Conference 2019 - Speakers
Geoff Miller OBE
Geoff Miller, affectionately known as “Dusty” spent twenty years as a professional cricket player, representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England, traveling to all the major test playing countries and playing with or against all the present-day greats. To which he freely admits “I wasn't one of them.” In his own words “I was a comparatively boring bread and butter cricketer who was only selected in the team to allow all the brilliant flair players to perform with freedom.”
Apart from cricket, Geoff's greatest attribute was the ability to keep his team mates amused with his hilarious dry northern humour which he now brings to the after dinner speaking stage from his roots in Chesterfield. By virtue of the sport he was in, and the life he has led, Geoff now possesses a whole host of brilliant anecdotes and stories about himself and his colleagues.
Following his success as an England Test Selector for almost eight years, Geoff was appointed Head of the England Selectors in 2008 and retired after the England’s victorious Ashes tour in the UK in 2013. He was appointed OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to cricket.
Richard "Dick" Griffin LVO
Dick was appointed to the Metropolitan Police in 1970. In 1981, as an Inspector, he was posted to Royalty protection where he remained until his retirement in 2013.
During his service with this Unit he was the protection officer for HRH Prince Edward and the Duke of Edinburgh. In 1999 he was appointed a Protection Officer to HM The Queen, with whom he worked for the next 14yrs. In 2013 Her Majesty personally conferred on him the Honour of Lieutenant of the Royal Victoria Order.
Looking back over the years he worked with members of the Royal Family it is not surprising he is regularly asked to recount his experiences.
Steve Nallon is an actor, writer and voice artist. He began work as a performer in 1976 on the Northern Working Men's Club circuit in his home county of Yorkshire. After University he went on to became a founder team member of the cult television series SPITTING IMAGE, providing voices for Roy Hattersley, Margaret Thatcher, David Attenborough, Bruce Forsyth, David Frost, Alan Bennett and many more.
Since then Steve has worked as an actor in all aspects of the media from film and television to radio and theatre.
As a writer he has made contributions to many magazines and books, written extensively for radio and has recently completed his first novel.
Performing at the BBQ on Friday night!
Saxophonist Lindsey Peacock trained at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded MMus with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012. Based in Bedfordshire, Lindsey enjoys a varied freelance career and has performed in venues all over the UK and Europe including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican theatre and Vortex Jazz Club.
Lindsey regularly performs at functions with her saxophone quartet Saxophonix and has performed in many festivals, including live radio/ TV broadcasts, with folk/fusion bands The Stamp Collective, Wafecome and free-improvisation group Wardenclyffe Trio.
Lindsey is also passionate about education and community work and has worked in South America, South-East Asia and the Middle-East, collaborating, performing and leading creative music workshops.