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Katie Neeves


Katie Neeves is a woman on a mission – but not just any woman and not just any mission!  She lived for 48 years as a man while struggling with her gender from the age of 3 and hiding her big secret to the World.  She was thrown into turmoil when her gender dysphoria increased dramatically, causing her to go on a voyage of discovery before finally admitting to her self that she is a transgender woman and that she needed to change her body.

She then came out very publicly via a coming-out video which she posted on her social media and sent to all the clients of her photography business, risking her livelihood and reputation in the process.   This was a massive risk, as she had built up a great reputation over 31 years as one of the UK’s top photographers, photographing everything from royalty, to wars and riots.  She needn’t have worried though, as she was inundated with hundreds of messages of support.  This led to her vlogging about her transition journey in a very open, honest and humorous way, which makes the subject accessible to all.  Her story was picked up in the media and it wasn’t long before she was a regular in the radio and TV studios, becoming a trans ambassador along the way.

Katie Neeves formed Cool2BTrans to support and inspire other trans people and also to educate everyone else about trans people by showing them that trans people are just ordinary people who want to be happy – just like everyone else.  She helps organisations with diversity and inclusion by providing trans awareness training and inspirational speaking in an entertaining way, using humour to break down barriers.

Katie Neeves appears regularly in the media, being on both ITV’s and the BBC’s lists of experts as well as being a BBC Sounds podcast presenter.  Also, she was awarded the Trans in the City “Trans Community Champion 2022 Award”, the This is Us “Training & Development 2023 Award”, Fellowship of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and she’s a British Diversity Awards “Hero of the Year 2023” finalist.

Participants and audience members will leave Katie’s uplifting talks and training feeling both entertained and educated.  Katie Neeves said “Many people focus on the negative aspects of being trans, but I prefer to approach the subject from a much more positive angle.  I am exactly the same person I was before my transition – but far happier!”


My Long Walk to Womanhood (approx 35 minutes)
This is the raw, emotional, educational and humorous story of Katies transgender transition, mixed with explanations of all things trans. It is the most powerful section upon which all other presentations are built. It can be performed either with or without slides to any size of audience.

My Long walk to Womanhood + Q&A
As above plus a Q&A session

What’s it like to be transgender? And how can I support those who are?
This speech gives the audience a very real appreciation for what life is like for trans people and practical tips for being an ally. It can be performed to any size of audience, large or small

Positively Managing Change: A Very Personal Journey
This presentation is themed around how Katie handled such a major change in her life and her business. This fits in very well with business conferences and groups as business owners regularly have to manage change, whether it is forced on them or something of their making. It can be performed to any size of audience.

How to make the workplace more trans-inclusive + My long walk to womanhood
This workshop is ideal for Leaders & HR professionals, as it gives a very real appreciation of what it’s like to be trans and the participants will leave with actionable ideas for how to make the workplace more trans-inclusive.


Diversity & Inclusion


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.