Meet the Speakers – Friday

Our conference speakers are a wide range of serious, informative, inspirational and light-hearted, representing our theme of Securing the Future.  In addition to our keynote speakers, you’ll hear from Rotarians around our district with updates on projects and initiatives.

Denis Spiller

RIBI President 2017-18

Denis is the first past Rotaractor to become President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). In 2017/18 Denis is looking forward to leading RIBI into an era of change, development and growth within existing and new clubs. More

Dominic Grieve

Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee

Dominic will speak about the important role of the community in today’s uncertain and fast changing world. More

 

John Miles

Global Sight Solutions (Guildford Rotary Eye Project)

John’s representing one of District Governor David Pope’s chosen charities for 2017/18. The project has an ambitious programme to establish specialist eye surgery hospitals in India and Africa to provide free eye care, but with a sustainable business model to secure their own future. Be warned – in his spare time John has published two joke books. More

Meet the Speakers – Saturday

On Saturday we’ll be following on the theme of Securing the Future with our guest speakers and Rotary contributors. There will also be interactive sessions for a chance to share challenges and ideas.

Barbara Winton

Biographer ‘If It’s Not Impossible’

In 1939, aged just 29, Nicholas Winton organised the Czech and Slovak Kindertransport to rescue children from the Nazi threat. His biographer and daughter Barbara tells his inspiring story as an example of positive action and making a difference. More

Alison Sutherland

Rotarian Action Group for Peace director Alison has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff to help with integration into the community, and pioneered a Peace/Citizenship programme for young people.

 

 

Felix Francis

Author of the ‘Dick Francis’ books

No stranger to Cheltenham Racecourse (it’s even the location of his latest novel), best-selling author Felix will give us some insights into the racing world and how his collaboration with his father Dick Francis enabled him to continue the legacy of one of the greatest thriller writers in the world. More

Meet the Speakers – Sunday

After a fun Saturday evening, the Conference continues on Sunday morning with more inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, plus of course the highly sought after District Awards!

IAN Brown

Just how do you connect with a diverse set of people, many with completely different beliefs to you? Staff Chaplain to the RAF Chaplain-in-Chief Ian Brown is passionate about encouraging individuals to make a difference in their communities.

 

 

Keith Jansz

Member Artist of the Mouth and Foot Painting Association

Just two months after starting to paint, Keith suffered a broken neck in a tragic car accident. After months in hospital, Keith returned home to begin adjusting to his new situation inspired by a collection of biographies of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Keith and see some of his work in the Rotary Showcase area. More

Paul Mayhew Archer

Comedy writer, producer, script editor

In addition to co-writing hits like ‘Vicar of Dibley’, ‘My Hero’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘Esio Trot’, Paul has been a script editor on comedies including ‘Miranda’, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’ and ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, and a produced on Radio 4’s ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’. Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease Paul has been talking about living with the disease and the therapeutic power of laughter, being optimistic and finding the funny side of life.