Speaker Testimonials

“John Bird was absolutely brilliant and he kept everyone engaged for the whole hour and 20 minutes that he spoke and still everyone wanted to hear more. (We only stopped then because the caterers had the food on the table and it was an exceptionally hot day) The feedback we have received has been tremendous with everyone having such good things to say. ” (Madeline Chainey, MHS Homes)


“Thank you for speaking at the Black Pearl Dinner. You filled the room with your presence and really got people to question their motives for doing the things they do. Not only that, you were highly amusing and thoroughly entertaining!” (Tanya Remmick – Oyster Club)


“Thanks so much for being there at 5×15 and doing such a terrific job- it was a great evening and your energy, passion and dedication to The Big Issue and helping the homeless really came through in a top talk. It was a brilliant event and great to finish on such a bang. 20 years of such a brilliant magazine is a great achievement.” (Daisy @ 5×15 stories)


“John went down very well with our guests, who found him both inspirational and moving. He complemented the evening beautifully, chiming in with many of the messages we wanted the evening to convey. He even ended the speech with a short song, making it all very memorable! I really enjoyed meeting him – even his daughter and grandson were there for his arrival, and two Big Issue colleagues came for the speeches.” (Pete Griffths, Network Housing Group Ltd)


“Meeting John was certainly inspirational. The staff and children alike have been inspired! Thank you so much.”(Lucy Peake, Acting Headteacher, Herbert Morrison Primary School)


“An inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change, John Bird is an original and authoritative voice on a range of social and business issues”. (Julian Richer, Richer Sounds)

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