Meet your SpeedDater singles events team

Let us introduce the SpeedDater team. We're fun and friendly with loads of personality - just like our guests. We have more experience than any other company in the singles events industry, so we're proud to bring you the best speed dating events and singles parties in the UK.

We'll make sure your event is professionally run and we'll be on hand to answer any questions or even give out a few dating tips. Our years of experience understands that your first point of contact should be welcoming, approachable and put you at ease. Hell, we'll even have a drink with you (no tequila please!). Happy dating!

Kieron

Kieron hosts our speed dating in Nottingham. Speed dating Nottingham caters for two age groups; 24-38 and over 40 dating (38-50). You can meet up to 15 Nottingham singles at Nottingham speed dating. Nottingham dating is easy with Kieron - he's great at making people feel at ease!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been hosting speed dating Nottingham for over 10 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I really enjoy meeting new people at the events and it makes me feel a little bit like Cilla Black (minus the Liverpool accent) helping people find love.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Fun, Silly, thoughtful!

What are your interests?

Building mechanical sculptures, playing the guitar (although not very well), travelling, meeting new people.

Favourite love song?

Bless you (Tony Orlando).

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Kam

Kam is our friendly host for Guildford dating. You can enjoy our Guildford dating nights in a variety of age ranges including 20s, 30s, over 40 dating and over 50 dating. You can expect to meet up to 16 Surrey singles at our Guildford events.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted Guildford dating events for 5 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and helping them have a fun night.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Talkative, organised, cheeky!

What are your interests?

I Dj in my spare time, love to cook for people, follow an awful football team and like a good film or two.

Favourite love song?

As a Dj simply couldn't narrow it down to one, impossible!

Favourite romantic film?

Notting Hill, love it.

Emily

Even though I host in Leamington Spa, I actually live about about 50 mins away in Birmingham. I am an avid traveller and am constantly trying to tick items off my bucket list! I’ve recently got into scuba diving and hoping to do my PADI certificate soon.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Nope – still to see one!

What’s your favourite day of the week and why?

Saturday, no work, lie-in, and usually and outing to somewhere nice.

What’s your claim to fame?

I used to work in posh hotel where we often had celebrities stay. I think I would get into trouble if I shared any of the stories

Teresa

I'm a country bumpkin who's been living in the big city for nearly 8 years now. I'm quite loud and crazy which I blame on my Italian Side. When I'm not working as a host I am working as a classical crossover vocalist, which is pretty exciting.

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What is your weirdest talent

Maybe not a talent but I have such a long tongue that I can touch the bottom of my chin!

Who would play you in a life movie?

Probably Jennifer Lawrence (we've both got mad down to a T)

Who is your celebrity crush?

I'm a bit greedy so either Miguel Angel Silvestre or Reggie Yates

Sue

Since university, London has been my home and I don’t think I could live anywhere else as I’d miss that everything is on your doorstep – theatres, restaurants, museums etc. A group of friends and myself make it our mission to try as many new places as possible (diaries and bank accounts permitting!).

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What is your weirdest talent?

I can recite the all the books of the New Testament in order (I must have been a goody two shoes at Sunday School!)

What is the one thing guaranteed to put a smile on your face?

Crazy cat videos on YouTube

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Hugh Jackman

Sarah

I have been living here in Sheffield since September 2016 but am originally from London. As a person, I would say that I am constantly on the go, so the more things in my life the better! Not only am I studying for a masters, but I also work as a part-time waitress and have an avid interest in art so my days are never boring.

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If you could have any super power what would it be?

Fly, I’ve always been jealous of those eagles

What is your guilty pleasure?

There’s nothing like chocolate cake

If you had to live without one of your 5 senses, which one would it be?

Smell

Kate

Kate is our events and marketing administrator at SpeedDater HQ. She helps to deal with the organisation and promotion of all the UK singles events and also hosts London singles nights.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

About 6 months now - it's gone so fast!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Giving people the opportunity to meet people they may not otherwise have met and seeing chemistry between couples on their dates.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Bubbly, fun ,weirdo

What are your interests?

I love to travel and experience new cultures. I also enjoy cooking and I go mad for dogs!

Favourite love song?

All about us- He is We

Favourite romantic film?

Die Hard?!

Steve

Steve is our Events and Marketing Manager and works in our head office in London. We run up to 10 events a week in London, making it our most popular city!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I'm a newbie! Since January 2017!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Energetic, happy and fun!

Favourite romantic film?

True Romance or Weekend

What are your interests?

Big music fan - which involves making endless playlists on spotify, attending gigs, festivals and clubs, also a keen cyclist, runner and foodie! Oh and throw a bit of travelling in for good measure

Favourite love song?

They're not traditional love songs but Raze Break 4 Love or Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence

Svetlana

Svetlana is our brand and events manager here at SpeedDater. She has extensive experience in events and has been a lecturer in London for the past few years.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I love interacting with people and ensuring everyone is having a good time!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Enthusiastic, spontaneous, creative

What are your interests?

Dance, modern art, bikram yoga, creation of experiences

Favourite love song?

It Must Have Been Love- Roxette

Favourite romantic film?

Pretty Woman or the Notebook

Tracy

I’ve lived in Aberdeen for 35 years, I’m from Stirling and my hobbies mostly revolve around eating – cooking, going to restaurants, Pinterest recipe porn and I also love football too! My day job is for a University and I organise events there as well although they aren’t as much fun!

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Who would play you in a life movie?

Amy Schumer

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Noisy eaters and whistling and just any unnecessary mouth noise….

Who’s your celebrity crush?

James Franco

Kyle

An Australian bean counter by trade who has turned his hand to wine savaging and speed dating. I really like learning about all the different regions around the world where they make wine and understanding why certain wines taste the way they do. People are like wines in a way as everyone is different. I like that and that's probably why I like being a host so much!

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If you could have any super power what would it be?

To be able to fly

What is your guilty pleasure?

Wine. Obviously!

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

Mac and Cheese

If you had to live without one of your 5 senses, which one would it be?

Sight

How long do you think you would survive in a zombie apocalypse?

Forever. I would be the last one standing

Amy

Amy has recently joined SpeedDater, and is studying for a degree in Event Management, making her a perfect addition to the team!

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Being a part of creating memorable experiences for people, watching couples connect and enjoy themselves. Happy people make me happy!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Quirky, caring and creative

What are your interests?

Drinking tea and eating pizza! I love to travel, socialise, dance, listen to music and watch friends at any opportunity.

Favourite love song?

All of me - John Legend

Favourite romantic film?

Chocolat

Kirsty

I have lived in Leeds for 3 years now, but I originally come from York. I like to spend a lot of my time either in the gym or doing strength building through pole fitness.

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If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

Being lactose intolerant means no cheese, so my last meal would have to be lasagna with a strong cheese sauce and cheesy garlic bread!

If you could have any super power what would it be?

If I had a super power I think I'd have the power to be able to transport myself, I seem to always be flying here there and everywhere so cutting out the traffic would be amazing!!!

If you had to live without one of your 5 senses, which one would it be?

If I had to live without a sense I'd choose sight

Ritch

I’ve been living in London for one year now. I moved from my hometown of Glasgow last year. I love to travel and try my best to pass as a local wherever I go. I have a major love for colouring hair too, whether it’s mine or someone else’s!

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If you were a kangaroo and had 3 things in your pouch, what would they be?

I’d have to carry earphones, passport and mobile phone.

If you had to be an animal what would you be and why?

I’d choose to be a really tiny bird because they’re so agile, cheerful and are almost always with their cheerful, chirpy mates.

What is one talent you always wish you had?

I’d love the talent of being a natural cook. Instead I’m a cook that stresses and destroys the kitchen.

Eva

I have a small concierge and event service company here in London and I'm in the process of developing a mobile app for the best places to eat, drink and stay. I have a thirst for authentic ways of experiencing gastronomy and exploring local destinations.

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If you could have any super power what would it be?

Heal those who are sick

What is your guilty pleasure?

If I enjoy something I don't feel guilty enjoying it!

How long do you think you would survive in a zombie apocalypse?

As long as it takes

Ghislaine

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Tagan

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Steve

I'm an Aussie who always wanted to live in a huge city and so here I am currently living out that dream in London!! I am always looking for fun and sadly missing the sun..

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Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

Dave Chappelle in the style of Charile Murphy's True Hollywood Stories

If you had to be an animal what would you be and why?

A bear because nobody f*cks with a bear!

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

Ched with no surname, writing my full name on anything would be so much easier

Kimberley

Kimberley is one of our speed dating Reading hosts! Kimberley hosts Reading dating nights for a variety of age ranges, including 20s, 30s and over 40s.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I love helping people find love!

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Positive, Proactive and Passionate

What are your interests?

Movies on the sofa/at the cinema, comedy, eating out, holidays, dancing...

Favourite love song?

'I want to wake up with you' - Boris Gardiner

Favourite romantic film?

TITANIC!

Paula

Having spent many years abroad working and travelling, I have now taken root in sunny Glasgow. A true Scottish lass, I have a love of philosophy and a passion for street art, travelling boots and dancing shoes.

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What is the one thing guaranteed to put a smile on your face?

My dog Wilson - happiness in a furry bundle

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Litter bugs - respect our environment

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Richard Gere - An Officer and a Gentleman - swoon!

Kirstine

I host events in Cambridge and love it! When I’m not hosting I get to do other fab stuff, like travelling about in a bus to help out at various festivals in the summer months. I enjoy making things from junk and recycled materials, gardening, hula hooping, and playing with fire.

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Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

My life has been thoroughly random so far - whoever got the job would need to have a wonderful imagination!

What is one talent you always wished you had?

When I was a child I always wished I could dance like I didn’t care who was watching. I guess I wished hard enough for it as I’m definitely able to do that now.

If you had to be an animal, what you be and why?

I’d be a large magical wild cat, basking in the sun, purposefully walking around as if I owned a patch of savannah.

Date Whisperer

Dani has personally introduced over 42,000 singles and has arranged over 200,000 dating events in her 10 year career history as head of SpeedDater UK. With a wealth of first hand knowledge, Dani is the perfect person to answer any burning dating questions.

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What do you love about your job?

I love meeting guests at events - everyone has a different story and it's nice to join up a random group of people and watch the chemistry unfold.

Any tips on what to talk about or what to avoid on a speed date?

Avoid talking about work and anything too heavy like religion/politics as you need more than 4 minutes! A good way to see what you have in common is to bring up topics you are passionate about (travel, cooking, sports etc) and see how your date responds. It's always great to hear about what gets people going and if you are enthusiastic about the same things it's a great base to build from.

Simon

Simon is our lovely speed dating Brighton host, bringing all you Brighton singles together at our events! Brighton dating caters to two age groups; 24-38 and over 40s dating (38-50).

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since January 2016.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Seeing fabulous people having a great time....And ringing the bell!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Friendly - Furry - Funny.

What are your interests?

Playing guitar, doodling, performing improv comedy and baking lovely cakes.

Favourite love song?

Glory of Love by Peter Cetera. AKA: The theme for The Karate Kid, Part II.

Favourite romantic film?

When Harry Met Sally. Makes me cry every time.

Jennie

Jennie is our Southampton singles host! Speed dating Southampton events are in two age ranges; 24-38 and 38-50.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Brand new to this for 2016! Looking forward to learning the ropes and helping people to meet someone special.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Friends describe me as bit of a social animal so I'm hoping to bring fun and good times to Southampton's speed dating events.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Outgoing, confident, creative.

What are your interests?

Art, design, travel, beautiful things (buildings, places, beaches, people!)

Favourite love song?

Drive by The Cars.

Favourite romantic film?

So many, but particularly like 'As Good as it Gets' with Jack Nicholson.

Martin

Martin is our host for the south west, covering Bristol and Cardiff events! Speed dating Bristol usually runs 1-2 times a month for 24-38 and 38-50.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I'm new here, I have been with SpeedDater since Sept 2015.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I enjoy meeting new people.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Tall, pale and handsome.

What are your interests?

Dancing (badly), eating, drinking, diving and hillwalking.

Favourite love song?

Every time we say goodbye, simply red.

Favourite romantic film?

Love Actually.

Claire

A country girl at heart, I moved up to Oxford 5 years ago. By day, I work for an Escape Game Company, and am Head of Corporate Sales for the UK - this means that I do run around quite often with umpteen pairs of handcuffs and wands! When i'm not doing that, i'm usually out getting into some form of activity or social thing - hence being a host!

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If you were a kangaroo and had 3 things in your pouch, what would they be?

Lipbalm, wine and um… Gin?

Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

Oh, Billy Connolly for sure!

If you had to be an animal what would you be and why?

An Owl. They get to fly and look at EVERYTHING.

Laura

Laura is our speed dating Milton Keynes hosts. We currently run events 2 times a month for Milton Keynes singles, for the 24-38 age range and over 40 dating (38-50 age range).

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been hosting since October 2014!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Honest, loyal & fun!

What are your interests?

I like keeping fit I go to the gym most days, I also love cooking (& eating, hence the need to go to the gym) & horror movies!

Favourite love song?

Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments.

Favourite romantic film?

50 First Dates.

Royah

Royah is one of our speed dating Milton Keynes hosts. We currently run events 2 times a month for Milton Keynes singles, for the 24-38 age range and over 40 dating (38-50 age range).

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been a host since October 2014.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and potentially finding them their ideal partner.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Fun, friendly and adventurous.

What are your interests?

Ceroc dancing, badminton and seeing live stand up comedy.

Favourite love song?

Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe.

Favourite romantic film?

Love Actually...especially at Christmas time!

Anny

Anny hosts our speed dating Birmingham events. We currently run Birmingham events for 5 different age ranges from 21-55 year olds. We usually run 3-4 singles nights a month for Birmingham singles.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

This is my 6th year as a Birmingham speed dating host.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Working in a friendly social environment. The Birmingham singles are a good lot!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Friendly, approachable happy.

What are your interests?

Gym, socialising with family and friends And spending time with my daughter.

Favourite love song?

Mariah Carey always be my baby.

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Lisa

Lisa is our Windsor speed dating host and she’s great at her job! With multiple age range events, Windsor speed dating is getting bigger and bigger. At our singles nights for Windsor dating you can expect to meet up to 16 Windsor singles.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been Windsor speed dating host since Jan 2014.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and making people make sure they have fun while looking for the one.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Sociable, personable, and friendly.

What are your interests?

Love Comedy, movies, nights out with a cocktail or two, reading and cooking.

Favourite love song?

Dangerously in love - Beyonce

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Peter

I'm the Edinburgh host and one word sums me up pretty much: triathlon – triathlon – triathlon. I have competed for age group team GB on a few occasions and raced in over 50 triathlons from sprint triathlons to a couple of Ironman's'. Anything to keep me fit and healthy!

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If you could have any super power what would it be?

To be able to travel through time! Then we would know all the answers

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

Best not to find yourself there in the first place but I guess Macaroni and cheese was a childhood favourite.

If you had to live without one of your 5 senses, which one would it be?

Taste I guess then everything would taste good!

Stacey

Stacey hosts our singles events in London. Dating in London has never been so easy! Stacey has hosted over 300 London singles nights and seen an uncountable amount of matches over the years!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted singles nights for over 7 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Every group is different and I enjoy when I get a group where everyone just seems to be getting along and the atmosphere is almost electric.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Happy, sarcastic, reliable.

What are your interests?

I love travelling, photography and discovering new things to do in London.

Favourite love song?

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes) from Dirty Dancing.

Favourite romantic film?

Has to be The Notebook.



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