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

We work with former Presidents and Prime Ministers, captains of industry, thought leaders, tech pioneers and motivators. We host regular breakfasts to introduce the latest conference speakers; and we publish Europe’s only speaker directory. But most importantly JLA has the biggest and brightest team of specialists to help you meet your objectives.
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Akala has become a renowned voice and activist on race, class and the lingering effects of imperialism in Britain, exemplified in his music, poetry and writing. He is the author of the bestseller Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire. 

David ran the UK’s second commercial broadcaster for seven years. Under his leadership the channel launched popular new formats, dropped old ones, created the All4 streaming platform, took the film studio Film4 to Oscar-success, and redefined coverage of Paralympic sports. He considers how organisations deal with disruption, attract and get the most from their talent, develop original ideas, and balance public, internal and political pressures.

As a junior officer taking command of the ‘worst-performing ship in the Pacific Fleet’ Mike faced a daunting challenge and a test of his leadership. From his first day he looked at the ship from the crew’s point of view, empowering them, opening up lines of communication, and putting them at the core of the ship’s values. A year from him taking over the ship was rated as the best in the Navy. His lessons in culture, motivation and unity have spread beyond the military and into business, helping all organisations to be the best and prepare for the future.

Combining design and creative thinking with sustainability and insights into behaviour and social conventions, Leyla explores some of the assumptions around sustainability and questions how we can do things better by doing things smarter. By asking the right questions and being innovative, she considers how design-thinking can help solve the most complex and urgent of problems.

Carlos Acosta is one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time, alongside Nureyev and Baryshnikov. One of 11 children born into poverty in back street Havana, his father hoped dance might provide the discipline to keep him away from trouble. He rose to become Principal Guest Artist at The Royal Ballet and has since realised his dream of setting up a company in Cuba. Reaching beyond dance enthusiasts, Carlos encourages all delegates to harness their strengths.

Nicola was the first ever female Olympic boxing champion and the first Brit to successfully defend an Olympic boxing title. After golds in London and Rio she turned pro and now faces new challenges. A popular figure in and out of the ring, she has spoken openly about challenges both personal and professional, the role of sport in helping her deal with problems, as well as her dedication, focus and the feeling of facing an opponent one-on-one.

Lucy led BBC HR during a turbulent period. She was responsible for employee relations, reward, training, development and redundancies. During her time the corporation adjusted to four new Directors General, the move to Salford, 30% reduction in management and the Savile scandal. Lucy’s decisions were exposed to frequent media and political scrutiny. In speeches she considers how to instil resilient leadership, break down silos and manage resistance to change.

In over two decades leading organisations at the forefront of health and social care, Victor has brought together purpose and leadership. Now Chair of the NHS Confederation, he previously served as the Chief Executive of care provider Turning Point, and homelessness charity Centrepoint. With wide-ranging policy experience he examines the biggest challenges to public and private sectors, as well as the importance of diversity, and why leaders must alway be learning something new.

After being afflicted with polio as a youngster, Ade refused to let disability get in the way of his love for sport and became ‘the Michael Jordan of wheelchair basketball.’ He represented GB at the European and World Championships, and won Paralympic bronze. He has since covered climate change in Africa, trekked through rainforests and hauled himself to the top of a 5,000ft volcano. Ade describes how he realised his condition wasn’t a big obstacle, and how we can all set our own boundaries.

 

 

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