Thanks to you, as there were lots on complimentary comments flying around about your ‘address’.  I thoroughly enjoyed it too – what a great story with a serious message, using your self-depreciating style of humour, lots of truths to illustrate your points and a laid back, engaging approach which totally hooked our staff, parents and students in.  Your personable style and relatable message went down a storm! Hope we’ll see you at Whitworth again!

Liz Stevenson, Assistant Headteacher, Whitworth Park School & Sixth Form College

Chris spent the morning at our Kick-Off HE pilot, inspiring young boys who are interested in sport within the North East to aspire towards higher education. The passion and enthusiasm, which was incorporated throughout his speech, captured the attention of not only our young people but our staff immediately, providing moments of reflection and comparison between his experience and theirs. Chris’ care and genuine interest in the boys’ future was commendable and we were delighted for him to stay and facilitate our next workshop of his own accord. Chris is an adaptable, personable professional and a pleasure to work with, we cannot recommend him enough.

Rachel Hodgson, Project Coordinator, North East Raising Aspiration Partnership.

I have got a couple of emails from parents, after you spoke to our pupils and one said that you were “a brilliant speaker; entertaining and very inspiring.” Another said you “related to them very well”. Another … “such an inspiration to us all, making us feel we can follow our dreams no matter how big”. Two year 11 boys said you were the best speaker we had ever had at our sports awards.

Rebecca Horne, PE Teacher, Woodhey High School

“It is clear from first meeting Chris that he is a friendly, honest, genuine guy.  His story was not only inspirational and humorous but also uplifting and heart-warming.  His speech was instrumental in setting the tone for a successful evening celebrating our staff’s achievements. Not only was Chris at ease engaging with staff at the start of the evening, he also joined in with the team building exercises and built up a great rapport with everyone he spoke to. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for a motivational speaker who can connect with every member of the audience”.

Leanne Bousfield,Executive Officer – Governance, Cestria Community Housing

Chris was outstanding as the keynote speaker at our recent Management Conference.

His delivery of his inspirational story was excellent, he was able to build a great rapport with our audience and made his story and learning relevant to each and every person in the room.

He stayed on to talk to our delegates, have pictures taken with them and answer all of their questions and demonstrated a keen interest in our business and our people. Needless to say he received excellent feedback from all of our delegates and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a key note speaker who can inspire, motivate and focus an audience. A tremendous effort very much appreciated.

Maggie Pavlou, HR Director, Parkdean.

Chris has spoken for us on two occasions – first at a leadership training programme to internal staff, followed by a speech at our member awards dinner. Chris is insightful, humorous and motivational, managing to tailor his talks to precisely the right audience. We’d have no hesitation in recommending him.


Kate Maughan
Head of Member Engagement
Northern Housing Consortium