Whether you're new to The Knowledge Guild, or simply want to re-live a great night of speaker insights, check out our previous events below.

Peak Performance

Unlock Your Inner Rock Star with Experts on Peak Performance

Do you know what it takes to constantly perform at your peak in some of the most stressful situations, and be able to stay at the top?

Our October edition of The Knowledge Guild showcased some incredible experts who are rock stars in their chosen fields.

The event was hosted by June Sarpong, one of the most recognised faces of British Television and headlined British Touring Car Champion Nicolas Hamilton, the on screen diversity Executive at Channel 4 Naomi Sesay, and legend in the music world and on tour with P!nk, Mark Schulman.


Let’s Unlock our Potential to Innovate and Achieve the Unimaginable

Diversity is the untapped natural resource we are yet to fully conquer. When we come together, each of us with a brilliant mind who thinks, sees and acts differently, we go beyond what we thought was possible.

October 2018 saw the Knowledge Guild partnership showcase an inspiring line-up who will share their compelling stories and guide us into a new way of thinking. Together, we’ll realise the unlocked potential that is ready to be harnessed.

Konnie Huq was joined by Martine Wright MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and John Amaechi OBE for an incredible night of inspiration and reflection.

Putting Meaning into Life:

How generational differences are ripping up the rule book

Social change is influencing every aspect of our world. Politics, equality, the workplace, the environment, brand interaction and customer transactions. We find the best designers are those who making the world a better place with work that prioritizes people over products. Millennials and Generation Z are challenging all of us in entirely new ways with a pervasive hunger for purpose.

Our summer 2018 Knowledge Guild arrived at a pivotal time for social change and we were thrilled to be joined with our audience for an evening of fascinating discussions and insights exploring generational differences and how the rule book is changing.

Our host, Georgie Barrat from The Gadget Show, was joined by Professor Noreena Hertz, Sam Conniff and Johnny Cupcakes offering up their unique take on the transitions we are currently going through in this exciting journey to discover how we can all prosper during this exciting period in our history.

Game-Changers: People, Ideas & Inventions That Disrupted The World

Looking at the movers and shakers from the worlds of sport, health and culture, our first Knowledge Guild of 2018 was a night to celebrate some visionary leaders who’ve thrown out the rule book and found another way to play the game: Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF, Olympic Champion & Chairman of London 2012; Marc Koska, inventor of the K1 Auto-Disable Syringe responsible for saving countless lives; Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation & first female Controller of BBC One; and Ade Adepitan, TV presenter & Team GB Wheelchair Basketball player.

An evening hosted by news broadcaster Samantha Simmons, we took a compelling look in February 2018 at those who have influenced, shaped and fundamentally changed the society we live in today. Join us for a night of truly inspired concepts and hear from the people whose ideas and innovations have drastically altered the world as we know it.


What's The Big Idea? Growing Creative Thoughts Into Brands

We’ve all had those lightbulb moments of pure creative ingenuity, but what is it that takes a fleeting thought into a million-dollar solution? Bringing you the leading voices of marketing and branding, we invited you to feast your minds on our most imaginative Knowledge Guild yet in October 2017.

Offering the antidote to creative block, we had the likes of Jo Malone of Jo Loves, Dan Germain of innocent, Rafe Offer of Sofar Sounds, Kate Ancketill of GDR Creative Intelligence, and Holly Tucker of notonthehighstreet.com share the secrets behind their brands, large and small. With the witty and energetic Jeremy Vine hosting, it was an insightful night to remember!

Let's Talk: It's Time To Look After You - June 2017

Finding time for mindfulness in this chaotic modern world has never been easy, but in an effort to promote positivity and mental resilience, the second Knowledge Guild of 2017 brought together some of the leading voices in mental health to share their stories, expertise and practical tips on the topic, we can begin to break down the stigma and finally make time to look after you. 

Hosted by broadcaster Joanna Gosling, we were in awe, and sometimes tears, as our speakers revealed their experiences and advice around this important topic - former footballer Clarke Carlisle, Telegraph columnist and author Bryony Gordon, and sleep expert Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan. 

Extraordinary Lives: The Path To Achievement - February 2017

We kicked off February 2017 with a hearty dose of motivation! Hosted by star TV host and comedian Clive Anderson, we were enthralled and inspired by our line-up of motivational speakers and their extraordinary lives. 

Re-live a great night with our speakers - intrepid mountaineer Cathy O'Dowd, blind adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber and Paralympic Champion Liz Johnson.

What A Difference A Year Makes - November 2016

In a nod to the tumultuous nature of 2016, our November Knowledge Guild summed up an interesting series of events - from major political decisions to the Rio 2016 Olympics - and provided a look to what lies ahead as a result. 

One BBC Sport's most experienced presenters, Hazel Irvine both hosted the evening and gave a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes of Rio 2016. Meanwhile, business leader Kevin Gaskell talked us through the implications of Brexit for business owners; politician Douglas Alexander discussed the impact of decisions within both international and domestic politics; and futurist speaker Richard Watson explained how companies can explore emerging growth opportunities and plan ahead effectively by thinking through scenarios.

Data, Design & Disruption - June 2016

With Speakers Corner and The Brewery teaming up once again on June 13th 2016, our summer Knowledge Guild brought together the biggest names in the digital space to discuss the latest in data, design and disruption.

Digital Journalist of the Year Emma Barnett hosted a brilliant night of stimulating chat and thought-provoking speeches. We called to the stage the former MD of Google UK, Dan Cobley; the Creative Lab Technologist at Ogilvy Labs, Gemma Milne; and an award winning TV journalist from the Channel 4 team, Geoff White, to look beyond the corporate structures and illuminate what the latest disruptive technologies had in store for us - from the brightest innovations to cybercrime behaviour!

Above & Beyond: Get Going!  - Feb 2016

Tech, Trust & Transformation - Sept 2015

On 29th September 2015, we delved into technology - the methods, processes, goods and services integral to our lives!

We were delighted to welcome former TV Dragon Piers Linney; broadcast journalist Misha Glenny; and web psychologist Nathalie Nahai to the podium. Their thoughts, lessons and wisdom were brought together by host Kate Russell, a tech reporter appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology show Click.

A new year, a fresh start... we decided to make our Knowledge Guild on February 22nd all about motivation for 2016!

We assembled three brilliant speakers to inspire our audience: extreme swimmer and ocean advocate, Lewis Pugh; Rugby coaching legend, Sir Clive Woodward; and the youngest British woman to climb Everest, Bonita Norris. Our host this time was ITV's Mark Durdan-Smith who did a great job facilitating discussion and asking the serious, and not-so-serious, questions. 

Sport & the Olympic Legacy - Sept 2014

Economy, Politics & Trust - Feb 2015

When the Speakers Corner team arrived at The Brewery on 24th February 2015 kitted out in party gear, it meant one thing – The Knowledge Guild was back! 

A unique and fascinating event built on trust, it brought together a handful of our most authentic and authoritative speakers – economist Andrew Scott, presenter Gavin Esler, politician Tessa Jowell, and Head of Investment Strategy, Television Broadcaster, Board Director & Quantum Physicist,  Gemma Godfrey.

Our Knowledge Guild on September 9th 2014 saw us go for a for a sporting theme, with a particular look at the Olympic legacy. 

Facilitated by the erudite and glamorous Fiona Bruce, it was bound to be a great evening, with speakers John Steele, the CEO of Youth Sport; sports journalist David Walsh, known for ousting Lance Armstrong as a cheat; and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, a Paralympian Gold Medallist, all behind the lectern!

Innovation in the 21st Century - Sept 2013


The very first Knowledge Guild, our event on September 11th 2013 was an outstanding evening of scintillating chat about innovation in the 21st century. 

We were overwhelmed by the incredible response of guests to our speakers: Leonard Brody. a Harvard graduate and two-time Emmy-nominated speaker; Alex Hunter, a company incubator and branding expert; and Shaa Wasmund, the founder of Smarta. Leading broadcaster and journalist Kate Silverton facilitated the speaking rota, providing value and insight that set a great precedent for things to come!