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The Reverend Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer, actor, witty after dinner speaker and priest and former pop star with The Communards. Following up on a successful media career Richard trained for a priesthood in the Church of England. Meanwhile he continues to work in broadcasting, with Newsnight and as an opera reviewer, Songs of Praise and as a panellist on Have I Got News For You. In 2011 he became the regular host of BBC 4’s Saturday Live programme “Richard was excellent – indeed, he is probably the best received speaker/host we have had in many years. I think he won a lot if new fans at the awards. He was witty and humane, and also managed the ceremony on time – even though we had an unexpected charity auction to fit in!” Mark Moran, Managing Editor, Landor L|I|N|K|S Limited

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