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Gavin Esler - Keynote Speaker

Book Gavin Esler as a keynote speaker. Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist. For more information on Keynote speaker Gavin Esler, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


Gavin Esler

Award-winning BBC Journalist and author on leadership

Speaker Themes

  • UK and US politics

  • Leadership

  • After dinner

  • Excellent moderator, chair and conference host


Travels From

London, UK



Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist.

He was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent for eight years, based in Washington D.C., and has reported all over the world, including China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands, as well as all across Europe. On returning to the UK, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme Newsnight.

His other presenting roles include as the main presenter on Dateline London and The Film Review on the BBC News Channel and BBC World, and a regular presenter on numerous other programmes, including Hardtalk.

Gavin is also the author of five novels (Loyalties, Deep Blue, The Blood Brother, A Scandalous Man and Power Play). His first non-fiction book, The United States of Anger, predicted the political upheavals and discontent in the United States which produced the Trump presidency.

His most recent non-fiction publication, Lessons from the Top (2012), was originally inspired by conversations and interviews he conducted with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and other successful communicators from business, the military and popular culture, including Dolly Parton and Angelina Jolie. The book examines how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change, and how to build trust with potential followers or customers in an increasingly uncertain world.

As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, Gavin was also presented with a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, Letters from Guantanamo.


As well as being a superb interviewer and conference moderator, Gavin is excellent on the politics of the UK and US, drawing on his many years of reporting from D.C.

His insights on leadership are also particularly relevant to business, and have been very well-received by groups as diverse as law firms and banks to the British Military. Building on his research from Lessons From The Top, he not only shows how institutions and individuals can build trust, but also how they can recover it if they lose it. 


Gavin on the importance of story-telling for successful leaders (2016)

Gavin at TEDx LSE (2014)