Cruise Ship Speakers

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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 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.

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.

Peter Dorling
History of the BBC
Former member of the BBC’s official Speakers’ Panel
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Peter was on the staff of the BBC for 40 years and began in the BBC’s overseas services with audiences of 100 million people when he read the news. He then transferred to BBC TV News where he spent 30 years as producer, reporter, interviewer, news presenter, and film-director. On retirement he was in demand as a television training consultant for other television stations around the world. Peter uses his film-making experience to give on-board practical ‘tutorials’ for passengers keen to make professional-looking personal videos of their holiday.

Martin Hannant
Broadcasting, Theatre & Drama
Radio & Comedy Stars of the 40's & 50's
Coming from: Chipping Norton,  Oxfordshire  UK
Martin lives in Chipping Norton and spent 33 years of his life working as a Primary School teacher. He has been involved in Amateur Dramatics and Operatics since he was 13 years old and has also appeared in 16 major productions with Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society taking principal parts. Martin is a committed cruiser and presents a series of talks on the Radio and Comedy Stars of the 40's and 50's and the history of pantomine and early children's TV.

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.

Alastair Lack
BBC,Oxford University, MCC
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Alastair was educated at Whitgift School and University College, Oxford where he read Modern History. In 1971 he joined the BBC where he spent almost all of his more than twenty-seven years at the World Service, during which time he travelled widely as a presenter, producer, editor and manager for a broad range of programmes. Following his retirement, he was Secretary of the Oxford University Society and is is now an official guide for the city. He talks about his time with the BBC and the City of Oxford.

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.

Steve Levinson
Broadcast Journalist & Economist
Coming from: Pinner,  Middlesex  UK
Steve has been one of Britain’s leading economics and business broadcast journalists for many years. He is highly respected both within and outside his profession for his hard hitting and original journalism, which has won him a number of awards. His insights into the media and the world of politics and economics, have also made him a sought after consultant and advisor to many national and international organisations. In the course of his career he has interviewed many leading political and financial figures. He speaks informatively about media and economics.

David Mercer
Sports Commentator & Journalist
The World of Tennis
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
David is a sports broadcaster specialising in tennis, badminton and rowing. From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and the Men’s Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties. David became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and 2 years later he joined BBC Television. In his lectures David covers the world of tennis, past, present and future and reveals the hazards of being a sports broadcaster.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Ernest Rea
Religious Affairs
Coming from: Alderley Edge,  Cheshire  UK
Ernest Rea was born in Northern Ireland and gained degrees in History, Politics and Theology. In 1976 he embarked on a career in Religious Broadcasting working for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC1 Television eventually becoming responsible for all the BBC's religious output across radio and tv. He has expertise in all religions, in the history of the ancient world, in the modern history of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary political issues that affect religion and ethics, .

Andrew Robertshaw
Military & Social History
BA, MA, FSA Military and Social History
Coming from: Faversham,  Kent  UK
Andrew Robertshaw is a freelance military historian, author and broadcaster who has specialised in the study of the two world wars. He was previously a Museum Director at The Royal Logistic Corps Museum, and before that Head of Education at the National Army Museum in London. Andrew has written fourteen military history books. He is a consultant for television, specifically military history and archaeology and many of these programmes are featured on The History Channel. His largest movie project to date is ‘War Horse’ for Steven Spielberg.

Charles Runcie
History of Sport & Broadcasting, BBC, Radio, TV
34 years working in sports broadcasting at the BBC
Coming from: Southfields,  London  UK
Joining the BBC sports department in Scotland in 1982, Charles spent the next 34 years at the BBC in a number of senior roles. He moved to Broadcasting House in London in 1987, working in radio sport organising major events like the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup. Charles was one of the launch editors of Radio 5 Live in 1994, before switching to the new BBC online sports service in 1999. He finally spent 14 years as Head of the BBC regional sports services, heading up sports coverage on 15 TV regions and 38 local radio stations plus commissioning football and rugby league programming on TV.

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.