Reverend Richard Coles

Co-Presenter On BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live

Having addressed audiences as diverse as local Government Ministers in Marlow and the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association to international travel agents in Abu Dhabi and the British Medical Association, Richard has refined a highly original, humorous and captivating after-dinner speech that will appeal to all audiences.

There aren’t many Church of England priests that can claim to have had a British Number 1 hit single… in fact, to-date, the Reverend Richard Coles is the one and only, as part of the highly successful pop duo The Communards. In his popular after-dinner speech, From Pop Star To Parson, Richard Coles tells a story that is as real as it is unlikely. He connects the euphoria and mayhem of being Top of The Pops in the 80s which resonates with audiences of that era to his present circumstances as Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and television show panelist which resonates with all sorts of people and enables him to reach a wide audience, answering amongst many burning questions: “How do you go from pop star to priest? And why?”

As a high-profile openly gay priest, Richard Coles is increasingly asked to address audiences around the themes of LGBT, diversity and inclusion. He also has a particular interest in housing and building communities he is on the board of a housing association Wellingborough Homes and has spoken to several national conferences on this theme. Richard is also frequently asked to speak on other appropriate, but perhaps less obvious speech themes, including Trust and Ethics, to which he can bring a unique and interesting perspective as a member of the clergy.

To book Reverend Richard Coles as the after dinner 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, Richard is known to cover the following topics:

  • LGBT, Diversity & Inclusion
  • TV & Radio Presenter
  • Drive & Determination
  • Trust & Ethics