Irish professional snooker player and 1997 World Snooker champion, Ken Doherty is also an instantly recognisable commentator and radio presenter. Nicknamed ‘Crafty Ken’ for his intelligent and tactical playing style, Doherty has more than 30 years worth of experience and insightful career anecdotes in which he loves to share as an after dinner speaker. A charismatic and warm personality means that he can both entertain and educate audiences on topics such as performing under pressure and international snooker.
An amateur career that helped to establish him as an outstanding snooker player, Ken managed to secure the Irish Amateur Championship title twice before going on to win the World Under-21 Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Championship. With his success following him through to his professional career that began in 1990, Ken claimed his first ranking title in 1993 at the Welsh Open. Claiming a place in the top 16 in the world in only his third year as a professional, Ken managed to hold onto this position for a total of 15 years. Some of his career highlights include securing his highest world ranking of number two in the 2006/07 season, achieving his highest break of 147 in a 2012 Paul Hunter Classic match and winning the 1997 World Championships, it’s evident that Ken is a leading expert within the sport.
Most recently, Doherty has reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Seniors Championship, played at the final of the 2014 World Championship and faced Ronnie O’Sullivan in the second round of the 2018 UK Championship. He divides his time between both snooker and his career within the media as a BBC snooker commentator. He also regularly presents The Morning Show on East Coast FM and the sports programme on Sunshine 106.8FM on Saturday mornings. Outside of this, he has also set up an online Cue Sports equipment marketing company and continues his role as the WPBSA player director in which he was appointed to in 2012. A dynamic and insightful after dinner speaker, Ken Doherty can offer an inspiring and entertaining speech as corporate events of all kinds. Able to engage even those with little to no interest in snooker, he is ideal to create the most positive atmosphere at any function.