Meet the speakers

Dr Dawn Harper

Dawn is best known as one of the presenters on Channel 4’s hit series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘Embarrasing Bodies: Live From The Clinic’. ‘Embarassing Bodies’ ran for seven hugely successful series.  Her last series called 'Born Naughty?' was shown on Channel 4 and saw Dawn help children with serious behavioural problems. Dawn is also a regular contributor to BBC1’s ‘Inside Out’ where she has covered a diverse range of subjects from challenges facing the medical profession to IVF.

Dawn qualified in 1987 at London University and when not working Dawn is a keen horsewoman and a keen supporter of children’s charities. For the last two years she has led a number of cycling challenges, the latest of which was a 100km ride around the Cotswolds for National Star.

Over the last two years a series of ten ‘Dr Dawn’s Guide To ...’ books have been published including heart health and weight and diabetes.  Dawn has just finished writing ‘Live Well to 101’ which will be published in early 2018.  Dawn also writes for a variety of publications including ‘Healthspan’, ‘Healthy Food Guide’ and ‘NetDoctor’ and is also a regular on Talk Radio reviewing the papers. In additon to this she is also a contributing editor for the publication Be Healthy magazine.

Steph McGovern

For over a decade Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world; from international summits to small business success stories. She is an established part of the BBC Breakfast team, covering business developments daily, and also regularly taking to the sofa as main co-host.

During the financial crash Steph was the lead producer of financial news, working with then Business Editor Robert Peston at the forefront of the award-winning coverage of the credit crunch and banking crisis. She soon began broadcasting herself, and Steph has presented on 5Live, Radio 4 and on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2.

Steph's Breakfast duties include meeting first-hand those on Britain’s business frontline. Speaking to factory workers and FTSE 100 CEOs, Steph’s mission is to uncover and explain what’s going on in the real economy.

Taking business away from news coverage Steph launched her own children's TV show looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, Pocket Money Pitch on CBBC. She is also the co-host of a new BBC One prime time show Shop Well For Less.

Off-screen Steph is also involved in BBC community projects such as BBC Outreach and BBC School Report. She is also a mentor for young people in her native Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East.

Nigel Risner

Nigel has spent 20 years travelling all over the world motivating and inspiring delegates to take massive action in both their business and personal lives. He inspires people and their teams to think differently and his presentations are always lively, interactive and entertaining.  He has worked with FTSE 100 companies, Fortune 500 companies as well as schools, prisons and many charities. This has allowed him to share the techniques and tools that you can use to give you an unfair advantage in this competitive world that we live in.

Nigel is the only motivational speaker in Europe to have been awarded Speaker of the Year from The Academy For Chief Executives, Vistage, Footdown and The Executive Committee.  He is also one of only six speakers in the UK to have been awarded the highly prestigious PSAE (Professional Speaking Award of Excellence) from the Professional Speakers Association.

Nigel is a respected author, television presenter and a prolific speaker.  His workshops and keynote speeches are results-oriented, challenging his listeners to expand their horizons, embrace the opportunities that await them and dare to dream of achievements which seemed impossible before.