Cruise Ship Speakers

Celebrity & Showbusiness
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Robert Ash
Celebrity Chef
BBC Masterchef Finalist, Winner The Observer Chef Competition. Author.
Coming from: Brentford,  Middlesex  UK
Robert Ash is a former BBC Masterchef finalist, and winner of the prestigious Observer/ Rothschild Mouton Cadet Chef Competition. He is currently Chef/Patron at Robert Ash at Rue du Lac in Macon, South Burgundy, France, the successful cookery school he opened in 2004, which is host to guests and students from all over the world. "Robert’s passion for teaching defines him. More than anything, he has the patience to convey all of this to his audience in a way that makes perfect sense."

Colonel Stephen M Bauer
Military Historian
Coming from: The Woodlands,  Texas  USA
Author and lecturer, Colonel Stephen M. Bauer served longer as a Military Social Aide than anyone in the history of the White House. Under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, he was responsible for supervising the conduct of numerous social and ceremonial functions for the First Family. He later held a staff position under Presidents Reagan and Bush. Steve retired from the Army in 1993 after 28 years of service. His military career included a variety of assignments including Infantry combat tours in Vietnam and in Korea and a tour with the President's Honor Guard. Steve has lectured on his White House experiences for the past 29 years and has been a featured speaker on many World Cruises.

Johnny Beerling
Music Broadcaster
Former Controller, Radio 1, Fellow Radio Academy
Coming from: Rudgwick,  West Sussex  UK
The name of Johnny Beerling is synonymous with the history of British radio over the past 50 years and he has 18 talks reflecting this. He started Radio 1, produced many acclaimed programmes and in 1985 he was appointed Controller of Radio 1 with full responsibility for the whole network. He received the Ferguson Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. In 1993 he was appointed President of the Television and Radio Industry Club of Great Britain. He has a SONY Award for Outstanding Services to the Radio Industry and in 2005 was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

John Benfield
Coming from: Witney,  Oxfordshire  UK
John Benfield has had a career in acting for some 30 years. On completing his studies at Nottingham University he decided to swap the history books for props and costumes and headed off to drama school. His acting career started on the stage of a company called The Bubble, a mobile theatre which performed at various venues in and around London. He is known and recognised for many parts he has played on television and in film. However, his most well known character is probably DCI Michael Kernan - Jane Tennison's (Helen Mirren) boss in Prime Suspect.

Steve Brookes
Gardening Presenter, Broadcaster & Author
Dip. Hort (Pershore) / Gardening, BBC
Coming from: Stratford-upon-Avon,  Warwickshire  UK
Steve Brookes, a well know BBC Gardening Presenter & Journalist, is a fun and charismatic presenter. His enthusiastic approach and subtle humour blend with his extensive horticultural knowledge to make the subject rich and inspiring. His wealth of great gardening tips and ideas coupled with his humorous outlook and anecdotes on horticultural life make for entertaining talks.

Stefan Buczacki
Natural History & Gardening
BSc(Hons), DPhil(Oxon), DUniv, CBiol,FRSB,CHort,FCIHort,ARPS,VMM,FLS
Coming from: Stratford-upon-Avon,  Warwickshire  UK
Distinguished Speaker Professor Stefan Buczacki has been lecturing on cruise ships for nearly 30 years and says that of his many achievements as media gardening personality, internationally recognised scientist, naturalist and political biographer. Stefan is probably Britain's most experienced media gardening personality with a huge following of devoted fans who appreciate his knowledge, authority and easy, relaxed style of communicating.

Pip Burley
Music, TV & Show business
Coming from: Headley,  Surrey  UK
Destined to spend life as an engineer, Pip took on the world of music and the media instead. His colourful, jack-of-all-trades career has included performing with The Beatles, working in cabaret in the West End and on cruise ships with Joe Loss, followed by a spell in publishing and advertising. Based on his book ‘Briefest Encounters’, this series of lectures, lavishly accompanied with slides and video clips (and occasionally on the piano), celebrates the stars and celebrities Pip has met and worked with, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the nature of ‘celebrity’ itself.

Stephen Cole
Presenter / Al Jazeera / BBC World
Coming from: London,    UK
Stephen Cole is the senior anchorman and correspondent for the Royal Television Society Award winners Al Jazeera English based in the Middle East and London. He is considered as one of the best known faces of international news television. He is the longest-serving British male Presenter of 24-Hour news. Stephen presents a series of talks on cruise ships about his 40 years in the News and the history of Arab TV.

Clive Coleman
Comedy Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Palmers Green,  London  UK
Clive is the BBC’s Legal Correspondent, a role he arrived at via a career as a barrister, Principal Lecturer in Law, and then one of the country’s leading comedy writers. In 1992, he won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award. In 1998 he won the BBC’s inaugural ‘Frank Muir Award’, for outstanding comedy writing. Clive has delivered keynote speeches on a broad range of domestic and international legal stories and issues. His his combination of analytical, broadcasting and writing skills enables him to deliver talks that are sharp, intelligent and witty.

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!"

Edwina Currie
World Affairs & Extraordinary Lives
Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Coming from: Whaley Bridge,  Derbyshire  UK
Edwina was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the Liverpool Institute, the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She won a scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry, and then switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! She stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented South Derbyshire for 14 years. She became one of the nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88. Edwina is also a successful author & broadcaster and has been a Celebrity speaker with many cruise lines since 1994.

Freddie (Parrotface) Davies
Comedy & Showbusiness
Coming from: Boroughbridge,  North Yorkshire  UK
Freddie's amazing career has taken him from the tough working men's clubs of the North East of England for thirty shillings a night (£1.50) to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Seasons at the famous London Palladium with Cliff Richard, TV shows with the legendary Judy Garland and touring the world with his stand up comedy act. In a career spanning over 50 years in show business he has seem the demise of the music halls, variety dying along with the night club circuit during the sixties and seventies. Freddie has always been a very accomplished stage and cabaret performer and is constantly in demand as a speaker relating hilarious anecdotes from his long career as a stand up comedian, producer and director.

Douglas J Eaton
Social, Cultural and Showbiz History
Coming from: Ashington,  West Sussex  UK
Doug's formative years were spent in Liverpool, where he became well known on the music scene of the 1960s. He played in The Cavern Club alongside The Beatles with his rock group, The Detonators. After university, he spent a successful international career in marketing and general management. He is a popular speaker with social groups, and has retained a passionate interest in music. His talks range from Madcap Inventions and Murder, to Pirates and Ages of Discovery, and Showbiz talks with musical accompaniment.

Richard Evans
Casting Director
Showbusiness, Celebrity, Performing Arts, Theatre, Actors and Acting
Coming from: London,    UK
Richard is a London based Casting Director who has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989. Prior to this he worked as an actor for ten years. He loves talking about his work and the entertainment industry in general to interested groups and regularly leads audition and career development workshops at many top drama and theatre schools throughout the world, from RADA in London to The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.

James Fraser
Photojournalist & Enrichment Speaker
National Newspaper Photographer, Daily Telegraph/Sunday Times
Coming from: Mold,  Flintshire  UK
After a 30 year career in newspapers, James has vast experience of events, people and places to share with Cruise Line passengers, from the highs and lows of the Royal family, political campaigns of all hues, to the birth and rise of celebrity culture and experience of trouble spots including Northern Ireland and the Afghanistan conflict. Covering major elections since 1979 has given Jim a fascinating insight into the political world, photographing many prime ministers. Jim shows a huge range of images to give life to these stories.

Reverend Roger Hoath
Minister of Religion, Freelance Writer and Speaker
Coming from: Carshalton Beeches,  Surrey  UK
After a career in Education, Roger found his vocation to become a clergyman, resulting in fruitful ecumenical Ministries in Sutton, Kingston-upon-Thames and Central London. Roger, who is a Freeman of the City of London, has many varied media interests. As Roger has met and interviewed an extraordinary array of remarkable people, these encounters have become the basis of his witty and entertaining talks.

Peter Hobday
Broadcaster & Author
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter Hobday is one of Britain's best known broadcasters. He wrote and presented "Masterworks" every morning on Radio Three until January 2000, and for 14 years he was a presenter of the early morning BBC Radio news show "Today", required listening for politicians, business leaders and opinion-formers in Britain. He is an author and is also in demand as a public speaker and conference chairman.

Paul Howard
Photography Tuition & Editing
Coming from: Fosters Booth,  Northamptonshire  UK
For nearly a decade Paul Howard has had the privilege of being a "guest speaker" on various cruise ships. Paul presents PowerPoint talks and slideshows, on the subject that touches everyone, be they beginners or seasoned amateur photographers. He sheds light on how they can look at subjects from different viewpoints and how to enhance what they have already taken. There have been many emails from past guests complimenting him on how simply and easily he puts across the pleasures of photography. He can take limited size groups around the ship showing them “hands on” demonstrations.

Marty Kristian
New Seekers - Singer & Songwriter
Specialising in 60's & 70's Pop & Rock Music
Coming from: Heronsgate,  Chorley Wood  UK
Marty, born of Latvian parents, emigrated to Australia after the second world war with his widowed mother. He studied architecture at Melbourne University in the 60’s but dropped out to pursue a singing career in Australia. He became a founder member of The New Seekers - a vocal harmony group who enjoyed enormous worldwide success in the early 70’s. His talks feature some previously unseen pictures and videos and he’s even known to sing a song or two with his guitar.

Paul Lavers
TV Presenter & Actor
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Paul Lavers is probably best known as one of the original presenters on QVC – the shopping channel, where with his humour and singing he charmed people into buying. However he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic school and worked extensively on the UK's theatre repertory circuit. He's also well known to fans of "Doctor Who" as Paul featured in four episodes with Tom Baker, 'The Androids of Tara'. Paul is skilled behind the camera as well and set up Ideal World TV and other channels, including The Entrepreneur Channel.

Ken Lennox
Celebrity Photographer
Coming from: London,    UK
Ken works for most of the major newspapers and magazines in the UK and overseas. He has won British Press Photographer of the Year four times and other awards including Royal Photographer of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year and News picture of the year twice. For many years he was an accredited royal photographer, travelling extensively across the world, covering tours with the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Ken has also covered a number of wars, including Bosnia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kosovo, The Lebanon, East Timor, Somalia and the Gulf War.

Valerie Leon
Coming from: London,    UK
The ever glamorous icon of the 70's, Valerie Leon made her West End debut in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre. During her career she has been associated with three British Cults: Bond, Carry On and Hammer Horror. Apart from film and theatre she has worked on numerous TV shows. Her talks are about her life and work during this golden age of film and tv, illustrated with vintage material from her association with some of the 70's classics.

Malcolm Macfarlane
Popular Music of the 20th Century
Coming from: Wilmslow,  Cheshire  UK
Malcolm Macfarlane is a noted Bing Crosby authority and an author whose published works are books about Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. Malcolm seeks to entertain rather than lecture and he has an extensive series of presentations on the Sounds of the 50's & 60's including Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to name a few.

Bill Martin MBE
Hit Songwriter & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: London,    UK
Bill Martin, the Songwriter, has won many musical awards and he was the first British Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Puppet on a String’. His songs have been released by artists incuding Elvis Presley, The Bachelors, Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and many others. His presentations cover the Golden Age of Musicals, The Eurovision Song Contest, History of Rock & Roll to name a few.

Roger Mason
Personalities & Headline Events
Coming from: Leighton Buzzard,  Bedfordshire  UK
Roger is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has written 18 books, one on the subject of public speaking and the most recent, a fascinating review of the London to Birmingham railway journey. For many years a leading member of Toastmasters International, he has both won and judged many speech contests He lectures in an interesting and entertaining way, and brings the same approach to his accounts of famous personalities.

Frances McNaughton
Sugar-Craft Artist & Tutor, Celebrity & Author
Coming from: Bexhill on sea,  East Sussex  UK
Frances’s sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator since 1987, teaching all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs. On cruises her demonstrations and mini workshops include modelling with sugar paste and chocolate to create sugar flowers and models, and she talks about her film and advert involvement.

Diana Moran
Health & Wellbeing
Coming from: Middlesex,    UK
Diana Moran is TV’s original fitness guru known as The Green Goddess. In 1983 she was the first person to present fitness on TV in the UK on BBC Breakfast Time and her successful career as a fitness guru has spanned four decades. She has appeared on virtually every UK TV channel since. Diana is an amusing motivational speaker and has been a regular Celebrity Guest Speaker on major cruise lines for over 25 years.

Sheila Parker
Entertainer & Showbiz Personality
Formerly one of the 'Vernons Girls'
Coming from: Barnet,  Hertfordshire  UK
Sheila was born in Liverpool, living next door but one to Paul McCartney, a childhood sweetheart. She started her career at the tender age of 15 dancing with the legendary "Tiller Girls", before moving on to the famous "Vernon Girls", where she appeared every Saturday night on British Television. Sheila's talks are a nostalgic trip back in time from the early 1960s, when Rock and Roll was in its infancy, with some amusing anecdotes and tales of the famous people she has worked with, and a reminder of the great music of the era.

Peter Purves
TV Presenter & Commentator
Coming from: South Darenth,  Kent  UK
Peter has been in “the business” since his first professional acting job in repertory theatre in Barrow-in-Furness in 1957, when he was just 18. He is best remembered for being one of what has become called “the Dream Team” of Presenters of the now iconic children’s TV Programmes, “Blue Peter”. He has worked in TV as an Actor, Presenter and commentator. He began giving talks on Cruise Ships in 2011 and enjoys entertaining passengers with subjects that are all very close to his heart.

Steven Rivellino
Coming from: Jersey City,  NJ  USA
Steven Rivellino is one of the leading Executive Producers, theatrical General Managers and Business Analysts in the industry. The former Vice President and General Manager of New York's Radio City Music Hall, he has produced and general-managed on and off Broadway, and internationally. Steven is author or two book, lectures worldwide on theatrical production and theatre management; he is a frequent guest lecturer on the University and theatrical circuits and on cruise ships.

Tim Severin
Explorer, Traveller & Author
D.Phil, Gold Medallist Royal Geographical Society
Coming from: Timoleague,  Co. Cork  Ireland
Acclaimed adventure writer and explorer Tim Severin, was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has made a career of retracing the storied journeys of mythical and historical figures and has many published books to his credit. His travels have been the subject of award winning documentary films and a major BBC documentary series title "TIME TRAVELLER". He has written regularly about his expeditions in the National Geographic Magazine and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book award.

Roy Short
Hollywood and Genealogy
Coming from: Brentwood,  California  USA
Roy Short is a retired Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting who has spent the past thirty years studying and teaching genealogy. Upon retirement from corporate consulting he launched "Short On Time", a Professional Genealogy practice and has conducted seminars and workshops on a wide range of family search topics. Since then, his passion for motion pictures has prompted him to create a portfolio of "Tribute" modules which explore and explain different aspects of movie making, stars and genres. He now spends most of his time entertaining and educating cruise passengers in both Hollywood and Genealogy.

Lucie Skeaping
Music Historian, Singer & Writer
Coming from: London,    UK
After an early career in BBC children’s TV, Lucie has become a well known presenter, writer and contributor to a wide range of BBC documentaries and features and since 1997 has presented Radio 3’s long-running series The Early Music Show. Appearances and contributions to TV and film include Polanski’s Oscar-winning movie ‘The Pianist’ and Simon Schama’s ‘History of Britain’. Lucie is also founder-director of two celebrated ensembles, The City Waites specializing in 17th/18th century English popular music, and The Burning Bush, the UK’s leading klezmer band. She presents a series of illustrated talks about musicals and music.

Tony Sloman
Film & Cinema Historian
Coming from: London,    UK
Tony is recognised worldwide as one of the world's leading cineastes and has been involved with the film industry all his life. He is an acknowledged authority on all aspects of film production, distribution and exhibition. He has lectured on subjects as diverse as Digital Editing, Cinema and Widescreen Cinema, and on feature film technique. In his series of talks for cruises, he talks about Cinema History and popular Movie Genres.

Jenni Trent-Hughes
Author, Radio Host & Agony Aunt
Coming from: London,    UK
Jenni has enjoyed an unusually varied career. She has been a Grumpy Old Woman (though neither grumpy nor old), a Loose Woman (no comment necessary) and is one of the nation's most popular agony aunts. She is an author and a regular on BBC TV and Radio programmes as varied as BBC Breakfast, Eggheads,Toddler Taming and Big Brother. Jenni works with The Charity Dreamgirls and a variety of children's charities as well as motivational speaking in schools and universities. Her entertaining and informative style makes her a popular speaker.

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.