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This Year's Headline Speakers & Hosts...

This year we are pleased to announce high calibre speakers and hosts for your entertainment:


Robin Sieger Inspirational Business Speaker

Robin Sieger

Robin Sieger is from Scotland and divides his time between Europe and America.

Robin has earned a world-class reputation as a conference speaker who passionately delivers high impact presentations that are informative, inspiring and entertaining. Robin’s humour and ability to connect emotionally with audiences has seen him become the first choice speaker at major conferences for some of the world’s most successful companies. He is a successful businessman, best selling author, and broadcaster with offices in the UK and the USA. He is a leading success strategist and developed a reputation within media and circles as a peak performance ‘guru’, in both business and sport.

Robin is the author of six books including the international bestseller Natural Born Winners (Random House), which has been sold in over 80 countries, translated into 16 languages, and also turned into a No 1 rated television series.  Most recently he has written three books on golf psychology, the first Silent Mind Golf remains on the best seller list after three years. His latest book The Greatest Choice, a business book about leadership in challenging times was published in Oct 2013

Robin gives public and corporate presentations, on the psychology of success and peak performance in business, from shop floor to board level. He also coaches board level executives and  professional golfers in the UK and USA. From 6 to 6000 his emphasis is on emotionally engaging the audience with ‘real world’ information they can acess and action.

Louise Minchin Awards Host

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is a hugely respected, and well-known journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter. She currently presents Breakfast on BBC One, the UK’s most watched morning TV programme, with over six and a half million viewers a day.  

She is also a guest presenter on The One Show on BBC One, and Your and Yours, the BBC’s consumer programme on BBC Radio 4, and has also presented programmes on Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Two.

Before joining Breakfast full-time in 2012 Louise was one of the main anchors on the BBC News Channel, and a regular presenter of the BBC One O’clock News.

​Away from news she presented five series of Missing Live and Real Rescues on BBC One and has played a newsreader in Spooks, Silent Witness and Torchwood. In 2016 she was runner-up in Celebrity Masterchef.

Outside her work commitments, Louise is a passionate triathlete and qualified in her age group for Team GB.  

Louise is also a sought-after, popular and accomplished corporate host and presenter.

Gyles Brandreth Broadcaster, Author & Biographer

Gyles Brandreth

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute and Wordaholics to QI and Have I Got News for You), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children’s author and biographer, he has published two volumes of diaries: Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries (‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’, The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime (‘Witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant’, Daily Mail).

He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair, and a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in twenty-two countries around the world. His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include Word Play, a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness – No 1 on Amazon. His on-line course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he played Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2016 appeared in Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.

Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain’s busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster (Sony and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association. At the end of 2016, he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.

He is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown, with whom he co-curated the exhibition of twentieth century children’s authors at the National Portrait Gallery and founded the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum now based at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire. His son, Benet, is a barrister, award-winning speaker, authority on rhetoric – www.artofrhetoric.com - and author of an acclaimed novel about Shakespeare's lost years: The Spy of Venice. His daughter, Aphra, is an environmental economist. With his daughter Saethryd and grandson Rory, he is the author of a compendium of family games, The Lost Art of Having Fun. With Saethryd, he has also created Novelty Knits, a celebration of the colourful jumpers he was noted for wearing on TV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Gyles Brandreth’s forebears include George R Sims (the highest-paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse) and Jeremiah Brandreth (the last man in England to be beheaded for treason). His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted ‘Brandreth’s Pills’ (a medicine that cured everything!) and was a pioneer of modern advertising and a New York state senator. Gyles Brandreth has been London correspondent for “Up to the Minute” on CBS News and his books published in the USA include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex, as well as The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries (Simon & Schuster) and The 7 Secrets of Happiness (Open Road Media).

For more on Gyles, please see his introductory video below:
















Location: Royal Armouries, Leeds

Date: Thursday 18th October 2018

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