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Lorraine Heggessey's videos
What Lorraine Heggessey's clients say
"On the day, Lorraine Heggessey totally exceeded our expectations. Every single word she delivered was inspiring and thought-provoking; she effortlessly delivered high impact leadership insight in a totally relatable and digestible way. The buzz in the room at the end of this session was unlike anything I have ever experienced."
"We asked Lorraine to talk to our audience of senior public sector leaders about her experiences of driving success and transformation in complex organisations in both the public and private sectors, her advice on driving radical change, and her reflections on leading under public scrutiny. Her insight was thought-provoking and relevant, and she took the time to draw the links between her experience and that of our audience. We have received excellent feedback about her session and would be keen to use her again for future speaking engagements."
"Lorraine is quite simply inspirational; she is that perfect blend of honest, accessible and full of insight. Lorraine comes alive as much in virtual environments as she does on stage. At the start of lockdown Lorraine delivered one of our most highly attended "industry greats" masterclasses to TV freelancers who were reeling from the impact of Covid-19. Lorraine was exactly the tonic they needed - both reassuring and aspirational. "I was about to give up" said one participant "but Lorraine has totally given me the confidence and inspiration to continue.""
"Lorraine is a hugely engaging and entertaining virtual speaker with great advice to share from her wealth of experience as a successful leader in the content industry. As a virtual speaker, she is incredibly vivacious whilst still being able to pact a punch in terns of leadership lessons. Wit, wisdom and wonderful stories - an hour is not enough - book her for a series!"
"All the talks Lorraine has given for the Foundation have been interesting, informative and leavened with wit and charisma. Attendees have told us that they left feeling "uplifted", "inspired", and "energised"!"
"Brilliant and engaging speaker, really nailed the points about leadership. Very clear in the messages she got across. All delegates enjoyed Lorraine's speech. A lot of humour and honesty in her style too, which worked brilliantly."
"She has a first-class pedigree and draws very astutely on her experiences to craft intelligent and compelling presentations... A perfect mix of leadership insights, honesty about the challenges of getting to the top in a tough industry and some funny and engaging showbiz anecdotes. The audience loved it. I highly recommend Lorraine as a speaker and we will certainly be booking her again for our top clients."
Lorraine Heggessey's 2023 biography
Meet Lorraine Heggessey
Lorraine Heggessey is a trailblazing business leader, who has driven success and transformation in a range of high-profile roles in the public, private and third sector.
The first female controller of BBC 1, Lorraine led the channel to become the most popular in Britain, overtaking its main competitor, ITV1, for the first time. With an annual budget of £1billion, she revamped Saturday nights introducing flagship hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing and the new Dr Who. She also brought additional dramas into the schedule many of which became long running series such as Spooks and Waking the Dead.
Moving on to become CEO of talkbackThames, her creative leadership and exceptional ability to motivate talent to drive commercial success revitalized the programming portfolio and saw the introduction of a new digital division. Her tenure also included the introduction of hit entertainment shows, including Britain’s Got Talent and Take Me Out, and resulted in profits increasing by over 50% in her first two years.
In 2012, in search of a new challenge, she secured private equity investment for her vision to build a new independent production group through a combination of acquisitions and backing start-ups. As Executive Chair, Lorraine led Boom Pictures through several deals in quick succession to build the 7th largest independent production company in Britain (worth c£100 million with offices worldwide). It was subsequently acquired by ITV in 2015 and renamed Two Four Group.
More recently Lorraine was CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. With a brief to use her business acumen to professionalize and grow the Foundation, she helped develop and refine its unique model of venture philanthropy that incubates initiatives to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges. This included mental health – through the Heads Together campaign – and supporting wounded, sick and injured veterans.
Lorraine’s varied career has meant she is no stranger to controversy – known as the woman who sacked Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon for taking cocaine, turned the tables on reporter Roger Cook by door stepping him for a Channel 4 Documentary and secured the first ever television interview with notorious villain Mad Frankie Fraser for a series on the history of crime in Britain.
A Fellow of the Royal Television Society and frequent judge for BAFTA and the RTS, Lorraine continues to act as an external advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund – set up to invest in small to medium sized production companies. She supports the companies in the portfolio helping them to deliver creative and commercial success. She is also Chair of the Grierson Trust, which celebrates and promotes documentary excellence through its annual awards and opens doors to the industry for young people from diverse backgrounds whose voices might otherwise not be heard. She is a regular contributor to the Today Programme and Newsnight on media topics.
Lorraine Heggessey's 2023 speaking fees
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