Sir Stuart Rose

After Dinner & Event Speaker (in association with SpeakOut)

Stuart Rose has worked in retail for over 30 years starting at Marks & Spencer plc in 1972 and joining the Burton Group in 1989.


Following the Group's demerger in 1997 he became Chief Executive of Argos plc.


In 1998 he became Chief Executive of Booker plc which was merged with the Iceland Group in 2000.


He became Chief Executive of Arcadia Group plc in November 2000 and left in December 2002 following its acquisition.

He was named Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer plc in May 2004 and became Chairman in 2008. He stood down as Chairman in January 2011.


He was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008 – 2010, is a non-executive director of Land Securities plc and sits on the Advisory Committee of Bridgepoint.

Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility.

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''I needed a Presenter for my conference who understood our business needs which he completely tuned into. Our CEO commented that Shaun was the best he had seen. His professional handling of the open Q and A session between our staff and our Directors was outstanding. The delegates rated him as 'excellent' in the post-conference survey, so I was a very happy man. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.''
Mike Kemp, Sales Director. HSS Hire Service Group

''We have used Shaun a number of times over the past few years, both as a Conference host at our Business Centre Conferences and as MC at our Annual Awards Ceremony and, indeed, have just re-booked him again for next year. Not only does Shaun manage the role extremely well, he also contributes to the planning and structure of the event, giving a very valuable external perspective and good understanding of where humour will work. He is a true professional and great support. I am more than happy to recommend him to any busniness''.
Peter Howarth, Director. Toyota GB

''I have no hesitation in highly recommending Shaun as one of the best Presenters I have worked with. He has now facilitated at 4 of our events and each time has brought innovation to the day. He really supports me during the planning stages and ensures that our speakers are fully prepared to deliver. His sense of humour, engagement with the audience and understanding of business issues are his major sterengths''.
Andy Mitchell, Managing Director. Hill Hire PLC (part of HBOS)

''I would describe Shaun as an 'MC with content'. Each year we have a major sailing event for our corporate customers and DCUK senior directors. The event runs all day commencing at 8 am with afternoon activites closing at 4.30 pm. By 8.00 pm Shaun has turned the stories of the day into humorous anecdotes in the evening to entertain the audience. He 'compares' the evening activities, introducing our senior executives, guest speakers and the evening's entertainment. We have already booked him for various events Conferences and Launches... He also involved with the training of our internal and external Sales Staff throughout the UK and the feedback is always complimentary and positive''.
Colin Niklas, Corporate Manager. Mercedes Benz

''The feedback about Shaun from our Managers following our European Conference at Celtic Manor was excellent. Shaun helped us bring our Conference together during the planning stages, providing feed back on overall positioning of the presentations. On the day he was an excellent MC, providing a sense of humour and keeping the day moving to programme.''
Brian Whitty , Chairman. Homeserve Plc

''We have used Shaun regularly for the past 4 years. There are many facets to Shaun - serious, humorous, motivational and entertaining and he mixes these into each event at appropriate times. I particularly notice his skill if a conference hits a low due to 'death by power point' from some speakers. He steps in to subtly re-energise the room and re-focus the audience. He genuinely understands how a business works and the need to deliver a professional, well structured event. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to others''.
Andy Simpson, National Corporate Manager. Lexus GB

''Shaun helped us plan and deliver our first major company conference and I have to say the end result was way above my expectations, I didn't believe a conference was the right thing for a company of 25 people but more for the 500 plus companies. It was great to get everybody together and let them know where we want to take the company and reward people for their hard work. I don't think the results would have been anywhere near as good without Shaun's help''.
Mark Hindle, Managing Director. MNH Vehicle Contracts Ltd

''Shaun turned up to the rehearsals of our conference and immediately switched on to our needs. Our senior executives were really impressed with his summary at the end of the conference itself, especially as he had not worked in our industry. We have also used him to train and motivate our staff in the areas of Customer Service and Presentation Skills with great success''.
Stephen Hobbs Jones, Director. Gasforce (part of Connaught plc)

''I have worked with Shaun on numerous events over a 5 year period. He combines efficiency and charisma with a great sense of humour. He also has a special knack of putting people at ease. I would have no hesitation in booking him again and recommending him to other event companies''.
Sam West, Managing Director. Wax Events

''I have been working with Shaun since he has been involved with corporate communications. He has helped me on several project's as Conference Facilitator, Guest Speaker and Motivational Trainer. He has also branched into presenting corporate videos and I have received excellent feedback from my clients on his work. Shaun has the ability to instantly understand the brief and he brings and extra spark to each situation. If you need a person who can think on his feet and constantly adapt to the situations some projects present you with I would highly recommend Shaun''.
Alan Gaffney, Proprietor. Kandoo Productions

''I first booked Shaun after seeing him host a Lexus Conference I was attending. He really excelled at our conference when he turned a potentially tricky Q and A session into a very positive experience for both the audience and our Directors. We will be definitely be booking him for our next conference''.
Ken Trinder, Director. epyx Ltd

''I have worked with Shaun for the past 2 years on events where he has been the conference presenter and evening MC. He is an asset to any event team with his insight to the client needs and clear and engaging interpretation of the client messages to the audience. He offers great insight at the planning stages and delivers a very high level professional performance on the day''.
Charlotte Booth, Project Director. Maritz Ltd

''We needed all our staff to go through a major culture change which many of them were resisting mainly due to fear of change. Shaun presented to them all and convinced them to step outside their comfort zones. He was very motivational which was just what was required, at that moment in time. The feedback was excellent and I would highly recommend him to other businesses needing the same inspiration and motivational elements added to their armoury''.
Simon Grover, National Call Centre Manager. Dyson

''In my experience working with Shaun I have found him to be one of the most professional, knowledgeable and likeable talents in his field. As a facilitator he puts presenters at ease and quickly engages the audience. His extensive experience and high standards of delivery, ensure you can relax in the knowledge that your conference agenda is in safe hands. Throughout content preparation, presenter training and facilitation of the live event, he is a pleasure to work alongside with a welcome sense of humour when the pressure is on''.
Julie Williams, Operations Director. Marketing City Ltd

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