Libby Purves OBE

BBC Radio 4 Presenter & Former Chief Theatre Critic For The Times

Radio presenter and event host, Libby Purves, is best known for appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek for 33 years. Testimonials of her previous bookings describe her as an immensely talented keynote speaker and event host, having been “well received by the audience”. She has previously appeared at educational conferences and art events up and down the country, all of which being a “great success”. She is regarded as an entertaining speaker, whose decades of personal and professional stories enthral audiences. Equally passionate as she is knowledgeable, Libby is a booking opportunity not to be missed.

Libby was raised in a number of culture-rich locations, including Israel, Bangkok, South Africa and France – this makes her a highly captivating speaker, whose stories are inspired by her different experiences. After she earned a scholarship for Oxford University, she graduated with a first-class degree in English. After she left university, she worked as a studio manager for the BBC in 1971, before she became a well-loved presenter for BBC Radio Oxford later in the 70s. On her breakfast show, Libby motivated audiences to wake up and start the day, her success is attributed to her bubbly, positive nature. Now an experienced presenter, Libby became the first female broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in 1976.

As a keynote speaker and after-dinner speaker, she discusses her experience of such a male-dominated industry in the 70s. An inspirational female figure, Libby motivates her audience to break stereotypes and overcome adversity like she did, leaving guests with a new perspective. Dedicated and committed to positively influencing those who witness her speak, she is also an LGBTQIA+ advocate, who openly supports the community at charity fundraisers and themed events.

Libby is an esteemed author and has published over 20 novels, between 1982 and 2017. Her onstage wit and expert understanding of topics make her perfect for a wide range of events, whether as a celebrity feature, event host, after dinner or keynote speaker. Libby’s expert topics range from education to theatre, with a passion for securing the future of the next generation.

To book Libby Purves to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

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

  • Radio Presenting & Broadcasting
  • Theatre Productions
  • Events Host
  • LGBT Advocacy
  • Female Inspiration

“Your input was just brilliant and was extremely well received the by the audience – who because of their varied nature could have been quite challenging at that point – but you informed, stimulated and amused in equal proportions – people loved it.”
– Eastern Leadership Centre

” I would like to thank you personally for the keynote address at the Education Conference. We have received many positive comments and know your session was greatly appreciated by the delegates.”
– General Secretary

“I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your stimulating, thoughtful and entertaining chairing of such a memorable ‘In Conversation’ event with Harriet Walter and Jill Kennington. It was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who came. Harriet was delighted by the response to both the event and the exhibition.
– Salisbury Arts Centre