Capital Scotland’s breakfast co-host has also fronted the topical BBC show, Breaking the News. In cabaret the one-time sports reporter comes up with a stream of half-formed sentences, stupendous one-liners and spine-tingling wordplay.


Des Clarke is a successful young Scottish comedian and a popular, Sony Radio Award winning presenter. He has appeared as host, performer and guest on a raft of sport, lifestyle and entertainment shows.

Onstage Des combines cleverness with childlike energy and infectious enthusiasm, appealing to any audience. He has won awards from the BBC, Channel 4 and the Daily Telegraph, and received a Sony for his part in the North by North North sketch show.

Des’ big break came as co-host on SM:TV Live. Since then he has fronted the MTV Europe Awards and Children in Need. He presents Des Clarke’s Friday Feeling on BBC Radio Scotland, offers a comic take on the week’s sport on 5 Live, fronts BBC Scotland’s Children in Need coverage, and writes an occasional column for the Daily Record.


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JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London