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Garry Richardson

Garry Richardson

Price Range
£2,000 - £5,000

Type of Entertainment
Presenter & Host - Sport / Speaker - After Dinner Speaker

Great For...
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Launch Events

Garry Richardson has worked for the BBC for 43 years and is probably best known as the Sports Presenter on Radio Four’s prestigious Today programme. He’s been appearing on the programme for the past 37 years and is now the longest serving member of the team.

Garry also presents Sportsweek on Five Live every Sunday morning and has been a regular contributor on BBC television for 30 years including reporting on 7 Olympic Games.

With over 30 years of experience as a speaker and awards host, Garry has spoken with some legendary names from the world of show business; Stephen Fry, Dame Diana Rigg, Sir John Mills, Bob Monkhouse & Ken Dodd. He has appeared on stage with Jasper Carrot & Alistair McGowan and appeared in a comedy show with Miranda Hart and Alan Carr.

On the after dinner circuit Garry has entertained audiences from all over Britain. His speech is a rich mixture of stories and anecdotes about his life in broadcasting including his incredible interview with President Bill Clinton in Wimbledon’s Royal Box in front of 18,000 tennis fans sitting under umbrellas and 10 million viewers on BBC1.

Garry believes that his popularity as a speaker is down to his routine. As he says, “all audiences will contain sports fans and even if you are not a sports fan my stories are so general it doesn’t matter.” 

It’s at the corporate business dinners where Garry has proved to be an outstanding success. He has been booked no less than 9 times by the Institute of Directors and worked for Coutts Bank entertaining prospective new clients in the directors’ dining room. The range of clients Garry has performed for come from just about every profession you can think of; IBM, Porsche, Mercedes, HSBC, KPMG, Port Users Association, Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Freight Transport Association, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, Society of Chartered Accountants, The Insurance Institute, Association of Corporate Trustees, National Farmers Union, British Health Care, Deloitte, Pipeline Industries Guild, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Qantas, British Airways, American Airlines and Civil Engineers Contractors Association.

Garry’s attention to detail and dedication as an after dinner speaker make him one of the countries busiest performers. It’s his ability to deliver such a crafted and humorous speech that means he performs to such a wide variety of audiences.

Garry will speak sometimes to just a handful of guests while on other occasions audiences are much larger. For example, he appeared on consecutive nights at the Grosvenor House Great Room entertaining 1200 guests at each dinner. At the Chemical Industries Dinner he received a standing ovation. Chief Executive Steve Elliott commented, “I have had many favourable comments with a Tory Front Bencher saying it was the most original and entertaining speech he had ever heard.”

The following night at the Grosvenor, Garry addressed the Oil Industries Club. The Secretary of the club wrote afterwards to say, “One of the best and funniest speakers we have ever had  – the applause at the end showed the appreciation. I hope you leave a few spaces in your diary for a return visit.”

Garry will always liaise with clients ahead of functions making sure nothing is left to chance. His mixture of anecdotes proves time and time again to be a hit with his audiences.

Garry also performs a double act with former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno. Garry has been a friend of Frank’s for over 25 years and reported on all of his professional fights. Their routine is a cleverly crafted and highly amusing account of Frank’s life. Frank is without doubt still one of the countries’ most popular and lovable sportsmen with an exceptional ability to motivate and charm his audiences.

To enquire about or book Garry Richardson for your event contact Arena Entertainment. Either send an email to or speak to one of our booking agents on 0113-239-2222.


“We have received only positive feedback from the delegates, all bar none enjoyed your excellent speech” Mercedes Benz

“He immediately got the crowd laughing and kept us well entertained with his anecdotes and observations. A truly accomplished speaker, it was a performance myself and others have rarely seen bettered.” Tesco

“Garry got a standing ovation from a very tough crowd.” AA

“Garry Richardson was absolutely brilliant, I would recommend him to anyone who wants a first class speaker.” Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

“Garry was excellent, hitting the right note to appeal not just to the sportsmen but to the non-sports minded as well. “ The Fleet Street Club

“He gave a fantastic speech and a number of our participants described him as an inspired choice.” Petro – Canada

“Your contribution set the atmosphere for the event perfectly.” The Teaching Awards

“The tone of your speech, it’s length and content were perfect and it was enjoyed immensely by everyone.” Association of Electoral Administrators

“You did a great job entertaining the audience and presenting the awards.” Banking Technology Awards

“Everyone was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed your speech.” Chartered Institute of Taxation Dinner

“Please pass on our effusive thanks to Garry Richardson. His contribution as the after dinner speaker at the DAF Trucks conference dinner last week was outstanding and our client was more than pleased with his very entertaining and very, very funny stories.” Meteor Events

“The feedback has been fantastic, very funny and enlightening.” Siemens Management Conference

“I have received nothing but praise about your speech.” Centre for Forensic Computing Dinner

“Fantastic, hope we can work together again soon.” European Banking Technology Dinner

“Garry was the consummate professional.” Iron and Steel Trade Association

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