Cruise Ship Speakers

After Dinner Speaking
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Brad Ashton
TV Comedy & Scriptwriter
Coming from: London,    UK
Brad Ashton’s career as an international comedy scriptwriter spans half a century during which he has written top TV comedy shows for eleven different countries. For eight years Brad ran a Comedy Writing School training two hundred would-be writers. Brad is also the author of four best-selling books on comedy. As an accomplished entertaining after-dinner-speaker Brad regularly gives talks to many organisations and up till now he has been a Guest Enrichment Lecturer on 62 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.

Roger Carrick KCMG, LVO
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Roger Carrick is a retired senior British career Diplomat, Consul-General, Ambassador and High Commissioner. A skilled public speaker with Cold War experience behind the Iron Curtain, four years in Paris and eight around the USA, he also has a profound knowledge of South East Asia and Australasia. Sir Roger is an accomplished and entertaining lecturer in professional circles and at Literary and Arts Festivals, and a sought after speaker aboard cruise ships.

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.

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.

Professor Ian Cooper
Travel Writing & Cultural Conversation
Travel & Cruise Writing / Art of Conversation & Influence
Coming from: Borehamwood,,  Hertfordshire  UK
Professor Ian Cooper is an internationally published author of 16 books in 56 countries, and an established travel writer who writes for national; regional and specialist media including ‘World of Cruising Magazine’. Over many years, Ian has had over 1000 professional speaking and training engagements on his specialist subjects of The Art of Conversation; Influencing People; Communications and Business Success. His light, entertaining and down to earth style has made him a very popular speaker, wherever he appears including on cruise ships.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Sir Christopher Coville
Military History, World Affairs and Humour
Coming from: Sherborne,  Dorset  UK
Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville joined the RAF in 1964 as a Flight Cadet. After flying training, he served several tours of duty as an operational Lightning, Phantom and Tornado pilot in the Air Defence role. Later in his career, he achieved senior rank and completed several command appointments, in the UK and in NATO. Following retirement in 2003, Sir Christopher has pursued a diverse second career, embracing both charitable and professional appointments. He is a seasoned after dinner speaker, and has lectured extensively on a wide range of topics, from World Affairs to Military History, and on some of the mysterious and unsolved stories associated with various ports of call!

Margaret Cox
Forensic Anthropologist & Medical Historian
BA, BA Hons, Phd, MIFA, FSA
Coming from: West Wellow,  Hampshire  UK
Professor Margaret Cox is an internationally experienced forensic anthropologist who has worked in such places as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium and France. She retired from her role as Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University and now undertakes consultancy work for governments. She has authored several academic books, appeared in numerous TV and radio documentaries. Her very popular lectures deal with archaeology & anthropology and the history of disease.

Susan Croft
Public Relations, Communications & Management
Motivational Speaker
Coming from: Hove,  Sussex  UK
Susan is an international public speaker, corporate trainer and PR practitioner. She has entertained audiences all over the world with her motivational speaking and engaging anecdotes. Her flagship presentation on networking skillsHow to Work a Room has been written up by several national newspapers and has featured in radio and TV interviews. Susan trained as a journalist and worked on a London newspaper in the early part of her career but now specializes in media and public speaking training for executives, educators and cruise ship passengers.

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.

Maria Davies
Property Renovation & Investment
Finance & Property
Coming from: Uckfield,  East Sussex  UK
Maria is a professional speaker and trainer who has been investing in property as an income generator and source of enjoyment and creativity since 1990. Her humorous style ensures she's in demand as an after-dinner speaker in addition to conducting regular trainings and making guest appearances at property and financial exhibitions. Maria has previously spoken on cruises where her light-hearted yet thought-provoking talks hit the right note with holiday audiences at all levels and ages.

Helen Doe
Maritime History
MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Lanteglos by Fowey,  Cornwall  UK
Helen is a writer and researcher of both naval and mercantile navy history. An entertaining and popular speaker she is a regular cruise lecturer and has featured on both radio and TV. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her interests are not just in the ships themselves but the people who built, owned and sailed them. Her talks are based on original research and cover a wide range of maritime topics from medieval to modern and include diverse topics such as smuggling or the East India Company.

Sir Jeremy Elwes CBE
Social Historian & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
An accomplished and entertaining speaker, Sir Jeremy did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps and then, although he qualified as a Chartered Secretary, he spent his working life with a trade and technical publishing company, in different roles and finally retiring early in 1994 as Human Resources Director (Europe). He presents a series of well-illustrated talks on a variety of subjects, such as the St John Ambulance Service and English traditions and politics, with enthusiasm and humour.

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.

Philip Hopkins
Journalist & International Conference Speaker
Hollywood - The Golden Era
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Phil is an adventurer and a veteran of both stage and the media industry. He spent 30 years in mainstream journalism – newspapers, radio and TV – and, as a graduate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, has appeared in some 50 musicals. He has performed at the highest level in theatres, and his love for all things Hollywood led him into a period of research on the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable....and a raft of other icons from Tinsel Town's Golden Era. He has been to Everest Base Camp, taught crisis media management in Kazakhstan, and is a motivation speaker. Phil is the ultimate 'versatile' performer.

Graham Hoyle
Murder Mystery Events Organiser
Coming from: Ringwood,  Hampshire  UK
After retiring from a long career in the police force, Graham wanted to start a new career that was both entertaining and enjoyable, so “Catch the Killer” was born. Graham has written over eighteen original story lines that can be adapted to specific ships, cruise companies, captains or even specific passengers. The event is interactive, engaging and a lot of fun for the passengers who will find that working in small teams helps their thinking and leads to creating new friendships and contacts on board the ship.

Zandra Macpherson of Glentruim
Author & Speaker on Scottish Culture and Tradition
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
In the sixties at the age of twenty-two Zandra cut short her nursing career in Edinburgh to marry the charismatic Euan Macpherson. Shortly after they married they inherited Euan's family estate, Glentruim, in the Highlands of Scotland. Euan became the Clan Chieftain, known as Glentruim and Zandra became The Lady Glentruim. Old stories and fables intrigue Zandra and she gives talks based on stories, tradition and culture of the Highlands and also of the Scottish Clan and well know Scottish attractions such as Highland Games and the Tattoo.

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.

Howard Nichols
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Howard was a Paramedic Instructor in the NHS Ambulance Service until 1989 when he was recruited by the RNLI to start up a new training course in Advanced Life Support and Care of the Survivor. He retired in 2004, but continues as a volunteer presenter for the RNLI Fund Raising Department. Having visited over 100 countries as a transport photographer he has a portfolio of nearly 90,000 images of destinations which enables him to give Port/Destination Lectures “bespoke” for each individual cruise.

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.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

Hugh Purcell
Author, Historian & Documentary Film Maker
Chevalier d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, FRSA,MA (Cantab)
Coming from: London,    UK
Hugh was a history programme maker with the BBC for many years, ending as Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department and winning a BAFTA for a series on the American Civil War. Since then he has turned to writing; journalism for the New Statesman and History Today and biographical books, specialising in British India, modern British history, the Vikings and Scandinavia.

Cathy Shelbourne
Toastmaster & Speaker on Maritime Heroes
Coming from: Ipswich,  Suffolk  UK
Cathy was born in Norfolk to an Army family, who were constantly on the move. She attributes her love of the sea to her mother, who was a pursar on the Oronsay after the Second World War, when passenger cruises to Australasia were re-introduced, and her passion for sailing to her father, who took part in Olympic yachting trials off the coast of Suffolk. Cathy is a member of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, writes regularly for Anglia Afloat magazine, and has contributed articles on a range of subjects, including maritime heroes about which she talks on cruises.

Paul Sloane
Author & Speaker on Lateral Thinking & Innovation
Conference & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Paul is an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of over 20 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership. Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. As a conference and after-dinner speaker he is renowned for the humour, challenge and stimulation of his talks on lateral thinking and innovation.

Rachel Sloane
Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Felixstowe,  Suffolk  UK
A lively and experienced speaker, Rachel has spoken to businesses, organisations, charities and community groups in a speaking career of over thirty five years, with stories of life behind the scenes in a radio station, the funny experiences and the moving ones, the famous and the infamous people she has interviewed. Rachel is an award winning writer and broadcaster who has presented every type of programme from news, current affairs, consumer, arts, medical and phone-in.

Sue Stockdale
Explorer & Adventurer
MBA Entrepreneurship, MSc Quality Management
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Sue Stockdale is a polar explorer and adventurer; author, and inspirational speaker who has undertaken more challenges to date than many people do in a lifetime. In 1996 she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, and has also participated in expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Geographical North Pole and Greenland. In her richly inspirational presentations she combines her personal expertise as a polar explorer with her profound business knowledge, including areas like Change Management, Leadership, Motivation, Risk Management and Managing Diversity.

Mary Symons
Culture and Lifestyle of Japan and Korea
Ohara Ikebana Sensei & speaker on Japanese and Korean Life and Culture
Coming from: Ferndown,  Dorset  UK
Mary has travelled extensively throughout Japan having spent several years training in Ikebana and other aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Through this and her teaching qualifications, she is in demand as a regular speaker on both the serious and light hearted sides of life in Japan. Mary has spoken on the radio and TV and also runs courses and workshops on Ikebana and Japanese lifestyle. She lectures for various Cruise lines, mostly those on world cruises. She can also hold a range of Japanese Culture and ikebana themed workshops and specific requests can be fulfilled.

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.

Alan Wright
Travel Writer & Motivational Speaker
After Dinner Speaker, Enrichment and Destinations
Coming from: Hartlepool,  County Durham  UK
Alan’s career as a travel writer and professional speaker goes back over thirty years. He was an award-winning BBC broadcaster for over 25 years and is busy these days on training in presentation skills and media for some of the biggest companies in the UK and Middle East. In the 1990's he became Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. He specialises in business and VIP travel to the Middle East about which he gives talks as well as on cricket.

Peter Young
Rural Antiques Auctioneer
Coming from: Gringley on the Hill,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Peter has been a distinguished auctioneer for over 50 years, specialising in antiques and chattels for the majority of his illustrious career. Although his main passion now lies with antiques, Peter gained his early experience through farm and livestock auctioneering. Since retiring from the hectic world of auction sales, Peter retains a full diary having turned his talents to lecturing and after-dinner speaking and is now a regular guest speaker on cruises giving light hearted and fascinating insights into the world of antiques and auction sales.