Sought-after presenter with deep knowledge and expertise

As well as live talks for schools and conferences, I have videos which you can play over and over again. I also offer Online Q&A sessions. (See Teaching Materials, above.) With perpetual licences, my videos and other teaching materials give schools all the benefits of loads of visits at a fraction of the cost. And no need to make me coffee!

COVID-19 note: I will do online staff training and parent talks. For students, think about my videos and Live Online Q&A sessions.

Inspire, challenge, engage, inform

My sessions are packed with science, unusual insights and connections that make human behaviour make sense. My aim is to inspire, challenge, engage and inform, so audiences go away with eyes opened and minds buzzing. We discuss what you want so that I pitch it perfectly.

Coronavirus has changed things a great deal, of course! But I’d already been planning to move towards creating videos which schools would be able to play over and over again, bringing the benefits to far more students at far less cost. Please see the Teaching Materials section for all the details of these videos and more. And do consider booking a Live Q&A for students.

I cover these areas:

  1. Adolescent Brains and Lives: teenage brain and psychological changes; stress management for teenagers; the learning brain; screens, smartphones and social media. 
  2. Wellbeing and Stress Management: how to have the best physical and mental wellbeing.
  3. The Reading Brain: science behind reading; differences between digital/print and fiction/non-fiction; benefits of reading for pleasure; readaxation.
  4. Life Online: positives and negatives of online and screen-based lives; distraction, over-use, addiction, self-esteem, competition, perfection, body image etc.

I am UK-based but travel willingly. If you’re thinking about inviting me outside the UK, see here.

Please read the FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

I have been studying these topics for over 20 years, and read a mass of research, from different viewpoints. I have a classically trained and analytical mind and do not believe anything I read or hear unless well supported by robust research and fitting my existing understanding. If you want a wide range of insights and connections between them, Im your woman.

I can adapt to your time-table. However, a session with adults really needs at least an hour and a half if you want to include Q&A and a talk for students really needs an hour. INSET can be anything from 1.5 hours to a whole day. A keynote is typically an hour and anything less is very difficult.

As big as you like! I do not charge more to speak to large audiences. My talks and INSET tend to be theatre-style rather than group work. (I now usually don’t speak to large teenage audiences but I would consider speaking to a select group who have spent some time preparing to get the most out of my visit.)

As far as you like! I live about 70 miles North of London (20 miles from Peterborough, on the East Coast main line) and can reach Stansted, East Midlands, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. All expenses must be covered, but I keep costs to a minimum with the exception of long-haul flights, which would usually be Business Class, so that I am in the best condition to work for you. See the International Speaking page for more details but still enquire in the same way. 

I compute my fee based on the total time the work will take, including preparation, admin and travelling. I value my time and expertise highly and I hope you do, too. I am not cheap but I believe you will get terrific value. Do discuss your budget with me, as there are often ways to reduce costs.

Please don’t ask me to speak for no fee or a very small fee unless you think there’s an incredibly good reason why I should/could work for little or nothing. If the other adults (caterers, electricians, teachers, tech people) are being paid, you can’t expect a professional speaker with years of expertise to be unpaid. However, if your budget is challenged, I will do my very best to help.

To give you an idea, I tend to work on the following minimum guidelines for UK trips:

  • A day or part day spent at home on preparation and admin – £350
  • A day or part day spent travelling – £400
  • A day or part day spent with you at your venue – £650

Expenses are extra and will be discussed in advance. See the International Speaking page for anything that might be different for overseas trips.

Dont delay, especially for overseas trips. My diary is likely to be full six months ahead and I usually take bookings 9-12 months ahead. We can make it provisional if you aren’t sure of dates or budget. Because I have to keep enough time in my diary for writing and consultancy work, I cant fill my diary too full with events so I quite often have to say no. Getting in early will help you!

Contact me using the form. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t decided what you want: discussion is free!

Consultancy work

I advise organisations about all the topics mentioned above in the Speaking section. You will gain accurate, nuanced information and won’t have to rely on unsupported, out-of-date or flimsy “knowledge”. 

My rates and terms

  • I charge a minimum £800 per day. That minimum tends to apply to work I can do in my office. No VAT. If it involves travelling, the fee is usually more. Very often, a day is all you need.
  • I charge expenses if you want me to travel. (I am handy for Peterborough and Corby stations and can get to London, Birmingham and Edinburgh easily.) 

I work extremely hard for every client, following the brief precisely, and am very straightforward and flexible to work with. Above all, I pride myself on sharp intelligence and perfectionist standards.

What people say about my work... 

Inspire, challenge, engage, inform