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District 1090 Speaker List

This list is maintained by the D1090 MPRC Committee to capture details of any speakers recommended by clubs or individuals who may be of interest to other clubs in the district. Please send your recommendations to

Date Added Name (click for contact details) Introduced by Subject(s)/Organisation / Rotary Project
 15/06/2016  Dorothy Dix
Greg Wilkinson
 Creating Better Futures : Member of Reading Matins and CEO of the charity, Dorothy Dix gives a passionate talk about how her upbringing in Zimbabwe was influenced by Rotary and how education was the key to her attaining her potential. She provides a good slide presentation and offers opportunities for members to support children in Zimbabwe.
 15/06/2016  Alan Wolstencroft Numerous happy people!
Making a Real Difference: A recipient of the prestigious Rotary Service Above Self Award, Alan first went on a Rotary Mission Challenge Team to Sierra Leone for a "one off" life experience. He has now visited 9 times as a Rotary volunteer. His talk covers his 11 year journey, undertaking many "hands on" building projects, changing lives by developing 4 school communities in Freetown. With the support of Banbury Rotary Club, several Clubs and many Rotarians in 1090, Alan has raised over £180,000 for Sierra Leone projects.
 Ray Edwards
 Rotary Club of Wokingham
Limbcare:  Ray is the founder and chairman of this award-winning charity, which offers hope, advice and peer support to amputee/limb impaired individuals, communities, families and others impacted around them.  A quadruple amputee since 1987, Ray is an inspirational motivational speaker for the corporate sector.
 5/03/2016  Dr Stephen Allen
 Rotary Club of Pangbourne
 Prostate Cancer UK – Dr Allen has been treated for prostate cancer himself. He is now retired but was a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He gives an excellent, interesting and informative presentation on prostate cancer which would be of equal interest to the men and ladies in the club.
12/02/2016 William Wolff  RIBI
  1.  Integration in an age of unprecedented mass migration
  2. In a secular age, should faiths be allies or remain rivals?
  3. Prime Ministers I have known
 28/11/2015  Dr Jim McWhirter Rotary Club of Henley Bridge
 Following great success with many life saving projects in hospitals in rural Uganda, his talks now include
Saving mothers and babies in Uganda by supporting rural mission hospitals and How to do a Global Grant

An inspiring story of how working together really does change lives. Not to be missed! See also his latest news from where it all started

 2/8/2015 Antony Wood
Several clubs
Those clubs who have had the privilege of hearing Antony's talk on Never the Same River will be delighted to hear that this excellent speaker has added more titles to his repetoire. Read more
29/7/2015 John Dunsterville
Bourne End & Cookham and others
From Rock'n'Roll to Rocking Chair: John 'Dusty' Dunsterville is an extremely talented professional musician. He takes his audience on a witty romp through his career to date, providing an amusing commentry on the social history of our times along the way. Lavishly illustrated with songs and archive photos - not a PowerPoint in sight! Read more .........
29/6/2014 Richard Anderson Pangbourne Rotary Club Wot is it?: Combining his passion for antiques with his dedication to End Polio Now, which includes participation in National Immunisation Days in India, Richard brings with him items from his fascinating and extensive collection of unusual antiques and invites his audience to identify the objects in a light-hearted yet highly educational quiz to raise funds for End Polio Now. Read an appraisal ......
3/4/2014 Antony Wood

Windsor & Eton, endorsed by Bicester & many others

Never The Same River: Much of Antony Wood's working life has been involved in the help we can provide to young people to develop the interpersonal skills and knowledge needed to earn their living. For 10 years he was National Director of the not for profit Understanding Industry. This talk, based on his recently published memoirs, sensitively traces his journey from unusual childhood to how he came to dedicate his time to understanding the British economy with an aim to helping the next generation.
13/5/2013 Karen Abbs Mike Clark, Kingham & Daylesford Medecins sans Frontieres UK will respond very quickly to your online request and arrange for a local MSF volunteer who has recently returned from frontline duty to visit and present a moving account of the charity's amazing work in conflict more.
11/4/2013 Judith Diment Several clubs The End-game Strategy for Polio 2013-2018. As Chairman of the Rotary International Polio Advocacy Committee from July 2013, Judith is well known for her tireless work to End Polio Now. We are within the final inch of achieving complete eradication. Hear more about Rotary's role in how this can be done.
16/3/2013 Trevor Walker Pinner Rotary Prostate Cancer UK: Trevor, a survivor of this disease that affects one in eight men, is now an official voluntary awareness speaker and will be pleased to give a presentation to your club. Download more details
15/3/2013 Mike Ware District 1090 Bicester RC and many more! Interact and Rotaract: Mike's work with the younger family of Rotary is truly inspirational, with clubs springing up all over the District. The Conference 2013 presentation by the Bourne End & Cookham Interactors and visitors from Zambia was an excellent example of the far-reaching benefits of such clubs.
29/8/2012 Tim Thorn Paul Jackson, RC Kingham & the Wychwoods Diamonds are Forever Stolen. After a very eventful career in the RAF, with several daring 'near misses', Tim became Head of Security at De Beers. During this time, with the aid of the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, he foiled an attempt to steal the £350 million display of Diamonds from the Millennium Dome
29/8/2012 Sir Eric Anderson Paul Jackson, RC Kingham & the Wychwoods
Tales of Eton.  Having taught at Gordonstoun and Fettes College, where he was Tony Blair's Housemaster before becoming Head Master at Eton College while David Cameron was there, Sir Eric was for a time in the position of having been involved in the education of the heir to the British throne and the leaders of the two biggest British political parties.
21/8/12 Michael MacKenzie Liz Yardley, RC Bicester Around the World in 80 Ways: Spinal cord injured in 1993 and now Chairman and Founder of the Poppa Guttmann Trust, Mike has undertaken some amazing journeys and is an inspirational speaker. Closely involved with WheelPower, is willing to talk to clubs and help raise funds for Rotary's contribution to WheelAppeal
20/8/12 David Barrett International Committee Nyumbani : A number of Rotarians and friends have spent time in Kenya offering practical support for this International project
20/8/12 Peter Hughes International Committee Shelterbox coordination and resources in District 1090
20/8/12 Jon Hallet Greg Wilkinson National Immunisation Days in India
20/8/12 Adrian Stabbins Greg Wilkinson National Immunisation Days in India
6/5/2012 Festival Spirit David Barnett RC Abingdon Vesper Charity supported by Vesper which takes young people with serious disabilities or life-limiting diseases to music festivals. Rtns. Paul Thompson and Steve Clarke will be pleased to talk to your club about this excellent scheme
28/4/2012 Andrew Fairbairn Liz Yardley, RC Bicester Andrew does a great presentation on Aquabox and Aqua filters
8/5/11 Royal Navy Presentation Team Stuart Hyde RC Bourne End & Cookham Building 59, Ground Floor, RAF Northolt West End Road, Middx HA4 6NG
8/5/11 Dr Gordon Sellars Nigel Shock RC Pinner Watford Workshop
8/5/11 Eleanor Cracknell Nigel Shock RC Pinner  
27/11/10 Major Michael Thorp (Retired) Nigel Shock RC Pinner Gurka Welfare Trust
28/07/10 Wendy Dawson David Barnett, Abingdon Vesper The Ley Community Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre (Established about 40 years ago with significant support from Oxford Rotary Club)
5/12/09 Dr Jim McWhirter Rotary Club of Henley Bridge
1.  Saving mothers and babies in Uganda by supporting rural mission hospitals
2.  How to do a Global Grant
30/07/09 Andrew Fairbairn Rotary Clubs of Banbury, Bicester

The Fairbairn Challenge: Amazing journey by kyak, cycle and foot from the Scilly Isles to Muckle Flugga in Shetland in support of the Leonard Cheshire Disability appeal for Schools 4 All in Africa