Cruise Ship Speakers

After Dinner Speaking
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Brad Ashton
TV Comedy & Scriptwriter
Coming from: London,    UK
Brad Ashton’s career as an international comedy scriptwriter spans half a century during which he has written top TV comedy shows for eleven different countries. For eight years Brad ran a Comedy Writing School training two hundred would-be writers. Brad is also the author of four best-selling books on comedy. As an accomplished entertaining after-dinner-speaker Brad regularly gives talks to many organisations and up till now he has been a Guest Enrichment Lecturer on 62 cruises.

Professor Ian Cooper
Travel Writing & Cultural Conversation
Travel & Cruise Writing / Art of Conversation & Influence
Coming from: Borehamwood,,  Hertfordshire  UK
Professor Ian Cooper is an internationally published author of 16 books in 56 countries, and an established travel writer who writes for national; regional and specialist media including ‘World of Cruising Magazine’. Over many years, Ian has had over 1000 professional speaking and training engagements on his specialist subjects of The Art of Conversation; Influencing People; Communications and Business Success. His light, entertaining and down to earth style has made him a very popular speaker, wherever he appears including on cruise ships.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Margaret Cox
Forensic Anthropologist & Medical Historian
BA, BA Hons, Phd, MIFA, FSA
Coming from: West Wellow,  Hampshire  UK
Professor Margaret Cox is an internationally experienced forensic anthropologist who has worked in such places as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium and France. She retired from her role as Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University and now undertakes consultancy work for governments. She has authored several academic books, appeared in numerous TV and radio documentaries. Her very popular lectures deal with archaeology & anthropology and the history of disease.

Susan Croft
Public Relations, Communications & Management
Motivational Speaker
Coming from: Hove,  Sussex  UK
Susan is an international public speaker, corporate trainer and PR practitioner. She has entertained audiences all over the world with her motivational speaking and engaging anecdotes. Her flagship presentation on networking skillsHow to Work a Room has been written up by several national newspapers and has featured in radio and TV interviews. Susan trained as a journalist and worked on a London newspaper in the early part of her career but now specializes in media and public speaking training for executives, educators and cruise ship passengers.

John Dabrowski
Motivation & Inspiration
Mental Resilience Expert
Coming from: Langley Mill,  Nottinghamshire  UK
John has enjoyed a wide ranging and successful career which has seen him work across a number of sectors in the business and sporting world. He has played basketball both as a professional and for England in the Commonwealth Games. He has travelled extensively in his search for new skills and techniques to help himself and now other people. He has a desire to make a difference in this world and wants to use his extensive knowledge and skills to help people 'unlock their full potential'. John is a gifted communicator and his talks will both inspire and motivate the audience.

Maria Davies
Property Renovation & Investment
Finance & Property
Coming from: Uckfield,  East Sussex  UK
Maria is a professional speaker and trainer who has been investing in property as an income generator and source of enjoyment and creativity since 1990. Her humorous style ensures she's in demand as an after-dinner speaker in addition to conducting regular trainings and making guest appearances at property and financial exhibitions. Maria has previously spoken on cruises where her light-hearted yet thought-provoking talks hit the right note with holiday audiences at all levels and ages.

Reverend Roger Hoath
Minister of Religion, Freelance Writer and Speaker
Coming from: Carshalton Beeches,  Surrey  UK
After a career in Education, Roger found his vocation to become a clergyman, resulting in fruitful ecumenical Ministries in Sutton, Kingston-upon-Thames and Central London. Roger, who is a Freeman of the City of London, has many varied media interests. As Roger has met and interviewed an extraordinary array of remarkable people, these encounters have become the basis of his witty and entertaining talks.

Philip Hopkins
Journalist & International Conference Speaker
Hollywood - The Golden Era
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Phil is an adventurer and a veteran of both stage and the media industry. He spent 30 years in mainstream journalism – newspapers, radio and TV – and, as a graduate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, has appeared in some 50 musicals. He has performed at the highest level in theatres, and his love for all things Hollywood led him into a period of research on the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable....and a raft of other icons from Tinsel Town's Golden Era. He has been to Everest Base Camp, taught crisis media management in Kazakhstan, and is a motivation speaker. Phil is the ultimate 'versatile' performer.

Graham Hoyle
Murder Mystery Events Organiser
Coming from: Ringwood,  Hampshire  UK
After retiring from a long career in the police force, Graham wanted to start a new career that was both entertaining and enjoyable, so “Catch the Killer” was born. Graham has written over eighteen original story lines that can be adapted to specific ships, cruise companies, captains or even specific passengers. The event is interactive, engaging and a lot of fun for the passengers who will find that working in small teams helps their thinking and leads to creating new friendships and contacts on board the ship.

Howard Nichols
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Howard was a Paramedic Instructor in the NHS Ambulance Service until 1989 when he was recruited by the RNLI to start up a new training course in Advanced Life Support and Care of the Survivor. He retired in 2004, but continues as a volunteer presenter for the RNLI Fund Raising Department. Having visited over 100 countries as a transport photographer he has a portfolio of nearly 90,000 images of destinations which enables him to give Port/Destination Lectures “bespoke” for each individual cruise.

Robin Oakley OBE
Political Editor, Author & Journalist
Former Political Editor for BBC & CNN
Coming from: Wallingford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Robin Oakley is a journalist and is the author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to the international broadcaster CNN on European affairs, he has been the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine since 1995 and is a regular after-dinner speaker. He writes too for the Financial Times. Fascinated too throughout his life by the world of horse-racing, Robin is nowadays a well-known figure on Britain’s racetracks. Robin was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to political journalism.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

Hugh Purcell
Author, Historian & Documentary Film Maker
Chevalier d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, FRSA,MA (Cantab)
Coming from: London,    UK
Hugh was a history programme maker with the BBC for many years, ending as Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department and winning a BAFTA for a series on the American Civil War. Since then he has turned to writing; journalism for the New Statesman and History Today and biographical books, specialising in British India, modern British history, the Vikings and Scandinavia.

Paul Sloane
Author & Speaker on Lateral Thinking & Innovation
Conference & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Paul is an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of over 20 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership. Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. As a conference and after-dinner speaker he is renowned for the humour, challenge and stimulation of his talks on lateral thinking and innovation.

Sue Stockdale
Explorer & Adventurer
MBA Entrepreneurship, MSc Quality Management
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Sue Stockdale is a polar explorer and adventurer; author, and inspirational speaker who has undertaken more challenges to date than many people do in a lifetime. In 1996 she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, and has also participated in expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Geographical North Pole and Greenland. In her richly inspirational presentations she combines her personal expertise as a polar explorer with her profound business knowledge, including areas like Change Management, Leadership, Motivation, Risk Management and Managing Diversity.

Mary Symons
Culture and Lifestyle of Japan and Korea
Ohara Ikebana Sensei & speaker on Japanese and Korean Life and Culture
Coming from: Ferndown,  Dorset  UK
Mary has travelled extensively throughout Japan having spent several years training in Ikebana and other aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Through this and her teaching qualifications, she is in demand as a regular speaker on both the serious and light hearted sides of life in Japan. Mary has spoken on the radio and TV and also runs courses and workshops on Ikebana and Japanese lifestyle. She lectures for various Cruise lines, mostly those on world cruises. She can also hold a range of Japanese Culture and ikebana themed workshops and specific requests can be fulfilled.

Marshall Ulrich
Extraordinary Life
Extreme Endurance Athelete
Coming from: Evergreen,  Colorado  USA
The author of Running on Empty, Marshall Ulrich is a versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete: an ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and competitive adventure racer. His prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains on every continent—all in his forties and fifties. Dubbed by Outside magazine as an Endurance King, he defies the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Revered among athletes, Marshall Ulrich is also an acclaimed speaker.

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.

Alan Wright
Travel Writer & Motivational Speaker
After Dinner Speaker, Enrichment and Destinations
Coming from: Hartlepool,  County Durham  UK
Alan’s career as a travel writer and professional speaker goes back over thirty years. He was an award-winning BBC broadcaster for over 25 years and is busy these days on training in presentation skills and media for some of the biggest companies in the UK and Middle East. In the 1990's he became Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. He specialises in business and VIP travel to the Middle East about which he gives talks as well as on cricket.

Peter Young
Rural Antiques Auctioneer
Coming from: Gringley on the Hill,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Peter has been a distinguished auctioneer for over 50 years, specialising in antiques and chattels for the majority of his illustrious career. Although his main passion now lies with antiques, Peter gained his early experience through farm and livestock auctioneering. Since retiring from the hectic world of auction sales, Peter retains a full diary having turned his talents to lecturing and after-dinner speaking and is now a regular guest speaker on cruises giving light hearted and fascinating insights into the world of antiques and auction sales.