Speaker / Host
Austin Healey is a former Leicester & England Rugby player straight out of the Phil Tufnell mould of ‘cheeky chappy’ sportsman. An impressive speaker Austin shares his personal anecdotes and experiences which entertain and inspire in equal measure.
About Austin Healey
Austin Healey went on to work as a successful banker for Credit Suisse after retiring from playing Rugby. He then went on to become a popular presenter on television and radio. His appearances include Strictly Come Dancing, The Fuse, Mastermind and Waterloo Road. He is also a popular TV Rugby Analyst.
Austin Healey (born on 26 October 1973) is one of the most highly regarded English rugby players in the modern era. Austin, who also played full-back for Leicester Tigers (with whom he won 2 European Cups), won 51 caps for England and toured with the Lions in 1997 and 2001.
In 2008 Austin partnered with Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing, where he gained huge praise from the judges for his dancing skills and huge love from the women for his see-through shirts. In Austin’s first show head judge Len Goodman said “That was the best first dance for a man I have ever seen”
In February 2009, Austin took on the challenge of turning around the fortunes of 5 struggling rugby clubs as part of the ground-breaking, ad funded programme; The Big Tackle for ITV. Austin brokered the deal with o2 and hosted the show using all the experience he had gained from his prolific rugby career.
In June 2009 it was announced that Austin Healey was joining the primetime Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show Hole in the Wall; a series that regularly exceeded 6 million viewers. The show cemented Austin as one of the nations most charismatic sportsmen.
Austin put his dancing shoes back on and took to the road in 2010 as part of part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour wowing audiences in arenas across the country and winning over 30 of the of the 45 shows.
Austin became lead anchor on ESPN in the autumn of 2010 for their Aviva Premiership Rugby coverage – fronting the live matches and their highlights packages.
"Austin was a huge success. In my opinion he was the best host we have had since I started doing these awards. He was very friendly, funny, charismatic and kept the guests attention throughout the event. He really made our awards ceremony come alive and we have had nothing but positive feedback on him."
The Energy Institute
"We wanted to keep the event light hearted and informal. Austin helped achieve this through his genuinely humorous nature / good anecdotes of his interesting past."
"He captivated the crowd with humour and warmth and drove our auction to £15,000 over target! Whilst being lively and entertaining Austin was also very sensitive to the nature of the event. We would not hesitate to recommend him as a warm, funny and impressive host."
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
"Austin Healey was superb, totally accommodating and professional from the moment he arrived bang on time. His presentation was exactly on message; he kept the audience totally engaged throughout and was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. The level of humour he brought to the proceedings while getting over the Company message embedded was absolutely perfect. Following the main presentation his Q & A session was equally entertaining with answers to questions and general responses all tuned perfectly to our audience. In addition, just before leaving Austin kindly allowed what seemed like an endless stream of photo requests without any hesitation and this I know was greatly appreciated by all. I should also add that I have had an unprecedented level of feedback internally congratulating us on an amazing conference and I believe this was due in no small part to Austin’s involvement and the fact that we managed to keep him as a complete surprise until the very point of his appearance. In short, we could not have made a better choice for this conference and I would not hesitate to recommend his services to your other clients."
"Austin met all our objectives and more, he was very receptive to comments from our guests and defiantly gave as good as he got + some more which everyone liked, including our senior management. We have had excellent feedback from all our guests, even the token Welshman! Everyone was talking about Austin when we retired to the bar, even the none rugby supporters enjoyed his stories."
"Austin set out to address our objectives and prepared well. Austin was brilliant and his stories went down really well with the audience. I enjoyed working with him."
The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers