James Harding


The former Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, James Harding held a key role within the world’s largest news organisation for half a decade. A British journalist that is the co-founder of Tortoise Media, Harding has also been the Editor of The Times of London, a post he held between 2007-2012.

The winner of the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years in which James Harding was the editor of the paper, this accolade alone showcases James’ prowess and stature within journalism. A household name within the journalism industry, James Harding commands enormous respect and is a figure that is truly revered. An outstanding writer that also has a gift for engaging guests with his insightful tales and anecdotes, the outstanding James Harding is available to hire as an after dinner speaker for events, gala dinners and functions across the UK.

Born in London in 1969, Harding went on to study History at Trinity College, Cambridge. A multilingual, Harding’s impressive array of languages include Japanese, Chinese, French and German in addition to his native English. This wonderful skillset alone has opened up a world of possibilities and opportunities for Harding including a role as a speechwriter in the office of Koichi Kato, then Japan’s chief cabinet secretary. Holding numerous Japanese and Chinese roles both within private and political institutions, James Harding opened the Shanghai bureau for the Financial Times – the first European newspaper to open an office in the city since the 1949 revolution.

An esteemed figure, Harding was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times. The world-renowned author of Alpha Dogs – How Political Spin Became A Global Business it is no surprise that such a distinguished and refined figure is so highly sought after on the after dinner speaking circuit.

The youngest person to become the editor of The Times newspaper, Harding is able to eloquently tailor his speech to the requirements of any event, no matter how big or small. Delivering the annual Cudlipp lecture in March 2018, James continues to go from one prestigious occasion to another while continually growing his reputation and plethora of knowledge that he already possesses.

A high profile speaker that has an incredible story to share, Harding has enjoyed tremendous success throughout his career but also has fascinating tales to recount, namely an infamous dispute with Rupert Murdoch that gained widespread media attention. A man that has reached the summit of his profession, James Harding is a tremendous speaker that is available to hire for all manner of engagements through the Champions Speakers Agency.

To book James Harding as the finance speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, James is known to cover the following topics:

  • Finance & Futurism
  • Washington Bureau Chief
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • The Financial Times