Johnny is a highly accomplished public speaker and has presented many conference keynotes, hosted awards dinners, spoken in over 1,000 schools and appeared on television and radio over 400 times.

He also offers public speaking training to individuals and groups ranging from nervous beginners to highly experienced senior executives.

To book Johnny to speak at your event or to ask about training, please contact by email.


Here are just a handful of his speaking engagements:

  • ‘Flying not Falling’, University of South Wales, Cardiff, 21/2/2019, comedy performance: an evening of stand-up comedy and careers advice 
  • Public Speaking workshop, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 10/12/2018, providing speaker training for professionals
  • ‘Fairer Funding: the case for a graduate levy’, Higher Education Policy Institute, London, 19/11/2018, high level roundtable presenting a policy paper
  • ‘Engaging Engagement’, Action on Access/Universities UK: Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2018, London, 18/11/2018, workshop
  • ‘The impact of Brexit on student and academic mobility to the UK’, SEFI Annual Conference, Copenhagen, 20/9/18, research presentation 
  • Public Speaking workshop, Higher Horizons+, Crewe, 2/8/2018, providing speaker training for professionals
  • Meet the author session, The Governor’s School, North Carolina (via Skype), 9/7/2018, presentation and Q&A
  • ‘Options at 18’, Oakgrove School, Milton Keynes, 9/7/2018, school presentation
  • ‘Outreach that reaches out’, Access to HE Conference (Action on Access/Universities UK), London, 21/11/2018, conference presentation: how to engage the hardest-to-reach students
  • Public Speaking workshop, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 4/7/2018, (providing speaker training for students)
  • ‘Options at 18’, Wolfreton School, Hull, 14/6/2018, school presentation
  • ‘Students as consumers – contracts, complaints and dispute’, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London, 12/6/2018, presentation and panel
  • Annual Gala Dinner & Awards, Universities Human Resources, Bristol, 24/5/2018, dinner host and awards compere
  • ‘Choosing a uni’, Colfe’s School, London, 10/5/2018, school presentation
  • Careers in Ideas Launch, IP Inclusive, London, 10/4/2018, presentation
  • ‘Unchain your brain: study skills’, UCL Offers Holders, London, 28/3/2018, workshop
  • ‘Is it time to call time on league tables?’, Festival of Higher Education, University of Buckingham, 29/6/2017, debate
  • ‘Finding the fun in funding’, National Educational Opportunities Network, 11/4/2016, conference presentation: how to talk about student funding in engaging ways
  • ‘The joy of employability: Embedding Employability in our Curriculum’, University of Greenwich, London, 2015, conference keynote

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  • ‘Enhancing the Student Experience Conference’, Neil Stewart Associates, London, 15/11/2011, conference keynote
  • ‘Crisis in the University’, Cumberland Lodge, London, 21/2/2011, conference presentation