Derek Thompson


Derek Thompson is one of the most recognisable voices and faces in horse racing. Beginning his television career in the 1980s with both ITV and Channel 4, Thompson became one of the most accomplished TV Presenters in horse racing broadcasting.

Synonymous with all equine activities on television, Derek has forged a reputation for being a highly accomplished after dinner speaker in the process, utilising a vast sporting knowledge and eloquence to deliver a polished performance.A regular on a range of broadcasting platforms, Derek heads Sky’s At The Races as a TV Presenter, reporting on the horse racing world frequently for large demographic of devoted fans. Thompson also lends his hand to radio appearances, featuring for talkSPORT whenever an expert opinion is needed for recent races and affairs.

Thompson’s enthusiasm for his sport combined with his passionate delivery of talks as a horse racing speaker make him a highly sought after personality on the after dinner speaker circuit. With an extensive portfolio of both corporate and social clients, Derek has become an incredibly accomplished character for event appearance and will guarantee success for any function.

Thompson’s continuing work as a TV Presenter for At The Races and broadcaster for Radio Five Live proves testament to his popularity in the equine world. Often known as ‘Tommo’, Derek is famed for his role as part of the negotiation team for the release of champion horse Shergar, a subject often breached during his talks as a horse racing speaker.

To book Derek Thompson as the horse-racing speaker 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.

When at corporate events, Derek is known to cover the following topics:

  • Horse Racing Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • TV Presenter
  • talkSPORT
  • At The Races