Bill Callaghan is a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London - also known as a Beefeater - and a former Sergeant Major in the British Army with 23 years military service.
He is consummate raconteur and a highly sought-after speaker, and video footage filmed by a tourist during one of Bill's tours at The Tower in December 2010 has racked up nearly 2 Million hits on YouTube!
Rejected by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force on academic grounds, Bill Callaghan was readily accepted into the Army; an organisation that, in the late Seventies, viewed academic achievement with a deep suspicion. He enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps at the age of seventeen; excelled in basic military training and was graded 'above average' as a Nurse and Paramedic.
He was quickly identified as an instructor and trainer in all these fields and quickly rose through the ranks, at one point being the youngest Sergeant in his Corps. His service took him all over the UK (including Northern Ireland), most of Europe, the Balkans and Scandinavia, quite a bit of the Middle East, some of East Africa and some remote islands in the South Atlantic.
In addition to his medical duties Bill Callaghan has been trained and employed in Intelligence, Public Information and Psychological Operations. He has served with Guards, Infantry, Cavalry, Airborne, Commando and Special units. After an unpromising start academically, he obtained a BA hons in European History with diplomas in art and religious studies, from the OU, he also attended university courses for military studies in European, Middle Eastern and American Politics at Burwall's College Bristol and St Andrews University.
Bill retired as the Army Medical Services Recruit Company's Sergeant Major; a unique post, at Lichfield in 2002 after twenty-three years of service. He was sworn in as "a Member of the Sovereign's Bodyguard, a Yeoman Warder of HM Tower of London, of the Yeoman of the Guard in Extraordinary" - better known as a Beefeater - in August 2002. A post he proudly holds to this day.
In his 'spare time', Bill Callaghan volunteers as a Crewman on the RNLI's busiest lifeboat - Tower Lifeboat - on the River Thames in central London and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity through numerous fund raising activities.
Bill was married for twenty-one years and has two grown up children. He now describes himself as "a stand up historian, single and with a great sense of humour, living in a castle in Central London". To relax, in quiet moments he writes fairly awful poetry and pushes paint around canvas.
“History Is Not What It Was”
Told in Bill Callaghan's inimitable style, his after dinner speech is a hilarious and unique take on history, based around his role as one of HM The Queen's Yeoman Warders and the theme of his presentation that ‘history is not what it was’; including fascinating insights about its famous — and infamous — inhabitants such as Henry VIII and William Wallace - as depicted in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart movie.
But be warned, nobody is safe from the former Sergeant Major's dry wit; Bill jovially lambasts everyone including the Scottish, Royal Marines and the French. Did you know that Henry VIII used a medieval equivalent of Internet dating to find one of his wives? Whether you’re a bit of a history buff, or can’t stand thinking about the past, Bill Callaghan will have you crying with laughter!
Bill Callaghan is also known for doing his research prior to each engagement and, where possible, adding bespoke material relevant to the client or their own industry.
OFFICIAL UNIFORM — PLEASE NOTE:
Bill Callaghan is NOT permitted wear the Beefeater uniform outside of his duties at HM Tower of London. He may only be booked as a civilian after dinner speaker and not in an official capacity as a Yeoman Warder. However, for Black Tie events, if requested, he may wear medals.
Considering booking Bill Callaghan for your event? You may find the following client testimonials and comments helpful. To enquire further about Bill Callaghan for corporate and private bookings, click here or call us on +44 (0)1372 361 004.
Bill Callaghan was excellent - the perfect choice for our event. I would be happy to book him again.
Domino's were delighted with Bill's contribution to their Global Award Programme and they said he was hilarious, so please thank him for us and thank you for your help.
We've had Bill Callaghan as an after dinner speaker at a couple of our events now and we'd definitely book him again! He's easy to work with and is by far one of the most interesting and entertaining speakers out there!
Bill was brilliant. He was very easy to talk to and he chatted to lots of the guests before the lunch. Bill had the room in stitches and kept everyone entertained. The feedback after the lunch was great - he was a very popular speaker.
Bill Callaghan spoke at our client appreciation event at The Charterhouse and was fantastic. Our clients found his interesting but funny anecdotes extremely entertaining and we received some brilliant feedback from them. Bill is warm and friendly as well as very professional and was happy to chat with our guests during the post-speech reception.
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