Bob Bevan MBE | Speaker | Presenter | Host
One of the UK's truly brilliant after dinner entertainers, Bob "the Cat" Bevan is a sterling all rounder.
"One of the best cricket speeches I heard was in Los Angeles delivered by Bob "the Cat" Bevan."
The Daily Telegraph
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Bob made his first speech at his old boys’ dinner in 1967 and after a highly successful career in PR he turned professional in 1980.
Sport is his great love. He played football for West Wickham in the Southern Amateur League and Old Wilsonians in the Southern Olympian League for 25 years and still plays in veteran games. Before going in goal he was an inside forward and once scored six goals in an 8-2 win against Unilever.
He achieved a lifelong ambition by playing at Wembley for Old Burnley against Old Wolves in front of 80,000 prior to a Cup Final.
He plays cricket for the Lord’s Taverners and his village side and has played 1st XI North Kent League cricket. Playing for a Kent XI in 1991 he took 7 for 49 against Hextable and 11 for 69 in a two innings match the following year against the same opponents. He has also played Kent League tennis
He is a Trustee of the major cricket-based charity The Lord’s Taverners, and Honorary Barker in the Variety Club and a Member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He is President of Bells Yew Green CC, a Vice President of Crystal Palace FC, Middlesex Wanderers FC, Frant CC, Old Wilsonians FC and a Past President of the Old Wilsonians Association. He is a member of Nevill Golf Club.
Among his corporate clients are:-
American Express, Lex, Bank of England, Lloyds TSB, Barclays Bank, Lyons Tetley, Barclaycard , National Westminster Bank, Beechams, Powergen, Black Horse Financial Services, Rank Hovis, British Airways, Roche Products, British Telecom, Ross Young Foods, BTR, Seimens,
Cellnet, Shandwick Public Relations, Chemical Bank , Shell, Commercial Union, Sony, Esso, Sun Life of Canada, Halifax Bank, 3M, Hewlett Packard, Thomson Holidays, ICI, Toshiba, ICL, Toyota, Legal and General , Unilever.
He stars in the "Great Goalkeepers Show" with Gordon Banks and Pat Jennings and has also made an LP on football humour, which has frequently been featured on British Airways comedy channel.
In January, 1999, he was flown to Sydney to speak at a dinner for new England Cricket Captain, Nasser Hussein and he has also appeared at countless benefit functions.