Rotary District 1260 - Conference 2018

Conference 2018 - Speakers

Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie is a multi award winning journalist, one of the BBC's most experienced foreign correspondents and a recognised face as a BBC News presenter.

Born in Bolton, Lancashire he studied law at the University of Sussex. He gained a place on the BBC's prestigious journalism trainee scheme in 1988, starting in local radio and progressing through the ranks from regional television to network TV and radio reporting in 1992.

As well as regularly presenting on the BBC News Channel and the 1pm and 10pm news bulletins on BBC1, Clive continues to make features and programmes for Panorama, Newsnight and Radio 4. Read More

Clive became a full time foreign correspondent in 1996, first being posted to Japan. Since then he has held some of the most important posts in foreign newsgathering including Washington Correspondent, Europe Correspondent, Asia Correspondent and Africa Correspondent. Clive has reported from more than 80 countries on some of the most important news events over the last 20 years including the wars in Croatia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2002, during the Iraq War he was "embedded" with Royal Marines from 40 Commando, part of the British Armed forces. In 1996, he covered the rise of the Taliban and their conquest of Afghanistan and after the September 11 attacks, covered their downfall.

Clive has a particular interest in US politics covering the administrations of three Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama,) and reported on numerous Congressional midterm elections and three Presidential races up to present day with Donald J Trump. In 2010, he anchored the BBCs coverage of the midterm congressional polls.

Clive has also presented a number of documentaries including a BBC special on the life of President Obama.

He has won awards in Monte Carlo, citations in the United States (from the EMMY committee) and the UK (a Screen Nations award.). Clive has also been twice nominated for France's prestigious Bayeux War Correspondent award and was part of the BBC team nominated for a BAFTA for coverage of the devastating floods in Mozambique in 2000. In 2016, he was nominated for an EMMY award in the US for coverage of the Nepal earthquake.

In 2016, Clive was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Staffordshire for services to journalism.

Away from his “day job” Clive indulges in other interests in the arts- film and music, especially jazz.

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Talan Skeels-Piggins

Talan Skeels-Piggins

In March 2003, Talan Skeels-Piggins suffered the motorcycle accident that was to define his life.

Left paralysed from the mid chest down, and told he would spend up to two years in hospital upon admission, Talan defied expectations to be discharged only six and a half months later.

Undaunted by his injuries, he set about a series of challenges to prove to himself and the world that being in a wheelchair would not stop him from what he wanted to do.

In less than a year, he had returned to his passion for ski-ing in a specially adapted sit-ski.

But even that was not enough of a challenge and he set himself a goal of representing Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

You will hear about his personal journey to this goal and the other exciting challenges he set himself.

Vic Goddard

Vic Goddard

Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy, Harlow Essex, who featured in the Television Programme Educating Essex will describe his experiences and the challenges of turning around what was described as a ‘failing school’

Mr Goddard is the head teacher we all wish we'd had - he knows every single student's name and admits that he's a bit of a soft touch. He cares passionately about the school, working 14 hour days to make sure it's the best it can be. A teacher for almost 20 years, Mr Goddard has been head for four, and saw the school to its first 'Outstanding' Ofsted report.

He's also a dedicated dad, with a wife who is the Inclusion Manager at the school.

'Everything happens here... you do so many things. I go home and say to my wife: 'Today I was a social worker, I was a marriage guidance councillor, I was this, I was that and I did a bit of head teachering on the way as well',' he says.

Anne Wafula Strike MBE

Anne Wafula Strike MBE

Anne Wafula Strike MBE, provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement and excellence across a broad range of life situations.

From contracting polio as a very small child, you will learn of the many struggles she had to overcome in Kenya to achieve her first goal of getting an education and going to university to become a first class teacher herself.

After the birth of her son, Tim, she took up sport and became a Paralympian within 3 years and had a distinguished career in wheelchair racing, which saw her travel the world to compete against her peers.

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