Dr David Bryon is the former Managing Director of bmibaby, which grew to become one of the Europe’s largest low cost airlines under his leadership. He now enjoys a successful media career that includes a highly popular after-dinner comedy routine (based around flying), professional business speaking, awards evening host, conference facilitator, and TV presenting. He is a regular guest on various national programmes including Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 2, BBC News 24, and Sky News. His client list is impressive, and includes Accenture, Barclays Bank, BP, Sun MicroSystems, the FA, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, and the Kuwait National Government.
David was born and raised in the SE of England. He completed a degree and PhD at the University of Liverpool before becoming involved with the early evolution of the internet and ecommerce. He moved to America in 1996 and continued to work within the ecommerce sector. He also started writing a humorous newspaper column looking at life in America through the eyes of a cynical Englishman. This became very successful and also led to David hosting his own TV talk show that broadcast on a regional cable channel.
David returned to the UK in 2000 to take-up a position with the airline bmi, and was part of the senior management team that set-up the low cost carrier bmibaby in 2002. He was Commercial Director for 18 months before being appointed Managing Director. Since leaving David has returned to the media and has built and excellent reputation as both a professional business speaker and a highly amusing after-dinner speaker. His knowledge and experience provide a wealth of hilarious stories and tales from the aviation industry that entertain audiences of all types.
“I have been running the dinner for the past 13 years over which time we have had some very good speakers but only 2 who I could say we’re truly outstanding. The first was Garry Richardson of BBC Sport and the second was you. All of the feedback has been exceptional. A great performance and thank you for working the auction.” Richard Gray, Institute of mechanical Engineers
“Thanks David. You were brilliant and the event was great fun. I started to get emails already about how much the attendees enjoyed the event. Thanks for a great night.” Jim Smith, Editor, Janes Transport Finance Awards
“You did a great job on Thursday night David. It went down very well, with a number of people specifically mentioning your slot as the highlight of the night – many thanks!” David Black, President, CIHT West Midlands
“I wanted to say thank you to David for his speech and hosting our awards dinner. In short, he was absolutely brilliant. David was the first on stage to kick off the awards evening which is not the easiest time to “WOW” guests however, he had the audience in stitches within seconds of his performance and continued in delivering the awards seamlessly. Lucy Baker, Director, DSA Annual Awards & Dinner
“We loved having you – thank you for providing such great entertainment as well as running the awards part of the show for us. You made sure that we finished on time and were the perfect host for last night. So a very big thank you from all of us, you really did a terrific job”. Antonia Carew, IHS Jane’s International Awards
“Thank you for a really great presentation at the Awards evening and keynote conference. Everybody loved it and it hit exactly the right note.” Karen Bull, MidlandHR
“Thanks for doing such a great job, both hosting the awards and the speech after dinner. It was well received by all those I spoke to after the event. You’re a hard act to follow – so we have had to hire an astronaut to host the event in New York next week and I’m already wondering how we can maintain the standard next year!” Richard Bayliss, Smiths Detection Group Ltd
“Thank you again for your excellent presentation and facilitation at our Conference on Saturday. I think that’s the most productive sessions we’ve had, and also one of the most fun ones. We had an excellent response from members, and you should rightly be proud of your presentation skills.” Simon Forrester, Chief Executive, Association of Interior Specialists annual conference
“BIG THANKS TO YOU! Feedback from the event has been that this was the best yet. You certainly went down very well. Your Cabin Crew safety briefing was absolutely hysterical. Many thanks, and well done.” Elisa Dix, Sun Microsystems National Partner Awards
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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