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About


Speaking Office is a bespoke management company representing talented individuals with unique, powerful and interesting ideas worth sharing.

Our aim is to help foster and develop each of our speakers’ personal brand to allow them to realise their true potential on the global stage.

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About


Speaking Office is a bespoke management company representing talented individuals with unique, powerful and interesting ideas worth sharing.

Our aim is to help foster and develop each of our speakers’ personal brand to allow them to realise their true potential on the global stage.

Speakers


Speakers


 

Introducing the talented speakers we represent

 
Alexis Conran As the writer and presenter of the BBC’s highly-acclaimed The Real Hustle, Alexis Conran has a unique insight into human behaviour and communication in the realm of fraud and confidence tricks. Using this insight Alexis advises and educates on issues surrounding security and risk, in both the real and virtual world.  www.alexisconran.com

Alexis Conran
As the writer and presenter of the BBC’s highly-acclaimed The Real Hustle, Alexis Conran has a unique insight into human behaviour and communication in the realm of fraud and confidence tricks. Using this insight Alexis advises and educates on issues surrounding security and risk, in both the real and virtual world. 
www.alexisconran.com

Andrew Grill Global Managing Partner of IBM Social Consulting,  Andrew Grill is an internationally renowned thought leader in the fields of digital eminence, social business and digital disruption. 100% digital, Andrew believes that to “get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.  www.andrew.london

Andrew Grill
Global Managing Partner of IBM Social Consulting,  Andrew Grill is an internationally renowned thought leader in the fields of digital eminence, social business and digital disruption. 100% digital, Andrew believes that to “get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale. 
www.andrew.london

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE From child prodigy to tech thought-leader and MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She has just been named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Europe by Inspiring Fifty and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.  www.aimafidon.com  

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
From child prodigy to tech thought-leader and MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She has just been named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Europe by Inspiring Fifty and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.  www.aimafidon.com

 

Benita Matofska Benita Matofska is a world-leading expert and speaker on the Sharing Economy and the founder and CEO of The People Who Share, a social enterprise that helps people discover and access what has become a 21st Century phenomenon. She travels the globe delivering her unique insights to people and companies seeking to integrate this economic trend into their businesses and daily lives. www.benitamatofska.com

Benita Matofska
Benita Matofska is a world-leading expert and speaker on the Sharing Economy and the founder and CEO of The People Who Share, a social enterprise that helps people discover and access what has become a 21st Century phenomenon.
She travels the globe delivering her unique insights to people and companies seeking to integrate this economic trend into their businesses and daily lives.
www.benitamatofska.com

Bianca Miller-Cole Bianca Miller-Cole is an award-winning Entrepreneur and founder of the Be Group, a consultancy specialising in personal branding, image consultancy and employability skills training. She is also the author of the soon to be published book Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success.  In January 2016, Bianca was awarded the prestigious ‘Power Profile’ award from Linkedin as one of the top 10 most powerful leaders on the website.   www.biancamiller.uk

Bianca Miller-Cole
Bianca Miller-Cole is an award-winning Entrepreneur and founder of the Be Group, a consultancy specialising in personal branding, image consultancy and employability skills training. She is also the author of the soon to be published book Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success.  In January 2016, Bianca was awarded the prestigious ‘Power Profile’ award from Linkedin as one of the top 10 most powerful leaders on the website.  
www.biancamiller.uk

Catherine Mayer Catherine Mayer is journalist, commentator, political activist and the best-selling author of three books. In a career spanning jobs at the Economist and more than a decade at TIME magazine, she has spent more than thirty years covering politics, business and the biggest events of our times and interviewed many world-famous figures. She is also the Co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party www.catherinemayer.co.uk

Catherine Mayer
Catherine Mayer is journalist, commentator, political activist and the best-selling author of three books. In a career spanning jobs at the Economist and more than a decade at TIME magazine, she has spent more than thirty years covering politics, business and the biggest events of our times and interviewed many world-famous figures. She is also the Co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party
www.catherinemayer.co.uk

Claire Harper Formerly a board director at Mamas & Papas and the head of marketing at both Sainsbury’s and Ocado, Claire Harper now runs the award-winning kids’ clothing brand IndiaCoco – which she founded. Claire uses the story of her journey – from senior corporate leader to business entrepreneur – as the basis for her highly engaging and thought-provoking keynote speeches. www.claireharper.uk.com

Claire Harper
Formerly a board director at Mamas & Papas and the head of marketing at both Sainsbury’s and Ocado, Claire Harper now runs the award-winning kids’ clothing brand IndiaCoco – which she founded. Claire uses the story of her journey – from senior corporate leader to business entrepreneur – as the basis for her highly engaging and thought-provoking keynote speeches.
www.claireharper.uk.com

Claire Smith Former British diplomat, Claire Smith is the only female to have negotiated with the Taleban.  Having worked with Governments and corporate institutions worldwide she is an expert in understanding the complexities of global business practices and negotiation skills. She runs her own consultancy business and is studying for an Executive MSc in Major Programme Management at Said Business School, Oxford. www.smithchsuk.com  

Claire Smith
Former British diplomat, Claire Smith is the only female to have negotiated with the Taleban.  Having worked with Governments and corporate institutions worldwide she is an expert in understanding the complexities of global business practices and negotiation skills. She runs her own consultancy business and is studying for an Executive MSc in Major Programme Management at Said Business School, Oxford.
www.smithchsuk.com

 

Conrad Humphreys Conrad Humphreys is an award-winning, triple round-the-world yachtsman and founder of Sport Environment. Celebrated for his ability to understand complex business challenges he draws on his personal experiences for resonance, and leaves audiences with a simple “tool kit” and a strong sense of belief to go forward and win in difficult circumstances. www.conradhumphreys.com  

Conrad Humphreys
Conrad Humphreys is an award-winning, triple round-the-world yachtsman and founder of Sport Environment. Celebrated for his ability to understand complex business challenges he draws on his personal experiences for resonance, and leaves audiences with a simple “tool kit” and a strong sense of belief to go forward and win in difficult circumstances.
www.conradhumphreys.com

 

David Lammy MP David Lammy is more than just the MP for Tottenham. He’s also one of the leading agenda setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism. As a member of the previous Labour Government (2001-2010), David brings with him all the gravitas and expertise you’d expect from someone with his extensive political experience. www.davidlammy.net

David Lammy MP
David Lammy is more than just the MP for Tottenham. He’s also one of the leading agenda setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism. As a member of the previous Labour Government (2001-2010), David brings with him all the gravitas and expertise you’d expect from someone with his extensive political experience.
www.davidlammy.net

Hagai M. Segal Hagai M. Segal is one of the world’s leading authorities on geo-political and strategic issues and counter-terrorism. He lectures at New York University in London and works closely with businesses and organisations to help them make sense of the complex risks impacting their interests in an increasingly globalised world.  www.hagaisegal.com

Hagai M. Segal
Hagai M. Segal is one of the world’s leading authorities on geo-political and strategic issues and counter-terrorism. He lectures at New York University in London and works closely with businesses and organisations to help them make sense of the complex risks impacting their interests in an increasingly globalised world. 
www.hagaisegal.com

Hamish Taylor Hamish Taylor is an award-winning CEO whose career has taken him from Head of Brands at British Airways, to become CEO of Eurostar, and then CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank. Hamish's energetic and humorous keynotes combine real stories with tailored advice and practical tools. Regularly featured in broadcast media, today Hamish acts as an advisor to some of the world’s largest companies and governments, assisting with customer focus, innovation projects and people leadership. www.hamishtaylor.com

Hamish Taylor
Hamish Taylor is an award-winning CEO whose career has taken him from Head of Brands at British Airways, to become CEO of Eurostar, and then CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank. Hamish's energetic and humorous keynotes combine real stories with tailored advice and practical tools. Regularly featured in broadcast media, today Hamish acts as an advisor to some of the world’s largest companies and governments, assisting with customer focus, innovation projects and people leadership.
www.hamishtaylor.com

Joanna Gosling Seasoned broadcaster, and bestselling author, Joanna Gosling has over two decades worth of experience working in radio and television under her belt. She is one of the best-known faces on BBC news, as the main mid-morning anchor on the News Channel, and is also co-host of popular current affairs programme, the Victoria Derbyshire show, which brings the nation exclusive interviews, audience debates and breaking news.  

Joanna Gosling
Seasoned broadcaster, and bestselling author, Joanna Gosling has over two decades worth of experience working in radio and television under her belt. She is one of the best-known faces on BBC news, as the main mid-morning anchor on the News Channel, and is also co-host of popular current affairs programme, the Victoria Derbyshire show, which brings the nation exclusive interviews, audience debates and breaking news.

 

Josh Katz Josh Katz is the Executive Head Chef and Owner of the critically acclaimed Berber & Q & Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar, his first solo project. He's also worked at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Ottolenghi and was awarded a Bib Gourmand whilst Head Chef of Made in Camden. Sharing his enthusiasm for food and the restaurant industry, Josh advises brands, restaurants and hotels on how to thrive and create something unique in an established market.

Josh Katz
Josh Katz is the Executive Head Chef and Owner of the critically acclaimed Berber & Q & Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar, his first solo project. He's also worked at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Ottolenghi and was awarded a Bib Gourmand whilst Head Chef of Made in Camden. Sharing his enthusiasm for food and the restaurant industry, Josh advises brands, restaurants and hotels on how to thrive and create something unique in an established market.

Karen Blackett OBE As chairwoman of MediaCom UK, Karen Blackett is a renowned and proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth. With over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the media industry, Karen brings a different ingredient to the corporate sphere that helps to create a winning difference in business.

Karen Blackett OBE
As chairwoman of MediaCom UK, Karen Blackett is a renowned and proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth. With over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the media industry, Karen brings a different ingredient to the corporate sphere that helps to create a winning difference in business.

Marianne Abib-Pech Marianne Abib-Pech was appointed Global CFO of Shell Aviation at the age of 35. Four years later, she became the Head of Finance and Commercial at BHP Billiton Iron Ore. High Flyer, turned entrepreneur, Marianne is also an authority on corporate leadership, as the author of The FT Guide to Leadership - How to Lead Effectively & Get Results.   www.leadthefuture.biz

Marianne Abib-Pech
Marianne Abib-Pech was appointed Global CFO of Shell Aviation at the age of 35. Four years later, she became the Head of Finance and Commercial at BHP Billiton Iron Ore. High Flyer, turned entrepreneur, Marianne is also an authority on corporate leadership, as the author of The FT Guide to Leadership - How to Lead Effectively & Get Results.  
www.leadthefuture.biz

Nathalie Nahai Nathalie Nahai is a web psychologist, international speaker and author of the best-selling book, Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, hosts the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast, and lectures internationally on the digital application of behavioural sciences. www.nathalienahai.com

Nathalie Nahai
Nathalie Nahai is a web psychologist, international speaker and author of the best-selling book, Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, hosts the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast, and lectures internationally on the digital application of behavioural sciences.
www.nathalienahai.com

Dr Paul Redmond With a doctorate in Educational Sociology, Dr Paul Redmond knows everything there is to know about Generations X, Y and Z, and the graduate labour market. A frequent contributor to radio and TV programmes, Paul regularly advises companies and organisations on how to establish, develop and maintain an engaged workforce. www.paul-redmond.co.uk

Dr Paul Redmond
With a doctorate in Educational Sociology, Dr Paul Redmond knows everything there is to know about Generations X, Y and Z, and the graduate labour market. A frequent contributor to radio and TV programmes, Paul regularly advises companies and organisations on how to establish, develop and maintain an engaged workforce.
www.paul-redmond.co.uk

Rafe Offer Rafe Offer is an authority in brand engagement and innovation. Roles as Global Marketing Director at The Walt Disney Company and Coca Cola, and Director of Innovation at Diageo, has provided a belief that in business you ‘go with something that solves a real problem', and how well executed, and very simple ideas, can capture the imagination of consumers. Rafe is also co-founder and CEO of cutting edge music company Sofar Sounds.

Rafe Offer
Rafe Offer is an authority in brand engagement and innovation. Roles as Global Marketing Director at The Walt Disney Company and Coca Cola, and Director of Innovation at Diageo, has provided a belief that in business you ‘go with something that solves a real problem', and how well executed, and very simple ideas, can capture the imagination of consumers. Rafe is also co-founder and CEO of cutting edge music company Sofar Sounds.

Simon Wheatcroft Simon Wheatcroft lost his eyesight at the age of 17, but that didn’t stop him from competing solo in some of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons. Combining a background in technology with a drive to overcome the insurmountable, Simon has worked with some of the tech world’s biggest companies to develop next-generation solutions for others who want to achieve the ‘impossible’. www.andadapt.com

Simon Wheatcroft
Simon Wheatcroft lost his eyesight at the age of 17, but that didn’t stop him from competing solo in some of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons. Combining a background in technology with a drive to overcome the insurmountable, Simon has worked with some of the tech world’s biggest companies to develop next-generation solutions for others who want to achieve the ‘impossible’.
www.andadapt.com

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Services


Services


 

Tailor-made and full-service… it’s what we do best

 
 

No two keynote speakers are ever the same, which means our services are individually designed around each client’s public persona, personal style of delivery and area of expertise. There are several areas we focus on – and in varying degrees – including:

 
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Meet the Founders


Meet the Founders


Meet the Founders

Michael Levey

Michael runs the day-to-day operations of Speaking Office. Prior to joining, he was a commercial litigation lawyer at Forsters LLP. When the opportunity came for Michael to help amazing people further their speaking careers, he realised that his training, along with his innate drive and skills, would complement the talents of his fellow directors.

In his spare time, Michael moonlights in a restaurant as the Anthony Bourdain of East London, is an avid supporter of Newcastle United (even though he has only spent 12 minutes in North East England) and volunteers at a charity supporting disabled swimmers.

Nick Gold

Nick has been working in the speaking marketplace for over 10 years, and is also the MD of Speakers Corner – one of Europe’s leading speaker bureaus. Consequently, he spends much of his time meeting some of the most thought-provoking speakers in the world, and is passionate about the effect they can have on an audience. For Nick, co-founding Speaking Office meant creating a platform where brilliant thoughts and ideas could be shared, benefitting anyone who wanted to learn something extraordinary.

Outside Speaking Office, Nick is married, has two daughters, is on the board of a restaurant group, and serves as a trustee for a charity in Camden.

Tim Gold