News Broadcaster & Journalist & Conference Host.
Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist and is a popular and respected choice of conference host and moderator for events.
Besides hosting events, Gavin is also a very respected keynote speaker and speaks on subjects as diverse as British and American politics, communications, leadership and the future of the media.
Gavin is best known for his presenting work at the BBC. He has been the main presenter on Dateline London and The Film Review on the BBC News Channel and BBC World and a regular presenter on numerous other programmes, including Hardtalk.
Gavin is the author of five novels, and his first non-fiction book, The United States of Anger predicted the political upheavals and discontent in the United States which produced the Trump presidency. His most recent non-fiction publication, Lessons from the Top, was inspired by conversations and interviews he conducted with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and other successful communicators from business, the military and popular culture, including Dolly Parton and Angelina Jolie.
The book looks at how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change, and how to build trust with potential followers or customers in an increasingly uncertain world.
As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, Gavin was also presented with a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, Letters from Guantanamo.
He is Chancellor of the University of Kent and holds an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Kent and a D.Litt. from Glasgow Caledonian University. In 2017 he took on the role of moderator for the ‘How To Do Good’ speaker tour, to encourage better practice in charities and NGOs. The tour visited Oslo, Stockholm, The Hague, Brussels, Paris, London and New York.
Gavin Esler has hosted conferences with business and political leaders in venues in the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Turkey, the UAE, and all across the UK and Europe.
He delivered the prestigious 2017 Magnusson Lecture on how institutions and individuals can build trust — and how to recover if they lose it. He has spoken on similar themes with groups as diverse as senior British military officers, financial consultants, lawyers, senior public officials, politicians and leaders of international corporations.
His insights on leadership are also particularly relevant to business and have been very well-received by groups as diverse as law firms and banks to the British Military. Building on his research from Lessons From The Top, he not only shows how institutions and individuals can build trust but also how they can recover it if they lose it.
Very good, very approachable to the guests at the event. The content of his speech fitted in very well with the project itself.
— Ellis Salsby Ltd
Gavin was great to work with. Not only did he answer the brief perfectly, but really chimed with the audience and managed to interject some humour as well. We shall use him again
— Arthur D. Little.
"Needless to say Gavin was well prepared, punctual and very professional and guests were impressed with him. My boss said that he didn't think it could have gone any better."
— Paul Rollins, CLA