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Lorraine Heggessey


Lorraine was the first female controller of BBC1,was a former CEO of TalkbackThames and most recently became  CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

Lorraine’s varied career has meant she is no stranger to controversy – known as the woman who sacked Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon for taking cocaine, turned the tables on reporter Roger Cook by door stepping him for a Channel 4 Documentary and secured the first ever television interview with notorious villain Mad Frankie Fraser for a series on the history of crime in Britain.

Lorraine is a trail-blazing business leader who has driven success and transformation in the public, private and third sector. A Fellow of the Royal Television Society and external adviser to Channel 4's Growth Fund, Lorraine's speaking topics for corporate events include:

  • Managing and implementing change
  • Leadership - how to be an authentic inspirational leader
  • Intrapreneurship - bringing a freelance empowered mindset to corporates
  • Women in business  

She is an inspirational speaker at events and a perfect choice for events that show how women can suceed in business.

Lorraine Heggessey is also comfortable and experienced in delivering her topics virtually and as webinars.

If you'd like to view Lorraine’s current keynote on “Destigmatising Mental Health: Establishing the Heads Together Campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” you can check it out on our Speaker Taster Sessions page here:

Lorraine was the first female controller of BBC1, who went on to be CEO of Talkback Thames and most recently CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. She talks about leadership, women in business and mental health. Lorraine did one of our Speaker Taster Sessions back in May.

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