Speaker & Host
Best known for presenting such programmes as the BBC's 'Wanted Down Under' and 'Escape to the Country', Nicki Chapman was one of the music business’s best known PR’s working with Bowie, Take That and The Spice Girls before moving in to TV. A gifted speaker and highly skilled event host, Nicki brings a real sparkle to every event. An exceptionally lovely person, she is an event planner/speaker booker’s dream.
The 2018 family concert was the second time that Nicki had hosted for us and we were delighted to welcome her back. Once again she proved to be an excellent host; equally at home with our VIP guests, NPO members and the children in the audience. Nicki is a thoroughly professional and charming host for any event and we would not hesitate to engage her again for a future concert.
Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
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Read more about Nicki Chapman
Nicki Chapman was born in Canterbury, Kent and spent her childhood with her parents and sister by the sea in Herne Bay. After leaving school at 16 and spending three years at the local college, wanderlust encouraged Nicki to spend eight months in Australia, only returning to the UK to follow her dream of actually emigrating to Oz. However, whilst waiting for her visa, the lure of London and the music industry beckoned, changing her path forever.
At 21, Nicki worked her way up in the music industry starting off as a Promotions’ Assistant at MCA Records, and quickly became one of the youngest publicists in the industry. She then moved to RCA Records as 'Head of TV Promotions' where she began a long association with Simon Cowell. From 1995 until the end of 2000 she was a joint partner in the Brilliant! PR Company which represented among others, the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Charlotte Church, Take That, Phil Collins, Billie Piper, David Bowie, Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse, as well as the PR for the 'BRIT Awards' and the 'Big Breakfast'. It was during this time Nicki was approached by ITV to judge a brand new entertainment show called 'Popstars' (2000), alongside the now infamous ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe. The resulting band were called Hear'Say and went on to sell over a million copies of their first single ‘Pure and Simple’.
Having met and worked with Simon Fuller in the nineties she joined his management company, '19 Entertainment' in January 2001 as Creative Director, working with acts including Annie Lennox, Will Young and S Club 7. Nicki Chapman continued her role as judge on ITV/19’s 'Pop Idol', reuniting with Simon Cowell and alongside Pete Waterman and Dr Fox.
Nicki has presented numerous factual/entertainment programmes including the BBC’s 'City Hospital', 'Escape to the Sun', 'The Morning Show', 'Sunday Style', 'Castle in the Country', 'BBC Breakfast News' on location, 'Holiday', 'Holiday 10 Best', 'Holiday’s at Home', 'The Day Team' at Chatsworth, the 'RHS Chelsea Flower Show', 'Wanted Down Under' and 'Escape to the Country'. For Sky 1 'Made in LA' as well as for ITV1 'Soapstar Superchef' and 'Best Ever Worst Auditions'.
Nicki and ‘Nasty’ Nigel danced together as ‘Fred & Ginger’ in 2001 on BBC1’s 'Children In Need'. Similarly Nicki was one of twelve celebrities who took part in BBC1’s Sport Relief show jumping programme 'Only Fools on Horses', coming second. She also partnered Christopher Biggins on 'Let’s Dance' for Comic Relief. In 2008, Nicki joined her fellow ex-Pop Idol judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox on Peter Kay's 'Britain's Got The Pop Factor... And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice'…. She also appeared in 2009 as a judge on Disney Channel's 'Hannah-Oke' along with Disney’s Brad Kavanagh and 'Dancing on Ice' judge Jason Gardiner.
Nicki is on the steering committee for 'Sport Relief' and has travelled to Uganda and Ghana for the charity.
Nicki Chapman married Music Executive Dave Shackleton (Shacky) in July 1999 and they currently live in West London.
Nicki’s interests are ‘car booties’ (guilty pleasure), the gym, movies, travelling and gardening. She has a passion for Elizabethan history and novels, celebrity gossip and is currently branching in to Radio too – she presented a series of world exclusive programmes on BBC Radio 2 about the entrepreneur and music manager Simon Fuller.
My Life In The Music Industry - From leaving school at 16 and working my way up through the music industry, working alongside such acts as Take That, Robson & Jerome, the Spice Girls, Kylie, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison with accompanying anecdotes..
My Life In Television & Radio - from my first foray on the biggest TV show in the UK (Popstars and Pop Idol) to presenting for 'BBC Breakfast News', 'Wanted Down Under', 'Escape to the Country', the 'RHS Chelsea Flower Show', 'Sky News' and BBC Radio 2...
Wish You Were Here...present cruise excepted I have had the chance to travel the length and breadth of the world with 'Comic Relief', BBC1's Holiday Programme, 'Pop Stars' and sometimes just on holiday. Here are my Top 10 Destinations and why...
Or a mix of all three!