Speaking topics

Will to win

Self motivation

Overcoming adversity

Winning against all odds

Achieving your goals

“Ashley is a wonderful speaker, his story of self-motivation and overcoming barriers is inspirational. Ashley’s relaxed and down to earth presenting style makes him the perfect speaker for all ages of audience, but his age and experiences make him a good role model for young people.”

Gabrielle Bell
Liaison Office, Oxford Brookes

Motivational speaker

Goals against odds

Ashley John-Baptiste is a young BBC broadcast journalist and presenter who has a remarkable story of how he overcame his troubled childhood to study at one of the world’s best universities.  


Many will remember Ashley as the member of boy band group ‘The Risk’ who famously quit ITV’s ‘X Factor’, in order to pursue a career in media, during the live final show.  However there is more to Ashley than meets the eye…the 26 year old overcame tremendous adversity to win a place to study history at Cambridge – and then graduate with a 2.1.  


Ashley grew up in South London, where he was born to a black father and a white mother and at the age of four he was taken into care.  He grew up being shuttled between foster families and children’s homes and moved primary school three times.  A bright student, he attended a comprehensive school which had three times the number of children from deprived backgrounds than the national average.  There, with the help of his MP, he battled to win a place at Cambridge.  Ashley says “If it wasn’t for my MP fighting for me, I wouldn’t have got the support I needed to go.”  Whilst at Cambridge, Ashley acted as a mentor to other students who grew up in care.  


Ashley, who is championing for a change in fostering laws, tells the compelling, inspiring and sometimes humorous story of his childhood and how to your achieve goals, follow your dreams and never give up.   Ashley has enormous enthusiasm and passion to use his story as a tool to motivate and propel others to face their challenges with a sense of optimism and triumph.


Ashley is now reporting for BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme and presenting the popular BBC Radio 4 ‘Seriously’ podcast.


Speaking topics:
•    Achieving against all odds
•    Will to win
•    Self-motivation
•    Overcoming adversity
•    Achieving your goals

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