JLA is the UK's biggest specialist agency for keynote, motivational and after dinner speakers, conference presenters, awards hosts and cabaret for corporate, industry and public sector events.

Business Speakers

The Financial Times has described JLA as “The UK’s leading speaker bureau.” We provide business speakers, presenters and performers for over 2,500 events each year across the globe.

We work with business and thought leaders, major economists, tech pioneers, entrepreneurs and motivators. We host regular breakfasts to introduce the latest names; and we publish The Index, Europe’s only speaker directory for conferences, conventions and awards ceremonies. But most of all JLA has the biggest and brightest team of specialists to advise you at every stage of the booking.

The best business speakers turn a dry conference into a talking point. They inform, inspire and ‘disrupt’ audiences – whether they’re shining a light on the pace of AI, the challenges and opportunities in sectors old and new, the shift of power from West to East, the cost of Brexit, reputational risks, changing demographics or the value of a diverse and healthy workforce. (The same principles apply for less lofty speech topics like customer service.)

So how do you find the right business speaker, how much should you expect to pay and why should you talk to JLA?

Firstly think about the message you want to convey and how delegates are likely to respond. Is the speaker’s name on the invitation one of the main reasons for attending? Is the audience already well informed and looking for detail, or would a broad overview be more appropriate? Are they excited about the future? Are they prepared?

Business speakers command fees between £3,000 and £30,000, or more if you’re looking for an internationally renowned name. If the purpose is to fill an arena or attract a senior C-level audience it may make sense to allocate a six-figure budget; but there’s no direct correlation between the fame of the speaker and the quality of the speech! If there’s no need for celebrity you’ll find some of the most compelling communicators at the other end of the fee spectrum.

At JLA we listen to your brief. We share feedback, make suggestions, challenge assumptions (in a friendly way), and put our experience at your disposal. With a team of 35 and a market leading reputation, we’re here to add value and help you create a memorable event.

Fee Bands

  1. Over £25k
  2. £10k to £25k
  3. £5k to £10k
  4. £2.5k to £5k
  5. £1k to £2.5k
  6. Up to £1k

After working in senior global leadership roles in some of the world’s largest insurance companies, Inga took over the helm of the 330-year-old City financial institution. Taking on many of the traditions that had held the organisation back, Inga expanded their global markets, and introduced strategies including the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab, and the Dive In Festival, an industry-wide, international diversity and inclusion event. She considers the balance struck between history and modernisation when implementing change, the vital importance of inclusion in the workplace, and concepts of trust and ethics in business.

After joining the board of ITV, setting up her own company and serving as SVP in charge of International Sales at media giant Viacom, Cally has also started a parallel career in comedy. She brings humour and energy to workplace insights ranging from how to foster a creative, positive environment to how to inspire and lead through change.

The author of Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead led some of Google’s biggest workplace projects from using analytics to improve people management to how to construct the perfect team. He examines how Google became one of the most envied employers in the world, how to attract and retain the best people, work smarter and prepare for the future.

Karren ran the business side of Birmingham City FC through promotion, relegation – and brain surgery. Karren’s mantra for leaders growing any enterprise can be summed up in 5 tips: work hard (be persistent); use every opportunity to network (spread your message); move on (failure is history); don’t get side-tracked, and do your sums.

On the track Seb’s talent and commitment earned eleven world records and two Olympic gold medals; he has since led the most successful Games in recent history. After serving as one of many Vice Presidents, Seb is tasked with turning around World Athletics and restoring the reputation of international athletics, in the gaze of the world’s media. In speeches he shares the lessons as an athlete and as a leader delivering a vision, managing crisis and bringing about change.

Bob has inspired hundreds of projects across Africa and ensures it remains on the political agenda and in the public consciousness. In a rousing speech on social responsibility, Bob reminds us that we are all defined by what we do, not what we say. This isn’t confined to philanthropy. He might also confess to some pride at the thought of becoming the first Irishman (and the first genuine rock star) in space.

The former Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and also HR Director at Royal Mail, Kevin delivers challenging, practical advice on how to make the most of the often overlooked HR functions within an organisation. He looks at how to attract, retain and develop employees, how to create better leaders, get the most from millennials, and whether AI really is the threat to workers people seem to believe.

When in charge of the UK’s leading telecoms challenger brand, Dido took the company from being the country’s most complained about to award-winners. She made a very public apology and defence of TalkTalk when they were subject to a cyber attack, and was praised for her leadership. She now looks at the lessons from her experiences as well as how Britain can become a successful, inclusive digital economy.

Having run a range of digital and internet businesses in the US, Margaret has turned to analysing where leadership in organisations so often goes wrong. Ignoring potential problems, failing to encourage or develop talent, building a culture of isolation and internal competition; all are commonplace issues that could easily be addressed. As in her bestseller Wilful Blindness and her acclaimed TED speeches, Margaret simply and effectively considers what makes a great leader.

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