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Roy S.'s Profile
International Conference Moderator, Keynote & Author
Roy is a specialist conference moderator, an experienced speaker and the author of five books. He is the acknowledged European expert on building profitable business relationships through networking and referrals and has spoken at conferences internationally for many of the world’s largest companies. He has worked as a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University’s full-time MBA course.
His early career began in television and radio. Working both regionally and nationally for the BBC, he presented music and interview-based programmes, including the Sony Award winning “In the News” on BBC Radio 4.
Whilst Roy was also involved in production and script writing, his main area of expertise was in live television and he regularly worked alongside other notable presenters including Jeremy Paxman, Eamonn Holmes, Ann Robinson and the late Jill Dando. From 1985-91, he was an anchorman of the early evening news for the BBC in London where he consistently proved his ability to perform under pressure.
Roy also runs a company which helps clients’ create, maintain, enhance and protect their reputations for commercial and competitive advantage.
With decades of experience working in the conference industry, Roy is regularly called upon to advise clients on ways to improve the effectiveness of their forthcoming events. By helping clients clarify their communication objectives, he provides invaluable help in ensuring that the conference ‘works’. Clients regularly describe his involvement as ‘invaluable’.
For a recent global conference for a major corporation, Roy advised the most senior executives and the conference team on the most appropriate ways to convey sensitive and unpalatable messages for the staff, whilst ensuring widespread ‘buy-in’ to fundamental changes that were to be implemented across a particular division.
Presentation Skills Consulting
A conference production company that had worked with a particular client for many years recognized that the speakers for a forthcoming conference were not as skilled as they needed to be. Roy was drafted in to give a presentation on how to give a presentation to the entire marketing team, to help them re-structure their presentations in order to engage with their audience, and convey ‘dry’ information in a more lively and interesting way. Each of the speakers then spent an hour ‘one-on-one’ going through their presentations and making specific improvements. It was reported that their performances on the day were ‘radically improved’ as a result of Roy’s coaching.
It can be lonely at the top of an organization, Roy is often consulted as a well-informed outsider to be a ‘sounding board’. Although not someone who markets ‘coaching’ as one of his core services, Roy has built up such a level of trust with senior executives around the world, they often call or email ‘to pick his brains’.
Since leaving the BBC as a presenter and interviewer, Roy has worked repeatedly for many of the world’s largest and most successful companies. Clients keep re-booking him because of his insights and enthusiasm. Even though Roy prides himself as someone who ensures the spotlight shines on the participants, the most common remark he receives from client’s is “I shuddered when I thought what this conference would have been like, if you hadn’t been involved.”
Roy has lost count of the number of times he has been booked and re-booked to moderate and speak at conferences for the following organisations, arranged in alphabetical order -
3i, The Academy for Chief Executives (ACE), ACI Worldwide, Adecco Alfred Marks, Arthur Andersen, Baker and McKenzie, Bacon & Woodrow, Barclaycard, Bard Ltd, Bay Networks, Boreham Consulting Engineers, Barclays Bank, Barclays Merchant Services, Britannic Assurance, British Airways, British American Tobacco (BAT), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA), British Telecom, Business Link, Cadbury Trebor Bassett, Canon UK, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Christie and Co, Computer 2000, Confederation of British Business (CBI), Cranfield University, Deutsche Bank, Dunlop Goodyear, E-BUG, Elan IT Recruitment, ERF Trucks, Fresenius Kabi, Friends Provident, Heating and Ventilation Contractor’s Association (HVCA), Hertfordshire Constabulary, HP, Hewitt Associates, HSBC, Innovex, Institute of Management, Institute of Directors (IOD), Institute of Public Relations (IPR), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), International Standards Organisation (ISO), KPMG, Life Coaching Academy, Linklaters, Lloyds TSB,Logica, Lovells, Mars Confectionery, Marsh Financial Services, Motorcycle News (MCN), National Car Parks, NMBS, Neways, Nortel Networks, Novartis Neuroscience, Oakland Consulting, The Prince's Trust, PR NewsWire, Richmond Events, RMC Materials, Royal Bank Private Equity, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA Security, Sabre Europe, J Sainsburys, Scottish Enterprise, Sector Treasury Services, Sims Portex, SMA Nutrition, Smith and Nephew Healthcare, Steljes, Storagetek, Suffolk College, Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS),Telecoms Plus, Thatcham Research, Tower Hamlets Council, Tribal GWT Group, UBS Capital, Unilever Best Foods, Unipart, Unisys, Volvo UK, Withy King Solicitors, Woolwich Building Society, Zimmer.