Quentin Willson, After Dinner Speaker, Motoring Journalist, TV Presenter, Corporate MC / Awards Host, Quentin's career began respectably enough by studying English Literature under Philip Larkin, but after university he went completely off the rails and started up a car dealership selling ancient Ferraris and Maseratis. Which is how he amassed his now famous knowledge of everything on four wheels and made him unique among motoring pundits. Quentin's expertise is very real as he is the only car commentator who has bought and sold literally thousands of cars. He first came to the public's attention in the early nineties as deputy editor of the only magazine solely devoted to second hand motors, Buying Cars, and was soon poached by the BBC to co-host Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson. His deep knowledge of the market changed the way British consumers bought used cars and caused most carmakers to regularly reach for their Valium. For a decade he appeared every week on Top Gear, routinely exposing shoddy service and poor product, educating car buyers on how to beat the system as well as pressurising the industry to lower new car prices in the UK. He also presented his own classic car series The Car's The Star along with the first property show to talk about money, All The Right Moves, both for the BBC. He then left Top Gear to present Channel Five's rival motoring programme, Fifth Gear. While at Five he created the Britain's Worst Driver format which was nominated for best reality show in the coveted Montraux Golden Globe Awards. A raft of Worst derived shows followed, including Britain's Worst DIYer, Worst Mother in Law, Worst Husband, Worst Teenager and Worst Builder to name just a few. The Worst format is now an international brand and has been televised in 30 different countries including America, Canada, Holland, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium. Quentin has also presented many other shows including How to Fail Your Driving Test, The Biggest Car Fraud in The World and Television's Most Shameful Moments. A familiar face on most channels he regularly appears on BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Panorama, Watchdog, Tonight With Trevor McDonald, This Morning, Richard and Judy and most news and current affairs programmes. Quentin's voice is almost as recognisable as his face and he's narrated Driving School, War and Piste, Cops Uncut, How To Live Longer as well as network TV ads for Barclays Bank, Car Phone Warehouse, Kellogs, Pacelforce, Shell Optimax, Black and Decker and Tic Tac. He was also a Bafta Judge and Fellow of The Royal Society of Artists. He admits to being particularly proud of achieving the lowest ever recorded score on the BBC's second series of Strictly Come Dancing, a toe-curling 8 out of 40, which is still an unbroken record. He claims he is to dancing what Frank Bruno is to English literature and dances with all the finesse and elegance of a hoard of Mongol storm troopers on a three day pass. Quentin pens regular columns for The Sunday Mirror and Classic Cars Magazine as well writing for scores of other newspapers and periodicals. He's also written 10 motoring books. Quentin is married with three children and has homes in Warwickshire, London and Saint Emilion, France.

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Background

Quentin's career began respectably enough by studying English Literature under Philip Larkin, but after university he went completely off the rails and started up a car dealership selling ancient Ferraris and Maseratis. Which is how he amassed his now famous knowledge of everything on four wheels and made him unique among motoring pundits. Quentin's expertise is very real as he is the only car commentator who has bought and sold literally thousands of cars.

He first came to the public's attention in the early nineties as deputy editor of the only magazine solely devoted to second hand motors, Buying Cars, and was soon poached by the BBC to co-host Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson. His deep knowledge of the market changed the way British consumers bought used cars and caused most carmakers to regularly reach for their Valium. For a decade he appeared every week on Top Gear, routinely exposing shoddy service and poor product, educating car buyers on how to beat the system as well as pressurising the industry to lower new car prices in the UK.

He also presented his own classic car series The Car's The Star along with the first property show to talk about money, All The Right Moves, both for the BBC. He then left Top Gear to present Channel Five's rival motoring programme, Fifth Gear. While at Five he created the Britain's Worst Driver format which was nominated for best reality show in the coveted Montraux Golden Globe Awards. A raft of Worst derived shows followed, including Britain's Worst DIYer, Worst Mother in Law, Worst Husband, Worst Teenager and Worst Builder to name just a few.

The Worst format is now an international brand and has been televised in 30 different countries including America, Canada, Holland, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium. Quentin has also presented many other shows including How to Fail Your Driving Test, The Biggest Car Fraud in The World and Television's Most Shameful Moments. A familiar face on most channels he regularly appears on BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Panorama, Watchdog, Tonight With Trevor McDonald, This Morning, Richard and Judy and most news and current affairs programmes.

Quentin's voice is almost as recognisable as his face and he's narrated Driving School, War and Piste, Cops Uncut, How To Live Longer as well as network TV ads for Barclays Bank, Car Phone Warehouse, Kellogs, Pacelforce, Shell Optimax, Black and Decker and Tic Tac. He was also a Bafta Judge and Fellow of The Royal Society of Artists.

He admits to being particularly proud of achieving the lowest ever recorded score on the BBC's second series of Strictly Come Dancing, a toe-curling 8 out of 40, which is still an unbroken record. He claims he is to dancing what Frank Bruno is to English literature and dances with all the finesse and elegance of a hoard of Mongol storm troopers on a three day pass. Quentin pens regular columns for The Sunday Mirror and Classic Cars Magazine as well writing for scores of other newspapers and periodicals. He's also written 10 motoring books. Quentin is married with three children and has homes in Warwickshire, London and Saint Emilion, France.

Areas of Expertise

Quentin Willson is much in demand as a speaker and presenter and is a highly regarded after dinner raconteur, motivational trainer and award ceremony host. Quick, witty, irreverent and informed, his style is fresh, unscripted, clever and above all funny. Known in the event industry for his consummate professionalism, he has carried out hosting, presenting and speaking work for scores of blue chip companies around the world in the automotive, banking, insurance, finance, construction, government and retail sectors.

His list of corporate clients is as diverse as it is impressive and includes BT, HSBC, Barclays, Zurich Insurance, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Volkswagen, DVLA, Highways Agency, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, TK Max, Road Chef, Walkers Crisps, VOSA, Ideal Standard, The RAC, Mercedes Benz, The DTI, Hewlett Packard, Royal Sun Alliance, BRS, EMAP Magazines, Schroders, J.Walter Thompson and many more. Enormously versatile and skilled, Quentin can amuse and entertain after dinner, interact with small or large client groups, perform question and answer sessions, MC prestigious award events, train sales teams, host road shows and speak to audiences of many hundreds of people.

His simple, naturalistic presenting style and writing talent brings clarity and wit to corporate videos and DVDs to the point where clients often ask him to Quentinize their scripts before filming. A passionate believer that unless a message is amusing, arresting and delivered in everyday speech it will always fall on stony ground, Quentin prides himself on turning corporate sludge-speak into sparkling conversation.

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