Gyles Brandreth

MP, Oxford scholar and author, Gyles Brandreth is world-class entertainer. Gyles is the world record holder for the longest after-dinner speech and a highly-acclaimed scrabble champion. His broadcasting accomplishments include Just a Minute and Have I Got News for You, making him well placed to host an awards ceremony or act as a conference chair. Oozing with charisma and class, Gyles will keep an audience engaged.

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster and former Conservative MP; he is a charismatic and engaging after dinner speaker. Gyles’ speaking talent is evident from his ability to speak for twelve and a half hours and he featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest ever speech.

His television talent is undeniable, appearing in a range of shows from ‘Countdown’, to ‘The Mitchell and Webb Look’, and ‘Have I Got News for You’. He has impressed crowds on stage with his poignant and heart-warming portrayals of some of the nation’s favourite pantomime characters such as Baron Hardup in Cinderella.

Really top notch! He had the audience in absolute stitches and really gauged the mood right to deliver a seamless performance.

As a politician, Gyles was a member of the Conservative party and MP for the City of Chester. He was also Lord Commissioner of the Treasury during John Major’s government. Since leaving politics, Gyles has established a fruitful career on radio shows including Radio 4’s ‘Westminster Hour’ and ‘Just a Minute’.

A talented writer, he wrote ‘Breaking the Code’, a book about his time in Westminster which received great reviews from The Times. He is an acclaimed interviewer, primarily for the Sunday Telegraph Review, he has been a correspondent for CBS News, and was a presenter of LBC’s weekly arts and entertainment programme for ITN Radio.

Gyles attended Oxford University and is President of the Oxford Union. He has also co-produced three plays in the West End and wrote and performed in ‘Zipp!’ a musical comedy revue, which was given the ‘Most Popular Show’ award at Edinburgh Festival in 2002.

He is an adept after dinner speaker and conference facilitator; bringing charisma and class to corporate events, he will keep the audience engaged any after-dinner speech.  

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What people said about Gyles Brandreth

Excellent and received very good feedback from clients. Very impressed with how he took a genuine interest in the Awards.
RVM Promotions Ltd
A standing ovation – and from an audience of fifteen nationalities. Gyles was fantastic. Everybody loved him.
Oxford Oncology Conference Dinner, 2014
Outstanding. An inspired speaker.
UK Stock Market Awards, 2014
Brilliant. Our best speaker ever.
NFU Annual Dinner
A very humorous after dinner speech that was well geared to the audience and he showed great patience and authority.
Animo Conferences
Gyles caught the mood of the evening very well and in our view he was one of the very best speakers we have heard for several years.
Energy Industries Council
Gyles showed a remarkable facility to understand and relate. With noticeable intelligence, kindness and wit, he uplifted and informed.
Gyles was great with guests and quickly assessed the mood of the audience.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce - Accelerate
Faultless - an absolute professional who made the evening for us. On top of that Gyles is a thoroughly nice and approachable man.
Jet Airways
We've had fantastic feedback from staff and guest. Gyles was superb and we look forward to having him back again.
Moneyfacts Group plc
Wonderful, intelligent warm and outrageously funny. I'll make it my mission to find another opportunity for Gyles to entertain.
FT Business
An exceptional host for our awards evening. He ensured the event flowed well with a great level of both fun and energy.
The lunch went very well! The overwhelming opinion was that Gyles is definitely one of the best speakers we have ever had!
Probably the best speaker I have heard.
Daily Express
Not merely, like all the best after dinner speakers, he has a touching access to the secrets of the human heart.
The Times
Gyles was a complete star. On our feedback form from the event he was unanimously given a 5/5 rating from the group! Thank you.
Restore PLC
Gyles gave a superb performance at the Festival of Education. He was a pleasure to work with and feedback has been great.
Lsect Ltd
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