but also ‘Time Team’ and BBC’s Four Seasons where Andrew forages for food and demonstrates living off the land.

 

Rebecca John is a popular and experienced reporter and presenter on the television news programme, BBC Wales Today.  Rebecca has a passion for languages and studied French and German at Cambridge University. She has also learnt Welsh and has appeared on the S4C programme, Welsh in a Week. Rebecca's love of language and attention to detail have earned her the title of Wales Today's unofficial 'grammar tsar'.

 

Chris Corcoran is a highly popular stand-up comic, writer and BBC radio and television presenter.  Chris' most recent television series for BBC is 'Wales and the Other Five Nations' where he takes a fun look at the Six Nations it's characters and greatest moments. Chris interviewed Martin Johnson; puts Eddie Butler on the spot; asks Iuean Evans about his mud-moustache; mows the lawn of the Millennium Stadium and, finally, has the excuse to dress up as a valley girl - although, in truth, he didn't need much persuading.