Public Speaking

When not addressing his congregation from the pulpit, Reverend Richard Coles is in frequent demand on the conference and after dinner speaking circuit.

Richard Coles Speaking

After Dinner Speaking - “From Pop Star To Parson”

Having addressed audiences as diverse as local Government Ministers in Marlow and the Independent Schools' Bursars Association to international travel agents in Abu Dhabi and the British Medical Association, Richard has refined a highly original, humorous and captivating after dinner speech that will appeal to all audiences.

There aren’t many Church of England priests that can claim to having had a British Number 1 hit single... in fact, to-date, the Reverend Richard Coles is the one and only, as part of highly successful pop duo The Communards.

In his popular after dinner speech, From Pop Star To Parson, Richard Coles tells a story that is as real as it is unlikely. He connects the euphoria and mayhem of being ‘Top of The Pops’ in the 80s — which resonates with audiences of that era — to his present circumstances as Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and television show panelist — which resonates with all sorts of people — and enables him to reach a wide audience, answering amongst many burning questions, “How do you go from pop star to priest? And why?”

After Dinner Speaking Clips

Conference & Keynote Speaking

As a high-profile openly gay priest, Richard Coles is increasingly asked to address audiences around the themes of LGBT, Diversity and Inclusion. He also has a particular interest in housing and building communities — he is on the board of a housing association – Wellingborough Homes – and has spoken to several national conferences on this theme.

Richard is also frequently asked to speak on other appropriate, but perhaps less obvious speech themes, including Trust and Ethics, to which he can bring a unique and interesting perspective as a member of the clergy. He recently spoke to a group of 200 AXA insurance brokers on trust, to which the client commented afterwards; “We were delighted with Richard Coles' presentation, it was amusing, well delivered and appropriate for the day. We also appreciated the efforts he made to network with our guests before his presentation”.
Richard Coles speaking at ISBA conference

Richard Coles hosting the British Parking Awards 2013

Award Ceremony Hosting

In addition to after dinner and conference speaking, the Reverend Richard Coles is also popular as a host for award ceremonies; from Third Sector awards for charities to the likes of the British Parking Awards and Association of Car Fleet Operators.