Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip - and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers.

To book Gyles Brandreth contact any of Britain's top speaker agencies or [email protected].

Currently a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4's Just a Minute, his acclaimed Victorian detective stories - The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries - are now being published in twenty one countries around the world.

‘World Class. Epic. Quite simply the best speech at any conference ever.’
- Master Innholders Conference, 2016

‘Brilliant. The best presentation I have ever heard.’
- BCA Conference, 2016

‘Simply fantastic. The best awards hosting I have seen in twenty years.’
- NW Residential Property Awards, 2016

‘Nobody on the planet could have done this better.’
- The Oldie Awards, 2016

‘Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The best in twenty years.’
- Fork Lift Truck Awards, 2016

‘Incredible research. He showed he really understood the industry and the audience. The best we’ve ever had.’
- NFDC 75th Anniversary Awards, 2016

‘In fifteen years, by a long, long way the best awards hosting I have seen.’
- Digital Impact Awards, 2016

“Magnificent yet again.”
- Rail Business Awards, 2015

“Fantastic! We would love to have him back.”
- Thames Valley Property Awards, 2015

“Sensational. The sixth year in a row that he’s done it and he was funnier and more wonderful than ever. Can we book him for 2016?”
- Air Cargo Awards, 2015

“Mind-blowingly brilliant.”
- Nationwide Leadership Conference, 2015

“Beyond brilliant. The first standing ovation in 16 years.”
- Shares Awards, 2015

“Outstanding. A master-class in after-dinner speaking.”
- Confederation of Passenger Transport, 2015

“I am writing to formally thank Gyles Brandreth for speaking at the Berkshire Healthcare Staff Awards event last Friday. Gyles is an engaging and charismatic speaker; he mingled with the staff beforehand and remembered them when he was speaking! His sparkling wit and delivery made the evening really special. I would also like to say that he is a delightful man with no airs and graces who charmed all those he met. It was great to have him return for a second time and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who is considering a similar event.”
- Berkshire NHS Healthcare Awards, 2015

“The most brilliant hosting of any event I have ever been to.”
- The Oldie of the Year Awards, 2015

“Outstanding. An inspired speaker.”
- UK Stock Market Awards, 2014

‘A standing ovation and easily the best speech I have ever heard.’
- Citywire Wealth Manager Awards, 2016

‘One big hit!!!’
- Telegraph Travel Awards, 2016

‘Phenomenal. Awesome. Amazing.’
- Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Keynote Address and Awards, 2016

‘His preparation in researching the company and his style in engaging the management combined to deliver a performance that was relevant, eloquent, humorous and enjoyed by all.’
- BAE Systems Chairman’s Awards, 2016

‘Gyles Brandreth gave the perfect speech: humorous, entertaining, stirring, relevant.’
- Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, 2016

‘The best speech in 20 years.’
- St George’s Day Lunch, 2016

“He transformed our conference from successful to legendary!”
- International Cargo Conference, 2015

“A master-class and a standing ovation.”
- The Pipeline Industries Guild, 2015

“Caught the mood beautifully, laugh-out-loud funny, a real wow factor.”
- Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 2015

“A legend . . . completely made the night special for everyone.”
- Citywealth Awards, 2015

“He was fantastic. Absolutely perfect . . . Brilliant.”
- British Venture Capital Association Awards, 2015

“Utterly fabulous.”
- Great Places to Work Awards, 2014

‘Gyles is the best MC in my thirty years of speaking experience.’
- Benjamin Zander, Entrepreneurs’ Association Global University, 2016

‘My all-time best after-dinner speech. Truly exceptional.’
- Birst Customers’ Conference, 2016

‘Gyles Brandreth’s compering of the Awards was an absolute triumph.’
- Birmingham Law Society Awards, 2016

‘A superb address which captivated and also entertained.’
- British Venture Capital Association, 2016

‘A most splendid speech - everyone felt he hit the spot and couldn't have been more perfect.’
- NeMa Conference, Dubrovnik, 2016

‘Gyles was triumphant once again . . . Can we book him for 2017?’
- Jersey Institute of Directors Awards, 2016

‘Wonderful feedback . . . resounding success . . . superb presentation.’
- Investor Relations Awards, 2016

‘We loved him and have had some truly amazing feedback.’
- Investor Relations Awards, 2016

‘Utterly brilliant. The first standing ovation we have had at these awards ever.’
- Taxation Awards, 2016

"The loudest laughter and the longest applause in the sixteen years I have been coming to this.”
- Denplan National Conference, 2015

“Fantastic. Knowledgeable. Enthusiastic. He fulfilled and exceeded our expectations.”
- The 24-Hour Connected City Conference, 2015

“The best speech in 19 years and the first standing ovation. Top notch. Seamless. Cannot recommend him highly enough.”
- TTJ Awards, 2015

“Absolutely brilliant. Brilliant this year. Brilliant last year. Brilliant the year before. We want him for next year, please.”
- Jersey IOD Awards, 2014

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“All award ceremonies should be presented by Gyles Brandreth"
– Lee Davies at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2013

“Great job by Gyles Brandreth at the Political Book Awards. Not an easy crowd and he made it look easy!”
- Clive Bull, LBC 97.3, 2013

“A standing ovation – for the second year running. He really is the best speaker we have ever had.”
- PetPlan Veterinary Awards, 2014

‘Fantastic. Wit as sharp as a razor. And this was the third time we booked him. We’d like him again in 2013, please.’
Air Cargo Awards, 2012

‘The best awards host I have ever heard.’
South East Dealmakers Awards, 2012

‘Exactly the right blend of humour, warmth and interest and everyone who attended was absolutely delighted with the event as a result.’ Society of Construction Law, 2012

‘Spectacularly entertaining.’ Coventry Building Society Parliamentary Dinner, 2012

“Not easy to entertain so many nationalities, but he carried it off with ease.”
- European Office Products Awards, Frankfurt, 2013

“Very well informed, very funny, very appropriate to the occasion.”
- The Berkeley Group, 2013

“Utterly fabulous.”
- Great Places to Work Awards, 2014

“Absolutely brilliant. Brilliant this year. Brilliant last year. Brilliant the year before. We want him for next year, please.”
- Jersey IOD Awards, 2014

“Wonderful ceremony host . . . Nothing short of genius.” CIBSE Building Performance Awards, 2013

“Amazing . . . Better than Michael McIntyre . . . A deserved standing ovation.” Petplan Veterinary Awards, 2013 Petplan Veterinary Awards, 2013

‘Brilliant - totally entertaining. His material was perfectly pitched.’ Clugston Construction, 2012

“A master class in how these things should be done. Completely brilliant.”
- Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Staff awards, 2013

“Sensational . . . the best speaker we have had in the 13 years of running the event.”
- London Transport Awards, 2014

"Gyles Brandreth's compering of the 2014 BMJ Awards is sublime."
- Channel 4 News Health & Social Care Correspondent

‘Stunning . . . Such positive feedback. Very well-tailored and perfectly judged.’ The Cards & Payments Awards, 2012

‘Gyles Brandreth stood without notes and delivered what can only be described as the funniest and most entertaining after dinner speech that we had ever heard, setting the perfect tone and celebratory mood to ensure that everyone present had a wonderful time. Gyles ended the evening on a serious note, and with a standing ovation, he had made everyone present feel part of a huge success story.’ Belvoir Lettings Awards, 2012

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‘I just wanted to say that Gyles Brandreth was definitely the right decision. He was absolutely brilliant and everyone I spoke to has been raving about him! Ourbest dinner yet! He was funny, nicely irreverent but not over the top, never swore, absorbed lots of information about our industry and some of its characters and brought them into his repartee to great amusement. Perfect!’
National Bed Federation, 2012

‘Simply sensational ... We can never thank you enough for making it a totally memorable and unforgettable evening for one and all.’
East of England Cooperative Society Awards, 2011

'His speech couldn't have been more perfect and apt if we had written it for him. The fact that he was on just before the Minister worked brilliantly and he said things that no-one else could have got away with.'
Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers, 2010

'Terrific - the first standing ovation for a speaker we've ever had.'
Defence Industry Security Association, 2010

'I am delighted to say that Gyles Brandreth was absolutely brilliant. I can report with confidence that he was our best celebrity speaker yet! He made the day and had everyone in attendance in fits of laughter. He has a great command of the political scene and reduced it almost to a well organised farce. We would recommend him to anyone who wants a first class speaker.'
British Vehicle Salvage Association Conference, 2010

'Gyles Brandreth was an exceptional host for our awards evening. He ensured the event flowed well with a great level of both fun and energy. His humour was pitched exactly right for our audience and his use of industry references impressed attendees and showed in depth research and preparation. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive - the best we have had for several years. Artist testimonial rating: Excellent.'
Office Products Industry Awards, Frankfurt, 2010

‘I had the pleasure to hear your after dinner speech at the IoD Awards last night and wanted to thank you for composing such well crafted and entertaining material and fordelivering it with real vim, flair and panache. Unexpected and inspiring. Bravo! If the power of recommendation is worth anything, please consider yourself highly recommended.’ Chief Executive, Missionkraft Ltd, 2012

‘A stellar performance . . . Everyone was most impressed with how you perfectly judged the mood of the event : we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you in future and are very happy to provide a testimonial.’ Kia Motors, 2012

‘Gyles was fantastic! So many people have commented on how clever, funny, well presented he was. He is definitely someone I would recommend.’ Whyte & Mackay Leadership Conference, 2012

‘Exactly the right blend of humour, warmth and interest and everyone who attended was absolutely delighted with the event as a result.’ Society of Construction Law, 2012

‘Spectacularly entertaining.’ Coventry Building Society Parliamentary Dinner, 2012

‘He was, as you promised, quite wonderful.’ Winchester Business Awards, 2012

‘The best speaker we have ever had - and that is no small claim.’

‘Brilliant - absolutely brilliant. An audience of 1500 was spellbound.’

'A conference is all too often deemed exceptional not because of the content but because one address is so compelling, so vivid, so lively and so entertaining that it sticks in the memory for all time. Gyles Brandreth's speech was of that order . . . A master-class in public speaking.'
IAPS Conference, 2007

'A richly-deserved standing ovation for a quite brilliant presentation - informative, amusing, thought-provoking . . . the result of remarkable research, preparation and commitment.'
Planning Law Conference, Oxford, 2007

‘Fabulous - excellent feedback’ Greene King Head Brewer’s Lunch, 2011

‘A great speech - a clear message - and everyone left on a positive note.’
Shanks Waste Management Conference, 2011

‘In twenty years I have not heard a better awards host.’ West of England Dealmakers Awards, 2011

‘Just bloody fantastic!’

Humbe Business Week, 2011 'Brilliant. A standing ovation that was richly deserved.'
Isle of Man Law Society, 2010

'What can I say? Gyles was as fantastic as ever. He really is a pleasure to work with.'
East Midlands Property Awards, 2010

'Excellent. He made the crew laugh as much as the guests and that's some accolade.'
St James's Place, 2010

'A deadpan comic to rival Jack Dee'
Daily Telegraph

Daily Mail

'Uniformly positive feedback to a very enjoyable presentation full of insight.'
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Seminar, 2010

'A spontaneous standing ovation - richly deserved.'
British Tunnelling Society Annual Dinner, 2010

'Probably the best public speaker I have heard'
Daily Express

'Gyles Brandreth has a serious talent for making people laugh'
Daily Mirror

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'Nothing short of superb. The best speaker we have ever had.'
AIS Conference, 2010

'Professionalism and wit that made the evening a great success . . . We have had nothing but positive comment from all who attended.'
Agrow Awards, Glasgow, 2007

'This is the third occasion we have used Gyles Brandreth and we were again absolutely delighted . . . the speech was sensational and brought the house down.'
Fishing News Awards, 2007

'Absolutely fantastic - funny and serious . . . he really was a star.'
Serco Conference, 2007

'Excellent . . . so professional . . . a complete understanding of our industry and an amazing ability to connect with the audience.'
BAR Awards, 2007

'Gyles Brandreth was everything I knew he would be and then some!'
County Council Conference, 2007

Gyles Brandreth won his first prize as a public speaker as a schoolboy of fifteen. At Oxford, aged twenty, he was elected President of the Oxford Union. At 22, he turned professional and since then he has spoken all over the world, in venues as varied as the Helmsley Palace, New York and Buckingham Palace, London.
His audiences have ranged from the executives of Coca-Cola to a silent order of nuns, from a thousand bankers in Frankfurt to ten thousand members of the WI at Wembley Arena. (On that occasion, Gyles shared the platform with another
speaker: the then prime minister, Tony Blair. Only one of them got a standing ovation!) Gyles has also featured in the Guinness Book of Records for making the world’s longest-ever after-dinner speech. To raise funds for the National Playing Fields Association, he spoke non-stop for twelve and a half hours. 

'A number one hit... A superstar who saved us from the dull awards ceremony we were expecting'
Isle of Man Excellence Awards, 2006

'A fantastic performance ...great feedback'
London Business Awards, 2006

'A speech that made an ordinary dinner into something special'
Securities & Investment Institute, 2006

'Brilliantly researched and tailored to the occasion... relevant, powerful and entertaining'
Money Markets Conference, Barcelona, 2006

'The feedback from our members and guests was exceedingly positive...The speech hit the perfect note - entertaining and positive'
Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, 2006

'So entertaining and relevant ...great feedback'
Business Awards for Wales, 2006

Gyles is the son and grandson of barristers. His son, Benet Brandreth, is also a barrister and has twice been World Public Speaking Champion. For more about Benet – speaker and rhetoric coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, among others – see

"Brilliant. Our best speaker ever."
- NFU Annual Dinner, 2014

"The best MC and Awards host ever."
- Rail Business Awards, 2014

“A standing ovation – and from an audience of fifteen nationalities.”
- Oxford Oncology Conference, 2014

‘Gyles Brandreth. What a legend. Best awards host ever.’
Marketing Society Awards, 2012

‘Absolutely brilliant. Perfect for our audience. The feedback from guests has been amazing.’
Harrogate Business Club, 2012

‘Triumph on Friday: outstanding awards evening, in my opinion the best host I have ever seen.’
Institute of Directors, Director of the Year Awards, Jersey, 2012

‘Our best speech ever . . . and our first-ever standing ovation.’
York & North Yorks Chamber of Commerce, 2012

‘Comedy genius - and a standing ovation.’
SC Magazine Awards, 2012

Gyles & Prince William, Gyles & Margaret Thatcher