Inspirational Speakers - March 2023

With the financial year coming to an end, we are very happy to have achieved our goals as a company and we are looking forward to setting new targets to achieve for ourselves in the next year. (including team building and wellbeing days out, getting out to meet speakers and growing our wonderful team!)

As a business we pride ourselves in being able to choose who we work with (clients and speakers) and have loved working on every event booked!

Thank you to all our fabulous speakers and amazing clients – long may it continue!

Claire Rackham

Claire Rackham

Inspirational Speakers Manager

New Speakers

Matt Bishop is a Formula 1 communications expert, journalist, editor, biographer and novelist whose long career encompasses spells in senior positions on many well known publications such as Car, Autosport and F1 Racing.
Matt is a founder ambassador of Racing Pride, which was set up in collaboration with Stonewall in 2019 to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the motorsport industry. And as a gay man, Matt is also passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion across all industries, not just in motorsport.
Akshay Ruparelia - Inspirational Speaker

Akshay Ruparelia

As one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the UK, Akshay Ruparelia’s entrepreneurial journey is certainly an inspiring one. Akshay Ruparelia began his business journey at 16, having developed an understanding of how businesses and business disruption work, as well as a keen interest in non-conventional business models.
Sharing the challenges and experiences he has endured throughout his entrepreneurial journey and beyond, Akshay Ruparelia is a fantastic speaker who will inspire personal development, commitment and motivation in all audience members.
 
Annie Price

Annie Price

Annie Price is the founder of Well Woman Club – an online positive movement for females and has a remarkable, life affirming and inspirational talk to share.
 
Annie Price has a remarkable, life affirming and inspirational talk to share. As the founder of Well Woman Club – an online positive movement for females, a BAFTA nominated television presenter, and an experienced public speaker, she has set out to make a positive difference in the world with her unique take on life.
 

Tommie Eaton is a passionate, enthusiastic founder of purpose driven, global business @BambuuBrush, who work with some of the world’s most influential companies in the world like Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Airways, LUSH cosmetics, Channel4, Clean the World to inspire positive change through sustainable products, educational workshops and impact projects.

Tommie’s passion of travel converted into sustainable travel after living in Asia for over 6 years witnessing the direct negative impact plastic pollution was having on the environment but also to people in lower-socio economic regions of the world inspiring the to create a business for good.

Jo Wimble-Groves is a self confessed ‘accidental entrepreneur’ and the co-owner of Active Digital, a global award-winning telecoms provider.

A self confessed ‘accidental entrepreneur’, Jo put her hand up and took an opportunity to run a business with her brother at just sixteen years old, dropping out of sixth form college at the same time. Since then, Jo has won numerous awards including voted ’35 under 35’ in Management Today as featured in The Times (2010). Jo is an ambassador for STEM subjects and in 2020, she won the Everywoman in Tech, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award for her work. Jo aims to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

Jude Pullen

Jude Pullen

Jude blends artistic provocation with novel application of technology across his career in design engineering, R&D, technology scouting and as a creative technologist. He is one of the eight featured inventors in BBC Two’s Big Life Fix documentary series that helps people with disabilities through technology and design.

Jude’s talks cover topics such as futurism, radical beta-testing, design thinking, innovation, sustainability, diversity, and disruptive technology. Known for their energising authenticity, his talks are praised for inspiring the audience to “rethink and challenge the way they work and innovate together”. In other words, a tech ‘agent provocateur’ for corporate strategy.

Ije McDougall is the Founder of The Kairos Initiative, a Magistrate and a HR/Employment Law Expert.

Her unique perspective and lived experiences as a immigrant woman mixed with her BBC training and HR background have provided much needed insight and engagement to her audiences.

Her talk on Racial Equality was featured on the Black Lives Matter Website. With her unique storytelling technique, Ije has spoken to a wide array of audiences from schools and colleges to multinational corporate audiences.

Jenson Button is one of the UK’s most successful racing drivers, the winner of the 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Championship who enjoyed an 18 year career at the pinnacle of world motorsport. During his career he won 15 Grands Prix and drove for renowned teams including Williams, Renault, Honda and McLaren.

In 2021 Jenson Button became a Senior Advisor for the Williams F1 team, working with its driver academy and acting as a team ambassador. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Sky Sports F1 presenting team, providing expert insights to audiences worldwide.

Elise Downing – First woman to run 5,000 miles around the UK coast and best-selling author, Elise’s book, Coasting, was published in 2021 and named by The Times as one of The Best Sports Books of the year. Her highly relatable account of her adventure aims to show that you don’t have to be the best or most talented person to succeed – you just have to be the one who dares to have a go.
In 2016, Elise became the first woman and youngest person to run self-supported around the coast of Britain. Aged just 24, she ran 5,000 miles over the course of ten months, covering up to 40 miles per day and carrying her kit on her back.
Nadine Dereza is an Awarding-Winning International Journalist, Broadcaster, Keynote Speaker, Conference Host and Founder of Babaco Media.
 
She is a highly experienced and versatile conference chair, and has hosted and facilitated conferences, panel discussions and live events for a diverse range of clients across many sectors in the UK and internationally. With an in-depth knowledge of business and finance, Nadine was named as ‘Financial Journalist of the Year’ during her time at the Financial Times and Summit TV. 
Ellie Middleton is an autistic and ADHD creator, speaker, writer, consultant and founder of the (un)masked community for neurodivergents.

After a lifetime of feeling misunderstood, she was diagnosed with both Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD at the age of 24. Since then, Ellie has gone on to build an audience of over 300,000 people online, create the (un)masked community for neurodivergents, and work with global brands like The Independent, Google & LinkedIn to change the narrative on neurodiversity.

Amin Sorour is a Positive Organisational Psychologist Award winning HR Leader (Regional & Global Experience) Speaker, Moderator and Facilitator.
Amin is a frequent conference speaker, contributing to many global and regional HR/ Leadership events across different countries. He has been recognized recently as one of the most influential HR Leaders from the Middle East by ETHRWorld Middle East. Amin is a founding member and part of the advisory council of the Intelligent Leadership Hub (ILH), UK (a leadership ThinkTank).

Featured Testimonials

Featured Testimonials

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The World’s Service Coach, Corporate Culture Expert, Service Revolutionary.
 
Anastasia’s mission is to change the way the companies treat their clients and employees worldwide. Her passion and energy for service ignites leaders to make change needed and possible.
As a professional keynote speaker and consultant, Anastasia uses her experience and multicultural background to help audiences around the world to get inspired to provide ultimate service and to build a system around what seems to be a ‘pink fog’, i.e., customer service. Her cross-cultural experience helps to better understand why your employees are struggling to provide great service.

Featured Speaker Quotes

Featured Speaker Quotes

BOOK OF THE MONTH

AN OFFICER, NOT A GENTLEMAN - MANDY HICKSON

THE INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY OF A PIONEERING FEMALE FIGHTER PILOT.

‘MANDY, BREAK RIGHT…’ Jacko’s urgent scream shatters my bubble of bliss like a balloon exploding. My right hand slams the stick across and we tip over sideways, like a hard right turn on a roller coaster. I tense my stomach muscles to accept the punch in the guts from the g-suit, which clamps my legs tight to force the blood to my brain and stop me from blacking out. ‘Missile launch, five o’clock…’ says the strained voice of my nav into my headset. I am not daydreaming anymore. Flying a multi-million pound fighter jet in hostile territory is not an everyday career and it comes with a high degree of pressure and responsibility. It’s a dream job that takes years of ambition, training and commitment, but for Mandy Hickson, it was a dream that became reality. Find out about Mandy’s incredible journey to become one of the UK’s first female, fast-jet pilots and how she overcame many obstacles to develop the skills to succeed in such a demanding career.

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It has been a pleasure dealing with Claire at Inspirational Speakers. The whole process of booking our keynote speaker has been seamless from start to finish. Contact has been superb and responses to queries have been communicated quickly and efficiently.
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