Speakers in the news 6th October 2017

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Chartwell Speakers have been featuring in the news this week. See our ‘Top Ten’ picks below. If you are interested in booking a speaker please contact us here.


      1) Tom Chatfield

  • Dr Tom Chatfield is a leading writer, thinker and speaker on technology and digital culture.
  • Tom’s highly anticipated new book, ‘Critical Thinking’ is being published by SAGE this month.
  • He featured in the ‘Social Science Bites’ podcast to discuss how new digital realities interact with old human biases.
  • It was announced that Tom is set to write an international conspiracy thriller, This is Gomorrah, tackling themes of surveillance, radicalisation, identity theft and politics of the internet. The book will be published in 2019.

      2) Isabel Oakeshott

  • Isabel Oakeshott is Political Editor at Large at the Daily Mail; a panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics show; and co-author of the explosive unauthorised biography of the prime minister, Call Me Dave.
  • Isabel was on the panel of this week’s BBC Sunday Politics to discuss the latest news from the Conservative Party conference. Isabel commented ‘this is the messiest and the most uneasy start to a party conference that I have seen in ten years, it is a very uncomfortable start to the week.’

      3) Rachel Botsman

  • Rachel Botsman is the global authority on an explosive new era of trust and technology. An award-winning author, speaker and University of Oxford lecturer, she has contributed to Wired,The Guardian, The Economist, and more.
  • Rachel’s new book ‘Who Can You Trust’ was published this week (5th October). The book reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history – with fundamental consequences for everyone. The book has been hailed an ‘important read’ by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England.

      4) Clay Chandler

  • Clay Chandler is Executive Editor for the international division of Time Inc., where he oversees editorial operations outside North America and develops content and programming for high-profile business conferences including the Fortune Global Forum, Brainstorm Tech and Brainstorm Design.
  • Clay announced more than 20 global business and design leaders to participate in 2018 Brainstorm Design for Time Inc. The names included prominent thought leaders from across Asia, Europe and the US, including author John Cary and Google VP of Material Design, Matías Duarte. Clay said, We are delighted to have confirmed such a distinguished group of speakers from the worlds of business and design’.

      5) Ian Birrell 

  • Ian is a contributing editor of The Mail on Sunday as foreign reporter and political commentator.
  • Following the Conservative Party conference, Ian wrote an article for The Guardian stating that if Boris Johnson was to be handed the ‘poisoned chalice’ it would be a despairing act, but he would no longer be able to hide from his actions.

     6) George Parker

  • 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.
  • George reported this week that ministers are privately scornful of Boris Johnson’s ‘‘showboating’’ at the Conservative Party conference, and have said a post-Brexit transition deal could extend considerable beyond his March 2021 deadline.



     7) Adair Turner

  • Lord Adair Turner is a world-renowned expert on global economic trends, global finance, macro prudential regulation and the Chinese financial system.
  • Speaking on India’s economy this week, Adair said, whilst it is in a ‘much better position’ than it was before, its major challenge will be to find jobs for its working-age population which is forecast to increase from about 740 million to 1.3 billion by 2050.

      8) Tim Collins

  • Colonel Tim Collins OBE is a former officer in the British Army. He is best known for his role in the Iraq war and his rousing eve-of-battle speech in March 2003.
  • Following Theresa May’s series of unfortunate events at the Conservative Party conference, Tim wrote an article for The Telegraph outlining the SAS speech he’d give Theresa to get her ‘fit for battle’.

      9) William Hague

     10) Charles Adler

  • Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowd-funding website
  • Charles met with some of the world’s the top tech CEOs at the Olerom Forum to discuss entrepreneurship. He told the group that he believes universities act as incubators for progress. As an example, he referred to a project called Viper. Five high school kids set a goal to build a motion controlled flight simulator, and they succeeded.


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