How Peter Can
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After dinner

Peter is an engaging, humorous and quick witted after dinner speaker who is guaranteed to captivate your audience from the moment he steps on stage. Peter has a wealth of experience speaking for gatherings of hoteliers, insurance institutes, healthcare professionals, business associations, manufacturers, London livery companies and many others. His speech will be tailored to the event and location.

Although most of Peter’s favourite stories come from his own life in the hospitality industry, he will aim to make his speech relevant to your event and your guests. Expect some self-deprecating humour from the very start plus a bit of shameless name dropping along the way!

My thanks again to you for being an essential and brilliant part of our Fellows’ Dinner. I appreciate all the care you take, and I enjoy working with you so much.
Sarah Peters
Institute of Hospitality
We have received so many wonderful comments about the dinner. You really did an amazing job, thank you.
Kate Byfield
The Pipeline Industries Guild
You ran the event so magnificently and were the perfect MC and Auctioneer raising over £125,000 on the evening for a very special charity. It certainly had its challenges which you navigated so brilliantly. Everyone commented on what a great job you did. So a very very BIG THANK YOU from everyone and in particular from me and Gerry.
Steve Radjen
Naomi House Charity
Thank you. It was perfectly pitched, and I know the team thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Richard Grove
COO Bespoke Hotels
One of the greatest pleasures of hosting our annual dinners and annual awards is working with Peter. He makes the enormous task of keeping the night to schedule and the audience engaged look effortless, with a mix of personal anecdotes and moments from the night. It wouldn’t be an Institute of Hospitality event without Peter's support, and I look forward to that long into the future.
Robert Richardson
Chief Executive- Institute of Hospitality
A great night, enhanced by your wit and wisdom as   always. I sincerely hope I can find another excuse to work with you again in the future!
Martin Burholt
ISS Facilities Management
Thank you so much again for joining us and compering our awards dinner. You were a dream to work with and nothing fazed you. The feedback from the guests was fantastic and your humour was spot on.
Neil Bird
Operations Director, BaxterStorey
Thank you for being so flexible; so easy to work with and so very entertaining!  Everyone had a super time and the feedback has been just extraordinary.  So many guests have written in, without being prompted, to share their delight.
Sarah Peters
Head of Events, Institute of Hospitality & Academy of Food & Wine Service
Peter was very well received…an entertaining after dinner speech.
Philip Bell
Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex
Spot on!
Adrian Bannister
Reunion des Gastronomes
Your speech was outstanding.
Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels
American Express
You were certainly the highlight of the evening with many kind messages from our guests on an utterly hilarious and exciting speech.
Mark Lowman
University of Surrey
We really really enjoyed Peter’s talk last night. He is incredibly funny with excellent timing and delivery. He read the audience well and had everyone in stitches. I can’t thank him enough. Everyone loved him.
David Penney
South Wales Materials Association
Thank you for delivering such a speech after our lunch at The Savoy…you were even more of a hit than I had hoped for! Our varied audience felt you had a good understanding of our business challenges and you were so darned funny at the same time…a perfect mix of serious business content with your very funny and engaging delivery…a truly enjoyable experience”
Anne Britton
UK Housekeepers Association
Peter did us proud at the 2013 National Hotel Marketing Conference. His insightful and entertaining presentation was a highlight of the day
Martin Evans
National Hotel Marketing Conference
Thank you for doing such a stunning job on Friday. I think all our guests were very happily surprised that we had such a great and funny speaker. As always your speech was perfect for the evening and very funny.
Pontus Carminger
Historic Sussex Hotels
Thank you for providing us with such an entertaining talk at the conference… a fantastic way to start the day
Val Hawkins
Mid Wales Tourism
Peter was invited to speak after dinner at our Bespoke Hotels awards. His humour, charisma and perfectly pitched speaking still leaves the team smiling today. We really don’t know who could possibly follow in his shoes next year, so we really need to book him again – Peter many thanks for making our evening as bespoke as you are...
Charlotte Summers
Bespoke Hotels Ltd
Despite having no knowledge of the marine surveying industry, Peter Hancock rose expertly to the challenge of engaging a truly international audience with his full range of genuinely funny stories, wit and natural charm when he came to speak at the International Institute of Marine Surveying Conference Dinner aboard HMS Belfast. Peter, you went down a storm. Many thanks.
Mike Schwarz
Chief Executive Officer, International Institute of Marine Surveying
Your after-lunch address was very much appreciated.
Tim Smith
JLT Speciality Ltd
…your excellent speech was integral to the occasion. Indeed, it was an honour to have you there
Mike Morgan
Director, The Welsh Rarebits Collection
I just wanted to thank you again for your support at last night’s alumni event, your talk was utterly engaging and inspirational.
Claire Holland
Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Business School
Your talk was superbly balanced between humour and some very relevant and salient comments….what a most excellent evening!
David Williams MBE
Chairman, North Wales Business Club

Conference Chair / MC

Peter is an experienced conference chair and will keep your programme running to time with professionalism and just a touch of gravitas. Unless specifically asked not to he will introduce some gentle humour to keep your audience engaged.

He has excellent time management skills, copes well with last minute changes and is sure to keep your day running smoothly.

Sharing a stage with Peter at various IoH events over the past two years has been an absolute career highlight, and I couldn't ask for a better master of ceremonies or stage partner.
Robert Richardson
CEO Institute of Hospitality
“Wow! Thank you for an absolutely astounding job yesterday”
Raoul de Souza
General Manager, Hilton London Bankside
Peter did a wonderful job keeping our conference running to time over two days. This was no mean feat with nearly 500 delegates and 16 speakers. His professionalism and humour are legendary.
Jonathan Slater
Chairman Master Innholders Leadership Conference
Thank you, Peter for being a superstar compere.
Lucy Boland
Marketing Director, Caterforce
A special thanks to the amazing Peter Hancock, our Conference & Awards Host for the night. You nailed it yet again.
HOSPACE 2022
You ran the event so magnificently and were the perfect MC and Auctioneer raising over £125,000 on the evening for a very special charity. It certainly had its challenges which you navigated so brilliantly. Everyone commented on what a great job you did. So a very very BIG THANK YOU from everyone and in particular from me and Gerry.
Steve Radjen
Naomi House Charity
A big thank you to Peter Hancock as always for his wit and flair as host extraordinaire!
Independent Hotel Show Awards 2022
Thank you Peter. You are THE BEST!
Cindy Taylor
Vice President- Preferred Hotels and Resorts
“Another huge thank you for your absolute professional compering on Friday. The feedback we have had has been overwhelming and your tone for the Queens tribute was so heart-warming. Thank you for that.”
Adele Oxberry
Founder & CEO Purple Umbrella Training
You were amazing! Your silky tones and very funny stories were exactly what we needed, it has lifted the event hugely.
Jamie Robbins
H2O Publishing (organisers of the TUCO Conference)
We are deeply appreciative of your role as Conference Chairman, managing the programme to perfect timing with effortless charm.
Stuart Bowery
General Manager, Grosvenor House Hotel
Thank you, Peter, for your outstanding assistance with the Preferred Global Conference in Monte Carlo. Your contributions were significant and greatly appreciated by all. Many thanks too for keeping our conference schedule on target. Your remarks were timely, clever and succinct. We truly enjoyed your humour, kindness and professionalism. We will be sure to be in touch for future events.
Cindy L. Taylor
Vice President, Global Meetings & Events – Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Peter - the team absolutely loved your session! They were referring to it all night and again this morning. Thank you so much
Martin Burholt
ISS Facility Services UK
The conference wouldn't be the same without you… you are so entertaining.
Andrew Stembridge
Chairman, Master Innholders
Thank you for all your help on making this year’s MI conference such a success...you were truly brilliant
Jonathan Raggett
Red Carnation Hotels
Your interview technique is exceptional… a perfect blend of entertainment, humour and professionalism
Stirling Johnstone
Hotelympia
Your contribution to the Independent Hotel Show was hugely valuable. Your interviews on stage were thoroughly enjoyable, insightful, entertaining and revealing. Thank you - it was a pleasure to work with you.
Henrietta Green
Independent Hotel Show 2012
Peter was excellent and pitched it just right. He had done some homework and there were very amusing references to us…our members asked him for an encore and he duly obliged. He was very amusing while drawing the raffle too.
Peter Davies
Solvents Industry Association
Thank you so much for chairing the conference yesterday. You did a great job with your time keeping and really entertained the audience, which isn’t always the case with some chairs I have to say
Sophie Clark
Conference Producer, Caterer and Hotelkeeper
On behalf of the St Julian Scholars, I wanted to sincerely thank you for acting as session chair once again at our autumn meeting. I have received numerous comments since the event from scholars who remarked that this was the best meeting yet and that is very much down to your continued input and support. Can we sign you up for next year?!
David Taylor
Chairman, St Julian Scholars
Peter stepped in at short notice to chair a very senior panel of Hospitality leaders. He was absolutely excellent with delegates commenting on him afterwards. He can make a topic understandable and also uses humour to great effect. Well done that man!
Carl Weldon
Chief Executive, HOSPA
Peter Hancock was the star of our Jubilee Ball. His speech was relevant to the audience and the area and hugely funny and entertaining. Having got the guests laughing, he then ran a slick charity auction helping the hosts raise thousands of pounds. Thank you so much.
Mark Nicholds
Business Manager, Bishop Luffa School
Thank you, as ever, for bringing together all the speakers in such a congenial way. Your delivery is always so enjoyable and enriched with topical and amusing anecdotes.
Edward Griffiths
CVO, Gold Service Scholarship
The annual dinner of our College of Fellows is our most prestigious event. Many guests have said that 2014 was our best ever, and Peter was a major factor in that success. His humour, spontaneity and wit delighted everyone and ensured that a great evening finished on a new high. Peter's easy style worked like a charm!
Peter Ducker
Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality
What can I say? You were simply magnificent on Monday evening… I can think of no-one who could conduct ceremonies as superbly as you. The timing was impeccable, the links effortless and the touches of humour beautifully judged.
Alastair Storey
Chairman, Gold Service Scholarship Board of Trustees
The combination of business experience, professionalism, flexibility, charm and being very funny is a rare range of qualities to be found in one person. Peter Hancock has it in spades! My client Caterforce who held their 2015 ‘Supplier’ conference at the Hinckley Island Hotel last week was voted as the best ever. This was confirmed in the deluge of congratulatory emails received by Nick Redford the MD of Caterforce where almost without exception Peter was mentioned as being brilliant. His banter with Rory Bremner during the awards ceremony was very funny and we the audience made Peter the winner on points. Thank you for making the conference a great success ….and unforgettable.
Graham Shelley
Managing Director, IMA Group
Thank you for being so great on at our event! It really helped the flow of the evening having you bridging the gap between the readers and the audience. You also set a lovely lighthearted tone which continued throughout the evening.
Alice Crookenden
Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation
You were an amazing session chair, charming, humorous and engaging whilst encouraging appropriate questions and keeping the event on track…You were fantastic!
Debbie Taylor
Chairman – General Managers’ Conference Committee, The Master Innholders Ltd.
Peter was a wonderful host for both our healthcare forum and gala dinner and our catering competitions gala dinner. Both large events have a very varied audience of skill and age range but Peter adapted to each, finding their levels and interacting with the audience on and off stage. He has such a professional and approachable manner making it easy to work with him and an absolute pleasure. Our client has asked for Peter to return but due to high demand he is unavailable for 2019 so I have already pencilled him in for 2020 not wanting to miss out. I would highly recommend Peter to host any prestigious event.
Jenna Saysell-Bailey
Event Director, H2O Publishing
Thank you for your amazing contribution to yesterday’s conference; the speakers may well have been excellent but without your superb hosting and humour it would certainly have been a much poorer event. I would love to involve you again if you would be interested in helping us…. Thank you once again Peter, you really were brilliant.
Jane Longhurst
CEO, Meetings Industry Association
It was an absolute pleasure to work with you yesterday at our Annual Dinner. The evening went very well from our point of view, and from the feedback received was a huge success. Thank you to you for your superb hosting on the night.
Mark Gleed
Director, MEG Events Ltd
A massive thank you Peter for all your support to the SJS over the recent year. Your assistance at the recent autumn meeting. You were vital to keeping us on time and making the whole event such a great success with your charm and wit in reading the situation just right for the audience. I cannot thank you enough and very much look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Nicholas Davies
Chairman, St Julian Scholars
I will be eternally grateful to you for hosting HOSPACE 2016 so fabulously. You were so easy to work with and took everything in your stride with a smile on your face. Your transition from 'daytime professional host' to the 'smooth MC' at the Gala Dinner was seamless and you carried off both roles with aplomb. Your humour and charm along with your good looks will ensure we invite you back year after year!
Jane Pendlebury
Chief Executive, HOSPA

Awards Host

Peter is a professional and engaging awards host, known for his quick thinking under pressure and the ability to add humour to any situation.

He is a regular host at a number of hospitality events such as the Independent Hotel Show, the Master Innholder conferences, HOSPACE and other events ranging from healthcare to engineering.

You are always able to hold the audience so masterfully and deliver the proceedings with such humour, and the reception would never be the same without your skilful touch.

   
Edward Griffiths CVO
Trustee and Chairman of Judges, Gold Service Scholarship
It was a pleasure to have you at the Purple Umbrella Awards as always, huge thanks to you… a very safe pair of hands for us
Jenni Clarke
Umbrella Training

As per, you were fabulous and well researched on the topics and speakers - it doesn’t go unnoticed! I just wanted to say a huge thank you from the board, who yet again happily sung your praises.

With your quick wit and attention to detail, you make the event run smoothly and make everyone feel at ease (even with the difficult subjects and questions.)

 
JENNA SAYSELL-BAILEY
Events Director- H20 Publishing

I was delighted to have you as the MC for our awards last. Truly you did a fantastic job!

James Clarke MI
Splendid Hospitality Group
Your MC’ing was impeccable, entertaining and flawless.
Sam Riches
The Savoy
It was a great evening and your professionalism and humour really added to the occasion.
Daniel Moriss-Jeffery
Events Manager - Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
One of the greatest pleasures of hosting our annual dinners and annual awards is working with Peter. He makes the enormous task of keeping the night to schedule and the audience engaged look effortless, with a mix of personal anecdotes and moments from the night. It wouldn’t be an Institute of Hospitality event without Peter's support, and I look forward to that long into the future.
Robert Richardson
Chief Executive- Institute of Hospitality
A great night, enhanced by your wit and wisdom as   always. I sincerely hope I can find another excuse to work with you again in the future!
Martin Burholt
ISS Facilities Management
Thank you, so much, Peter. My team and I are hugely grateful for your support!
Robert Richardson
Chief Executive - Institute of Hospitality
A big thank you to Peter Hancock as always for his wit and flair as host extraordinaire!
Independent Hotel Show Awards 2022
Peter’s attention to detail from his meticulous planning of the day through to the faultless execution with just the right amount of ceremony interspersed with his inimitable charm and wit was perfect. Peter is quite simply the best of the best.
Nicholas Dickinson
Owner, Congham Hall Hotel
A splendid balance of fun and seriousness.
Robert Walton MBE
Young Chef Young Waiter Awards
Peter was brilliant. I was a bit nervous about how much of a brief Peter would need but he made it so simple and completely matched the tone of the event and audience. He was the ideal compere and such a gentleman
Nicky Kipriksiz
PA to Group Sales and Marketing Director, Bidfood
The enjoyment by our 300 Guests attending the Gold Service Scholarship Awards at Claridge’s was made more so by the splendid way in which you managed the platform party, orchestrated the awards presentation and delighted the audience with your perceptive wit and delightful humour. Thank you for helping make the evening such a big success.
David Battersby OBE.
Secretary to The Trustees, Gold Service Scholarship
The combination of business experience, professionalism, flexibility, charm and being very funny is a rare range of qualities to be found in one person. Peter Hancock has it in spades! My client Caterforce who held their 2015 ‘Supplier’ conference at the Hinckley Island Hotel last week was voted as the best ever. This was confirmed in the deluge of congratulatory emails received by Nick Redford the MD of Caterforce where almost without exception Peter was mentioned as being brilliant. His banter with Rory Bremner during the awards ceremony was very funny and we the audience made Peter the winner on points. Thank you for making the conference a great success ….and unforgettable.
Graham Shelley
Managing Director, IMA Group
Thank you for your great hosting at the awards. It is not an easy gig but you held it together and helped us to create what was one of the best events to date.
Tim Etchells
SME London
…your ability to manage and entertain an audience is sublime. This year with the added excitement of the attendance of Her Majesty the Queen you still kept events flowing effortlessly and with such a friendly and warm tone. I can think of no-one who represents hospitality better and we are deeply indebted to you.
Alastair Storey
Chairman, Gold Service Scholarship
Thank you so much for your all your assistance yesterday with the finals of UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2016. Your witty and informative delivery really helped keep the proceedings light and made for an enjoyable guest experience.
Suzanne Weekes
Executive Director, Academy of Food and Wine Service
Peter was a wonderful host for both our healthcare forum and gala dinner and our catering competitions gala dinner. Both large events have a very varied audience of skill and age range but Peter adapted to each, finding their levels and interacting with the audience on and off stage. He has such a professional and approachable manner making it easy to work with him and an absolute pleasure. Our client has asked for Peter to return but due to high demand he is unavailable for 2019 so I have already pencilled him in for 2020 not wanting to miss out. I would highly recommend Peter to host any prestigious event.
Jenna Saysell-Bailey
Event Director, H2O Publishing
It was an absolute pleasure to work with you yesterday at our Annual Dinner. The evening went very well from our point of view, and from the feedback received was a huge success. Thank you to you for your superb hosting on the night.
Mark Gleed
Director, MEG Events Ltd
Thank you for once again being a wonderful host at our little event.
Lara Kenny
Creative Manger – Baxter Storey
I will be eternally grateful to you for hosting HOSPACE 2016 so fabulously. You were so easy to work with and took everything in your stride with a smile on your face. Your transition from 'daytime professional host' to the 'smooth MC' at the Gala Dinner was seamless and you carried off both roles with aplomb. Your humour and charm along with your good looks will ensure we invite you back year after year!
Jane Pendlebury
Chief Executive, HOSPA

Voiceover

Peter is used to working as the ‘Voice of God’ at large events, notably the annual Catey awards with over 1000 attendees.

He recently voiced The Pride of Britain advert for Classic FM which you can take a listen to here:

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