Interested in having a political speaker inspire and entertain an audience at an upcoming business function or conference? Captive Audience represents a number of politicians who are available to speak at your event, including Sam Johnson, Barry Soper, Guyon Espiner, Duncan Garner and Michael Laws. We do not charge a booking, admin or service fee. Get in touch with us and we'll arrange a political speaker for your next event.
Most well known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a social enterprise called ‘WeVisit that connects and shared skills between generations.
He's been in Parliament longer than all of them so he's earned the right to be irreverent! Barry has been a journalist for nearly 50 years, with over 30 of them spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist.
Guyon is a very experienced interviewer and facilitator and confident in a live environment. He has interviewed subjects from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, Economist and Climate Change Expert Lord Nicholas Stern, Australian Foreign Minister Steven Smith, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, New Zealand Cabinet Ministers, the heads of the Reserve Bank and Treasury and New Zealand business leaders. He has worked on both the award winning Q+A (Best Current Affairs show at the Qantas Media Award in 2009) and Agenda and has extensive experience in print media both in NZ and overseas.
Linda Clark was one of New Zealand’s most influential journalists and interviewers when in 2006 she retired from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme to take up studying for a law degree. A long time political editor, she is still in demand as a political commentator. These days she works at one of Wellington’s largest public law firms. Her clients include some of the country's biggest corporates and state owned enterprises.
Dame Jenny Shipley retired from NZ politics in 2002 and returned to the private sector while still retaining her intense interest in the development of leaders in NZ and globally. She is an Independent Director of a number of companies in NZ and offshore.
Prior to this he co-hosted a number of political and news shows on TV3, and was a 3News political reporter and editor for over 10 years.