2023 Conference

took place on Friday 13th - Sunday 15th Octoberplease click on DG Message to see speakers videos

Confirmed Speakers for 2023

Keynote speaker


Tessa Sanderson CBE

Tessa Sanderson is a former British Heptathlete who specialised within the javelin. She was the UK’s leading javelin thrower, winning silver in the European Championships and gold in the Commonwealth Games three times. Tessa’s finest hour came at the Olympics in Los Angeles when she became the first British woman ever to win a gold medal in the javelin event.Following her retirement, Tessa became involved in top-level sports administration, serving as Vice-Chairman of Sports England, and was heavily involved with the London 2012 games. She was also affiliated with the Newham Sports Academy before setting up the Tessa Sanderson Sports Foundation & Academy.Tessa has focused her efforts onto supporting young people to find their way within sport. She is a role model who has consistently looked to improve sports participation and accessibility throughout England, especially in London.She was awarded the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to sport. Tessa has also been voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year, three times, by the Athletics Writers Association.


Steve Perryman MBE

Steve is a former professional footballer who is best known for his successes with Tottenham Hotspur during the 1970s and early 1980s. He has won the FA Cup, League Cup & UEFA Cup all twice with Tottenham.


Nigel Risner

Nigel is a respected author, television presenter and a prolific speaker. He speaks with authority, his own life having veered perilously away from comfortable norms at times.


Sir Craig MacKey QPM

Sir Craig MacKey is a former British police officer who served as Deputy Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service from 2012 until his retirement in 2018.


Jason Todd

Jason is passionate about making a difference and committed to Gandhi's vision of "being the change you want to see in the world."


Dr Mukunda Chidrawar

Dr Mukunda is a former General Surgeon (FRCS) with special interest in Breast & Laparoscopic Surgery, retired after 26 years in service in India & UK until 2006.


Nigel Linacre BEM

Nigel co-founded WellBoring in 2011. Over the past 12 years it has drilled wells to bring safe water to more than 300 rural primary schools in Kenya, transforming the lives of over 250,000 people.


Jamie McAnsh

In 2014 Jamie woke up paralysed from the waist down - what did he do next? He climbed a mountain on his hands! Jamie focuses on living life outside the box & currently plays wheelchair basketball for Cardiff.


Rachel Goodfellow

Earlier this year, Rachel ran an incredible 45 marathons in 45 days to raise money for Rotary Foundation & the Hidden Needs Trust.


David Arnold

David is a stand-up comedian with a versatile style suitable for all audiences. He has been performing on the 'alternative' circuit since 2012, performing nationally for some of the UK's biggest promoters.


Steve Martin

Steve tells the emotional story of working alongside PC Blakelock when he was killed in the Tottenham riots. He is currently the Rotary International Coordinator for Region 20.


Bob Maskall

Bob is currently Leadership Development & Training Lead for Rotary Great Britain & Ireland.


Mike Stone

Mike has written & published books on local history and has made numerous radio broadcasts both nationally as well as specialist TV covering archaeology and heritage.


Rev David Gray

Rev David Gray is Superintendent Minister of the North Wiltshire Methodist Circuit based in Chippenham. David has been a Rotarian for over 15 years.


Stuart Gilbert

Owner of Platinum Financial Solutions, Stuart is actively involved in his local church and plays in a brass band. He is a keen Wolverhampton Wanderers fan.

Confirmed entertainment

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Conference Venue

Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren 

2023's District 1200 Conference will take place over the weekend of the 13th - 15th October and will be held at the Langstone Cliff. This family-run hotel is set within 19 acres of woodlands, right on the beautiful south coast of Devon. Overlooking the Exe Estuary, the hotel is surrounded by luscious lawns and gardens, not forgetting the magnificent sea views that lead down to the golden sandy beaches and the Warren. The hotel’s reputation is unrivalled and it is something the Owners (the Roger’s family) are extremely proud of. The beach is just a short walk away via a public footpath and the internationally famous nature reserve at Dawlish Warren is nearby.

Dawlish Warren Rotary Conference

Conference overview

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