Cruise Ship Speakers

Celebrity & Showbusiness
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Robert Ash
Celebrity Chef
BBC Masterchef Finalist, Winner The Observer Chef Competition. Author.
Coming from: Brentford,  Middlesex  UK
Robert Ash is a former BBC Masterchef finalist, and winner of the prestigious Observer/ Rothschild Mouton Cadet Chef Competition. He is currently Chef/Patron at Robert Ash at Rue du Lac in Macon, South Burgundy, France, the successful cookery school he opened in 2004, which is host to guests and students from all over the world. "Robert’s passion for teaching defines him. More than anything, he has the patience to convey all of this to his audience in a way that makes perfect sense."

Colonel Stephen M Bauer
Military Historian
Coming from: The Woodlands,  Texas  USA
Author and lecturer, Colonel Stephen M. Bauer served longer as a Military Social Aide than anyone in the history of the White House. Under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, he was responsible for supervising the conduct of numerous social and ceremonial functions for the First Family. He later held a staff position under Presidents Reagan and Bush. Steve retired from the Army in 1993 after 28 years of service. His military career included a variety of assignments including Infantry combat tours in Vietnam and in Korea and a tour with the President's Honor Guard. Steve has lectured on his White House experiences for the past 29 years and has been a featured speaker on many World Cruises.

John Benfield
Actor
Coming from: Witney,  Oxfordshire  UK
A favorite for portraying villainy and fathership and recognised for his gritty yet soothing voice and chilling eyes, John Benfield is best known for playing men on either side of the law. Cast early in his career as a major character in the genre-defining series Prime Suspect, his face is anything but forgettable. John has appeared in numerous productions on stage, television and film. He has worked with a number of eminent directors, including Sam Mendes, Woody Allan, Ken Loach and The Wachowski’s. Having been in the industry for some 30 years, John presents a witty and informative insight into life behind the scenes.

Pip Burley
Showbiz, Celebrity, Television and Music
Coming from: Headley,  Surrey  UK
Destined to spend life as an engineer, Pip took on the world of music and the media instead. His colourful, jack-of-all-trades career has included performing with The Beatles, working in cabaret in the West End and on cruise ships with Joe Loss, followed by a spell in publishing and advertising. Based on his book ‘Briefest Encounters’, this series of lectures, lavishly accompanied with slides and video clips (and occasionally on the piano), celebrates the stars and celebrities Pip has met and worked with, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the nature of ‘celebrity’ itself.

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.

Paul Howard
Photography Tuition & Editing
B.F.P.
Coming from: Fosters Booth,  Northamptonshire  UK
For nearly a decade Paul Howard has had the privilege of being a "guest speaker" on various cruise ships. Paul presents PowerPoint talks and slideshows, on the subject that touches everyone, be they beginners or seasoned amateur photographers. He sheds light on how they can look at subjects from different viewpoints and how to enhance what they have already taken. There have been many emails from past guests complimenting him on how simply and easily he puts across the pleasures of photography. He can take limited size groups around the ship showing them “hands on” demonstrations.

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.

Valerie Leon
Actress
CELEBRITY
Coming from: London,    UK
The ever glamorous icon of the 70's, Valerie Leon made her West End debut in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre. During her career she has been associated with three British Cults: Bond, Carry On and Hammer Horror. Apart from film and theatre she has worked on numerous TV shows. Her talks are about her life and work during this golden age of film and tv, illustrated with vintage material from her association with some of the 70's classics.

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.

Frances McNaughton
Sugar-Craft Artist & Tutor, Celebrity & Author
Coming from: Bexhill on sea,  East Sussex  UK
Frances’s sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator since 1987, teaching all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs. On cruises her demonstrations and mini workshops include modelling with sugar paste and chocolate to create sugar flowers and models, and she talks about her film and advert involvement.

Diana Moran
Health & Wellbeing
Coming from: Middlesex,    UK
Diana Moran is TV’s original fitness guru known as The Green Goddess. In 1983 she was the first person to present fitness on TV in the UK on BBC Breakfast Time and her successful career as a fitness guru has spanned four decades. She has appeared on virtually every UK TV channel since. Diana is an amusing motivational speaker and has been a regular Celebrity Guest Speaker on major cruise lines for over 25 years.

Tim Severin
Explorer, Traveller & Author
D.Phil, Gold Medallist Royal Geographical Society
Coming from: Timoleague,  Co. Cork  Ireland
Acclaimed adventure writer and explorer Tim Severin, was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has made a career of retracing the storied journeys of mythical and historical figures and has many published books to his credit. His travels have been the subject of award winning documentary films and a major BBC documentary series title "TIME TRAVELLER". He has written regularly about his expeditions in the National Geographic Magazine and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book award.

Roy Short
Hollywood and Genealogy
Coming from: Brentwood,  California  USA
Roy Short is a retired Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting who has spent the past thirty years studying and teaching genealogy. Upon retirement from corporate consulting he launched "Short On Time", a Professional Genealogy practice and has conducted seminars and workshops on a wide range of family search topics. Since then, his passion for motion pictures has prompted him to create a portfolio of "Tribute" modules which explore and explain different aspects of movie making, stars and genres. He now spends most of his time entertaining and educating cruise passengers in both Hollywood and Genealogy.

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.

David Wiemers
Hollywood Expert; Destination Lectures
Coming from: Fort Lauderdale,  Florida  USA
Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and voice director, David Wiemers had a grand career in Hollywood spanning more than 3 decades. As a professional member of the National Speakers Association and Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest honor given by the organization, Wiemers has regaled audiences throughout the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe. As a comedy writer, he knows how to engage and entertain an audience. Wiemers’ career gave him the opportunity to travel the world. Now audiences get to see the world and it’s unique destinations through the eyes of a Hollywood professional: What is the destination’s story? What is its character? What makes it tick?