Speakers in the news 24th November

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Chartwell Speakers have been featuring in the news this week. See our ‘Top Five’ picks below. If you are interested in booking any of these speakers please contact us here.



  • Zerlina Maxwell is the Director of Progressive Programming at SiriusXM. She was formerly the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She worked in the campaign’s press shop pitching coverage to progressive media outlets and curating daily messaging for online influencers.  She also acted as a campaign spokesperson for the Presidential Debates.
  • On Tuesday, Zerlina visited Stanford to speak on sexual assault for the culminating event of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research’s “Breaking the Culture of Sexual Assault” series. Maxwell has written and spoken extensively about the topics of sexual assault, victim-blaming, race and gender inequity and domestic violence.


  • 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 has recently been appointed as Chair of NHS improvement.
  • It was announced this week that tech giants could be facing stricter stricter rules on how they gather data on teenagers as part of a proposed amendment to the data protection bill. The amendment called for technology companies to be subject to “minimum standards of age-appropriate design”, Kidron said. Age-appropriate design could include: ensuring high privacy settings are switched on by default when a user is under 16; not revealing GPS locations; preventing data from being widely shared; and giving children time off from endless notifications during school and sleep hours. Dido is firmly backs this push, and has said, while you couldn’t make people “completely safe” online, you could “provide a seatbelt”.


  • Anthony Gardner was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union on February 18, 2014 and held this for the final three years of Obama’s presidency until January 2017. He presented his credentials to European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso on 18th March. Anthony is now  free to speak as a private citizen.

  • A recent speech made by Anthony at the plenary session of the European public communication conference organised by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels reportedly, ‘electrified the audience’. In the speech, Anthony spoke about the importance of the EU in a world of turbulence, but emphasised that the bloc fairs poorly in communication about its achievements. Anthony used the analogy, “The European Union is like a window. You miss it once it is not there.”



  • George Parker is the Political Editor of the Financial Times with a career covering politics at Westminster dating back to 1990 and the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He is the longest-serving political editor of any daily national newspaper and took on his current role in 2007; prior to that he was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels, heading the paper’s EU coverage.
  • George wrote a piece for the Financial Review this week, saying UK prime minister Theresa May is expected to get the green light from ministers to increase her Brexit “divorce bill” offer, narrowing the gap with the EU’s €60bn estimate in a bid to break the deadlock in talks with Brussels.



  • Professor Sarah Harper is one of the world’s leading authorities on global demographic trends and their economic, political and social impact. She is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College. Sarah’s research addresses demographic change with a particular interest in Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • This week, a thinktank on ageing and population warned that adults are spending an increasing number of their retirement years in poor health. Sarah has commented that the report highlights that pensioners were far from entering an age of rest. “Actually, people are still in the labour market, they are doing large amounts of caring not only for grandchildren but for other other adults, so it is actually for many people a time of activity still,” she said.