The comedy blues combo specialise in silly, satirical songs. As one critic put it, 'they set the pulse racing, the foot tapping and the face aching with a bellyful of boisterous ballads.' Credits include Sketchorama, The Now Show, Robin Ince's Late Night Revolution and Marcus Brigstocke's Early Edition.
Aside from his Europe-wide role at NAB, Tom is Chief Economist for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and a frequent contributor to the financial media. He advises on forecasting and growth, after spending seven years at the Bank of England analysing foreign exchange markets and the efficacy of central bank intervention.
When he isn't presenting for MTV Joel can be found mercilessly tricking members of the public as one of BBC3's gang of Impractical Jokers. Wearing a broad smile and a look of innocence Joel is also a naturally upbeat comic. Credits include Sweat The Small Stuff and Russell Howard's Good News.
The English National Ballet are one of the world's great dance companies, staging acclaimed productions from both the classical and contemporary repertoire. They can now produce bespoke performances or 'cut down' versions of well-known works including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
The Organic Jam is a partnership of a top international DJ and highly respected musicians specialising in improvisation. Whether for 'foreground' performances or background atmosphere, they pride themselves on capturing the mood of any event - embracing dance, jazz, chill-out, Latin, swing, pop, classical, techno and tango.
As described in Hotel Taliban, Sean was kidnapped while making a Channel 4 film and held hostage for months. They forced him at gunpoint to reveal the names of his children and threatened his translator; they also asked if Westerners could marry animals. Sean tells the story, with typical gallows humour.
Bill has served as CEO at Wickes, Focus and Iceland. He has now produced The Grimsey Review, looking at what can be done to reinvigorate the high street. He argues that town centres should be reinvented as community hubs, with housing and public services at the centre. Bill talks about changing customer habits and the growth of 'mall culture.' These out-of-town arenas will become the showrooms of the future, in which we choose what to order online.
Alongside her rowing partner Heather Stanning, Helen wrote herself into the history books by winning Team GB's first gold medal at London 2012. They cruised through the heats and lined up for the final as the favoured crew. With spectacular determination they pulled clear of the field, and maintained their lead to the line - becoming the first British oarswomen ever to claim gold.
Steve fell from a balcony in his early 20s. When he tried to get up he realised his arms and legs wouldn't respond; he was permanently paralysed from the chest down. In presentations he gives an insight into the journey from hellish injury to captain of Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team. He describes leadership on the court, the fight to become the best in the world, and the sheer pride of leading out his side at the London Paralympics.
After co-founding the gadget retailer firebox.com, Michael launched Mind Candy. He serves as both CEO and Creative Director of the games developer, which has achieved a transmedia hit with Moshi Monsters (65 million users worldwide). Michael was recently voted No.5 in WIRED Magazine's Digital Power List.
Ray earned League, FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' medals. He still plays for Arsenal Legends, as well as running a pub in Essex and co-hosting on talkSPORT. After dinner Ray talks affectionately about Wenger (dubbed Inspector Clouseau after getting caught up in a goal net). Arsene now lets him drink what he likes.
Hal is unashamedly suburban, teetering on the edge of mid-life crisis. According to one critic, 'he takes the personal and the ridiculous, then whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie.' After his appearance on the Royal Variety bill, 2014 sees Hal guesting on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo.
Andrew Strauss is one of only three England cricket captains to lead his side to Ashes victory both home and away. He devised a plan to achieve world No.1 ranking within five years; working closely with Andy Flower, the objective was met in half the time - and Strauss earned a reputation for gritty and intelligent leadership. He talks about how to create and share a vision, build trust and encourage change. He might also reveal what happened in the latest Ashes.
Since winning the Chortle Newcomer and BBC New Comedy Award, Joe has starred on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Show & Tell. Championed by a Times critic as a 'rising talent with a confident, relaxed charm,' the one-time graphic designer pokes fun at middle class anxieties and the eccentricities of modern life.
As Chief Executive of Dyson, Martin transformed it from a niche manufacturer to a £1bn global brand, moving production to Asia. Even after the onset of recession, he doubled turnover and trebled profits - driving sales in 70 markets. Now advising a private equity firm, Martin demonstrates how ideas are the lifeblood of territorial expansion. Rather than try to compete with the Chinese on their terms, the UK must harness its natural inventiveness.
When the van and minibus dealer decided he could do a better job than the local banks, the authorities told him it was impossible, even criminal. He pushed harder, set up Burnley Savings and Loans, and found himself starring in Channel 4's Bank of Dave. There's now a big queue of eager depositors and borrowers. In a real-life story of David and Goliath, with lessons for businesses big and small, he explains what made him take on seemingly insurmountable odds.
Since his early days running Pop Idol chatrooms and helping MySpace attract 10m UK users, Andrew has become one of the foremost experts in social media - training several of the big agency teams. He is also part of Doug Richards' The School for Startups, and sits on OFCOM's advisory board. Andrew shows how to keep the online conversation going, and underlines the need for a social media strategy to complement traditional business-building and marketing.
The Sunday Times' Enterprise Editor has spent time with entrepreneurs of all shades, including many of the world's most successful. Rachel takes the lessons they've learned, myths dispelled and mistakes made, and weaves an entertaining look at how (in theory) anyone can make a million by lunchtime.