Speaker / Host
Nicki Chapman is a gifted speaker, highly skilled event host, TV presenter and broadcaster. Furthermore Nicki brings a real sparkle to every event. An exceptionally lovely person, she is an event planner/speaker booker’s dream.
About Nicki Chapman
Nicki Chapman is best known for presenting such programmes as the BBC’s ‘Wanted Down Under’ and ‘Escape to the Country’. One of the cohosts of the annual Chelsea Flower Show, Nicki also stands in for Zoe Ball and Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2.
Nicki Chapman was born in Canterbury, Kent living by the sea in Herne Bay with her sister and parents. After leaving school at 16 and spending three years at the local college, wanderlust encouraged Nicki to visit Australia. She fell in love with the place and returned to the UK to get organised for emigrating there. However, whilst waiting for her visa, the lure of London and the music industry beckoned. This changed her career path and life forever.
At 21, Nicki worked her way up in the music industry starting off as a Promotions’ Assistant at MCA Records. She quickly became one of the youngest publicists in the industry. Subsequently, she 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 many leading music greats. They included the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Charlotte Church, Take That, Phil Collins, Billie Piper, David Bowie, Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse. It was also responsible for the PR for the ‘BRIT Awards’ and the ‘Big Breakfast’.
It was during this time Nicki Chapman was approached by ITV to judge a brand new entertainment show called ‘Popstars’ (2000). 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. Again she was 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 Chapman has presented numerous factual/entertainment programmes. These include the ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’, ‘Wanted Down Under’ and ‘Escape to the Country’.
Nicki Chapman and her other TV Work
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’. She came second. She also partnered with 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.
She sits on the steering committee for ‘Sport Relief’ and has travelled to Uganda and Ghana for charity.
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. She is married to the music exec David Shakleton.
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!
"Nicki was superb at a recent launch event we managed for our property client. She arrived well briefed and completely looked the part – definitely adding the glamour of a TV presenter to our event. Nicki also spent a lot of time getting to know more about our client, and when speaking to event visitors was impressively ‘on message’ for us whilst still coming across in a very natural and accessible manner. It was lovely to see how our event visitors were already so fond of Nicki from seeing her TV shows, they really did warm to her and she did a great job making them feel a bit special at our event."
Absolute PR and Marketing
"Nicki Chapaman engaging, kind and interested with all the visitors and staff at our event, but she was also genuinely interested in the details about our properties and our offer. It certainly wasn’t a superficial interest, she really wanted to understand what we were about and it was a joy to hear her chatting to our visitors later on about the appeal and benefits of our properties. Nicki’s involvement definitely helped contribute to making our launch a great success."
"Nicki Chapman’s enthusiasm and naturally engaging charisma captivated our young female equestrian athletes as she told her story of starting in the PR Industry and then going on to manage household names in the music industry as well and carving a successful career in the media. The consummate professional, Nicki researched her audience and the requirements of our brief and delivered a key note presentation that will have had a lasting positive impact on this group of riders."
British Equestrian Federation
"Nicki was absolutely fabulous at our recent Business Awards evening, we couldn’t have asked for a better person for the job! Her speech was interesting, engaging and motivational – it was exactly what we were looking for and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Nicki was very personable and made a huge effort to be friendly to everyone. She really made our award winners feel very special. Nicki was a pleasure to work with and we would love to see her again!"