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.

Sarah

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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

Becky

Originally from London (but actually born in Holland), I've lived in Reading since my good old uni days. I've also lived in France, where I went to school, and Germany, where I sold cuckoo clocks to tourists in the Black Forest! I love spending days at the spa - is that a hobby?! - going to see stand up comedy, and travelling. While hosting isn't my main job, it's my favourite one.

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

Will and Grace always makes me laugh. (Oh and that scene where Ross in Friends shouts "MY SANDWICH?" because I can relate to him 100% in that moment!)

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Yikes, I could write a whole list of these but people who stare at their phones, while walking down the road, annoys me the most at the moment. I like to walk into them on purpose.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Tom Hardy, who else?

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

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

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.

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.

Tagan

Tagan is our Norwich host and hosts events for us at least once a month.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

No. At least not most of the time but when it's 3am and I hear a noise I have been known to burn some sage and hide in salt circles.

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

I want to say Mac and cheese because I'm a vegetarian but honestly, if I was going to die it would probably be a bacon sandwich with just a mug of my grans homemade beef gravy

Who would play you in a life movie?

Either The Rock or Misha Collins because i think they'd look great in a wig and a dress. If I couldn't cast them then I'd probably Ellen Page. She's a great actress.

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

Polly

I moved to London to start university and never left; I honestly couldn't imagine living anywhere else! I now manage a bakery in South London but host in my spare time as it's a great way to socialise and meet new people. Out of work (and in it actually) food is my everything. I love cooking, watching cookery programmes and especially finding new restaurants and dining out.

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Who would play you in a life movie?

I would love to think it would be someone cool like Scarlett Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence but in reality it would be some out of work actress no one has heard off who's so desperate for cash she would accept any role just so she doesn't have to sleep in her car anymore.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who walk slowly, then even worse just stop suddenly to take a photo or something.

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

Waking up to sunshine, nothing can bring my day down after that!

Clare

By day (and some evenings) I am a personal and professional coach - I work with people to enable them to find their direction and achieve their dreams. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, yoga, pilates and creating new dishes in the kitchen. I grew up in St. Albans and after going to university, travelling and living in Manchester and London, I returned to St. Albans 7 years ago and love it.

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What’s your claim to fame?

I've met the Queen

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

I'm a big fan of the walking dead so I think I could go the distance!

What would your friends say is your best quality?

Thoughtful

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.

Ben

Hi! I’m Ben and I’m the Milton Keynes SpeedDater host. My background is mainly Marketing, and in my spare time I love nothing more than going to Salsa/dancing parties or just staying indoors reading and watching TV.

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Who would play you in a life movie?

Probably Ryan Reynolds. I’m somewhat funny and clumsy! Like Deadpool without the costume!

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

To fly! I could travel the world and back in seconds!

Favourite day of the week and why:

It is Wednesday my dudes. Mainly because it’s the middle of the week and the best day to unwind from work (but also because of the meme!)

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

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

Kimberley

So I'm Kimberley, a 33 year old bubbly 'Event Management' graduate, who absolutely loves working for Speeddater! Hosting singles events is so much fun and I genuinely love meeting so many interesting people! Not many people can say they have the opportunity to play Cupid and I truly enjoy the role...

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What is your favourite day of the week?

Friday for sure. It always makes me feel like it's party time!

What would your dream job be?

A movie star. Before I got into events, I studied Performing Arts and I'm smitten with acting! Maybe one day...?

What would your friends say is your best quality?

I think my friends would probably say my best quality is my honesty! As harsh as I can sometimes come across, my friends always know that I tell them what they need to hear, not what they might not want to hear!

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

My name's Jennie and I'm the Speeddater host for Southampton. I'm originally from the Midlands but have lived in Hampshire for over 20 years now. I work in marketing as my day job but joined Speeddater back in early 2015 as I fancied doing something different to add to my skills. I had some experience of event management and like hosting because you get to meet such a wide range of people and no two events are the same!

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Who is your celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush has to be Jon Snow in Game of Throne. If he turned up at one of the speeddating events, I'd be very happy!

What puts a smile on your face?

I love art/design, so a studio full of painting equipment plus a large glass of chilled white wine would always do it for me!

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.

Royah

I have lived in Milton Keynes all of my life (minus going to uni in Portsmouth and travelling the world!) I enjoy playing badminton and dancing, whether it's Ballroom and Latin, Salsa or my current favourite Ceroc. By day I am a busy primary school teacher, teaching 4 year olds how to read, write, do simple Math, share and sit still for more than 5 minutes. Y

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Who would you pick to narrate your life story?

If I had to choose someone to narrate my life story, it would have to be Morgan Freeman.

If you could have one talent what would it be?

One talent I wish I had (and other's probably wish I had too) is to be able to sing. I love singing, but I know I really can't!

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

If I was a kangaroo, the 3 things I would have in my pouch would be a GoPro to film my adventures, a dress because I own so many and am obsessed with buying more and finally an iPod so I can dance to all my favourite songs!

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)

Lisa

I am Lisa (known as Leelee to my nearest and dearest) I enjoy going out with friends on a night out but I also enjoy a night in under the duvet watching films. I enjoy reading (I rarely leave the house without my Kindle) and I must admit in all honesty I am a complete bookworm. Dining out is a must and you will rarely find me out of the kitchen!

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What would your dream job be?

My dream job would probably be a mother – I have three god children and adore them all I am very happy with my job and career so that would be a bonus

Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t believe in ghosts – I pretty much believe there is no afterlife (sorry a bit blunt)

What is your favourite day of the week?

Friday – I get to drive home from work looking forward to what the weekend is bringing.

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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