Awards & Event Hosts

25 Of The Top Awards Show & Event Hosts For Online Events

No event is complete without a host, someone who will structure and guide the occasion from one speaker, award or act to another. Engaging and entertaining, these presenters can leave a lasting impression on your audience, ensuring that your event runs smoothly.

At Champions Speakers, our roster contains some of the top event hosts on the circuit. Each of them have earned a reputation for being greatly charismatic and insightful, traits that define a truly talented event host. Check out our post, The Key Benefits of Booking an Awards Host, to learn more about the advantages of booking a presenter for your event.

1. JIMMY CARR

COMEDIC PRESENTER OF 8 OUT OF 10 CATS

Razor-Sharp wit, a distinctive laugh and an unflappable exterior are all traits that make Jimmy Carr a comedy icon. Famed for his natural ability to keep audiences laughing from start to finish, he is one of the nation’s favourite comics. Jimmy is the star presenter of 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, making him instantly recognisable for audiences. If you’re looking for an awards and events host who is a little edgier than the average comic, Jimmy Carr is your man.

2. PROFESSOR BRIAN COX

PRESENTER OF STARGAZING LIVE & THE PLANETS

An inspirational character, Professor Brian Cox has a way of engaging people from all walks of life. Having presented Stargazing LiveHuman UniverseForces of NatureLife of a Universe and The Planets, he has featured in some of the most exciting BBC scientific programmes of our time. His ability to make the complex so digestible is a tribute to his unique understanding of his field, while his passion and use of humour set him apart as one of the finest hosts of our time.

“He was BRILLIANT. Mind blown…”

– Luke, Banks Sadler

3. TONY HAWKS

AUTHOR OF ROUND IRELAND WITH A FRIDGE

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Tony Hawks offers a story like no other; a story that merges the mad with the joyful, the fun with the insightful. Tony Hawks is not, as he states, ‘the pro skateboarder’, even though he has pretended to be him on Twitter. He is in fact, the man who took it upon himself to travel Round Ireland with a Fridge – the subject of his first autobiographical book published in 2010. Immensely entertaining, Tony Hawks is a wonderful host, whose stories inspire and awaken something in all who hear them.

“Tony really appealed to our sense of humour and encouraged guests to live life to the max.”

– Michael Page International

4. STEPH MCGOVERN

NEWS REPORTER & HOST OF SHOP WELL FOR LESS

Award-winning financial journalist, Steph McGovern is one of the most recognisable presenters in Britain. She has covered breaking business and economic news stories across the country, presenting regularly on BBC Breakfast. Steph has featured prominently on WatchdogShop Well For Less and radio shows, including The Chris Evans Show and the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. Steph is a distinguished TV and events host perfect for after-dinner events.

5. MARTIN BAYFIELD

FORMER RUGBY LOCK & HAGRID’S STUNT DOUBLE

On the pitch, Martin Bayfield enjoyed a career as a lock forward for Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues, England< and The British and Irish Lions. Unfortunately, his career ended prematurely when he suffered a neck injury in 1998. He swiftly moved into journalism and after dinner speaking, before becoming the stunt double to Robbie Coltrane’s famed character, Hagrid the half-giant in all of the Harry Potter films. An exciting event host with such a wealth of stories to share, Martin is perfect for association award ceremonies.

“Dear Martin, Thank you so much for hosting the INCA Awards last night. The feedback from the event has been excellent with members commenting on what an engaging and interesting speaker you were. It was lovely that you joined us for dinner and we were especially pleased at the way you engaged with our members, taking the time to sign autographs and pose for photographs. This was over and above what we expected and added real value to our event. Thank you once again for your time and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in future.”

– Alice, INCA

6. MICHAEL PORTILLO

FORMER CABINET MINISTER & PRESENTER OF GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS

A former Cabinet Minister for the Conservative Party, Michael Portillo was a hugely popular and influential figure in UK politics. Since retiring in 2005, he has turned his charm to broadcasting. Showing a passion for steam trains, Michael presented Great British Railway Journeys for the BBC. Eloquent and thorough, it wasn’t long before the nation was calling for more of Michael Portillo’s colourful suits and riveting presenting. This led to spin-off series Great Continental Railway Journeys. Michael Portillo is an engaging and authoritative choice for awards events.

“Michael spent the day supporting our Finance in the South West event, mixing with delegates during the break and providing interesting and entertaining presentations when speaking. The quality and detail of Michael’s presentations reflected the themes running through our day, and added weight to the messages we were putting across to clients and other delegates in the room. We would happily recommend Michael to other organisations, and look forward to working with him again.”

– Lewis, Partner at Francis Clark LLP

7. GYLES BRANDRETH

FORMER LORD COMMISSIONER OF THE TREASURY

Former government whip, Gyles Brandreth is a greatly gifted awards host. From standing ovations to glittering reviews, Gyles has enjoyed it all on the stage. Charismatic, engaging, interesting and “absolutely magnificent” – there is no doubting his status. Formerly the Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Gyles has effortlessly moved from politics into entertainment in recent years, a career change that is a tribute to his immense popularity. In recent times he has starred on Have I Got News for YouQIThe One Show and Celebrity Gogglebox.

“Michael spent the day supporting our Finance in the South West event, mixing with delegates during the break and providing interesting and entertaining presentations when speaking. The quality and detail of Michael’s presentations reflected the themes running through our day, and added weight to the messages we were putting across to clients and other delegates in the room. We would happily recommend Michael to other organisations, and look forward to working with him again.”

 Lewis, Partner at Francis Clark LLP

8. MATT DAWSON

ENGLAND RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPION

If sport happens to be the order of the day at your association, institution or federation award ceremony, look no further than England Rugby World Cup champion, Matt Dawson. A masterful speaker with an array of anecdotes from his time in sport, Matt is a delight to witness present. His rugby playing career saw him feature 246 times for Northampton Saints scoring 693 points, as well as 77 times for England, scoring 101 points. One of finest scrum-halves the game has ever seen, Matt moved from captaining his country to captaining his team on A Question of Sport, where he became one-third of television’s favourite trios, alongside Phil Tufnell and Sue Barker.

“I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any of our customers and the members of the Manchester PA Network where I am an active member. He was a fabulous speaker, he really engaged with the audience and his speech on Leadership & teamwork was brilliant.”

– Fiona, Guenther Bakeries

9. JOHN SERGEANT

FORMER BBC CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

A British treasure, John Sergeant is best-known as the former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, a position which he held from 1992 and 2000. He has remained present in the public eye ever since, becoming one of the most popular presenters of history and educational programmes. He has featured in presenting and reporting roles on Have I Got News for YouThe One Show and British Indian Railway, while his Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant series and John Sergeant’s Tourist Trail have been well-followed.

“John Sergeant, went down extremely well, we have had nothing but praise for him. He is also a true professional pre the awards. Please pass on our thanks for a job well done.”

– Seema Sheth, Event Delivery Manager, BRE (Building Research Establishment)

10. RICHARD HAMMOND

FORMER TOP GEAR PRESENTER & CO-HOST OF THE GRAND TOUR

Richard Hammond is a renowned British presenter, who came to prominence as co-host of Top Gear alongside James May and Jeremy Clarkson, between 2002 and 2015. During this time he also presented Brainiac: Science AbuseTotal Wipeout and Planet Earth Live. Quick-witted and charming, Richard is an in-demand event host, capable of entertaining all manner of audiences. Alongside his former Top Gear co-hosts, Richard has headed up the automotive show, The Grand Tour since 2016.

11. MARK DOLAN

COMEDIC PRESENTER OF BALLS OF STEEL

After making his mark on the comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe circuit in the early 2000s, Mark Dolan became the host of The Richard Taylor Interviews on Channel 4; a show which succumbed job candidates to hilarious fake interviews. A presenting role on Balls of Steel followed. The madcap hidden camera prank show was a prime-time hit, and cemented Mark’s status as one of the best presenters in the UK. Alongside television appearances, he has been called upon to present business and sports awards from Birmingham to Essex in recent years.

“The event was amazing and a complete success. I only wish I could book Mark for every event I do. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. He engaged totally with the guests and so very lovely. He did a brilliant set which was bespoke to the guests and it went down a storm.”

 Blacklist Management LTD

12. RACHEL RILEY

MATHEMATICAL STAR OF COUNTDOWN

It was always going to take a special mathematician, wordsmith and presenter to replace Carol Vorderman on Channel 4’s Countdown. Step forward Rachel Riley, who instantly won over the hearts of the nation on one of the UK’s longest-running and iconic game shows. She has also co-presented The Gadget Show and It’s Not Rocket Science, appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and featured as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

“It was absolutely fabulous and Rachel did a great job. Can you please pass on my thanks to her as she did herself and us proud.”

– Sharon

13. NAGA MUNCHETTY

BBC BROADCAST JOURNALIST

Naga Munchetty is a BBC broadcast journalist who regularly presents on BBC World NewsBBC BreakfastNewsnight and Victoria Derbyshire. Her superb knowledge of current affairs, coupled with her level-headed yet lighthearted persona, makes Naga one of the most admired presenters in the UK. She has also starred on Strictly Come Dancing. As an awards host, Naga adds a sense of authority and retells the inspirational story of her rise in the broadcasting industry.

14. BRIAN BLESSED

ESTEEMED ACTOR FROM FLASH GORDON

Brian Blessed has enjoyed a career full of high-profile acting roles, from playing Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon to Lord Loxley in Robin Hood Prince of ThievesLong John Silver in Return to Treasure Island and Antonio in Kenneth Brannagh’s Much Ado About Nothing. An outstanding acting repertoire both on stage and screen has established Brian as one of the world’s most distinguishable, talented and lovable actors. Besides, what could be better than the big booming voice of Brian Blessed announcing your award winners?

“Brian was an absolute pleasure to work with! He is the kindest, most interesting man I think I’ve worked with to date!”

– LADbible

15. ASHLEY BANJO

LEAD DANCER FROM DIVERSITY

Having found fame on Britain’s Got TalentAshley Banjo has since become a regular face on the stage and screen. His dance group, Diversity, soared to the peak of British entertainment when they won BGT in 2009, followed by several sell out national tours. When booked for events, audiences instantly recognise Ashley, gravitating towards his confidence and likeability.

16. KATHERINE RYAN

AWARD-WINNING FEMALE COMEDIAN

Winner of the 2008 Nivea Funny Women AwardKatherine Ryan is the hilarious event host that your occasion needs. With her creative flair and risqué punchlines, she has audiences in stitches with laughter from start to finish. Katherine infuses her show-stopping humour in her presentations, ensuring that your event resonates with audiences.

“Words can’t describe how funny Katherine Ryan was at our Senior Management Strategy Day! Fantastically hilarious, relevant and an absolute delight to have her!”

– Old Mill Group

17. DICK & DOM

POPULAR CHILDREN’S PRESENTERS

Children entertainers turned mainstream presenters, Dick and Dom, are renowned on the booking circuit for their likeability and confidence. Boasting bubbly personalities with a touch of silliness, they have excelled as event hosts and DJs, popular amongst audiences of all ages. Dick and Dom are regarded as cult icons of British television, making them ideal for events nationwide.

18. MARTIN ROBERTS

HOST OF HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER

Star of Homes Under the Hammer and Wish You Were HereMartin Roberts has gained international fame as a television presenter. Though he commonly specialises in property and lifestyle, Martin’s natural confidence and effortless charm makes him perfect for a range of themes, events and audience demographics. A warm-hearted event host like Martin will ensure that your event is a success.

“The event was a great success and Martin did a fantastic job. Martin worked the room well and managed a somewhat lively audience when needed! He was really helpful with keeping the event on track and having to ad/lib improvise when needed. Very popular with the ladies in the audience!”

– Nicola, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce

19. NINA CONTI

TALENTED COMEDIC VENTRILOQUIST

Whether appearing by herself or armed with her team of personable puppets, Nina Conti is a talented comedian and ventriloquist. Her presentations are infused with comedic quips and racy one-liners, mostly from her foul-mouthed monkey, Monk! Audiences won’t be able to believe their eyes when Nina starts to perform, thanks to her leading entertainment value and unique act.

“Excellent performance from a very talented lady (and monkey & granny!). She managed to keep a crowd of 860 (mainly male) guests quiet and entertained for almost 25minutes!! Result – well done! We would recommend her act to anyone. She’s brilliant.”

– The Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2011

20. GAIL EMMS

FORMER OLYMPIC BADMINTON PLAYER

Gold medal-winning badminton player, Gail Emms, wowed audiences on the Olympic stage prior to her retirement. Now, she is wowing audiences as a corporate event host. As an after dinner speaker or presenter, she is highly regarded for her eloquence and ability to articulate, keeping audiences hooked on her every word.

“Gail Emms came to Kingston University to speak to the students who had been accepted into our Sports Performance Programme. Gail delivered an inspiring motivational talk about her own Olympic journey, which really engaged with the students. She understood their goals and tailored the speech accordingly, so that it was fun and informative. We really hope to be able to work with Gail again in the future, she is a shining example of somebody who has achieved their goals while maintaining a life balance.”

– Kingston University

21. JAMES LEWIS

HOST OF CASH IN THE ATTIC & ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP

Whether James Lewis is booked as an auctioneer or event host, he brings the same charm that shines through on Cash in the Attic and Antiques Road Trip. Having been named the UK’s Top Auctioneer for two years in a row, James is in high demand for his confidence and keen eye for a priceless antique. He also has a great love for animals, making James perfect for charity fundraisers.

“What a wonderful evening we had last night!! James really is such a lovely man and made the whole occasion very entertaining. It was so refreshing to have somebody that little bit above the norm and a little different. Not just the bog standard after dinner speech – he certainly made everyone sing for their supper with his antiques quiz – no one had time to nod off!! He was well worth every penny! I was quite anxious that I had pushed the boat out a bit too much, but everyone’s response was so positive and very encouraging. Thank you both for helping me organise the event. I shall encourage the Committee to choose Champions for future speakers.”

– Lizzie, Staffordshire Agricultural Society

22. ANNE DAVIES

REPUTABLE JOURNALIST & PRESENTER OF EAST MIDLANDS TODAY

As a journalist and presenter on East Midlands TodayAnne Davies is no stranger to the screen. She has enjoyed a high profile career on such prestigious shows as Question TimePanorama and The Money Programme, a testament to Anne’s widespread popularity. When booked as a celebrity host for events, she provides a touch of glitz and glamour, ensuring that audiences enjoy a truly special experience.

“The event went really very well and we were really pleased of Anne’s input and suggestions on how to manage the Q&A. Anne herself was great in terms of gauging the mood, including the whole panel and being really engaging with the wider audience.”

– Mandy, Nottinghamshire County Council

23. BEAR GRYLLS

SURVIVALIST HOST OF MAN VS. WILD

Author, star of the small screen expert adventuralist on the Emmy nominated Man vs. Wild and Born SurvivorBear Grylls is an authority on teamwork, resilience and leadership. As a former member of the British Special Forces, serving with the SAS, he firmly secured a reputation for being calculated and determined. As an event host, such a diverse career makes Bear ideal for a wide range of themes and audiences.

“There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours.”

– British Airways

24. JACK WHITEHALL

TALENTED STAND-UP COMEDIAN & ACTOR OF BAD EDUCATION

Jack Whitehall is one of the most celebrated comedians in the world. With his natural wit and outrageous comedy style, audiences are kept on the edge of their seats and in stitches with laughter, ensuring that the event is unforgettable. Starring in Bad EducationFresh Meat and Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Jack has become a staple of British television, including a presenting role at the BRIT Awards. Due to his experience as a host, your event is in safe hands with Jack.

“Class act… A rising star…The new funniest kid on the block… he has no right to be as slick and confident as he is. He oozes charisma from the moment he walks onstage and delivers sure-fire punchlines time after time.”

– Time Out

25. BONITA NORRIS

YOUNGEST BRITISH WOMAN TO SUMMIT MOUNT EVEREST

As one of the youngest British women to summit Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse and the North Pole, Bonita Norris has a wealth of thrilling stories to tell. When booked as an awards host for a multitude of events, she ensures that your guests never forget the moment they meet one of the world’s most accomplished explorers. She is the author of The Girl Who Climbed Everest and a podcast host, a testament to her eloquent way with words.

“One of the most inspirational speakers I have met. Totally applicable experience for a leadership programme. Eloquent and modest she totally drew the listeners in. Some of us forgot where we were, we were so enthralled. Absolutely fantastic.”

– Rachel, Thales Learning and Development

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