Hazel Irvine
Hazel Irvine

Conferences, award ceremonies, and after dinner speaking

An experienced conference facilitator and awards host, Hazel has worked for organizations such as the KPMG, Cisco, Diageo, Audi, RBS, Financial Times, UK Sport, London 2012, Glasgow2014, Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

 

During her long career, Hazel has presented, reported and commentated on a huge number of sporting events. Becoming the first woman on British television to anchor football programmes in the late 1980’s, she talks about her experiences in a male-dominated sporting arena and the serious, but often hilarious, challenges it presented.

 

Her anecdotes and observations of anchoring men’s and women’s golf coverage include some of the most dramatic and memorable occasions in sporting history, such as the “Miracle at Medinah” Ryder Cup.

 

Her work has taken her to 14 Olympic games and she has a fund of anecdotes and on-location stories from the games of Seoul, Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin and Beijing, London and Sochi.

 

She has met and interviewed countless fascinating people, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Robert Redford, Dame Kelly Holmes to Tiger Woods, Lord Coe to Lizzie Yarnold.

 

She talks of the motivation to reach the top of her profession and to remain there over two decades, the teamwork required to pull off 130 hours of live television from the Olympic games. And, of course, the leadership skills she uses to steer a high profile broadcast on and off the air, and all points in between.

 

In a self-deprecating style, Hazel regales audiences with tales from her broadcasting career, including the all too frequent use of double entendres by her snooker colleagues and what it's really like broadcasting to an estimated 27 million viewers!