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February 2024 Speaker News

February 2024 Speaker News

This is our February Speaker News round-up and this month we feature feedback on Terence Mauri, Shahin Sadafi, Josh Littlejohn, Anthony Bennett, and Anne Wafula Strike; we welcome Jono Lancaster and Matthew Upson to our website; and Alex Staniforth, Mike Greene, and Darren Edwards have sent us their new showreels.


“Josh is such a genuine person, yet a great character – and the way he shared his story certainly ‘moved’ a lot of hearts, observing the number of questions that arose from our approx.. 300 pax audience”. On Josh Littlejohn – December 2023 (pictured) 

“Just a quick note to let you know that Terence did a storming job today – it went down very well, and we’re delighted.” On Terence Mauri Jan 2024 

“Shahin was excellent and unsurprisingly had the room captivated with his session- genuinely inspiring stuff and messages that really aligned with the theme of our event.” On Shahin Sadafi – December 2023

“Anne was great and blended the personal story and wider perspectives on inclusion really well.” On Anne Wafula Strike – December 2023 (pictured)

“Matt did an excellent job again. He is so pleasant to work with and is very genuine” – On Matt Ellison – December 2023

“Anthony was fabulous! Easily one of the best speakers we’ve had, an emotional rollercoaster that had me laughing and crying.” On Anthony Bennett – Jan 2024 


 We are delighted to welcome Matthew Upson and Jono Lancaster to our website  

Matthew Upson is a former Premier League and England International Footballer and a motivational speaker on self-determination, leadership, and teamwork.

Matthew is a former England footballer who represented his country at the 2010 World Cup and who played for Arsenal, West Ham, Birmingham, Brighton and Stoke.

As a motivational speaker, Matt shares his journey from a normal schoolboy to playing for England and scoring at the World Cup Finals. Matt talks about how through self-determination, surrounding yourself with the right team (both in work and outside work), and being able to change and adapt in challenging times you can succeed when you put your mind to it. 

Jono Lancaster was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome, which causes facial differences. Treacher-Collins syndrome is said to affect 1 in 50,000 people. Jono’s birth parents left him at the hospital, but he was formally adopted by his mum, Jean, at the age of five. Living with a positive and protective mother Jono enjoyed primary school and felt comfortable both at home and in public. Upon moving to high school, however, things changed for Jono as fellow pupils began to pick on him for his facial differences. He became more withdrawn and his social life suffered as a result. He shared one example with us of where he really struggled as a teenager.

Jono works across the world to help those with facial differences be more accepting of themselves. Using his experiences to guide others on how to embrace their differences is a constant goal for Jono. Whilst he acknowledges things are changing he feels that mainstream culture could be doing more to help acceptance and equality for those with facial differences


Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, motivational speaker, published author, and charity founder from Cheshire – and an expert in resilience and achieving through adversity. Alex has recently sent us his new showreel. 

Mike Greene is an entrepreneur, growth mentor, consultant, and speaker on strategic change and Leadership. He has recently sent us a new showreel.

Darren Edwards is a record-breaking British Disabled Adventurer, Inspirational Speaker, and Author.A soldier and avid mountaineer, Darren survived a devastating, life-changing climbing accident that very nearly claimed his life and left him permanently paralysed from the chest down. Darren has also sent us his new showreel

In December 2024, Darren Edwards will attempt to complete the longest sit-ski expedition in the history of Antarctic exploration. In his epic undertaking to reach the South Pole, Darren will be supported by three of his closest friends, including the man who saved his life on the day of his climbing accident in 2016. More details to come and everyone at Scamp Speakers wishes him all the very best on the expedition

That is it for this month. As always if we can help with any enquiries please contact us on enquiries@scampspeakers.co.uk 



We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.