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  • Welcome to my personal website. My passion is making valuable connections between people and ideas. I’m retained by several organizations to do exactly that and enjoy taking on special projects.

    I’m based in the UK at the moment and hope you will be in touch if you think that I can help you in some way or if you think that we could work together. Please have a read about the sort of things I’m up to.


    From moderating conferences and away-days, to MCing large events and facilitating meetings. Across sectors and industries, in the UK and internationally.

    Please see below for a range of testimonials (for designing, chairing, facilitating and speaking), from a variety of clients.

    Master of Ceremonies/Compère:

    “Oli was a delight to work with and brought great energy to his role as compere of the International FinTech Conference. He kept sessions running to time and ensured that the packed timetable on the main staged flowed seamlessly. He pitched his comments to the audience and provided all of the necessary information on the conference programme. Before the event, Oli gave helpful advice on how to run the pitch session, drawing on his extensive experience of compering industry events. Oli was professional throughout the process of event planning and on the day of the conference itself.” HM Treasury

    “Oli Barrett is pitch-perfect as an MC. He keeps everything running on time but he does so with just the right blend of charm, wit, smart information he has committed to memory, and a common touch people find hard to resist” Names Not Numbers, by Editorial Intelligence.

    “Oli is perhaps the best MC I have ever met. He really made our first customer event special. He was able to elicit the most interesting answers from the pannelists and keep the audience engaged after 2 hours in their seats. I’d highly recommend getting Oli onboard for your next event.” DueDil

    “He did a superb job of getting the crowd engaged, and kept the event flowing artfully. He masterfully introduced speakers and engaged the audience. I was delighted by how the event went off– great energy, great flow, and happy attendees. Oli was funny, charismatic, and on message. It was a delight to watch him in action. ” NewCo

    “Whenever Oli is in charge of your event, the night will run beautifully.  He’s uber-professional to work with, he understands his audience and knows not only how to control them, but also how to create the best atmosphere in the room” MTV Staying Alive Foundation



    “He is the most inspiring, confident, funny and honest speaker you could hope to find. Whether Oli is talking about the benefits of networking, problem solving in a creative way, explaining the benefits of start-ups or just inspiring others to take action, his inclusive style and positive attitude bring everyone along with him.” The Marketing Academy 

    “He is always one of our most popular speakers, not only because his energy lifts the room but because his methods bring real life results and opportunities!” The Queen’s Young Leaders 

    “A force of energy, positivity, inspiration and practical guidance – always delivered in style, both entertaining and engaging.”  Wayra (the global accelerator programme owned by Telefónica.)

    Panel moderator:

    “He is superb at what he does, a consummate professional and pleasure to work with. He also has a talent for turning the thorniest debates into lively, enjoyable and constructive conversations from which everyone learns a great deal. I cannot recommend him too highly.” IOD

    “He facilitates and entertains with flair, listens carefully and elicits solid responses from speakers. He always puts in the work beforehand to really understand what the organisers would like to get from an event, is always faultlessly prepared with pertinent questions, diplomatically managing the speakers and the audience.” New Entrepreneurs Foundation

    “He never fails to impress in the way he clearly prepares and engages both the speakers and the audience with such flair, professionalism and always with a touch of comedy which makes it so special.” London and Partners

    “Oli is a simply a superb moderator and panelist – witty, engaging and full of charisma – he has a natural ability to bring any room of people to life. He’s also exceptionally professional and is nothing but a delight to work with.” Bright Network

    Workshop Facilitator:

    “From the first time we sat down together to plan the event, through the day itself, to the debrief session afterwards, he was full of ideas, contacts and positive energy. It is a real challenge to hold a room full of big personalities – and to help them think afresh about controversial ideas – but Oli made it look easy.” The IMPRESS Project

    Awards Host:

    “Oli is a charming and engaging event host and MC. He has a ready wit and a great ability to get the audience involved and connected. We have worked with him at intimate events and large scale ceremonies and he excels at both. Perhaps most importantly for a host, Oli knows how to make the event about the other guests and speakers, providing a well-judged balance to them and keeping the event moving in a timely fashion.” The Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

    “On stage, Oli is to my mind one of the best in the business, delivering a perfect balance of good humour and serious chat that keeps the audience engaged and entertained. But Oli is no mere compere who pops along for a couple of hours then leaves. He engages with you on your project for months in advance, offering wise advice, great format and content ideas and access to the right brilliant contacts. He works hard to help you get your detail right, and won’t stop encouraging you until it is. Oli is the consummate professional, and I learn 10 things every time I work with him.” Digital Agenda Impact Awards

    Conference Chair:

     “He was great at keeping the energy in the room high and ensuring that all the delegates had an awesome time. He did not let the speakers get away with anything – probing them in Paxman style fashion and continually working to ensure that the days of the event had a good flow. He had quite obviously done a lot of work in preparation and as a result peppered the day with useful and amusing nuggets of information.”  Youth Marketing Strategy

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