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Awards Ceremony

The Speakers

The Awards Host, Andrea McLean
Andrea McLean

Andrea McLean currently hosts the ITV daytime chat show Loose Women a live show where they talk about the issues of the day, and anything else that they feel strongly about.

She has been a journalist for 14 years and a television presenter for 11. She began her career as a travel writer in 1993. She then became a staff writer for a London-based features agency Central Press Features, and after two years became Production Editor. During that time, when an opportunity came up to work as a presenter for the American company The Weather Channel, based in the UK, she luckily jumped at the chance. Within 18 months she was working for GMTV, the UK's most popular breakfast programme.

In 2006 she took part in the first ever series of Dancing On Ice as a celebrity skater. It led her to co-hosting the daily ITV 1 series Dancing On Ice Extra with Andi Peters.

Our After Dinner Speaker, Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson

Part of the England squad that took the country to victory in the 2003 World Cup, Matt is an institution in the world of rugby. He is immediately recognisable as team captain on BBC's 'A Question of Sport' as well as a rugby commentator for the BBC and Radio 5 live.

With 77 caps under his belt, he is England's most capped scrum half, captaining the side 9 times. He has played for both Northampton and the London Wasps as well as England and represented the British Lions on two tours. During the 1998 tour to Australia and New Zealand 'The Tour from Hell', Matt was congratulated on his leadership. He also captained England to win the Six Nations Championships in 2000. In 2006 he also took part in, and won BBC's Celebrity Masterchef.

His motivational speaking incorporates the lessons he has learned from rugby that can be applied to most sports and the individual qualities needed to succeed in both professional and personal life.

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