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Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

Whilst a vast majority of the booking we do involve speakers delivering keynote talks, we do also get asked for hosts for “Fireside Chats”.

These chats are either with perhaps the CEO or Chairman of the organisation and clients want an experienced interview to quiz them, or it could be to interview a celebrity who prefers to be interviewed than stand up a do a talk.

If you are looking for a good interview to host one of these sessions these are just a few of the people we work with that could be of interest


Helen Fospero is a TV journalist, reporter, and News presenter who is regularly invited to host awards events and chair conferences. A regular on BBC1’s The One Show and Watchdog, Helen’s career started in newspapers, and before she became a correspondent and presenter of live rolling news for Sky.

From interviewing politicians to businessmen and women to celebrities, Helen’s warm style led her to the sofa at GMTV where she became their main newsreader and occasional host


Louise Minchin speaker bookingLouise Minchin is a widely respected, broadcaster and TV presenter and best known for appearing on Breakfast on BBC One and is a popular choice to host conferences and awards events.

In addition to Breakfast, Louise has hosted The One Show on BBC One, and You and Yours for Radio 4 and has also presented programmes on Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Two. Louise was one of the main anchors on the BBC News Channel and a regular presenter of the BBC One O’clock News before she joined Breakfast full-time in 2012.

Away from news she presented five series of Missing Live and Real Rescues on BBC One and has played a newsreader in Spooks, Silent Witness, and Torchwood. In 2016 she was runner-up in Celebrity Masterchef.


Samantha Simmonds is a TV news presenter, journalist, broadcaster, and conference and awards host with more than 20 years of experience. She is currently presenting on the BBC, where she covers all the main programmes for BBC World News – including the agenda-setting ‘The Briefing’on BBC 1 and ‘Business Live’on the BBC News Channel. She has also hosted the ‘One to One series on BBC Radio 4, and can also regularly be heard on BBC Radio London covering the early breakfast programme.

Samantha Simmonds has broken some of the biggest stories of recent years – most recently the devasting Sri Lanka bombings, the arrest of Julian Assange, and the death of George HW Bush – anchoring rolling coverage for several hours.


Tanya Beckett speaker bookingTanya Beckett is currently one of the most experienced business journalists/anchor/reporters around on British TV. She has recently returned to the UK having spent three years broadcasting from New York on Monday – Thursday and Washington DC on Fridays as the ‘BBC World US’ Business Anchor. She also fronted ‘BBC World News’ on PBS in the States. Since her return, she has been working for BBC World and ‘Newsnight’ BBC2.

Tanya Beckett had an interesting journey reaching the point at which she now finds herself. It all started with her degree from Oxford in ‘Metallurgy and the Science of Materials’ Her first job was in research for ‘Courtaulds’ and after a period of time with them she decided to make the leap from laboratory to finance when she began a stint in Investment Banking. She has worked in the past for such giants of the financial world as ‘Citibank’ in London within their Credit Analysis division .and with ‘Commerzbank’ in Frankfurt, with the Capital Markets Division’.


Angela Lamont is a vastly experienced Conference Host, Conference Facilitator, Awards Presenter, and keynote speaker, whose specialty is presenting science, technology, and engineering events and television shows.

A broadcaster with over 200 BBC TV shows to her name (plus a BAFTA), including “It’ll Never Work?”, “Fragile Planet” and “The Network”, Angela Lamont also loves to engage with live audiences, having hosted over 500 conferences, award ceremonies, and live events. Her clients include CERN, ESA, Ericsson, Experian, IEE, Kaspersky, The Open University, and UKAEA among many others. Her ability to handle (and pronounce!) complex scientific, financial, and technical topics is legendary and she has chaired conferences from a select few at Buckingham Palace to 14,000 in Copenhagen.


Nicholas Owen has been a Presenter on BBC News, ITN, and Classic FM and is an experienced conference host, awards host, and after-dinner speaker.

He began his journalism in 1964 on the Surrey Mirror, before going on to Fleet Street, with the Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, and the Financial Times. He first joined the BBC in the North East of England in 1981. In 1984 he switched to ITN where his roles included anchoring News at Ten and Channel Four News.

Between 1994 and 2000 he was ITN’s Royal Correspondent. The job took him all over the world covering Royal tours, and he reported many dramas back home in what was a turbulent time for the monarchy. He played a major part in covering the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Afterward, he compiled a book on her life, updated and republished in 2017. He rejoined the BBC in 2007.

These are just a few of the hosts we work with so for more information please email us at 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.