David Bryon

Former Managing Director of low-cost airline BMI Baby

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Dr David Bryon is the former Managing Director of bmibaby, which grew to become one of the Europe's largest low cost airlines under his leadership. He now enjoys a successful media career that includes a highly popular after-dinner comedy routine (based around flying), professional business speaking, awards evening host, conference facilitator, and TV presenting. He is a regular guest on various national programmes including Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 2, BBC News 24, and Sky News. His client list is impressive, and includes Accenture, Barclays Bank, BP, Sun MicroSystems, the FA, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, and the Kuwait National Government.

David Bryon was born and raised in the SE of England. He completed a degree and PhD at the University of Liverpool before becoming involved with the early evolution of the internet and ecommerce. He moved to America in 1996 and continued to work within the ecommerce sector. He also started writing a humorous newspaper column looking at life in America through the eyes of a cynical Englishman. This became very successful and also led to David hosting his own TV talk show that broadcast on a regional cable channel.

David returned to the UK in 2000 to take-up a position with the airline bmi, and was part of the senior management team that set-up the low cost carrier bmibaby in 2002. He was Commercial Director for 18 months before being appointed Managing Director. Since leaving David has returned to the media and has built and excellent reputation as both a professional business speaker and a highly amusing after-dinner speaker. His knowledge and experience provide a wealth of hilarious stories and tales from the aviation industry that entertain audiences of all types.

Speech Topics

David has a funny after dinner routine based around the airline industry, and also a more business focused keynote presentation that he delivers at conferences and workshops.

The after dinner routine includes some revealing tales and behind the scenes insights into the aviation industry that are weaved together in a very funny style with plenty of audience engagement!

David's business routine is based around his 8 C's of running a successful business, namely: Compliance, Competition, Challenge, Change, Cash Flow, Cost Control, Communication and Customer Service. He primarily focuses on Challenge and Change, and shows how the low cost carriers took on the major airlines and re-wrote the commercial model for airlines. It is presented in a very engaging and funny way, but is the perfect keynote for any business sector.


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Considering booking David Bryon for your event? You may find the following client testimonials and comments helpful. To enquire further about David Bryon for corporate and private bookings, click here or call us on +44 (0)1372 361 004.

On behalf ofthe Conference Committee may I thank you for your outstanding contribution to this years’ event, you were great fun. Our Black Tie dinner is always a highlight of the event and your highly entertaining after dinner speech was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our guests. The audience participation made the event memorable, although I am not sure that my colleague will ever live down his Air Hostess performance

Debbie Taylor - Chairman, 2017 Master Innholders Conference

Thank you very much for a great presentation, many people are saying you were the highlight of the 3 day conference - it was pitched just right, with a balance of fact and more importantly humour.

Alison Holmes - Conference Director, Freedom Travel Group.

David Bryon was an event in himself. He entertained, involved the audience, and was hilarious. I would recommend David to anyone seeking a very unusual and fun speaker.

Williams Simmonds - CEO, National Association of School Business Management.

Thank you so much for everything last night. Your speech went down very well and you conducted the awards brilliantly.

Fiona Murchie - Relocate Magazine, Managing Director.

Simply superb. Worked really well with the audience; perfect content – the travel attendees particularly loved it

Steve Dunne, Avis Partner Dinner

I have been running the dinner for the past 13 years over which time we have had some very good speakers but only 2 who I could say we're truly outstanding. The first was Garry Richardson of BBC Sport and the second was David Bryon. All of the feedback has been exceptional. A great performance and thank you for also working the auction.

Richard Gray - Institute of mechanical Engineers

I wanted to say how thrilled we were in terms of you hosting our Supplier Awards. The feedback has been brilliant and we will definitely be using you again for future events!

Sandra Busby - Managing Director, Welsh Contact Centre Forum

I just wanted to say thanks for last night you were amazing! What a great act, it was truly entertaining and the audience loved it! The evening was a tremendous success and that was down to the quality of our speakers

Jo Pickering - York Professionals Annual Dinner

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