Speakers in the news

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers


  • Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. Misha is a specialist on international organised crime and cyber security.
  • Misha is delighted with the BBC’s adaptation of his non-fiction book ‘McMafia’. The drama aired for the first time on New Years’ day and will be released in eight parts. The series stars James Norton as an urbane, privately educated hedge fund manager who is trying to pursue a legitimate career free from his Russian gangster father’s criminal network – but becomes compromised when tentacles of violence stretch all the way from Moscow, drawing him in.Misha says he will be holding a party every week in honour of each episode. ”Because this doesn’t happen very often, does it? For a nonfiction author of a nonfiction minor cult book to go to a big fictional TV series – well it’s just kind of dreamland.”


  • Dido Harding  spent seven years as Chief Executive of TalkTalk PLC, Britain’s challenger telecoms company. She oversaw the transformation of the company’s customer service following the demerger from Carphone Warehouse, turning Britain’s most complained about telecoms operator into an award winning provider. She led the regulatory, political and media campaign for greater competition in the sector, leading to the eventual break-up of BT in 2017. She also led TalkTalk through one Britain’s most high-profile cyber attacks, being praised by a Parliamentary Committee for her transparent and strong crisis leadership.
  • Dido Harding has been appointed to The Jockey Club’s Board of ‘Stewards’ for three-year terms, as of 1st January 2018. The Jockey Club runs many of British horseracing’s most popular events, including the Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby, and is the sport’s largest commercial group. Stewards are Members of The Jockey Club elected to oversee the performance of the Group and ensure The Jockey Club lives up to its Royal Charter commitments to act for the long-term good of British Racing, which includes reinvesting all profits back into the sport.Dido has said: “I have been involved in horse racing all my adult life and it is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed a Steward of The Jockey Club. British Racing has never been stronger and I look forward to playing my part in helping The Jockey Club and the sport thrive going forward.”


  • Campbell Macpherson is a multi-disciplined, international, senior business advisor with more than 25 years of experience in enabling the design and successful delivery of strategic change, especially within the financial services. Campbell advises organisations worldwide via his consultancy Change & Strategy International.
  • One of our newer speakers, Campbell Macpherson (Change Leadership Expert), has been booked for two leading US financial services conferences. The author of ‘The Change Catalyst: secrets to successful and sustainable business change’ (Wiley 2017) will be a keynote speaker at iPipeline’s upcoming US insurance industry ‘Connections 2018’ conference in Las Vegas and will be conducting his dynamic ‘Power of Change’ workshop at the M&A Advisor’s Distressed Investor Summit in Florida. Change is inevitable; successful change isn’t.
  • Campbell Macpherson (Change Leadership Expert)’s acclaimed book ‘The Change Catalyst: secrets to successful and sustainable business change’ (Wiley 2017) has received an outstanding review from none other than the Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Leadership & Management. “If you are looking for some pacey pages packed with the insight, tools and know-how needed to ensure your next change is the one in eight that succeeds, you’ll do well to pick up this book.” Andrew Sharman, CEO of RMS & ILM Deputy Chairman.


  • Matthew Syed is a columnist and feature writer for The Times. He writes a column on sport as well as penning reviews, opinion and interviews. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the Sports Journalist Association Awards.
  • Writing for The Times, this week, Matthew argued that sport is better than school at making children stronger and less sensitive. ”Sport offers a signpost to a different kind of world. It is not always fair or meritocratic, but, at its best, creates free and open competition. There are no safe spaces, and no trigger warnings, except the internal one that anybody who has entered the field of play will have heard. That inner voice in one’s head that initially quails at the risk, the challenge and the possibility of defeat. But isn’t life about defying that voice; about embracing the risk; about reaching outwards to the adventure of a life exposed to the unknown? ”


  • Anne McElvoy is Senior Editor and former Public Policy Editor at The Economist. She has been a Political Columnist for the Evening Standard since 2001. She is also the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Shows the Moral Maze and Free Thinking.
  • Anne wrote an article for The Evening Standard, following BBC’s China editor, Carrie Gracie’s, resignation over gender pay gap. Anne argued, that while we should stand with Carrie Gracie – women face a bigger test in broadcasting. She wrote,”Yes, pay parity needs to happen. Broadcasters will have to accelerate a process that has dragged out for too long. But the battle lines as currently drawn solve only part of the problem for women in TV and radio or the young knocking at that door. It has the old trade union flaw of resolving matters for those inside the system rather than encouraging its refreshment, breaking down barriers to entry or simplifying bewildering recruitment processes.All this needs to open up to enhance female opportunity. It can only do so if we realise that there is more to equality than just a W1A row over internal pay. Widen the opportunities, break down some of the fiefdoms and favouritisms and more women will prosper. Let’s stand for that too.”