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!

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.

We asked Emily a few questions to get to know her better

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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

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!

We asked Kieron a few questions to get to know him better

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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.

Sarah

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Ghislaine

I’ve lived in London on and off for 12 years, no other city quite beats the choice, diversity and vibe but I do still dream of skipping off to sunnier climates! Things that make me tick - galleries, immersive theatre, live music, festivals, dancing with my mates, cycling, swimming and getting out in nature and exploring new places.

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

Sunshine! I was brought up in West Africa and get sad without it!

Who would play you in a life movie?

Maggie Gyllenhaal – she’s quirky and cool – how I like to think of myself!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Eddie Redmayne is just beautiful, even when he’s playing a woman! He’s just got that something.

Meghan

Meghan is a sassy, South African conference coordinator who has lived in South West London for 2 years. She enjoys Murder documentaries, travelling and just exploring new and exciting places with friends!

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, My Birthday is on Halloween so it’s sort of compulsory

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

Tough one but probably pasta or pizza!

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

Dogs in any size, shape or form!

Sophie

My name is Sophie Atkinson, I am 30 and I have lived in Newcastle my whole life (apart from when I went to Uni). I have just started working as a host for Speed Dater UK, which I am very excited about. I have always wanted to be Cilla Black! I work as a drama facilitator and kids party host. I love comedy especially improvised comedy. In my spare time I like to go to see improv shows and sometimes have a go myself!

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What would your dream job be?

A job where I got paid to laugh! I would love to be a comedy director.

What’s your claim to fame?

Rowan Atkinson is my Uncle

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

Maureen. It's a mint name!

Gabbi

I’ve been living in SW London and working for a communications firm in the City for the past three years and love everything London has to offer! Interests include going to new restaurants, exploring new bars and trying out new music venues.

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

Steak with a side of mac & cheese and creamed spinach

Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

Morgan Freeman

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

The first coffee of the day

Clare

My Name is Clare and for my full time job I work freelance in TV Production. I like to cook, do Pilates and walks in the countryside and I've just moved from Bury to Stretford a month ago.

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What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Rudeness, especially when it's directed towards service personnel - I hate it!!

What would your friends say is your best quality?

My ability to connect with people easily.

What would your dream job be?

Making a documentary on women's rights abroad.

Ella

I am originally from Norfolk and spent 10 years living in London working in marketing and events before moving to Cambridge in 2017. I am currently a stay at home mum to my little whirlwind of a toddler and joined SpeedDater as a host in February. I love meeting new people and seeing relationships blossom so this is a perfect job for me!

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Reality dating programmes – Love Island, Celebs G Dating and The Batchelor

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

My son, lots of coffee and red velvet cake – a messy combination!

What would your dream job be?

Professional Matchmaker or Food Critic

Regina

I’ve lived in Brighton for 4 years. I recently joined SpeedDater and I am really enjoying it. My interests and hobbies include going out with friends, cooking, theatre , galleries, traveling and creating mixed media mosaics.

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

Call up someone I haven't talked to in a while

What are your guilty pleasures?

Staying in my pyjamas all day/ Buying myself flowers

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

If I had one super power, it would be the ability to control time. With my power I would be able to stop, reverse, slow down and speed up time whenever I want to. It would give me power over any situation, and I can help anyone with it

Kate

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What would your dream job be?

Travel writer so I could travel the world constantly and get paid for it.

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

I would be able to fly. Just think of the savings you'd make!

What is your weirdest talent?

I can whistle super loud.

Lucy

I'm originally from Bristol but have spent many years living, working and studying languages in Italy and Tunisia and parts of Asia.I like being outside, pubs and etymology.

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What is your weirdest talent?

I picked up bareback ostrich riding pretty fast whilst in South Africa

Who would play you in a life movie?

Whoopi Goldberg

What’s your claim to fame?

I'm related to Basil Brush - the puppeteer not the fox.

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

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 veteran now - 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

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

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!

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!

We asked Claire a few questions to get to know her better

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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.

Anny

I’m Anny and I have always lived in Birmingham, working for SpeedDater for many years now. It is really nice to work in a friendly sociable environment and each event always makes me smile. I also work for a legal training provider as my main job which I also enjoy. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, attending the gym regularly, running and most recently mountain climbing. Most importantly though I enjoy being a mommy to my two little girls.

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

A butterfly

Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

Tom Hanks

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

Lipstick, concealer and my bank card (not sure I would need this though if I were a Kangaroo)

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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