“Ashley was very engaging and provided a good mix of serious stories together with fun engagement with the audience and music, his presentation exceeded our expectations. The feedback we have received has been excellent, Ashley left the room buzzing  - everyone loved it!”

Rochdale Borough Council


"Ashley was excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other Virtual Schools"

Brighton & Hove 


“Ashley was engaging and supportive of what we were trying to do and clearly covered all areas as briefed previously.  His presentation was excellent with some very good points made in the follow up sessions by the students and their dads.  His impact on the audience was very positive and did exactly what we wanted it to do.” 

High Tunstall College of Science


“Ashley told his story simply and with eloquence. He got the audience to feel his aspiration and desire to make a good life for himself. ...He had some of the audience in tears... His account of the care worker who showed such an intense interest in his schooling was very compelling especially when he said that he thought the worker hadn’t fully realised what an impact he had made on Ashley’s life.

Ashley’s story raised some conflicting emotions in the delegates... I think this is what makes his story so relevant to all those concerned with vulnerable children and young adults.

Ashley also worked an informal session with a group of secondary students. They were simply enthralled and his message really struck home that it is possible to achieve your goals against the odds.  He brought a guitarist with him and the musical content added to both the quality, relevance and entertainment aspects”

 Middlesbrough School Alliance


“We had the pleasure of having Ashley John-Baptiste as one of our special guests at The Fostering Network’s 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards. He spent the evening talking to children in care, foster carers, social workers, and even The Duchess of Cambridge, and he showed his kind, engaging, and genuine nature throughout. The young people he presented an award to were delighted to meet someone who has worked so hard to achieve his own goals, and commented on how inspiring it was. Ashley was a pleasure to have at our awards and we thank him for making a special evening that bit more special.” .”

The Fostering Network


“Ashley’s talk fitted our brief perfectly; it linked in with ‘adventurous leadership’ as his education is the result of someone taking a risk and going the extra mile.  Ashley had real impact on the audience– his messages stayed with us for the whole conference - he was in every conversation.   Some of the audience have already discussed inviting Ashley to speak again.”

Brougham Primary School


“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.”

Liaison Office, Oxford Brookes


On behalf of the Director of Children’s Service – Carmel Littleton, I would sincerely like to thank you for delivering the keynote speech for the Thurrock Education Awards 2015.  I think you will agree we were able to celebrate in style the hard work and commitment of dedicated staff that are committed to making a difference in young people’s lives. The evening was a great success with many who attended commenting on what an enjoyable evening it had been.  Your speech was well received by all and I have received many positive comments to that effect.  The speech was pitched exactly right for the audience and the awards ceremony.  Thank you again for being part of such an enjoyable event.

 Thurrock Council


"The young people were genuinely inspired and blown away by Ashley. It was very moving, there were even a few tear from the support workers seeing how affected the young people were. When Ashley sung to the group we all had goose bumps. We very much hope he can come again one day. Thank you very much."

DCH Group


“Ashley’s delivery and style was at the perfect pitch for the audience. He was professional, whilst still presenting personal and sensitive issues for not only himself, but for the audience concerned. He was relaxed, engaging, humorous and used language the young people could understand and relate to.  The presentation very much met our requirements. Ashley was able to engage, relate and inspire the young people, particularly as he so willingly spoke of his own personal experiences. The musical performance was superb and added a different level to the afternoon.  The young people and staff were very pleased with Ashley. We have had feedback saying that he has helped motivate young people through his thought provoking presentation."

Hillingdon Children's Rights Service


“Thank you so very much for joining us at the recent Accolades ceremony in Cardiff and for your inspirational speech. We were delighted that you were able to attend and have received a great deal of positive feedback about your speech. You told your story really well. People appreciated your honesty and the tribute you paid to those key individuals in your life who helped you steer a positive path.”

Care House, Wales


"Excellent" so well received by the audience of students, staff and guests. Very high impact – the students were wowed.  Ashley connected perfectly with them!"

North Chadderton School


“We all had a fantastic evening and thought you gave a very inspirational talk. Loved your song too!” 

Guildford College


"We were really impressed with Ashley. He was excellent. He connected very well with the young people – the attendees loved his music which was great, and they engaged well with his clear, powerful life story. So, all very positive. The band were great too – they complimented him well."

Birmingham Mission 


“Ashley showed how students can work hard and achieve their goal. To keep going despite the barriers that you may find in your way and not to limit your goals just because of your background. 

Feedback has been very good. All ages have told me how much they enjoyed his talk, one even commented “The speaker should be paid to go to every college in the country!”

Hopwood Hall College


"Room54 have worked with many speakers over the years and we have to say that that Ashley is a one off - an inspiration to us all. His charming, calm manner and positivity make him a wonderful motivational speaker, with an incredible story that leaves his audience captivated."

Speaker Consultant

Room54 Ltd


“Ashley thank you for your excellent and inspirational attendance at our graduation and Awards Evening.  We were most grateful for the way in which you lifted the whole occasion with both a pertinent speech and your song.  We have received nothing but positive feedback from everyone involved and you truly were an ambassador for everything we stand for - thank you very much"

Guildford College


“Ashley was brilliant and really seemed to have an impact on the young people."

Oxford Brookes


"I just wanted to thank you for speaking at the celebrating achievement event. .... It makes all the difference that our young people had the opportunity to meet someone they can relate to with a success story that speaks for itself and the performance was incredible. Not only did you inspire the young people with a determination to overcome adversity but you left them with a song to remind them of this. I hope that you will write more songs with lyrics that encourage others."

London Borough of Richmond


"Ashley came to Brunel earlier this month to talk to our students. His talk was based on his own life experiences, and was intended to motivate and inspire (much along the lines of ‘if I can move from there to here – so can you’). We had an excellent turnout – and without exception the response to Ashley was really positive. He managed to convey his story in a way that helped us to understand his pain and frustrations, without slipping into pathos and courting pity. He used humour very effectively and appropriately to lighten the mood at relevant points in his story and as a way of moving from one theme to another. He kept control of his audience, gave an entertaining talk and dealt with questions in an open and straightforward way, whilst at the same time continuing to reinforce his message. All done with tact and diplomacy. Highly recommended."

Entrepreneurship & Employability Consultant

Brunel University


"Ashley is an inspirational figure who's both scholastically top drawer and wired into popular culture. He has plenty of interesting things to say."

Peter Bazalgette

British television producer, the leading creative figure behind Endemol and newly appointed Arts Council England chairman


"At such a young age, Ashley has faced  considerable challenges and has yet overcome these to encounter incredible lifetime opportunities. His experiences and lessons have shaped him into a very capable individual with a powerful story to share... a story which anyone can find inspiration in."

Lohan Presencer

Chief Executive Ministry of Sound Group

“Ashley was fantastic!  He had a tremendous impact on the audience; many said they felt inspired, motivated and energised after his speech.”  The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

 “Ashley’s style was casual but professional, engaging and fluent as he was able to reach a broad audience from Schools, Social Workers, Foster Carers and most importantly children. It was a very heartfelt speech which made some member of the audience quite emotional; there was a message for everyone especially for schools how they need to provide constant support and guidance for Looked After Children, I think the Foster Carers appreciated this as well. His speech underpinned our conference theme of Attainment and Progress and how Looked After Children can succeed as well as any other student.”  Staffordshire County Council

“Ashley is a brilliant role model and the perfect champion for all that the awards stand for. We’re thrilled that he has chosen to support the charity, which gives dedicated, committed and passionate social workers the recognition they deserve.”  Chair of the Social Worker of the Year Awards

“Ashley was excellent; it was a pleasure to meet him.  He fully met the brief provided which was to talk about his past, highlight individuals that were influential in supporting him through his education and to motivate Governors to continue to be influential in their school roles. His speaking style was relaxed, engaging, personable, inspiring and motivational.  The audience were delighted with his speech with comments such as “Superb”, “Inspirational”, “Excellent choice”, “Brilliant motivational speaker” and “Amazing main speaker! I’d vote for him as Lord Mayor of London”! Governor Support Specialist Officer at Coventry

“Millom School  would like to thank Ashley John-Baptiste for an amazing inspirational talk yesterday about overcoming obstacles, setting goals and determination!”  Millom School

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