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.
Growing up in South London and from the age of 2 being moved between foster families and children’s homes, Ashley’s prospects seemed bleak, with many of his peers becoming homeless, drug addicts, in prison or worse.
However Ashley was a bright student and with the help and encouragement of a key worker at his Care Home, he made good progress at school. A visit to summer school at Cambridge University changed his life, it was this visit which gave him the insight and ambition to apply for university. Together with support from his local MP, he later battled to win a place at Cambridge to study history and graduate with a 2:1. Whilst he was at Cambridge, Ashley mentored other students who grew up in care.
A keen and talented musician, after graduating from University Ashley was encouraged by his old University friends to take part in ITV’s ‘X Factor’ where he was part of the boy band ‘The Risk’. However Ashley made the brave decision to leave the show, at the live final stage, to follow his dreams and seek a career in media.
Now a BBC broadcast journalist, Digital Senior Reporter for BBC News and an inspirational and motivational Speaker, Ashley is championing for a change in fostering laws. He relays his incredible life story to corporates, fostering organisations and educational establishments. A story, which is both heart wrenching and incredibly inspiring, is delivered in a humorous and enthusiastic way. He utilises his passion and ambition to motivate others and inspires them to face their challenges head on. Ashley’s speaking topics include: How to achieve your goals and realise your dreams, against all odds, Resilience, with a message to never give up!
Ashley began his BBC journalism career as a reporter for BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. During the summer of 2018 Ashley was a key reporter in Russia for the Fifa World Cup. . In 2018 he was also nominated for the Young Talent of the Year award at the RTS Television Journalism Awards. In 2020 the RTS announced Ashley as its first ever ambassador for its bursary schemes.. Ashley co-presents a BBC One series For Love Or Money, with Kym Marsh which investigates online dating fraud. He co-hosted The One Show in December 2019 with Angelica Bell.
Ashley is an ambassador for The Fostering Network charity.
• Achieving against all odds
• Will to win
• Overcoming adversity
• Achieving your goals
“Ashley is a brilliant role model and the perfect champion for all that the awards stand for. We’re thrilled that he has chosen to support the charity, which gives dedicated, committed and passionate social workers the recognition they deserve.”
— Chair of the Social Worker of the Year Awards
“Ashley’s style was casual but professional, engaging and fluent as he was able to reach a broad audience from Schools, Social Workers, Foster Carers and most importantly children. It was a very heartfelt speech … His speech underpinned our conference theme of Attainment and Progress and how Looked After Children can succeed as well as any other student.”
— Staffordshire County Council
"Ashley was excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other Virtual Schools"
— Brighton & Hove