Lawrence Bernstein, Director
Lawrence Bernstein, Director. After graduating in History from Peterhouse, Cambridge, Lawrence worked for Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch, leading to six years running a strategic London-based brand consultancy. He had always wanted to spend more time writing, and in 2006 he placed an advert in Private Eye Magazine for a new speech writing service. After four years he dedicated his time exclusively to building the speech writing business. As ‘Great Speech Writing’ has evolved, Lawrence’s career has come full circle, and he has created ‘Great Speech Writing & Communications’. This pulls together strategic advisory services alongside a speech writing team. He stays involved in every part of the business, and remains true to his original promise that no speech, client or piece of business is too big or too small.
Dolan Cummings, Senior Writer
Dolan Cummings is our senior speech writer. He has been writing and delivering speeches for many years. He began his career at the BBC and went on to write comment pieces for the Scottish press. He went on to organising and chairing public debates in London and elsewhere on everything from the arts to international politics.The eclectic range of speakers he admires include Martin Luther King and Chris Rock. Dolan works on a huge range of speeches. He has an extraordinary knack of drawing the right information from clients in a short period of time!
Ben Coates, Communications Consultant
Ben Coates has written speeches for some of Britain’s most well-known politicians. He has also worked as speechwriter and editor in the private sector. He is the author of a bestselling book about Dutch history and culture, and has written for the BBC, the Independent and the Scotsman. Drawing on that background, he writes a wide range of speeches for our clients, including business events, personal occasions and weddings.
Ruth Quayle, Copywriter
Ruth Quayle was previously a writer and sub-editor on national newspapers and glossy magazines, including The Week, The Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller. She also writes stories for children and her first book is being published next year. Ruth is our go-to writer for web copy, press releases and articles.
Alys Metcalf, Senior Coach and Speech Writer
Alys Metcalf’s background is in both writing and acting for theatre, film and TV. As a writer, she trained under the prestigious Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme and Criterion New Writer’s Programme and has since written plays which have toured nationally to critical acclaim. As an actress, she has worked in the West End and has played a range of interesting roles over the years. Alys understands what it is to feel the pressure of performing and can empathise with those feeling nervous about delivering a speech. Her experience, however, has enabled her to learn key tools and tricks to manage nerves, channel pressure and ultimately deliver an optimum performance.
Sebastian Streeting, Client Manager
Seb Streeting is likely to be your friendly first port of call when contacting us. He liaises between our clients and writers, ensuring that you get what you want when you want it! He studied reform rhetoric in US Politics while at University and also has a MSc. in Psychology. Seb will be the first to greet you if you visit the office and makes a mean cup of coffee. When he’s not being nice to people, you might find him at the cinema, in the kitchen, reading or with friends.
Katie Hedges, Operations Manager
Katie Hedges joined us in 2014. She runs the accounts and manages our online business projects. She previously worked for eleven years as a Digital Account Manager at a German web agency and has an extraordinary eye for detail and impeccable calmness under pressure. She may be found at weekends playing tennis, watching football and baking banana cake.
Anna Quayle, Company Secretary
Anna Quayle is our Company Secretary. She has a background in fundraising, working most recently for the NSPCC. She joined the Great Speech Writing team on a part-time basis in 2009.