Speakers in the news 1st November

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

This week, some of Chartwell’s female speakers have hit the news. See our “Top Five” picks below. If you are interested in booking a speaker please contact us here.


  • Anne McElvoy is Senior Editor and former Public Policy Editor at The Economist. Previously, she served as Executive Editor of the Evening Standard (2002-2011) and Times correspondent in Eastern Europe.
  • Anne wrote two compelling pieces for the Evening Standard this week, on the cultural changes sweeping Westminster, in light of Michael Fallon’s alleged sexual misconduct and Jared O’Mara’s offensive remarks. 
  • These articles came after Anne was featured on Sunday Politics this week, discussing Mark Garnier’s sex toy admission. 


  • Julia Hartley-Brewer is a journalist and broadcaster. She is the former presenter of LBC 97.3FM radio’s afternoon show and was a columnist and assistant editor of the Sunday Express, where she was also political editor for seven years.
  • Julia has been featured widely in the news this week after it emerged that Michael Fallon inappropriately touched her knee in 2002. Julia’s responded that she did not consider herself to have been a victim of sexual harassment. In a written statement, she has argued that it would be “absurd and wrong to treat workplace banter and flirting – and even misjudged sexual overtures – between consenting adults as equivalent to serious sexual harassment or assault”.
  • Julia was also featured on Sunday Politics this week, alongside Anne McElvoy, to discuss Mark Garnier’s sex toy admission.


  • Karen Darke is a full-time athlete with the British Paracycling Team, and a keen adventurer. She won a silver medal in the London 2012 Paralympics, was World Paratriathlon Champion in the same year, and a silver medallist in 2013.
  • Karen completed a 2,000 mile cycle from Canada to Mexico, this week, using only her arms to pedal. She completed America’s Pacific Coastal Trail in just 37 days.



  • Gillian Tett serves as US managing editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.
  • Writing for the FT this week, Gillian commented on how Lloyd Blankfein, Chief Executive of Goldman Sachs, has been taking notes from Donald Trump, and tweeting from his personal account in a ”punchy” way. 


  • Dr. Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. She is heavily involved in teaching classes on criminology and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level, for which she has won two teaching excellence awards.
  • Julia’s TEDx Talk was released this week; in it she takes her audience on an adventure into the weird world of memory hacking. She shows that through a combination of perceptual flaws, brain biases, and social influences, your memories can be easily influenced. Armed with science, she explores how even some of your most cherished and emotional memories might be nothing but fiction.


If you wish to book one of these speakers please contact us here.