Inspirational & Motivational Speaker
Ashley John-Baptiste is a young BBC broadcast journalist and presenter who has a remarkable story of how he overcame his troubled childhood to study at one of the world’s best universities.
Many will remember Ashley as the member of boy band group ‘The Risk’ who famously quit ITV’s ‘X Factor’, in order to pursue a career in media, during the live final show. However Ashley’s story is much more than this, it is a story of overcoming tremendous adversity to win a place to study history at Cambridge – and then graduate with a 2.1.
Ashley grew up in South London, where he was born to a black father and a white mother and at the age of four he was taken into care. He grew up being shuttled between foster families and children’s homes and moved primary school three times. A bright student, he attended a comprehensive school which had three times the number of children from deprived backgrounds than the national average. There, with the help of his MP, he battled to win a place at Cambridge. Ashley says “If it wasn’t for my MP fighting for me, I wouldn’t have got the support I needed to go.” Whilst at Cambridge, Ashley acted as a mentor to other students who grew up in care.
Ashley John-Baptiste, who is championing for a change in fostering laws, tells the compelling, inspiring and sometimes humorous story of his childhood and how to your achieve goals, follow your dreams and never give up. Ashley has enormous enthusiasm and passion to use his story as a tool to motivate and propel others to face their challenges with a sense of optimism and triumph.
Before joining the BBC News TV, Radio and digital team as a reporter across all platforms, Ashley was a BBC broadcast journalist and Victoria Derbyshire reporter. Ashley was a key reporter in Russia for the Fifa 2018 World Cup. He was nominated for the Young Talent of the Year award at the 2018 RTS Television Journalism Awards.
• Achieving against all odds
• Will to win
• Overcoming adversity
• Achieving your goals
“Ashley is a wonderful speaker, his story of self-motivation and overcoming barriers is inspirational. Ashley’s relaxed and down to earth presenting style makes him the perfect speaker for all ages of audience, but his age and experiences make him a good role model for young people.”
— Liaison Office, Oxford Brookes
“Ashley was very engaging and provided a good mix of serious stories together with fun engagement with the audience and music, his presentation exceeded our expectations. The feedback we have received has been excellent, Ashley left the room buzzing - everyone loved it!”
— Rochdale Borough Council