Robert Taylor: Photographer

Robert has specialized in portraits and human figures for over 20 years. He has work in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, The V&A, and several other collections. Robert creates portraits, anything from formal likenesses hung at places like the Royal Society or Oxford University, to provocative and playful nude studies on show at places like the ICA, or a variety of experimental spaces. He often combines intimate photographic portraiture with his subjects’ answers to themed questions. His background in law, publishing, sustainable development work in West Africa, and radical prison reform enables him to draw on a wide […] Read more »

Ian Hawkins: Business Lessons from Stand Up Comedy

Ian Hawkins worked as a TV and radio comedy script writer (11 o’clock Show, Loose Ends, The News Quiz) for twelve years before becoming a stand up comedian. He has performed sellout shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, toured the length and breadth of the UK, and accompanied Rob Brydon in a duet. As an account manager in a leading speaker and comedy agency, he closed two of the top five deals in the history of the company, brokered agreements with the likes of Gorbachev and gave bad news to HM The Queen. Once described as ‘an entrepreneur in denial,’ Ian has been a teacher, banker, call centre telephonist, newsagent, […] Read more »

Jez Bond: Artistic Director

Jez graduated Hull University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and gained the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary, training as assistant director at Watford Palace Theatre. Directing includes: Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson, Oxford), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse – Time Out Critic’s Choice), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head/France) and Risk Everything (Old Red Lion). As Artistic Director of Stages International he worked with the Old Vic producing A Season […] Read more »

Iain Scott: Radio Presenter, Web Entrepreneur, Speaker & Blogger

Iain Scott is Director at award winning web design agency, Base Creative, Radio Presenter, Web Entrepreneur, Speaker and Blogger. Iain specialises in online and digital marketing and has spoken at seminars for Business Link, a London Chamber of Commerce, for Independent Seminars, and is a guest lecturer at London City University. Iain also speaks with great authority on the challenges, rewards and motivations of running and growing a business, and recites interesting and motivational stories, relying on over 12 years experience. Read more »

Roger Harding: Professional Speaker and Entrepreneur

Roger the Speaker’s Presentations, Conference Keynotes, After-Dinner & Seminar Speeches: Professional Speaker & Entrepreneur, Roger Harding shares his knowledge, inspiration, motivation and humour in his conference keynote speeches and after-dinner talks derived from varied experiences as a soldier, traveller, explorer, adventurer, property guru, businessman and, after twenty-eight years as a Financial Management Consultant, Roger probably knows a bit about other people’s money! These talks provoke, energise, enthuse and entertain his audiences – inspiring them to feel exuberant in their own lives, their work, and strategies – ultimately departing the hall or theatre feeling thoroughly enraptured with their firm or organisation. […] Read more »

Charlotte Kenyon: Explorer and Youth Expedition Leader

Charlotte Kenyon’s aim is to live life to the full. She has a life-long passion for exploring the natural world and a great belief in the value of personal development through outdoor activity. In 2003, Charlotte took a 15 month career break to fulfil a long-held ambition to undertake tropical rainforest expedition leadership and survival training. Since then, Charlotte has balanced a successful career as a management consultant with her role as a youth adventure training instructor and wilderness expedition leader. Charlotte’s business goals are to help people set targets and achieve them and to inspire and lead highly effective […] Read more »

The One and Only Roger Federer

Today I am going to talk about one of my passions.  Those who know me well and those who don’t know me quite so well will already be aware that I am just a tad bonkers crazy about tennis.  Top of the tennis tree, is my very favourite tennis player of all time, the Number 1 World Class Maestro Roger Federer – “Baryshnikov in whites”.  Roger who not so long ago dominated the tennis arena for a decade.  To watch Roger play tennis is a gift, his grace and his balletic style is second to none.  He is a true gent both […] Read more »

In Praise of Steve Jobs and All Things Apple

I want to salute Steve Jobs today – I want to sing his praises. It is my belief that Steve Jobs was an exceptional person, not an easy person we are told.     When my PC died loudly and agonisingly some 4 years ago I sought the advice of my geeky chums on what to buy next. One person whose opinion I value told me in no uncertain terms that I should not consider anything other than Apple (of which I had zero experience – in fact those Macs slightly freaked me out; I thought they were only for […] Read more »

Twitter, Twittamentary, The Hudson River and The Dominos Pizza Effect

Yesterday evening I went deep into the heart of the City of London with the purpose of finding out a bit more about Twitter and watch the screening of a short documentary called Twittamentary made by Tan Siok Siok and hosted by Media 140 .  The film is all about Twitter and Twitter users, the serendipitous meetings and connectivity that occurs there, stories which demonstrate the sheer global power and impact that just one little Tweet can cause and how this Twitter community can help others less fortunate.   I was astounded and moved by this film.  A great initiative.   I have been using Twitter […] Read more »

It’s Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been

This quote by George Elliot (what a woman!) came to me this morning on the bus. I was thinking that any time to do something is the right time to do it – regardless of age.   At 6am last Thursday morning that quote set the theme for my day. I toddled along at 6.00am as I religiously do almost every Thursday morning throughout the year to Early Bird Speakers, my London Toastmaster club (part of Toastmasters International). On my journey, I was thinking how incredible it is that I am now in my third year of this splendid and […] Read more »