THE TALK THE TALK TRAINER TEAM
We have a team of dynamic trainers who visit schools around the UK to deliver our programme.

"Really liked the way talks were broken down into 'visual, verbal and vocal' elements. The pupils took on board lots of tips to improve their oracy skills."

 

Andrew Hill, English Teacher, Cwmtawe School

PHIL BARBER
Phil’s passion is helping entrepreneurs, professionals and teenagers communicate their message with an engaging authenticity that influences and inspires.
 
After his earlier career in the Merchant Navy, Phil set up and ran four small businesses. He trained as a Life and Business Coach in 2000.
tim benton
Tim Benton completed an Honours degree in Drama at the University of Hull before embarking on a career as a professional actor. Despite retiring from acting, Tim remains committed to theatre, and he is artistic director for Jacob’s Well Productions.
 
These days, Tim works extensively across education with staff, students and parents.
chris billington
Before becoming a freelance trainer, Chris gained a degree in Business and worked as a Marketing Executive. He now delivers corporate training and leads adventurous overseas expeditions alongside his work for Talk The Talk.
 
Chris believes that the ability to communicate with confidence will change a person’s life, and that the younger a person learns this skill, the greater the impact.
al brunker
Al is a trainer, performance poet and recovering lawyer. He brings humour and a passion for learning to his training sessions, and a belief that learners learn most effectively from within themselves and from each other.
 
As well as working with Talk the Talk, Al also partners with charities such as the Prince’s Trust, YMCA and the Jack Petchey Foundation, delivering persuasive speaking, leadership and interview skills workshops in state secondary schools.
alison Clarke
Alison comes from a background of business, marketing and the travel industry.
 
She loves the journey that the students make during the day, especially the less confident ones that find they can do it. She likes to focus on the life skills that this day gives them in the hope that when it comes to being interviewed in the future they will remember the training and pull on those resources.
james davies
James is an actor, theatre director and voice artist. Originally from South Wales, he studied for a degree in Philosophy at Cardiff University, before relocating to London to complete his MA in Acting.

Alongside his acting career, James works all over the country with Talk The Talk helping young people find their voice and the confidence to be effective speakers. He particularly relishes the opportunity to work with students whose confidence is initially very low and to see them flourish over the course of a session.
ALASTAIR GREENER
Alastair has worked in the sales and travel industry, as well as his current career of acting and TV presenting. Over the years he’s been developing his speaking and communication skills whether it be from the stage or in front of the camera, and he’s passionate helping others to be more effective speakers.

Alastair loves watching youngsters gain more confidence when speaking in public, particularly when someone finds their voice when they didn’t realise they had one.
AMY LEIGHTON
Amy is an actress, theatre education facilitator and communications coach. Originally from Bristol, she moved to London to undertake her BA (Hons) in Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2010 and has stayed ever since. A wide variety of roles have followed, performing across Theatre, TV, Film and Voiceover work.

Through her work with Talk the Talk, Amy uses the skills that she has developed to help students find their own voice, be confident in who they are and to understand that their opinions matter.
JULIA MAILE
Julia enjoyed a long and successful career with the John Lewis Partnership, spanning 27 years. She has a passion for working with young people and is amazed at how the Talk The Talk workshop develops self-esteem and confidence in all areas of the students’ lives.
 
Apart from working for Talk The Talk, Julia does pro bono training and mentoring with the Prince’s Trust and The Spear Trust (both helping NEETs find employment).
LIZA MEGGITT
A registered teacher of Performing Arts, Liza has been involved with training Public Speaking and oracy throughout her career.
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A professional choreographer and fellow of the ISTD. she also trains Dance students to Advanced 2 level. Liza has recently been appointed to the board of LAMDA examiners.
MIKE PAGAN
Mike has worked with several thousand young adults for many years teaching confident communication skills. His passion flows from his work with professional sports people in or heading towards retirement helping them uncover and follow their new path and career in Life After Sport.  
 
Mike is forthright, practical and thought provoking, students and clients alike appreciate his uncomplicated approach first hand because it works.  He is a professionally accredited performance Coach, Speaker, Master of Ceremonies and Author.
SOPHIE PEACH
Sophie’s first career was in business. She spent 3 years working as a buyer in Paris, before transferring back to the UK spending 5 years as a Product Manager for a multi-national distributor.

Sophie then moved into charity work encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2007 she took on the role of Chair of Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest & since 2010 has been running the Book Award for Shropshire primary schools.  Inspired by the Book Award she explored options to link this with an opportunity to develop pupils’ confidence when speaking up.
tim Perris
Tim’s passion is empowering individuals to live a life of purpose, intrinsically motivated and able to take ownership for their learning and their life whist enjoying their ‘Work in Progress’.

For 20 years Tim has coached and tutored individuals and groups in music and performance alongside a 12-year career teaching and leading in Maths and Science across all phases, from Primary school to A-level. 
Iain Price

Iain’s passion is to see pedagogy applied to empower and enable people.  Following his degree and doctorate in neuroscience, Iain qualified as a HLTA and has continued to specialise in the science of ‘brain-to-brain’ communication by developing dynamic cognitive, confidence building and mindset based practices into his teaching and coaching. 

 

For over 10 years Iain has worked on educational programmes for the BBC, science centres, festivals and corporate settings as well as on numerous enabling projects in primary and secondary schools across the UK. 

Max Poole

Max has been working in education and special needs for the past sixteen years. Alongside Talk The Talk, he runs his own online EFL teaching business and has worked in five different countries.

An ability to develop rapport with students helps Max in his passion, helping young people realise their potential and gain in confidence.

Joe Rowntree
Joe is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. His TV career started in 2001 writing put-downs for Anne Robinson on "The Weakest Link". He has hosted 2 UK tours of "Brainiac Live" which culminated at the Hammersmith Apollo after appearing in all six series of the award-winning hit Sky 1 show "Brainiac: Science Abuse."Joe has worked in business and education delivering workshops in a number of motivation, mindset and memory techniques. He is passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and find their voice by equipping them with the necessary skills to have the confidence to speak up for themselves.
Dave Smith

Dave has performed comedy all over the country with the likes of Peter Kay, Lee Evans and Rich Hall. Transferring his writing skills into print, he also wrote for numerous magazines as a columnist, and for the Sunday Times as a travel writer. He appeared on TV shows and as a columnist on Radio 4’s Home Truths with John Peel.

 

Dave has now visited over 600 schools, running creative writing and public speaking workshops, helping young people overcome the fear of expressing themselves. He realises the enormous part self-esteem and confidence play in enabling young people to fulfill their potential, both professionally and socially.

GENEVIEVE STEELE
Genevieve is an actress, trainer and vocal coach. After graduating from East 15 Acting school in 2008, she has enjoyed a widespread career that has taken her to France and the USA.

Genevieve believes that communication skills are the key to believing in yourself. She continues to be inspired by the young people in Talk the Talk workshops and really enjoys encouraging even the very shyest people to find their voice and believe in themselves.
Ansah Tariq
Ansah has been working with young people in secondary schools for the past seven years. Her role has involved helping individuals overcome social, emotional and cultural barriers to ensure they achieve their true potential. Also helping them discover their true capability and a sense of self-belief and confidence. Her degree is in Education and Professional Development. Ansah is also an accredited University of Cambridge Trainer and Assessment Specialist.
JAMIE WHITE
Jamie has spent over 10 years working in education. He was Lead Coordinator at a Language School in Prague before spending 7 years focused on raising achievement in English at a Birmingham Secondary school.
Jamie is keen for young people to be given as many opportunities as possible to succeed, and believes that the ability to communicate confidently is key to this. His passion is helping students to understand their own potential. 
CRAIG WHITTAKER
Craig trained at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and spent the next 10 years pursuing a career in the arts. He mainly performs on TV and has appeared as lead roles in many soaps and dramas.

Craig now uses the skills he has developed to encourage students to discover their own voice through Talk The Talk - to feel confident in who they are and to believe in themselves and that their opinions count and people want to hear them.
STEVE WRIGHT
Steve has been working as an actor and stage manager in theatre for over 25 years and as well as his work as a Talk The Talk Trainer he also currently teaches drama and acting to children and young adults as well as teaching adults philosophy and ethics at Aberystwyth University.  
He says his passion is for knowledge and truth and his desire is to help people of all ages and all backgrounds find knowledge and truth within themselves.
KrISTA COURT
Krista has worked in Education for 20 years, most recently as a Senior Lecturer in TESOL.  She now runs her own business supporting students’ academic and professional development and is particularly passionate about oracy at secondary and HE levels.  As a trainer with Talk the Talk, she has the wonderful opportunity of helping young people find and use their voices to communicate confidently their knowledge, beliefs, values and life stories. It’s always a privilege for Krista to be part of what is, for many students, a transformative process.
clare critchley
After graduating with a degree in Russian, Clare spent a short spell planning publicity campaigns for the Welsh government  before landing an unpaid work placement at the BBC. She ended up staying at the BBC for 13 years, producing live programmes for Radio Wales, Radio 4 and the World Service.  

Clare believes passionately in state education and is determined that children shouldn't lose out to their private school peers because of a lack of opportunity or self belief.