During 32 years as a television journalist Martyn anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBC TV, and now works extensively in the voluntary sector.
His current charity roles include Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee, the Commission on the Donor Experience and the DCMS Civil Society Implementation Group. He is President of “Fixers” and United Response, Vice President of Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospices UK, and Patron of the Patchwork Foundation and Dementia UK. He recently served six years as Chairman of NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations), the main umbrella organisation for the sector, during which he chaired an Inquiry into levels of senior executive pay in the voluntary sector. A long-time campaigner for “solutions-focused journalism”, he remains Chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project, Patron of Positivenews.org.uk and a Director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation).
In 2013 he returned to broadcasting to present a weekly interview programme called “Agenda” on “The Wireless”, a new radio station for the over-50s” created by the charity Age UK. Martyn regularly gives speeches, chairs conferences and debates (most recently for the ICO, Barclays and the Charity Commission), and in June 2017 will launch his new company, Your Big Day Ltd, making unique use of historic archive film & video over the last century. He is also a director of Myperformancelearning.com, which has developed a new method for improving academic performance.
The several books he has written include, Reflections on Success, for which he interviewed 67 prominent achievers from many walks of life – ranging from Tony O’Reilly and Shimon Peres to Michael Palin and Billy Connolly, from Tony Blair and F.W.de Klerk to Sir Anthony Hopkins, Judy Dench and Lynford Christie. Another inspirational publication was Go For It – Maryn Lewis’s Essential Guide to Opportunities for Young People.
Martyn was awarded a CBE in 1997, and a knighthood in the 2016 New Year Honours List for services to the voluntary sector.
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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Inspiring presentation by Sir Martyn Lewis.
… warm, impassioned speech!