Cruise Ship Speakers

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Richard Atkins
Motorsport Commentator & Aviation Historian
Raconteur: exciting tales of exploits on land, sea and in the air
Coming from: Hastings,  East Sussex  UK
Richard Atkins is a respected cruise enhancement lecturer specialising in light hearted entertaining lectures to explain some of the worlds most amazing engineering achievements especially by women and historical famous pioneers. Richard’s initial career was in Formula one Motorsport where he worked with many famous names. He talks with enthusiasm and humour about his experiences in the motorsport and aviation arena.

Rob Bayly
Balloon Pilot and former BBC TV Producer
Radio Presenter
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Rob has flown balloons in the Arctic, deserts and mountains. Among his record-breaking flights he has flown the Atlantic by balloon. In parallel Rob was a member of BBC staff for 33 years, starting as a TV producer on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and finishing his career on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Rob draws on extensive first hand knowledge of ballooning and broadcasting, both very visual and entertaining subjects. He is also happy to volunteer for other cruise roles such as tour guiding and on board radio/TV broadcasting.

John Clithero
Sports Writer & Broadcaster
World of Sport & World of Entertainment
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
John Clithero worked for BT for 32 years where he gained extensive experience as a Lecturer in Telecommunications at their specialist Training College. After he took early retirement in 1992 he turned a part-time hobby into a business as a self-employed Freelance Sports Journalist and Broadcaster. He has travelled to many Countries covering Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf and many other sports for BBC, Newspapers and Internet sources.

Paul Covell
Ocean Yachtsman, Adventurer & Maritime Historian
Round the World Sailor
Coming from: Chalfont-St-Giles,  Buckinghamshire  UK
In July 2000 Paul took early retirement from the Printing Ink Business and that year he was a crew member aboard "Quadstone" in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, otherwise known as the worlds toughest yacht race. After 17 days crossing the Atlantic, “Quadstone” won the 1st. Since returning from this epic voyage Paul has undertaken many adventures including walking and cycling the length and breadth of Britain, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and travelling the high Andes of South America.

Mike Cowan
Former England Cricketer
Coming from: Doncaster,    UK
The humorous anecdotes in Mike's talks are the reason he is so popular with ALL passengers on cruise ships. His stories of his early boyhood in the South Yorkshire mining area, playing cricket for Yorkshire with legends Fred Trueman, Brian Close and Dickie Bird and the many famous personalities he has met on the after dinner circuit. All this combined make his talks so unique and entertaining, he proves beyond doubt that "there's nowt as funny as folk!"

John Dabrowski
Motivation & Inspiration
Mental Resilience Expert
Coming from: Langley Mill,  Nottinghamshire  UK
John has enjoyed a wide ranging and successful career which has seen him work across a number of sectors in the business and sporting world. He has played basketball both as a professional and for England in the Commonwealth Games. He has travelled extensively in his search for new skills and techniques to help himself and now other people. He has a desire to make a difference in this world and wants to use his extensive knowledge and skills to help people 'unlock their full potential'. John is a gifted communicator and his talks will both inspire and motivate the audience.

Mick Dawson
Adventurer & Professional Speaker
Rowing 7000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean
Coming from: Saltdean,  East Sussex  UK
Mick is a Professional Yacht Skipper, adventurer, film maker and former Royal Marine. He successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 2001, with his brother Steve. He then repeated this feat in 2005 as a last minute stand in with new rowing partner Andrew Morris. In his talks he recounts his experiences of these epic adventures.

Andrew Hignell
Cricket & Sports Historian
Scorer and Archivist to Glamorgan County Cricket Club
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Andrew is the Scorer and Archivist to Glamorgan County Cricket Club who are Wales’ sole representative in professional cricket. Andrew caught the cricket bug as a young schoolboy growing up in Cardiff following Glamorgan’s success in winning the 1969 County Championship. He subsequently read Geography at Exeter University, before completing a PhD at Cardiff University and then taught Geography until 2004 when he "retired" to take up his post with Glamorgan CCC. He is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading cricket historians and statisticians.

Alastair Hignell CBE
Sports Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker & Writer
ex. England Rugby player, County Cricketer & BBC Commentator
Coming from: Brighton,  East Sussex  UK
Alastair was the greatest all-round sporting talent of his generation. In 1974 he made his first-debut at rugby for Bristol and at cricket for Gloucestershire. While still a teenager he won the first of four rugby Blues for Cambridge, the first of four cricket Blues and the first of 14 rugby caps for England. In 1977 he played in all of England’s matches in the Five Nations’ Championship, was a reserve for the Lions tour of New Zealand, scored over 1,000 runs in a first-class cricket season and captained Cambridge at rugby & cricket. Alastair presents an interesting series of talks on Sport & Sport commentating.

Ken Kelly
US Manned Space Programme: Mercury - Gemini - Apollo
Coming from: Leamington Spa,  Warwickshire  UK
Ken started his working life as a teacher and lecturer and taught Mathematics in the UK and Malaysia. Returning to the UK Ken swapped teaching for High Performance Sport. Awarded an Olympic Coach Scholarship in 1992, he has worked for a number of the UK’s leading sports bodies. As a counter-point to his professional work, Ken has studied the US and Soviet manned space programmes extensively, from Mercury to the Space Shuttle, Vostok to Soyuz. Ken is an experienced, innovative and engaging presenter having spoken extensively at conferences in the UK and abroad.

Derek Maltby
Hot Air Ballooning
Coming from: Bishop Sutton,  Bristol  UK
Derek was a police officer in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary based in Bath during which time he ‘scrounged’ his first hot air balloon flight. He went on to crew and then obtained his first sponsorship to fly a balloon from a car dealership. He has achieved over 1,100 flying hours during the past 28 years and is the holder of the British Balloon and Airship (BBAC) Gold Medal for duration, distance, accuracy and altitude. There are only 12 holders of this prestigious award. Derek presents a series of talks about hot air and gas ballooning.

David Mercer
Sports Commentator & Journalist
The World of Tennis
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
David is a sports broadcaster specialising in tennis, badminton and rowing. From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and the Men’s Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties. David became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and 2 years later he joined BBC Television. In his lectures David covers the world of tennis, past, present and future and reveals the hazards of being a sports broadcaster.

Robin Oakley OBE
Political Editor, Author & Journalist
Former Political Editor for BBC & CNN
Coming from: Wallingford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Robin Oakley is a journalist and is the author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to the international broadcaster CNN on European affairs, he has been the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine since 1995 and is a regular after-dinner speaker. He writes too for the Financial Times. Fascinated too throughout his life by the world of horse-racing, Robin is nowadays a well-known figure on Britain’s racetracks. Robin was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to political journalism.

Mark Oristano
American Football
Coming from: Dallas,  Texas  USA
Mark Oristano had a 30-year career reporting on and broadcasting American football for the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers. He covered 12 Super Bowls, broadcasting two. During his career he worked with well known broadcasters like Verne Lundquist and Oprah Winfrey. Since his retirement, Mark has been speaking on cruises around the world, helping football fans of all levels understand the game better.

Graham Read
Motorsport and Motoring Writer
BA (Hons), ACIB
Coming from: Wetherby,  West Yorkshire  UK
Formula 1 motor racing is followed closely by many cruise guests and Graham loves to share his knowledge and experiences as a professional motorsport and motoring writer. He engages with audiences via 13 informative but lighthearted talks, all supported by eye-catching images. A graduate linguist, Graham has written regularly for Autosport, Motorsport News and various other publications for the last 20 years as well as testing cars for Excelle. He also has amusing tales to tell from his former days as a bank manager and occasional chauffeur for the rich and famous.

Jonathan Rice
Author on Popular Music, Sports & Japan
Coming from: Hythe,  Kent  UK
Jonathan Rice wears many hats. For most of the time he is a consultant and lecturer on cross-cultural business links with Asia, and a specialist on international marketing and management styles. He read Japanese at Cambridge University, and then lived and worked in Japan for a dozen years. He has written three books on Japan. He is also a sports writer, having written at least a dozen books on cricket, football, golf and sports history. Since 1990, he has been specialising in national and organisational culture. He talks on the subjects of Japan, Cricket and Popular Music.

Charles Runcie
History of Sport & Broadcasting, BBC, Radio, TV
34 years working in sports broadcasting at the BBC
Coming from: Southfields,  London  UK
Joining the BBC sports department in Scotland in 1982, Charles spent the next 34 years at the BBC in a number of senior roles. He moved to Broadcasting House in London in 1987, working in radio sport organising major events like the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup. Charles was one of the launch editors of Radio 5 Live in 1994, before switching to the new BBC online sports service in 1999. He finally spent 14 years as Head of the BBC regional sports services, heading up sports coverage on 15 TV regions and 38 local radio stations plus commissioning football and rugby league programming on TV.

Colin Shindler
Social History, Film, TV & Sport
M.A. Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Colin Shindler has maintained an active interest in twentieth century American and British social and cultural history whilst pursuing a wide-ranging career as a writer and producer in television, radio and motion pictures, and as an author of books and journalism for forty years. He was awarded his Ph.D by Cambridge University and has been lecturing for the History Faculty there on film and history in the area of modern British and American social and cultural history since 1998. He has lectured on cruises both for Cunard and Swan Hellenic.

Clive Steeper
Motorsport & Business
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Clive knows about what it takes to achieve world-class performance in both motorsport and business. He has worked with many motorsport legends in his role as Formula 1 race Tyre Engineer for Goodyear and as Team Manager for TWR Silk Cut Jaguar Sports Car team at Le Mans; he also races regularly. As a business leader, he has led many international fast-growth companies to achieve record profits. Clive is an engaging speaker who draws on his experiences & knowledge to deliver thought-provoking and entertaining lectures that offer insight into risk, performance and leadership.

Malcolm Teasdale
Author, Adventurer and Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Destin,  Florida  USA
Malcolm Teasdale was born in Coventry, England and is a successful entrepreneur who now spends his time traveling to “off-the-beaten-track” places. Since retiring from the technology industry, he now travels to the more unusual destinations in the World in search of rich cultural experiences. His 4th travel book has just been published called, “Religion, Spirituality and the way of life in the Himalayas” which describes his experience in the Himalayan Kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. Malcolm has a wide repertoire of talks on destinations, adventure and travel.

Michael Tribe
Science & Sports History
BSc., PhD, PGCE, C.Biol. FRSB
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Mike Tribe attended both Durham & Cambridge universities as a student, followed by 3 years as Head of Biology at a London school, before taking up a Lectureship at Sussex University. Mike has always enjoyed the challenges of teaching, especially communicating difficult scientific ideas in ways understandable to non-scientists. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1978 and given an award for Excellence in Teaching by Sussex Alumni Society in 1999. He loves talking about most sports and was a County athlete and Cambridge Blue in his youth.

Marshall Ulrich
Extraordinary Life
Adventurer, Mountaineer, Extreme Athlete
Coming from: Evergreen,  Colorado  USA
The author of Running on Empty, Marshall Ulrich is a versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete: an ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and competitive adventure racer. His prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains on every continent—all in his forties and fifties. Dubbed by Outside magazine as an Endurance King, he defies the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Revered among athletes, Marshall Ulrich is also an acclaimed speaker.

Marilyn Varcoe
Psychologist, Health & Wellness and Life Coach
Coming from: Naples,  Florida  USA
Dr. Marilyn Varcoe is a licensed cognitive behavioral psychologist and life coach providing psychological care to a broad spectrum of clients. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, her M.S. from Southern Illinois University, and her B.A. from the College of New Jersey. Dr. Varcoe has extensive years of experience in counseling, therapy and coaching. She is a frequent presenter of seminars and lectures on toxic stress and personal development. Marilyn is also the founder of Golf Smart, Inc., a program that teaches mental skills to golfers.

Don Wales
Land Speed Record Breaker & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Addlestone,  Surrey  UK
Born in 1960, Don is the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and the nephew of Donald Campbell CBE the famous father and son World speed record breakers in their famous ‘Bluebird’ vehicles. He left school at the age of 17 to work in photography, which is where he still earns his main income specialising in advertising, fashion and lifestyle work. World record breaking is still in his blood and he has continued the family tradition! He started breaking records in 1998 with his first UK Land Speed Record for an Electric car in ‘Bluebird Electric’, and went on to break a further 7 UK records which he held for over 12 years.