Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

John Humphrys


John Humphrys has been the anchor on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme for 32 years, during which time he has built a reputation as one of the most distinctive, uncompromising and influential voices on radio. In a journalistic career stretching over six decades, he has also questioned celebrities and the public alike as host of the television institution, Mastermind.

As a foreign correspondent at the BBC, he set up bureaux in South Africa and the US, covering Nixon’s resignation and the birth of Zimbabwe.

Thanks to his combative style, Labour him branded ‘the John Humphrys problem’ while, showing his BBC impartiality, one former Conservative minister accusing him of ‘poisoning the well of democracy’.

Outside his broadcasting career, John has published numerous columns and books covering everything from social change, to God, to how not to build a house in Greece. In Devil’s Advocate , he looked at the social climate and future scenarios for the nation’s growth. The Great Food Gamble stemmed from his interest in organic farming. A Day Like Today explores his life from working class Cardiff to covering some of the biggest events in modern history. He also writes extensively on another subject very close to his heart – the misuse and abuse of the English language.

He will also offer the delegates at our Investor Conference the chance to turn the tables and quiz him when he might also reveal how the Queen has repeatedly declined his requests for an interview…

Keynote speaker

John Bercow

Former Speaker of the House of Commons

Even though his role as Speaker means he is supposed to remain politically impartial, Bercow still divides opinion. He has faced – and survived – votes of no confidence; he is a supporter of the UK as part of the European Union; in his time as a politician, he resigned from one Conservative Party Shadow Cabinet role and was dismissed from another; he was a patron of the Tory Reform Group yet has also voted against party lines and supported Labour policies; and as Speaker, he oversaw one of the most turbulent and divisive times in Parliament in living memory.

He is forthright in his views and, given what he has seen in the past five years in the run-up to the referendum to where we are now, he is ideally placed to talk about the politics and politicians who have steered us to where we are today – the brink of a general election and departure from the EU.