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Blaire Palmer

Blaire Palmer is a former BBC Journalist and radio producer. For a decade she worked on some of the UK’s flagship news and current affairs shows.  Currently she coaches individuals and teams, and is a highly popular speaker particularly around leadership and change.

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Since 2000, future of leadership speaker, Blaire Palmer, has been helping organizations drive real change in their businesses and create places where people can come and do their best work. A former BBC Journalist, she is the author of 3 successful books on leadership and is regularly quoted in the media.

Blaire Palmer, draws on more than 20 years’ experience challenging, provoking and guiding senior leaders as they try to figure out how their people and their organisations can thrive in these fast-changing times. Our relationship with work is on the verge of a disruption the likes of which we haven’t seen since the industrial revolution. That means the expectations of our people, the environment which brings out their best and even the role that business plays in the wider world is up for reinvention. Covering hybrid working, empowerment and engagement, diversity and equity, leadership and motivation and anticipating future work trends, Blaire busts myths about leadership and change, and stimulates audiences with real life stories and fresh ideas to rethink what it means to lead in the 21st Century. Blaire speaks with authority and empathy, based both on her extensive business experience and her training as a coach. Her presentations are full of energy and enthusiasm.

Known for combining warmth and charm with a no nonsense, straight talking style, she inspires audiences and leadership teams alike with her fresh ideas

Speaking topics

• Leadership and Motivation
• Organisational Culture Change
• Hybrid working and collaboration
• Empowerment and Engagement
• Diversity and Inclusion
• The future world of work


The Hyper-creative Personality: How to Focus Your Ideas and Become the Most Successful Person You Know, published in 2007 (New Holland).
The Recipe for Success: What Really Successful People Do and How You Can Do it Too, published in 2009. (A&C Black)
What’s Wrong with Work: the five frustrations of work and how to fix them for good, Published in October 2010 (John Wiley & Sons)
Blaire has also been asked to write a new book by US publisher Fox Chapel.

Feedback includes:

A very energising, fresh, relevant even provoking but still enthusiastic and positive presentation. A warm share show based on strong experience in the field. A real inspirational speaker!” Bruno Meijer, Airbus

“Blaire Palmer gave insight to the core of what it takes to be a leader today. Blaire brought a sense of realism, humour and practicality to an energising session, leaving a deep impression on the audience”. Ian Gregory – Head of Learning and Development at Foreign Commonwealth Office

Blaire’s interactive and engaging session on behaviour change was the perfect fit for our conference. Her fascination with leadership and change shone through and she presented our audience with an array of real take-home advice that resonated with everyone in the room”. Luke Nichols – Editor edie.net (sponsors of Sustainability Live)

Blaire Palmer was everything the EAIE wanted in a leadership speaker. In only 45 minutes she was able to turn everyone’s perceptions of leadership and management on its head. Blaire was extremely relevant and was able to clearly and simply get her message across to our international audience. She is a must have for any conference! Highly recommended!” Nicole Hardaker Conference Programme Coordinator, European Association for International Education (EAIE).

Blaire captivated our audience in presenting her experience and advice with regard to empowering McCormick’s staff to succeed and develop. She was upbeat, engaging and gave us confidence that we are on the right journey with regard to diversity in our company.” Melanie Williams, VP Human Resources EMEA, McCormick UK Ltd

Blaire’s presentation was inspiring, relevant, fresh and fun. There was a great sense of collaboration at our Top 100 Leaders meeting today and that was, in no small way, down to the thought-provoking messages and enthusiasm that Blaire brought to the event. Just what we needed.” Petar Cvetkovic, Chief Executive, DX Group

Blaire offers a wealth of experience in her field, all relevant to today’s business demands, and coupled with an engaging, warm and thought- provoking delivery style, has given me and my colleagues some valuable insights and actions to take and make a positive difference!” Kosta Christofi, Santander UK

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