Ashley John Baptiste


Ashley John-Baptiste is a young BBC broadcast journalist and presenter who has a remarkable story of how he overcame his troubled childhood to study at one of the world’s best universities. Many will remember Ashley as the member of boy band group The Risk who famously quit ITV’s X Factor, in order to pursue a career in media, during the live final show.

However, there is more to Ashley than meets the eye…the 26 years old overcame tremendous adversity to win a place to study history at Cambridge – and then graduate with a 2.1. Ashley grew up in South London, where he was born to a black father and a white mother and at the age of four he was taken into care.

He grew up being shuttled between foster families and children’s homes and moved primary school three times. A bright student, he attended a comprehensive school which had three times the number of children from deprived backgrounds than the national average.

There, with the help of his MP, he battled to win a place at Cambridge.  Ashley said:

“If it wasn’t for my MP fighting for me, I wouldn’t have got the support I needed to go.”

Whilst at Cambridge, Ashley acted as a mentor to other students who grew up in care. Ashley, who is championing for a change in fostering laws, tells the compelling, inspiring and sometimes humorous story of his childhood and how to your achieve goals, follow your dreams and never give up.

Ashley has enormous enthusiasm and passion to use his story as a tool to motivate and propel others to face their challenges with a sense of optimism and triumph. Ashley is now reporting for BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme and presenting the popular BBC Radio 4 Seriously podcast.

To book Ashley John Baptiste as the entertainment for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

“Ashley is a wonderful speaker, his story of self-motivation and overcoming barriers is inspirational. Ashley’s relaxed and down to earth presenting style makes him the perfect speaker for all ages of audience, but his age and experiences make him a good role model for young people.” – Liaison Office, Oxford Brookes

“The young people were genuinely inspired and blown away by Ashley. It was very moving, there were even a few tear from the support workers seeing how affected the young people were. When Ashley sung to the group we all had goose bumps. We very much hope he can come again one day. Thank you very much.” – DCH Group