North West Region of U3As

North West Region - Speaker List

To see a list of speakers who may be of interest to your U3A, click NW Region Speakers.

The speakers on this list have been recommended by U3As in the North West. They have not been assessed nor are they approved by the region. As with booking any speaker, you do so at your own risk.

Recent additions :

John Stoddern Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

John can tailor his talk to include the relevant information about the whole cathedral or can talk on any specific aspect e.g. The Lady Chapel.

Philip Caine Barrow to Baghdad and back again.

Philip's work has taken him to many countries around the world, the last 10 years of which were spent in the Middle East. Since retiring in 2015, he has become a successful author and guest speaker, and talks about a career less ordinary.

PETE TURNER Through the Eyes of a Magician. [N.b. this is a lecture/talk - not a magic show.]

Through the eyes of a Magician will take you on an unusual journey into the mysterious world of the impossible and the unexplained. The lecture starts with an amazing effect that goes against science and logic that will get your head scratching. This lecture will also give you demonstrations of misdirection.

Dave Brotton Wildlife photographer.

Roger Browne Jazz pianist.
Talk" New Orleans to New York"
Illustrates talk by playing jazz style musical pieces on an electric piano.
Describes common ground between musical theatre and Jazz. Informative and humorous.

Andrew Wilde, Concert Pianist

Andrew's concerts include short introductions to the pieces and some question time and he has been enthusiastically received at many U3A groups. He plays to support the work of the North West Music Trust, which is the only organisation in Britain bringing classical piano through this kind of outreach programme.

Josephine Gosling, Amazing Walks (themed talks on country walks)

Ron Hutchinson was chauffeur to Lord Leverhulme then after his death became main speaker and fundraiser for Claire House Hospice on the Wirral. He talks about his adventures leading charity challenges around the world.

David Hearn, Liverpool's Links with America, Sir William Brown: the man who made Liverpool, Jesse Hartley: Liverpool Dock Engineer, 175 years of Cunard, Liverpool Memorials, Unsung Heroes of World War One.

Vic Heaney, 'Vic Talks The Walk'. It is an inspiring story of his walk from The Pyrenees to Blackpool ( arriving on his 70th birthday ), to raise funds for a Pancreatic Cancer charity.

Valerie Williams, 'Sweden - the country behind the cruise stopover (and scandi-noir !)'

Colin Pit, 'Cadbury World'. A self-guided tour and exclusive talk. The history behind this iconic brand.

Barry Humphreys, 'Timelines Heritage Talks'. A number of talks and presentations are on offer. For example, The Traditional Great British Holiday, Wondrous Wirral, How We Used to Live - 1950s.

Mark Littler, 'Antiques Roadshow event', 'Antiques quiz', 'Silver fakes and forgeries / history of hallmarks' ( for fuller details, see ).

Ray Hines, 'The recent restoration and history of the Daniel Adamson steam ship known as "The Danny" by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society'. Also 'The Manchester Ship Canal'.

Brian Cullen, 'Radio Caroline - When Pirates Ruled The Waves'

Dr Penny Foulds, 'Defying Dementia : from Compound to Clinic'.
( Penny is an Honorary Researcher at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster )