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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 trekked through rainforests and hauled himself to the top of a 5,000’ volcano. Ade describes how he realised his condition wasn’t a big obstacle, and how we can all set our own boundaries.

People used to joke that if you find yourself in the same place as Adie you should get out immediately. As Chief News Reporter she broadcast from the front line in the Gulf War and riots in Tiananmen Square. After dinner Kate talks about Britain’s home front, when women started going to football matches.

Benedict has lived in the Siberian wilds, survived the Skeleton Coast and crossed the Gobi. More recently he’s written novel based in the Congo and returned to the Arctic, desert and swamp to see how they’re coping with a changing world. During his speech Benedict shows off the scars from a Niowra initiation ceremony.

Keith has coached junior and senior runners in both Olympic and Paralympic competition – including the 2012 men’s amputee 4x100m team. His athletes won one gold and two silver medals in London. Bringing his sporting know-how together with a background in management training, Keith shares techniques to build trust between one another – like a relay team. Getting audiences on their feet, he shows how they can develop the will to improve their performance.

After touring with his orchestra, releasing an album, and filming a series on Italy Xander continues to host over 200 episodes a year of the cult quiz.

Paddy learned to speak Mandarin and served in the SBS and Intelligence before entering Parliament and leading the Lib Dems for 11 years. He then served as the UN High Representative for Bosnia Herzegovina. In speeches he discusses the implications of a new multi-polar global power structure. As the first MP to have a computer in Westminster, he calls for faster, more responsive politics and the need to rebuild after May 7th.

Clare is the First Lady of TV sport. The ex-champion jockey fronts Royal Ascot and hosts the weekly chat show. After dinner Clare shares highs and lows, and takes guests behind the latest back page headlines. She is also adept at live Q&A with sporting heroes.

Nigel started out as a wine merchant before turning himself into a food and drink critic (and a part-time rugby commentator). The same enthusiasm led him to the Edinburgh Fringe with a theatrical mission to make sherry trendy. For corporate gatherings Nigel offers a spirited alternative to wine tastings – using gin, vodka, rum or whisky. Guests also learn to make a perfect Mojito, Martini or Cosmopolitan.

After making his TV debut in Joking Apart, Robert’s big break came playing the management consultant in Cold Feet. Robert has been the Prime Minister, Mark Thatcher, a Downton widower and Alex, undisputed star of the City pages.

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