John Simonett is a former professional rugby player and schoolmaster who is available to hire as a corporate speaker and presenter via Champions.
Born on the island of Trinidad to Scottish parents, John had a glorious upbringing running around the sugar cane plantations where his father worked. A rude awakening, however, came at the age of 10 when he was sent to boarding school in Aberdeenshire – in the depths of winter!
This was followed by secondary school in Edinburgh, where his aptitude for rugby bore fruit and he was selected to captain the Scotland Under-19 team. This led to a rare distinction – that of being one of very few people to have captained a Scotland rugby team to a victory over England!
Following school he spent two years teaching in Botswana before training as a teacher in Cheltenham, followed by obtaining a B.Ed from Bristol University (with First Class honours), majoring in Psychology.
During his teaching career he played Premiership Rugby for Gloucester and was a member of the team that won the John Player Cup against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. He also played for Gloucestershire and the Anglo Scots, and was a regular member of the Scottish national team.
He subsequently left teaching to become a professional speaker and presenter, and is now firmly established as one of the most original and entertaining characters on the after-dinner and conference circuit.
He has appeared at many corporate events, both in the U.K. and abroad, with clients including major multinational corporations, many of whom have used his services on a number of occasions. He has also appeared on television, both on BBC and ITV.
A mature, intelligent and effective speaker, John is the consummate professional who strives to entertain and engage with every audience he meets.
To book the inspirational John Simonett as the speaker for your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or by telephone on: +44 1509 85 29 27.
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