split my free time between charitable work and and professional after dinner speaking. In the first category, I am active in
the English-Speaking Union (encouraging and training school and university students in speech and debate to promote the effective use of spoken English),
in helping the University of Glasgow Development Campaign (in the UK and the USA) and I am proud to have served as President of the Burns Club of London (which stands
as Number 1 on the Roll of the Robert Burns World Federation) for the 250th anniversary year in 2009 and currently serve as President of the Dublin Burns Club.
have ranged from acting as Master of Ceremonies for a whole evening, to doing one speech - the Immortal Memory
or The Lassies - or of course, my own rather boisterous Addressing the Haggis. On evenings other than Burns Suppers I
have toasted 'Scotland', 'St Andrew' or 'The Guests'. My favourite has to be the Immortal Memory as that gives the greatest
scope to entertain, inform and touch and audience.
of my work is on Robert Burns or Scottish Themes, such as St Andrew's Night, Tartan Day or Whisky Tastings, I increasingly
undertake general after dinner speaking throughout the year particularly on issues around banking and financial crisis.