Martin Bayfield

Former Rugby Player Turned After Dinner Speaker

One of the tallest ever players of elite international Rugby, Martin Bayfield was an incredibly potent forward for both his club and country. At 6’10”, Martin posed a formidable figure for opponents, towering above his opposite number and giving any side he played for a noticeable advantage. Winning 31 England caps throughout his career, Martin became a highly respected and reliable face for his national squad. A fantastic rugby speaker, Bayfield combine humour and anecdotal tales of his times both on and off pitch to engage and compel guests, making him one of the most sought after personalities on the after dinner speaker circuit.

After making his England debut in 1991, Martin became a stalwart performer for his national side, being part of the 1992 Five Nations as well as the 1993 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Forming part of the 1994 Rugby World Cup squad, Bayfield would partner Martin Johnson 18 times for his country and were often seen as the greatest forward pairing of the time. As a rugby speaker, Martin stresses the importance of teamwork and strong leadership as two key components to success in a multitude of disciplines including social, sporting and corporate environments

Unfortunately, injury cut Martin’s professional Rugby career short, suffering a neck problem before a match before Gloucester in 1998. Martin describes the adversity he had to overcome during this time perfectly as a sports speaker, conveying the difficulty of stopping a sport you love alongside recovering from injury and disappointment. Since then, Martin has gone onto form a highly successful career in media, film and broadcasting. A TV Presenter for the NFL and World’s Strongest Man, Martin currently is heavily involved with BT Sport’s coverage of the Aviva Premiership alongside TV Presenter Craig Doyle. Bayfield was casted as the double for actor Robbie Coltrane for many of the Harry Potter films, utilising his height in long shots to emphasise Coltrane’s character of the half-giant Hagrid.

A wonderful after dinner speaker, Martin is a consummate professional in front of a large audience thanks to his extensive work as a TV Presenter. Happy to interact with the audience, Bayfield ensures listeners feel part of his story whilst guaranteeing everyone enjoys themselves with the use of well-judged wit and humour. Similarly, Bayfield is also an accomplished event host, overseeing an event or function to make sure everything runs to plan in a polished and faultless demeanour.

To book Martin Bayfield as the rugby 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 at corporate events, Martin is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Speaking
  • Sporting Success
  • TV Presenting & Journalism
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Drive & Determination

Watch Martin discussing sport and sustainability on BT Sport here:

“Martin was absolutely the lynch pin that held the audience together; he was amusing and engaging and was an absolute treat to listen to.” – Nicola Harrison, Commercial Projects Manager, MTA

“Dear Martin, Thank you so much for hosting the INCA Awards last night. The feedback from the event has been excellent with members commenting on what an engaging and interesting speaker you were. It was lovely that you joined us for dinner and we were especially pleased at the way you engaged with our members, taking the time to sign autographs and pose for photographs. This was over and above what we expected and added real value to our event. Thank you once again for your time and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in future.” – Alice INCA