Maggie Philbin Biography
Maggie Philbin is a much-loved television and radio presenter, with a host of credits to her name including the likes of Multicolour Swap Shop and Tomorrow's World. She currently covers technology for BBC Breakfast News on their regular ‘Tomorrow’s World’ features, having spent ten years presenting the iconic “Tomorrow’s World” series for BBC One. No one can beat the professionalism and style that Maggie brings into the corporate arena, and as such she is in great demand as a conference facilitator and awards host.
TV & Radio Presenter
Maggie's broadcasting career started with a four year stint co-presenting BBC’s legendary Saturday morning children’s show Multicoloured Swap Shop, which she joined fresh from Manchester University where she had studied English and Drama. A major turning point in her career for which she is always remembered came with her subsequent move to the BBC’s flagship science and technology programme Tomorrow’s World where she stayed for eight years. Since then, she has presented a raft of television and radio programmes.
In 2005, impressed with her handling of a series of medical interviews, BBC bosses asked her to launch BBC Radio Berkshire’s Saturday Breakfast programme. Thanks to strong audience figures she’s now moved over to their weekday breakfast slot. In October 2003 she spearheaded the BBC’s Talking Teenagers project across television and radio.
Maggie’s television career encompasses Hospital Watch, Bodymatters Roadshow, QED, and BBC2’s women’s documentary series The Doll’s House. She has worked as a medical and consumer reporter for This Morning on ITV and presented film reports for BBC’s current affairs programme 4x4, studio pieces for BBC One's The One Show, as well as a series of 20 programmes called Heartland for Channel Health. She has also presented 40 editions of the science programme Wideworld for Channel 5.
Live Shows & Corporate Events
If one theme runs through Maggie’s career, it’s a talent for handling “live” shows. Whether it’s broadcasting live from HMS Westminster on the Thames for the BBC’s prestigious millennium programme 2000 Today, juggling topical calls on her Saturday morning phone-in or grilling company directors on conferences. This has made her popular in the corporate sector where her diverse range of broadcasting skills is a valuable asset for conferences, business presentations and corporate television.
Drawing on her unique experience with some of the greatest innovators and inventors of all time, Maggie talks with great humour, authority and style about the key ingredients of innovation and forward thinking in business. She is well known for her involvement in the promotion of women in business, science and technology.
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Maggie Philbin News
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17th May 2013
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15th May 2013
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10th May 2013
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9th May 2013
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3rd May 2013
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30th April 2013
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26th April 2013
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23rd April 2013
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17th April 2013
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Maggie Philbin Reviews
Maggie Philbin has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Maggie Philbin for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Maggie Philbin for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
Just wanted to say you have been a joy to work with. Thank you for the professional and original input you made today to our event. You helped make it a significant success.. You have the gifts of curiosity and communication combined with a very personable natural style
I thought that you did brilliantly on Friday and made it a very special evening. We hold/host many dinners and the majority of them are an absolute yawn. Friday most definitely was not and largely due to your good efforts. I hope that you will continue to work with us I will continue to keep you informed and hope to see you as and when. Take care and well done indeed!
Engaging, kept pace, entertaining, funny, warm, gelled with the audience, professional. The staff really enojyed Maggies performance as she was very entertaining and was a professional MC. She did talk a bit too fast.
Professional entertaining, mixed well with clients and punters - would use Maggie again
Maggie Philbin was exactly what we was hoping for and more. She was genuinely interested in making our event a success even to the point of suggesting areas for improvement in our script and plan in the lead-up to the event. On the night itself she relaxed our audience within moments of coming on stage, delivered a flawless presentation - demonstrating that she had a perfect understanding of the importance this even had for us and the recipients of our awards. We would have no hesitation in recommending Maggie to any other organisation looking for an accomplished, well-known presenter who is a pleasure to work with.
I just wanted to write and say a huge Thank you to Maggie for helping to make this year conference such a success. Maggie Philbin an absolute joy to work with!
I just want to say a million thanks for everything you did yesterday. The day came together as if it had been sketched out by a divine force. You made the event come alive with your enthusiasm and passion, and from the emails weve been receiving it going to be an event that everyone going to be talking about for a long time to come
I am writing to thank Maggie for her time and excellent contribution to our Senior Management conference. From our feedback so far, all commented on the excellent choice of MC; how natural and knowledgeable of Partco she was and how well Maggie held the conference and OSCA Dinner together. The whole day was reported as a great success. Maggie Philbin made it the best conference ever, from the Directors and all the delegates.
I had to write to thank Maggie sincerely for a great Gala Awards. Again the audience took her to their hearts. I have had lots of correspondence from recipients saying what a wonderful day they had and what a superb job Maggie Philbin did in hosting it.
My sincere thanks for your thoroughly professional and first-class input to our Conference in Scotland last week.
Q & A with Maggie Philbin
Maggie Philbin answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Maggie Philbin for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers Corner: How did the corporate speaking/presenting start?
Maggie Philbin: I was asked to do a number of events as soon as I started work on Swap Shop but the serious conference and after dinner work really took off when I began work on Tomorrow’s World. I really enjoy live audiences.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first corporate event?
Maggie Philbin: It was down in Brighton, for BT and the launch of the first hand held mobile phone
Speakers Corner: Tell us about it?
Maggie Philbin: I remember wondering how many people would buy them…they were about £3000 . They lent me a phone so I would be familiar with how it worked and I took it home to "practice". I'd given the number to my husband who called me on my way back. I like to think I was the very first person to say , "I'm on the train!!!" Fellow passengers were amazed and asked to have a go.
Speakers Corner: And your last event?
Maggie Philbin: This week I’m working with over 300 teenagers and 30 companies on TeenTech and at the weekend I fly up to Scotland for the Digital Switchover Help Scheme
Speakers Corner: Which corporate event has been your favourite to date and why?
Maggie Philbin: Oooh, you can’t ask me that!! But obviously, I do work with some companies on a regular basis, so it’s very satisfying to share their progress. And I don’t argue when they want to hold an event somewhere warm…I had a great time at The Phoenician in Arizona. That said, I’m excited about going to Shetland because I’ve never been there. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very talented and creative event producers .
Speakers Corner: If you could speak/present at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Maggie Philbin: It would be fun to do the first conference in space. Though I wouldn’t want to pick up the bill.
Speakers Corner: On average, how many corporate events do you do a year?
Maggie Philbin: 30-40
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy speaking/presenting with an audience of 50 as 1,000?
Maggie Philbin: As long as they all stay upright. Some years back , I remember one conference where five people fainted. I’d like to hope it had nothing to do with my presentation style
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Maggie Philbin: Please welcome a woman who’s seen off six Controllers of BBC1 and eight Blue Peter cats”
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Maggie Philbin: This is important. To be honest, I prefer to meet up with people – to find out as much as possible about the event, the audience and what they’re really hoping I’ll bring to the party. People imagine you just swan up and turn it on but preparation and detailed knowledge is what makes all the difference. I often suggest doing a day’s filming on some aspect of the company – finding out what out the people who work there really think and feel. It personalizes my involvement .
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics?
Maggie Philbin: Because of my strong connection with Tomorrow’s World I’m often asked to talk about future trends and technology or how to use technology in business. As a woman in business, I enjoy talking about how women can develop in business.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Maggie Philbin: Too many to list!!! But I remember feeling embarrassed when the Chairman of a major company walked me to my car after a conference and I had to explain that because because the lock on my drivers door was broken, I had to climb in through the hatchback. He graciously held it open for me.
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Maggie Philbin: I love movies, so this changes all the time. I admire the Coen brothers, Fargo was a real favourite. Recent hits for me were the French film “A Prophet” and “Up”
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Maggie Philbin: I’ve just finished “One Day” by David Nicholls, a wonderful, wonderful book
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination?
Maggie Philbin: New York and Italy
Speakers Corner: Country or townie?
Maggie Philbin: I live in London and love being five minutes from any film or play I want to see…but I’m a country girl at heart.
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