May Update

Welcome to the Don’t Panic Speaker Bureau May update. The last month has been as busy as ever. We signed up a fabulous new speaker (see below), supplied speakers for some of Don’t Panic’s exciting new events and have taken bookings for celebrity DJ’s, poetry readings, staff conferences and motivational workshops!

In addition, we’ve been planning the speakers, MC’s and ‘Voice of God’s’ for another year of awards.



Manchester Together – One Year On

Last night, the poeple of Manchester marked the 1st anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack, with ‘Manchester Together: With One Voice’ in Albert Square.

The emotional tribute welcomed two members of the bureau, Lemn Sissay, who performed his poem ‘Let There Be Peace’ and Clint Boon who introduced the city’s choirs before the mass sing-along.



We have speakers, presenters, writers and a number of other professionals for every occasion on our Bureau, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your event. Here’s what’s coming up for them over the next few months:


Lemn Sissay - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Lemn Sissay – Poet, Writer & Speaker

Lemn will be performing an exciting new Anthem for the North, at the launch of the Great Exhibition of the North on Friday 22 June!

For tickets and more information, click here.

Pete Trainor - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Pete Trainor – Author, Applied Artificial Intelligence Designer

Pete is an author, applied Artificial Intelligence designer, technologist, accidental polymath, mental health campaigner and co-founder of Us Ai.

On 5 June 2018, he will be delivering the opening keynote at MCE Conference 2018 in Warsaw. Want to see the full agenda for the day? Click here.

Tom Cheesewright - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Tom Cheesewright – Applied Futurist, Speaker

Tom has some exciting events coming up in the nest few months, working with the likes of Stagecoach, Arthur J Gallagher, McCann Manchester and Bertelsmann, to help them to see a clear vision of tomorrow.

Read more about Tom here.

Connor Phillips - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Connor Phillips – Presenter, Live Event Host

We’re delighted to announce that Connor will be hosting another two of Don’t Panic Events upcoming awards, the UK Public Sector Communications Awards & the UK Content Awards, with both being held at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London.

Are you looking for an awards host? Enquire here.



This Month’s New Speaker:

Nick Entwistle - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Nick Entwistle

Nick is the Creative Director and Founder of the Bank of Creativity, working with agencies and brands to create compelling content to engage their audiences.

Nick has gained over 35,000 followers on his social media feeds, including his advertising community platform One Minute Briefs, which encourages instinctive creativity.

He hosts annual events, holds educational workshops and delivers talks.



This Month’s Featured Speaker:


Amanda Brown - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Amanda Brown – Transformational Trainer, Motivational Speaker

Amanda gets audiences energised and excited about their ability and potential for the future. A talented storyteller with a sense of humour, her talks are inspirational, have an impact and are high energy.

Andy Crane - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Andy Crane – Broadcaster, MC, Conference Chair

Andy has been broadcasting on radio and television for more than 30 years! He currently hosts weekend breakfast shows on BBC Radio in Manchester and Sheffield, alongisde presenting news bulletins for Granada Reports on ITV1.

Zak Edwards - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Zak Edwards – Founder of, Motivational Speaker

Zak’s drive, vision and compassion had lead him to be an in-demand motivational speaker, covering all things ecommerce and digital marketing. Click here to read more about Zak.

Andy Johnson - Don't Panic Speaker Bureau Andy Johnson – Event Host, MC, Broadcaster

Andy is a journalist and broadcaster for more than 25 years, and now runs his own media consultancy in Manchester working with clients like Jo, BBC, and Institute of Directors.

Click here to enquire about Andy.



The calibre of a presenter is critical to the welfare of an event. A funny, enlightening, or motivating after-dinner speech will make an award ceremony live long in the mind. A credible DJ will get an audience jiving into the wee small hours. Matching the wrong personality to the wrong audience is a tragedy.

The Don’t Panic Speaker Bureau matches our speakers to your event perfectly. If you need a peer-approved keynote speaker, a conference or panel chair, an MC, a host, even a Voice of God, we manage a diverse roster of regional and national personalities, public speakers, and thought leaders from business, technology, politics, academia, and the arts, to help you with your event planning. Click here to view our bureau members.

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