Established in 2001 by Sylvia Tidy-Harris, The Speakers Agency is a leading UK based speaker’s bureau supplying speakers and hosts, guest presenters and conference chairs to clients across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
A former flight attendant, tour director and travel agent Sylvia stood up at her wedding and delivered a speech when her husband suddenly felt overwhelmed by the love in the room. Someone remarked she should speak for a living and so the seed was sewn for The Speakers Agency to come to be just three years later.
Sylvia signed up with a tiny agency run by an elderly couple and she spent a couple of years speaking at Luncheon Club events around the UK. Armed with numerous and extremely funny anecdotes from her days in the travel business and her natural speaking skills she made for many a successful booking.
The couple who provided the bookings decided to close down and Sylvia set up The Speakers Agency shortly afterwards. Having spent seven years as agent to her father the cartoonist Bill Tidy MBE she understood the speaking worked completely. Starting at a time when many of the existing bureaux didn’t have websites Sylvia decided she wanted a digital bureau from the start and corporate bookings flowed in from launch day. With a name like The Speakers Agency it wasn’t hard to understand why.
Fast forward to 2017 and The Speakers Agency continues to specialise in keynote, motivational, inspirational, after dinner, celebrity, plenary, breakout and closing speakers, awards hosts, panel facilitators and industry experts.
We generate bookings from across the board and from around the world. Clients include blue chip companies and major industry players to educational establishments and small businesses. The agency's friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff spend each day talking to clients or emailing them about their requirements, and booking speakers, presenters and award hosts for clients large and small.
We genuinely welcome every inquiry whatever the budget and requirement. With impressive industry knowledge and having established strong relationships with many of our 1000's of clients, our agents offer informed and impartial advice, and they ensure their recommendations match each and every client's brief perfectly.
No inquiry is too small or too large and we pride ourselves in welcoming companies and organizations of all sizes from the large corporate clients to the local WI's because every client matters.
The Speakers Agency champions the way with the very best speakers, hosts, event presenters and after dinner entertainment.
Sylvia Tidy-Harris - CEO and Talent Agent
Managing Director Sylvia Tidy-Harris grew up wanting to be an actress but her father and client the cartoonist Bill Tidy MBE wouldn’t hear of it so she decided she would become an air stewardess, an ambition she fulfilled at the age of 18. After five glorious years of flying she left to become her father’s manager for six years then worked in the USA for a while before returning to the UK and becoming a tour director for seven years. She set up The Speakers Agency in 2001.
Some of the highlights of her life so far include writing a bi weekly business column for the Daily Telegraph for 18 months between 2005 and 2007, getting married; celebrating her 50th birthday with a party at Twycross Zoo and watching her business grow. Sylvia is incredibly proud of thespeakersgency.com and her team too. An avid reader, she loves writing, notching up new places around the globe, spending time with her family, having dinner with her friends and growing vegetables on the allotment with husband Fred.
Fred Harris - Finance Director
Born and bred in Leicestershire Director Fred grew up wanting to be a poacher - well that was what he told the schools career officer when he was 13.
Bonkers about footy Fred runs three times a week, likes to hit the dance floor and is nuts about Family Guy. Widowed with three children gorgeous grandchild Fred met and married The Speakers Agency MD in 1998 and is now the finance director.
Other Team Members
Meet the rest of our fantastic team below.
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