Previous speaker events
Going for gold
When it comes to the thrilling winter sport of skeleton racing, Amy Williams MBE is one of the world’s leading names. Earning Britain its first Olympic gold medal in the sport in 2010, she’s since gone on to enjoy a successful career in presenting and motivational speaking. It was a pleasure to welcome Amy as she shared her story and revealed how a new mindset brought her the gold.
Unexpected tales of an antiques dealer
We’re pleased to introduce David Harper, a British antiques dealer who joins us at Restaurant Coworth Park to give an insight to the fascinating world of antiques. After lunch, David will share anecdotes from his time as a TV presenter and reveal all the secrets from behind the scenes.
No-nonsense health and fitness
Rosemary Conley is the UK’s foremost diet and fitness expert with over 40 years’ experience, 37 bestselling books, 31 fitness DVDs and regular TV appearances. Just in time for kickstarting your January detox, Rosemary joins us to share the secrets of her success, and reveal how her common-sense approach has kept her at the top of her game
Top trends for the festive season
For our December speaker lunch we welcomed Sergio Romero Diaz, senior private shopper at Harvey Nichols, who joined us to reveal the top fashion trends for the festive season. As a model showcased the key pieces, guests also had the chance to ask Sergio style questions and learn how to plan the perfect outfits for the festivities. After lunch there was a Harvey Nichols pop-up shop in the Conservatory, with an exclusive 10% discount on fashion, accessories and gifts.
Leading the way in modern British jewellery
Kiki McDonough’s beautiful jewellery designs are instantly recognisable. Famous for her striking colour combinations and timeless, wearable creations, she’s earned a reputation as one of the most desirable British fine jewellery brands. Here to tell the story, Kiki discusses her 30-year career and the exciting future in store for the brand. You’ll also learn how to wear your own colourful jewellery – just in time for party season.
Perfect proportions in interior design
We welcomed Natalie Rudland from Alexander James Interiors, who hosted a short talk over lunch to reveal how understanding scale can transform your home interiors. Sharing her expert knowledge of this often-overlooked aspect of design, she’ll took guests through new ways of planning their furniture layout, artwork displays and accessories, all with the aim of achieving ideal proportions and balance.
What does your handwriting say about you?
A gifted counsellor and life coach, Susie Johns has a unique talent for combining knowledge with intuition. Her empowering workshops have earned worldwide success, so it’s our pleasure to have welcomed her for a masterclass in graphology – also known as the study of handwriting. Over lunch guests discovered what their writing style says about them, as together they closely studied every slant and stroke.
A beauty editor's secrets
With a 16-year career in the beauty industry, including 11 years editing Tatler’s cosmetic surgery guide, Olivia Falcon’s knowledge is second to none. We were delighted to welcome her as she discussed The Editor’s List, which offers advice on the best practitioners and procedures. Having tried every product and non-invasive treatment under the sun, she revealed the key ingredients to look out for.
Women of Wimbledon
As a keen tennis player and tennis presenter on women’s professional events, Mark Curry is an expert when it comes to the women’s game. Our speaker event focused on the talents of women at Wimbledon, as Mark discussed the history of the stars from the early days to the present, and of course, the world champions.
For an expert florist’s insights into the top floral trends this summer, we welcomed Sue Barnes from Lavender Green Flowers. She presented beautiful decoration ideas for summer parties and weddings, and how to choose the perfect flowers for your home.
Sophie Conran is a renowned interior designer, author and avid cook, so we were extremely excited to welcome her for our speaker lunch. She shared fascinating tales from her career and family life, and offered interior design tips for style inspiration when transforming your home.
As the official royal correspondent for ITV News from 1994 to 2000, Nicholas Owen is an expert when it comes to the royal family. We were delighted to welcome Nicholas as he shared his fascinating stories over lunch, with particular focus on everyone’s favourite topic – the royal romances.
The secret of healthy living
Melina Harrison has 25 years’ experience as an osteopath and is the director of her own physical health clinic in Berkshire, so she’s quite an expert when it comes to health and wellness. We were thrilled to welcome her as she revealed how making small changes to our daily habits can be the key to living a healthy lifestyle.
All wrapped up
Attendees learned the art of beautiful gift wrapping with a fun speaker event and interactive masterclass hosted by Jane Means, popularly known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru’.
Over a three-course lunch, Jane shared tales from her 15-year career as a designer and TV personality, and discussed her favourite projects for clients including Dior, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges. After lunch there was a pop-up shop for buying wrapping essentials and Jane’s book, Giftwrapped, before attendees received a goody bag to take home.
Famed for its vibrant collection of woven baskets, clutches and accessories, Rae Feather has become one of the UK’s most exciting fashion brands, named ‘one to watch’ by Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow. Joining us for lunch, Rae shared the remarkable story behind the brand and gave attendees the chance to get hands-on by adding their own personal monograms and special messages to luxury leather items.
After lunch, there was also a pop-up shop for picking up some lovely gifts – just in time for Christmas.
Skincare with flower power
Inspired by a passion for natural ingredients and cruelty-free cosmetics, Chantecaille sets the standard in botanical beauty. Here to show us the products in action, we welcomed the brand’s international makeup artist, Harvey Tsao, who offered a bespoke colour-matching service and a masterclass in creating your own radiant ‘day to evening’ makeup look. Attendees also received a goodie bag of products to enjoy at home.
Seasonal Masterclass and Lunch with Adam Smith
As summer draws to a close, a fresh harvest of autumn ingredients is ripe and ready to enjoy. Our Michelin-starred chef Adam Smith taught attendees how to prepare new dishes with an exclusive cookery masterclass in the kitchens, during which they prepared, cooked and enjoyed a delicious three-course lunch.
The power of aromatherapy
In the pursuit of natural, chemical-free skincare and essential oils, Aromatherapy Associates has become something of a phenomenon in the world of mindful beauty. Joining us to discuss the remarkable therapeutic benefits, head of education Christina Salcedas hosted a fascinating workshop, showing us how different oil blends can be used to boost emotional and physical wellbeing.
Talking all things weddings
Described as the ‘Queen of Weddings’, Brides Magazine editor Jade Beer is an expert in the world of wedding planning. We were delighted to welcome Jade as she read an extract of her highly anticipated debut novel, The Almost Wife, due to be published on June 20. She talked about her experience writing and discussed the latest trends inspired by the royal wedding.
Learn to master the latest millinery styles
To help attendees master the latest hairstyles for hats with the start of the British social season, we welcomed the talented team from Carol Joy London hairdressing, including creative director Nico Noviello, salon manager Carlos Rodrigues and hair-up specialist Vivienne Romani, who demonstrated four stunning styles for weddings, special occasions and, of course, Royal Ascot.
The royal treatment for English sparkling wine
Following a special invitation from Royal Farms in 2011, Laithwaite’s Wine began an exciting new project creating a private vineyard on the royal Windsor estate, which now thrives with 19,000 vines. We were delighted to welcome general manager Anne Linder to host our speaker event, as she shared the story of the project and gave attendees a chance to taste the award-winning English Quality sparkling wine.
Sarah Barclay - Transform your home with colour
Ascot-based Barclay Interiors is a design company with a difference. Founded by Sarah Barclay in 1998, the team is renowned for creating beautifully timeless interiors, inspired by Sarah’s many travels around the globe. Returning from the US and Far East furnished with fresh inspiration, Sarah now shares her practical trips for transforming your home, giving you an insight to the latest trends and designs.
Adam Smith - Masterclass and Lunch
Masterclass and lunch from our Executive Chef at Coworth Park, Adam Smith.
Adam Smith and Lavender Green Flowers
We’re delighted to host a very special speaker event this season as we welcome Lavender Green Flowers and our own executive chef, Adam Smith.
We are delighted to introduce London-based fashion designer Suzannah Crabb, whose bespoke, vintage-inspired pieces are coveted by royalty and celebrity style icons. Her label has become a renowned luxury brand for ready-to-wear and couture pieces, from tailored work outfits to beautiful wedding dresses.
Jane Means - Masterclass with the Gift Wrap Guru
Learn the art of beautiful gift wrapping with a fun speaker event and masterclass, hosted by Jane Means, popularly known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru’.
Caroline Feraday -
There are seemingly no ends to the talents of Caroline Feraday, who is a TV personality, radio DJ, journalist, writer and comic. Join us for our latest speaker event as Caroline shares her fascinating story of success, from a starry-eyed teenager on Capital radio, to anchorwoman interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for Sky News and BBC.
Kerry Lemon - Artistic inspiration from the artist du jour
With clients including Coutts, Liberty London, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, De Beers, Smythson, Jo Malone and Fortnum and Mason, Virginia Water based artist and illustrator Kerry Lemon, is the artist du jour when it comes to bringing her unique style of art to enhance public spaces.
Mitchell and Peach
Join Jod Mitchell, founder of one of the UK’s most prestigious fine fragrance companies, as he takes us through the creation of ‘English Leaf’, a natural, green floral cologne created with ingredients from the Mitchell plantations. He’ll share an insight to how the scents are created for lotions and fragrances.
Carol Joy London
Carol Joy Hatton is the founder of luxury skincare, haircare and spa brand Carol Joy London. Her beauty products are inspired by expertise from across the globe, combining leading Swiss manufacturing techniques with a quintessentially British approach to beauty and wellness.
Country Life Magazine and OKA
OKA is renowned for their vast and incredibly lifelike collection of faux flowers. In 2016 OKA partnered with Willow Crossley, unveiling multiple faux bunches under the name ‘Willow Crossley for OKA’. Willow has built a reputation for her relaxed, rustic approach to flowers. Her refreshing signature style has attracted commissions from a wide range of clients, including Mulberry and Jo Malone, and a number of high-profile individuals.
Monique Lee Milliner - Exclusive Launch of Hat Collection
Monique Lee is a London based award winning MA Fashion Womenswear Design graduate from London College of Fashion. As the designer of stunning hand-created hats, Monique’s collections have appeared in many fashion editorials including Vogue, Tatler and The Daily Telegraph and been exhibited at prestigious events such as London Fashion Week and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her creations have been worn by fashionistas, celebrities and private clients to events such as Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure.
Lucy Jones - Chocolate Afternoon Tea
Discover all things chocolate over a special afternoon tea hosted by Coworth Park’s executive pastry chef, Lucy Jones. Sample her delicious creations while learning more about chocolate and how to create memorable dishes. Additionally, if you were ever curious about what happens behind the scenes, Lucy will share an insight into a day in our pastry kitchen over the busy Easter period. Lucy brings with her extensive experience from some of London’s most luxurious hotels.
Joa Studholme - Colour in the Home
An illustrated, informal talk by Farrow & Ball’s renowned international colour consultant Joa Studholme. Following Joa’s inspirational guide to using colour, guests will enjoy a champagne reception and three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park, where executive chef Adam Smith creates delicious seasonal food.
Jersey Pearl -
At the end of the Five Mile Road in Jersey’s coastal parish of St. Ouen, you will find Jersey Pearl. It’s here that the Taylor family spend much of their time studying their favourite organic gems. They’ve discovered incredible stories from the invention of pearl farming, to the development of new culturing techniques and pearl types. Countless trips to far-flung waters have introduced them to the farmers, stringers, biologists and historians who share their dedication to pearls. Jersey Pearl recently opened their first UK store in Market Cross House, the ‘Crooked House’ of Windsor.
Sue Barns - The Best Festive Arrangements
Sue Barnes returned to share her in-depth floristry knowledge with guests and gave tips on creating the most spectacular flower arrangements for the festive season. Sue has an enviable reputation as being one of the very best florists in London, with more than two decades experience in the industry.
Adam Smith - Christmas Made Easy
Coworth Park’s new executive chef Adam Smith gave some great tips for making your Christmas preparations easier this year. This lunch included a gift of one of Adam’s famous Christmas puds. As a former Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year, Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year and Roux Scholarship Winner, Chef Adam Smith is rightly considered ‘one to watch’ by the UK’s leading chefs including Michel Roux. With a mantra throughout his career that ‘taste is king’ Adam began working at The Ritz rising from 2nd commis to executive sous chef before moving to The Devonshire Arms. During this time The Burlington Restaurant was the only new restaurant to be awarded a coveted four AA rosettes in the January 2015 guide.
Carol Peace -
Carol Peace is an award-winning sculptor whose work can be found in the tranquil grounds of Coworth Park’s estate. Her successful career has involved exhibitions across the UK and abroad, numerous public and private commissions, and her own solo shows in London, Athens, Zurich and beyond. Using disciplines and observation skills derived from life drawing, Carol sculpts in clay before casting in bronze or iron resin. Carol has recently added five new bronze sculptures which have been excellently received by our guests.
Sophie Conran -
Sophie Conran is an English interior designer, cook and author, as well as a working mother of two. She has turned her love of cooking and home in to her work, inspired by her father, Sir Terence Conran, and her mother, Caroline Conran. Sophie spoke about her life and her career; how she has got to where she is now, what influenced her whilst she was growing up as well as what inspires her now, and how she has developed and grown her business.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Alongside being a member of the British Royal Family, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is a writer, historian, interior designer and art consultant. Since focusing her efforts upon writing, The Princess has become a best-selling author, releasing several royal-inspired books, including The Queen Of Four Kingdoms and The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King.
Martin Hulbert is one of the UK’s top interior designers and the creator of the stunning interiors at Coworth Park, which won the 2011 House & Garden Pineapple Award for hotel design, described by the magazine as ‘a glorious combination of comfort, elegance, slight eccentricity, originality and appropriateness to its setting’. Martin is also responsible for the glamorous Dorchester Spa and many other extraordinary hotels and private homes around the world.
One of London’s favourite chefs, David McIntyre, hosted our first speaker event of 2016. As executive chef for Wolfgang Puck’s London restaurant, CUT at 45 Park Lane, David talked about his career and life at the top of his game. McIntyre began his career at the Culinary Institute of America where he took classes in cooking principles and flavour dynamics. He moved to Spago in 1997 where he met Wolfgang Puck marking the beginning of a strong culinary relationship. Eventually, he relocated from the United States to London with his family in 2011 to launch CUT at 45 Park Lane, Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant which opened to critical acclaim.
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