After Dinner Speakers

After Dinner Speakers

After Dinner Speakers are a truly amazing way to inspire your guests, with many stories told of hard work, never give up attitudes and a willingness to succeed creates a buzz throughout the room. At V.I.P Appearances our Celebrities cover a wide range of topics from business to adventure, success to stardom, real life to fictional. Our V.I.P speakers have been working in their chosen industry for many years and are experts in their field. We work with Celebrities from the world of Sport, business, travel and media/television to bring you the very best in After Dinner Speaking, to find out more information on our after dinner speakers contact the V.I.P Appearances team for further information.

Sir Clive Woodward OBE
Sir Clive Woodward

A successful Rugby Union player, Clive joined Harlequins in 1974 before leaving to gain a Bachelor of Science degree in sports science at Loughborough University. On his return to the game, Clive was signed by Leicester Tigers 1979, followed shortly by his debut for England against Ireland in 1980. Gaining 21 caps for his nation, Clive also toured with the British and Irish Lions on two occasions in 1980 and 1983. Having a rugby speaker with experience both on and off the pitch at an elite level makes Woodward a rare breed, providing one of the most comprehensive views of the sport on the after dinner speaker circuit.

Woodward acquired the role of England coach after the retirement of Jack Rowell in 1997. Sir Clive was tasked with transforming the squad from the amateur era into the professional age. Despite his job coming under question after the 1999 World Cup, Woodward persevered a developed a team that went on to win a 2003 Grand Slam and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Perhaps the finest moment of English rugby to date, Clive’s management and team attitude proved vital when facing some of the most formidable teams in the world. As a rugby speaker, Woodward stresses the importance of a group mentality and strong leadership as two assets vital to success in both business and personal life.

Since his management of the English Rugby Squad, Woodward moved into the football league, becoming Performance Director at Southampton Football Club as well as playing an integral role within the British Olympic Association as Director for Elite Performance. Clive also acted as Deputy Chef de Mission for the 2008 Olympics alongside the undertaking of a review for the 2012 Games that was seen to be elemental in the success the nation experienced during our home games. Sir Clive’s experience in a multitude of sports at a high level make him a renowned sports speaker, relating the important aspects of peak performance and maximising success that are transferable across the majority of sporting disciplines.

A consummate professional, Sir Clive is an ideal event host and awards host, engaging and interacting with audiences whilst ensuring everything runs to plan and on time.

Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson

British athlete Colin Jackson CBE has lead a prolific and extremely successful career within athletics, specifically across the 60m and 110m hurdles. The proud Welshman announced his arrival on the world stage by claiming Olympic Silver at Seoul in 1988- the catalyst for things to come. Now an integral part of the BBCs Sport coverage, Jackson is equally as prolific within his post-athletics career as an Olympic Speaker and after dinner speaker at events and occasions.

Jackson was undefeated at the European Championships between 1990 and 2002 for the 110m competition and the European Indoor Championships between 1989 and 1994 over 60m. Two commonwealth titles in Auckland and Victoria in 1990 and 1994, two World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 and Seville, 1999 and a World Indoor Championship at Maebashi in 1999 have confirmed Jackson’s status as one of the best hurdlers of all time. Setting the World Record in 1993 of 12.91 seconds, Jackson’s success on the track has transferred to his success off of it, notably as a presenting stalwart and after dinner speaker and sports speaker.

A respected sports speaker Colin Jackson is one of the most recognisable faces on the BBC, helping specifically commentate on athletics and the Olympics. One of the anchors of the London 2012 games, Jackson has increased his proficiency as an Olympic Speaker through these experiences. A successful stint on the popular television show “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2005, helped cement his popularity with the British public. Retiring from International competition after the 2003 World Indoor Championships, Colin Jackson has turned his attentions to media, charitable and speaking duties;  a respected Olympic speaker, his attendance as an after dinner speaker at events provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and understand more from such a prolific and impressive athlete and gentleman. A true role model for any aspiring athlete or sports performer, Colin Jackson is an exceptional individual who’ll add a dimension and depth to any event.

Derek Redmond
Derek Redmond

Former British sprinter Derek Redmond led a successful career throughout the 80s and 90s. Gold within the successful British quartet who claimed the 4 x 400m relay gold at the 1986 Commonwealth games, Redmond won a multitude of titles within that discipline including the 1991 World Championships and the 1986 European Championships, cementing his superiority.

A smiley and passionate individual, his successes and personality help his cause as an Olympic Speaker, specialising as a motivational speaker and after dinner speaker.

A favourite as an after dinner speaker at a range of events and occasions, Derek Redmond went down in Olympic history during the 1992 Barcelona games; suffering a torn hamstring half way through the 400m semi-final Redmond continued to limp to race, eventually assisted over the line with the support of his father. An image which has been immortalised within the games and shows a divine sense of courage, determination and a never say die attitude, Redmond still carries these values into his role as a sports speaker.

Specializing as an Olympic Speaker, the attendance of Redmond as an after dinner speaker at events, conferences and occasions can increase the accomplishment of the event; reliving that famous moment in 1992 as well as his medal winning competitions, Redmond is able to deliver a concise and eloquent after dinner speech that will help inspire and motivate everyone to continue to thrive for success through adversity.

Retiring from athletics in 1994 Redmond went on to represent Great Britain in Basketball, and later undertook a role with UK Athletics as the Director of Development for hurdles and sprinting. A motivational speaker at conferences at events, Derek Redmond is an exceptional addition as a sports speaker to all occasions.

Gareth Davis
Gareth Davis

Gareth Davis is one of the most successful CEOs of his time, standing at the helm of some of the biggest companies in the British economy. Following 38 years working for Imperial Tobacco, Gareth’s career included everything from Manufacturing Director, International Director to CEO. Davis’ most notable achievements include transforming Imperial Tobacco into the one of the lowest cost and most efficient cigarette companies in the world. As a business management speaker, Davis discusses how much of his success was due to the strategies he implemented during his time at Imperial, encompassing some of the most forward thinking and progressive techniques within the industry. As a business speaker, Davis delivers comprehensive talks as a keynote speaker on issues that include finance and strategy, as well as management and leadership of large companies with an emphasis on business and finance expertise.

After leaving Imperial Tobacco, Davis went on to become chairman of Wolseley PLC, William Hill PLC and DS Smith PLC as chairman, Davis discusses what it means to chair a FTSE 100 company during talks as a business management speaker, including internationalism and the significance of mergers and acquisitions.

Recently voted the 13th best performing CEO of all time by the Harvard Business Review, Gareth is a pre-eminent authority on adding billions of market capital to an industry, shown by his time at Imperial, taking the corporation from £2bn to £22bn, whilst overseeing thousands of employees across the globe.

Glenn Hoddle
Glen Hoddle

One of the most iconic footballer of his era, Glenn Hoddle was one of England’s most talented footballers. Inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2007, Hoddle was recognised for his sublime balance, extraordinary shooting ability and vision during his playing days. A terrific football speaker, Glenn has experienced playing for some of the most revered clubs in the world as well as managing his nation through a World Cup, making him a highly desirable sports speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit.

Joining Tottenham Hotspur as a schoolboy apprentice on 1974, Hoddle made his first team debut aged 17 against Norwich City in 1975. A talented playmaker, Hoddle flourished under the management of Keith Burkinshaw before making his international debut as part of the England U-21 side in 1976 against Wales. Discussing topics such as overcoming adversity and realising ambitions as an after dinner speaker, Glenn is an ideal personality to address both business and social environments alike.
Making his first team debut for England in 1979 in Euro 80 qualifying tie against Bulgaria, Hoddle scored in the match and secured his place as an extremely talented and reliable figure in his national team. Also included in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, Glenn showed fundamental leadership skills, helping his team to successful placings in both tournaments. A highly desirable attribute for corporate clients, Glenn can relate his time playing for his nation with the management skills needed within a firm as a football speaker.
Equally adept as an event host for functions, Glenn ensures your event runs smoothly whilst he instills a company’s key message during his time in front of the audience.

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is one of the most famous football speakers and managers currently working on the after dinner speaker circuit; with a background as a player and a history spent at West Ham United and Bournemouth Harry Redknapp is one of the most prominent sports speakers in the UK.
Retiring in the late 1970’s Redknapp went on to manage both West Ham and Bournemouth as well as a period spent at Southampton and two terms at Portsmouth; his dedication to British football has only increased over the years and, in his capacity as an after dinner speaker, Redknapp highlights the importance of home-grown talent and the potential of the British youth; and with a son, a grandson and a nephew all proud English footballers (Jamie Redknapp, who played for Liverpool for 11 years, Harry Redknapp Jr who signed for AFC Bournemouth in 2014 and Frank Lampard Jr, of Chelsea fame) Redknapp’s talents and ambition clearly run in the family.
Alongside his work as a football speaker and Premier League manager Redknapp has held dreams of managing the England international team, but was pit to the post by Roy Hodgeson in 2012 amidst erroneous allegations of corruption and fraud.

His ability to remain a dedicated and competent manager throughout the various trials and tribulations of his public image only further attests to his determination and ambition.
As a football speaker Redknapp is passionate and enthusiastic, his vast experience as both a player and sports speaker have provided him with an in-depth knowledge of football, tactics ;and teamwork, all of which compliment his work as a manager. His insight into life both on and off the pitch is incredibly enlightening, whilst, thanks to the peaks and troughs of his long standing career, Harry Redknapp speaks openly about adversity, determination and ambition as a man who has faced and experienced both.

John Barnes
John Barnes

Known as one of the best wingers to have ever played in the English Premier League, John Barnes enjoyed an illustrious career with Liverpool FC and the England national squad. The winner of two First Division titles and two FA Cups, John also set a new record for black players of the time by recording 79 appearances for the national side. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, Barnes’ was recognised for his dedication to the game and enthusiasm for supporting the development of new players.

A fabulous football speaker, John’s charismatic persona and articulate delivery of after dinner speeches make him a highly desirable personality to appear and host events.
Making his debut for Liverpool in August 1987, John enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal and went on to prove his exceptional talent as a winger during his first season. John had joined one of the best performing clubs of the era, with the side only losing two matches in Barnes’ first season, John rose to the challenge and proved his place as an instrumental element of Liverpool’s team chemistry.

John ended his time at Liverpool in 1997, after playing 407 times and scoring 108 goals. Barnes’ time at an elite level of the sport gives him the experience and knowledge to deliver talks as a football speaker on achieving peak performance and maximising success at any opportunity.
John became even more well known after his leading role on the New Order song World in Motion, where he rapped his way into the charts in what is considered to be one of the best ever football pop songs. Approaching appearances with an amiable and relaxed manner, John is a warming and inviting personality that can relate to audience members during after dinner speeches.

Equally at home participating in question and answer sessions, John thoroughly enjoys giving answers to fan’s questions, giving them an insight into the real premier league and international football lifestyle. John vast portfolio of previous speaking arrangements make him one of the most desirable sports speakers around.

Johnny Herbert
Johnny Herbert

Johnny Herbert has enjoyed one of the most diverse and successful careers in motorsport. His incredible career laid the foundation for a golden age of British motor racing and continues to play an involved role in the sport as a commentator for Sky Sports F1. A renowned motorsport speaker, Johnny engages audiences and gives an insight into one of the most intense and mentally demanding sports around.
Known for his exploits in Formula One and Le Mans racing, Johnny began his racing career in the mid-1980s. Winning the 1985 Formula Ford Festival, Johnny’s pace caught the attention of Eddie Jordan and together they won the British Formula Three title two years later in 1987. In 1988, Johnny was a hopeful championship contender for the International Formula 3000 championship, however a horrific collision with barriers at Brands Hatch saw him badly break his legs and count him out from racing until 1989.

Drawing upon a huge amount of courage, Johnny returned to racing in 1989 despite the fact outside the car he could barely walk. Johnny was now racing in Formula One for the Benetton Team managed by friend Peter Collins and went on to score points on his racing return at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Johnny’s miraculous journey to overcome the adversity of injury and gain the drive and determination to return to the sport make him one of the most highly sought after motorsport speakers.
Johnny became a regular in Formula One between 1990-2000, racing for Lotus, Ligier, Benetton, Sauber, Stewart and Jaguar. In all, Johnny featured on the podium seven times, with two victories in 1995 and one in 1999. After retiring from Formula One in 2000, Johnny switched his focus to sports car racing in an attempt to recreate his 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours victory with the legendary Mazda 787B.

Johnny enjoyed class leading performances in the ALMS and BTCC along with many competitive Le Mans campaigns. Johnny is a sportsman who knows how to realise ambitions and achieve goals, making him an ideal motorsport speaker for both social and business environments.

Kelly Holmes
Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE lit up the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and cemented herself as one of the most prolific female GB athletes after securing two middle-distance Olympic titles. Winning the 800 meters and 1500 meters titles, as well as setting multiple event records across a multitude of disciplines, Kelly Holmes is phenomenally respected in the world of sport, especially with regards to her role as an after dinner speaker or Olympic speaker.
A respected role model within the world of sport, Kelly Holmes is one of the most instantly recognisable faces and names within the world of athletics. Forming the Dame Kelly Holmes (DKH), a trust which looks to engage young adults into sport, she is a formidable force within the industry, a further improvement to her suitability towards the speaker industry as an after dinner speaker and sports speaker.
A motivational individual who uses her experiences to inspire the next generation to follow their dreams and pursue a healthy lifestyle through sports participation, Kelly Holmes has a proven track record in inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow. An after dinner speaker who has attained peak performance across her sport on the highest levels, her suitability as an event guest is exemplary. A desperately sought-after addition to all events, occasions and conferences as an Olympic speaker, Dame Kelly Holmes is arguably the best addition to your event.

Kevin Keegan
kevin keegan

One of very few professional football players to have both captained and managed the English Football squad, Kevin Keegan is one of the best known names in football. A former European Cup winner with Liverpool as well as a European Footballer of the Year, Kevin is knowledgeable in what it takes to consistently perform as well as become the very best in your field. These skills and attributes translate wonderfully across all audiences and make Kevin a highly desirable football speaker for both after dinner and keynote speaking opportunities.

Keegan began his career as a teenager at Scunthorpe United, his natural talent soon became evident and his creative style of play saw him move to Bill Shankly’s Liverpool Football Club. By establishing a fruitful partnership with striker John Toshack, Kevin soon enjoyed a regular starting position within the squad. Kevin won three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, a FA Cup and a European Cup with Liverpool. Keegan left the club with 323 appearances and 100 goals across all competitions, before becoming the highest paid player in Germany, heading Hamburg’s strike force. At this point in time, Kevin had become one of the most influential players of the time, requiring him to deal with huge amounts of pressure and perform to the best of his ability as often as possible, something he relates well as a football speaker during after dinner events.

At the same time his club career was going from strength to strength, Kevin also became the England squad captain in 1976, position he held until his international retirement in 1982. Kevin returned to England after playing in Germany for both Southampton and Newcastle United. Retiring from Football in 1984, Kevin pursued business and media ventures before eventually turning his hand to Football management. His initial spell with Newcastle United saw a hugely close run battle with Manchester Untied for Premier League victory. After a few years with Fulham, Kevin took control of the England squad, proving to be an incredibly popular decision with the British public and press of the time. With a knowledge of business, media and leadership of one of the most well known teams in the world, Kevin relates to all sectors of both corporate and sport environments perfectly as a sports speaker.

Kevin returned to domestic management after the 2002 World Cup qualifying matches, dedicating himself to Manchester City and latterly Newcastle Untied once more. After his announcement of managing, Kevin has pursued a punditry career, becoming a frequent and popular appearance for both ITV and ESPN

Mark Foster
Mark Foster

Retired British Swimmer Mark Foster now spending his time fulfilling media and speaking commitments, specialising as a sports speaker and Olympic speaker. Amongst the most successful British swimmers of all time, Foster specialised in short course swimming, most notably the butterfly and freestyle disciplines over 50 meters; however life after retirement has also heralded a successful occupancy as an after dinner speaker.

A young Foster became the fastest swimmer in the country at only 15 years old, proving to become the start of what would be a fruitful and successful career. First selected for the British team in 1985, Forest won his first medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games where he claimed Bronze in the 50m freestyle. Foster went on to prove successful at World and European Championships, however an Olympic medal was to elude an otherwise illustrious career. Controversially missing out on selection for Athens 2004, Foster came out of retirement to try and reach his Olympic ambitions at the Beijing games. Named flag bearer for the opening ceremony, Foster was unable to succeed in China and returned empty handed despite winning the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships prior to the games.

Retirement has bought a multitude of opportunities Mark Foster’s way, including charity, after dinner speaker and media commitments. A patron for a multitude of charities, he is an avid fundraiser and ambassador using his capacity as a sports icon and Olympic speaker to raise awareness and required funds. A motivational and Inspirational athlete, Foster has also appeared on a wide range of television shows, including ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and has continued to be part of the BBCs Sports coverage, especially being popular at swimming meets and events.

An eloquent sports speaker who can provide Motivational and Inspirational speeches to events and conferences, having appeared at five Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games, Mark Foster is one of the most consistently prolific swimmers Britain has produced in recent years. Now a respected television commentator and analyst, after dinner speaker and specialist Olympic speaker for all events and occasions, Mark Foster is as popular as ever.

Richard Parks
Richard Parks

Richard Parks is a former professional rugby player and rugby speaker, who has gone on to be the first explorer to reach the summit of the highest peak in each of the continents, as well as trekking to the North and South poles. An after dinner speaker and motivational speaker, Richard captivates the audience by delving into his story.

A promising professional career cut short by a horrific injury, Parks left his former promising playing career behind. Battling through depression, he sought a new challenge to regain structure and excitement within his life. Taking up climbing as a past time, it’s something which quickly escalated to inspire Richard onto his biggest challenge yet- the 737 Challenge.
Not for the faint hearted, the 737 Challenge involved climbing the Seven highest mountains throughout the world, as well as the three ‘poles’, North, South and Everest, in under seven months. Completing this gruelling challenge in six months, he set a new world record in the process.

A truly phenomenal motivational speaker, Richard is available as an event guest who can divulge into his previous world as an after dinner speaker. Overcoming adversity to undertake a new challenge and inspire others to never let anything stand in your way, the addition of Richard Parks as a motivational speaker for your event or occasion is one that has proven exceptionally popular.

An articulate and fluid motivational speaker, Richard Parks is a truly inspirational individual, ideal as an after dinner speaker at a range of events, occasions and conferences.

Sarah Willingham
Sarah Willingham

Serial entrepreneur, business investor and leading consumer expert Sarah Willingham successfully juggles several fast growing businesses whilst bringing up her four very young children.

Sarah has received a number of accolades for her contribution to business, including The Times 35 Most Successful Women under 35, Business Weekly’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Courvoisier Top 500 and an entry in the Who’s Who of British Business Leaders. She holds three business degrees including an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, where she is also an advisory board member.

Sarah grew up in Stoke on Trent and was fascinated by business from an early age. She was particularly interested in consumer brands and recalls, ‘I was intrigued by how brands become household names, although I didn’t know it as‘branding and marketing’ then. I would just be amazed at how all my friends had the same things in their fridge, the same toys and games and the same clothes.’She started working in the restaurant industry at the age of 13 and has ultimately managed to combine her passion for business, food and drink into a multi-‐million pound business empire.

In 2003, Sarah spotted an opportunity to create a chain of Indian restaurants, but her business plan was rejected by fellow Pizza Express executives. Undeterred, Sarah struck out on her own and raised finance to buy The Bombay Bicycle Club. She went on to turn it into the largest and most successful Indian restaurant chain in the UK, realising her skill for spotting an original and exciting new business concept and helping it grow rapidly. In the same year, at the age of 31, Sarah sat on two plc boards and successfully floated a nutraceutical business on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2007, Sarah sold her shares in the Bombay Bicycle Club and Clapham House Group plc for a seven figure sum. Eager to pursue her next business venture, but heavily pregnant with her second child and with a baby at home, she began to look for new business opportunities to invest in where she could balance her passion for business whilst growing her family. She says, ‘I always knew I wanted to have a big family, but had to think of a way to combine bringing up children without giving up my other great love – business. I realised early on that I didn’t want to travel the world living out of a suitcase working for others – I decided to shape a career for myself where I called the shots.’ In 2007, Sarah appeared alongside Raymond Blanc as a judge on the popular BBC2 series The Restaurant. The show ran for three series and Sarah’s no-‐nonsense approach proved popular with viewers. Sarah co-‐founded and invested in The London Cocktail Club and Craft Cocktail Company with the winners of series 3. She has helped grow these two concepts intofast growing, award winning businesses.

Sarah is as passionate about her home life and being a smart consumer as she is about her businesses and providing the best customer service. She applies her innate business savvy at home and is regularly asked to share her consumer expertise on national TV and in the press, becoming one of the best-‐known female consumer champion in the UK. She fronts the website which helps tens of thousands of people manage their home finances.

Adrian Taffinder

Coming from a self-made background, Adrian Taffinder brings over 20 years of study, and a wealth of knowledge in human behaviour and mind-set. He provides clients and audiences, with the latest cutting edge strategies, technologies, and techniques from the human potential field. A successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and visionary, with his own rich tapestry of life experiences, Adrian aims to educate, inspire, and empower people to make the most out of their lives, by releasing their true potential.

Otherwise known as the “Sub-Conscious Surgeon”, Adrian is passionate about helping people to shift the emotional blocks, which could be sabotaging their success and happiness. He firmly believes that in order to release our true potential, we must delve much deeper in to the sub-conscious mind, if we are to get a functional change in our beliefs and emotions. With the help of Subconscious Surgery we can literally rewire, and re-programme our neurological architecture and thought patterns, and create new habits, which serve our purpose, and facilitate a more prosperous future.

Adrian’s charitable nature has led to his passion of Energising The Youth. He’s worked tirelessly on this project by delivering workshops, seminars, and collaborating with other businesses, and business leaders in a number of different sectors, with a view to ensuring that we equip the youth of today, with the right tools and techniques, which are aimed at inspiring generations of global leaders in both the public and private sectors.