Maggie Philbin OBE
Former BBC television science presenter (Tomorrows World, QED)
The broadcasting career of Maggie Philbin started with a four year stint co-presenting BBC's legendary Saturday morning children's show Multicoloured Swap Shop, which she joined fresh from Manchester University where she had studied English and Drama. A major turning point in her career for which she is always remembered came with her subsequent move to the BBC's flagship science and technology programme Tomorrow's World where she stayed for eight years. Since then, she has presented a raft of television and radio programmes.
Maggie's television career encompasses Hospital Watch, Bodymatters Roadshow, QED, and BBC2's women's documentary series The Doll's House. She has worked as a medical and consumer reporter for This Morning on ITV and has presented film reports for BBC's current affairs programme 4x4, as well as a series called Heartland for Channel Health. She has also presented the science programme Wideworld for Channel 5.
This has made her popular in the corporate sector where her diverse range of broadcasting skills is a valuable asset for conferences, business presentations and corporate television.
Keynote / Business Speaker
Maggie Philbin talks with great humour, authority and style about the key ingredients of innovation and forward thinking in business. As a keynote speaker what Maggie offers is essentially a punchy 15 - 45 min piece, using archive clips and her unique experience of some of the greatest inventors and innovators of all time.
Audiences appreciate the relevance of the information, which is always carefully researched. She has an obvious interest in technology, so it goes down well with techies but there is a very strong business message which works for general audiences. She is passionate both about technology and the need for more female entrepreneurs.
She has a unique resonance with audiences who not only watch her now on BBC Breakfast News but also grew up with her on the legendary Saturday morning children's show "Multi-Coloured Swap Shop". She is well known for her involvement in the promotion of women in business, science and technology. Maggie was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Science, Technology and Engineering Community.
Many people at the top of their professions today grew up with Maggie Philbin as part of their lives, and view her with great affection and recognise the humour, intelligence and skills she can bring to just about any event.