Speaker / Host
Helen Skelton is a Guinness World Record Holder and former 'Blue Peter' presenter. She is an impressive motivational and after-dinner speaker and her experiences and determination are an inspiration to others.
About Helen Skelton
Helen Skelton’s incredible forays into endurance and adventure include kayaking solo up the Amazon during which she broke two world records and a ‘cycle ride’ to the South Pole.
Helen Skelton’s career started when she became one of the youngest breakfast presenters on BBC Radio Network at the age of 22, going on to present ‘Newsround’ for CBBC. One of Helen’s longest standing roles was as presenter for the flagship children’s series, ‘Blue Peter’. The show developed Helen’s thirst for action and adventure, seeing her take on incredible challenges such as:
- Completing the Namibia Ultra Marathon (becoming the second woman to ever do so)
- Kayaking over 2018 miles down the Amazon River for Sport Relief (breaking two Guinness World Records en-route)
- Completing a 66 metre high wire walk between the towers of Battersea Power Station and in 2012
Helen travelled 500 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole becoming the fastest person to travel 100km by ski, breaking yet more World Records. Furthermore, she has become a beloved face of the BBC having worked on two Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Helen as well presents the World, Commonwealth and European swimming competitions for the channel.
Her love of the great outdoors has been put to good use, being part of the ‘Countryfile’ presenting team since 2012. In 2013, Helen was able to feed her love for travel by co-presenting BBC 1’s ‘Holiday Hit Squad’. Most recently, Helen presents ‘The Instant Gardener’, which aired on BBC Daytime and has guest presented five episodes of ITV’s ‘Lorraine’. Charity work plays a big role in Helen’s life and as a Sports Relief and Comic Relief Ambassador. Helen has travelled to Sierra Leone, Uganda and South Africa to help victims of abuse and terminally ill children. As well as highlighting the vital work of Save the Children and Children in Need, going to India as part of Operation Smile and helping young children born with cleft lips and palates have corrective surgery.
If that isn’t enough, Helen Skelton has also become a successful author and has published the popular Children’s adventure book ‘Amy Wild: Amazon Summer.’
"Helen managed to rope Olly Murs to help her with the first link and after that quickly settled in to live presenting. Helen was chatting to everyone backstage and was a real pleasure to work with. Sarah Hollis of Production North said Helen was the one of the best presenters we have had. Sarah looks at it from an ability to keep the crowd properly entertained between the links as well as how easy and professional someone is to work with....thank you to Helen!"
Girl Guiding Uk Big Gig Concerts
"The event went very well overall and Helen was very popular amongst all the guests (kids and adults). She mixed well with the senior members of the organisations involved, and her speech in the morning was well received. She met the brief she had been given perfectly, speaking with genuine interest. The evening presentation also went very well – the guests were keen to hear of Helen’s experiences and again very well received!"
Fire IMC: Tollymore National Outdoor Centre Launch
"Helen was absolutely excellent on Friday at the Paragon Vets special evening at Carlisle Racecourse. I'm sure that won't come as any surprise! She was friendly, natural, endlessly patient with the kids, and really good fun. She did a great talk which really gave us an insight into her adventures, and won herself lots more fans!"
Paragon Veterinary Evening