"The Man from the Coal Board"

After Dinner Speaker and Corporate Comedian

Brian was born and bred in Doncaster, which if you're unfamiliar with the North, is a quaint fishing village on the outskirts of Barnsley.  Upon telling the careers  master that he had half a mind to work for the Coal Board he received the reply............ 

"That should be more than adequate"

During a life sentence as an engineer at British Coal, he developed a warped sense of humour and perfected the art of  becoming invisible in the afternoon. He is very well known on the circuit as "The Man from the Coal Board" and has entertained the full spectrum of organisations from The Royal Variety Club to The Institute of Funeral Directors!  

He has shared the stage with many Celebrities, Sportsmen and even Members of Parliament, ranging from Status Quo to Sir Bobby Robson, and Jack Charlton to Austen Mitchell !  

Since 1989 Brian has worked all over the UK and overseas, and as well as hundreds of Golf Clubs, Sportsman's Dinners, and Corporate Dinners, his work includes everything from Awards Ceremonies and Product Launches, to cabaret on Cruise Liners, to live commentary at Air Shows.

In his spare time Brian enjoys tinkering with cars and motorbikes and loves flying light aircraft, although he admits a near-fatal collision with power cables a few years ago did dampen his enthusiasm for a while!

His material is suitable for all occasions and he will personalise his speech to suit your needs.  (He always likes to give the Chairman a mention!)

An Irish Mother and a lifetime at British Coal have given Brian a unique sense of humour, which makes him the ideal man to round off your next Social, Sporting or Corporate event with a laugh.


Barclays Bank plc.

Institute of  Funeral Directors

Barhale Construction plc.

Institute of  Measurement and Control


Institute of  Marine Engineers

Bibby Distribution

Institute of  Petroleum

Birmingham City Council

Institute of  Water Officers


Institution of  Electrical Engineers


Institution of  Safety & Health

British Dental Association


Building Employers Confederation


Built in Quality Awards (several)

Leeds Rhinos


Lighthouse Club (several)

Caradon Group (Ideal Boilers)

Lincolnshire Police


Lord's Taverners

Chartered Inst. of Building Services Engineers

Mears Group

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Morley RFC

Cleveland Institution of Engineers


Concrete Society


Corus Steel

Page & Moy


Petroleum & Explosives Association

Engineering Employers Confederation


Ernst & Young

Property Managers Association

Estate Agents Association

Red Bull F1 Engineers

European Aviation Suppliers Organisation

Redrow Homes

Eve Construction Ltd.

Road Haulage Association

Federation of Master Builders

Rolls Royce

Fendt Tractors Ltd.

Rotary (too many to list)

FOSFA International

Round Table  (too many to list)

Freemasons (many)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (many)

Gamebore Cartridges Ltd.

Royal Mail


Royal & SunAlliance


Salt Communications Ltd.

House Builders Federation

Severn Trent Water

Huddersfield Giants

Singleton Birch

Humberside Police

Stainless Steel Association



Institute of  Brewing

The Army (at home & overseas)

Institute of  Chartered Accountants

The Royal Air Force

Institute of  Chartered Insurers

The Royal Marine Commandos

Institute of  Chartered Shipbrokers

Timber Trades Association

Institute of  Couriers

Variety Club of Great Britain

Institute of  Directors


Inst of Gas Engineers and Managers

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals


Brian has also entertained at many, many Golf  Clubs, Golf Unions and Corporate Golf events throughout the UK, including The Belfry and The Royal Birkdale, and still regards them as his favourite.  Click here for the GOLF SECTION


BUPA.   "Thank you very much for booking Brian Newbold on our behalf.  He is a great guy and was very, very funny.  Our Anniversary Dinner went really well and Brian certainly helped to make it such a success.  We've had nothing but positive comments back from our guests and management team who attended.  I will certainly not hesitate to recommend Brian and your company to other BUPA colleagues."

Barclays Bank.  "Thank you for speaking at our dinner last Wednesday.  Your contribution was a major factor in ensuring the success of the night.  Many guests have since written to express their thanks and have mentioned the quality of your performance.  I was also impressed at your personalisation of the material and the genuine interest you showed in the success of the dinner before, during and after it.  Once again, many thanks."

Cleveland Institution of Engineers. "Just a few lines to thank you for your wonderful contribution to what was a memorable night for all our members and their guests.  You finished a very busy evening in some style!  Your stories and jokes were ideal for the audience and completed a great night for all concerned.  I do hope to see you at another one of our annual dinners in the future.  Thanks again!"

The Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs.  "Brian  spoke at our Annual County Dinner at Copt Heath Golf Club and was excellent.  He was very well received by the 180 guests and he gave an extremely funny and well constructed speech.  Several people have already contacted me since the dinner for his details.  I can heartily recommend him as an after-dinner speaker at golfing or similar functions where wit and humour are required."  

Caradon Group (Ideal Boilers).   "Many thanks for your 'appearances' at the recent Caradon  dinners and product launch.  Your contribution was a great help towards the success of the events.  I look forward to working with you again in the future."

Grimsby Clee Round Table. "Thank you for the fantastic evening at our 30th Charter.  In the couple of weeks since the event I have had many comments about how excellent your speech was, how funny you were and how you made it relevant to the people present.  Thanks again for a memorable night."

Letchworth Golf Club. "Brian was absolutely superb - in short an excellent evening."

St Joseph's Cricket Club, Preston.  "It was a pleasure to meet you last Friday and I must thank you for making our special night very special indeed.  Your performance was truly marvelous - you had the audience in raptures!"

King's Lynn Golf Club.  "Thank you very, very much for another superb after dinner speech last Friday.  I am pleased to write that I was thanked time and time again at the end of the evening for an excellent Guest Speaker"

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.  "Thank you for organising the appearance of Brian Newbold at this year's Annual Dinner in the City of London ensuring that the event was such a success.   Brian was a wonderful speaker, and is amongst the most popular after dinner speakers that IOSH have used over the past few years.  All of the guests I spoke to found Brian incredibly funny, none more-so than myself."

Hull Golf Club.   "Without a doubt one of the best evening's entertainment we have ever had"

The Institute of Chartered Accountants. "I could not have made a better choice of speaker than Brian.  His stories and jokes were excellent for the mixed company and perfect for the occasion, and his tailoring of some of the material to local knowledge and Top Table guests clearly showed his professionalism.   I thought his performance was brilliant and the feedback from others at the dinner has been nothing but praise"

Billingham Golf Club, Teeside.  "As you know, the people of the frozen North are not usually given to offering lavish praise, particularly to foreigners from Yorkshire.  Immediately after you had spoken, however, I was approached by many of those present who offered comments such as 'Best yet' and 'Superb'.   Your speech made the evening. Thank you.

The Institute of Measurement and Control.  "As Chairman, during the last twenty years or so I have attended the Dinner on most occasions and this is the first time I have witnessed a standing ovation for an After Dinner Speaker"

Pontefract Round Table. "The evening was a huge success thanks to your excellent contribution"

Rotary Club of Wortley.  "I write to say how much I enjoyed your speech at our Gentleman's Evening.  This was a tremendous success and there were many complimentary comments about your contribution.  I shall be delighted to pass on your details to Rotary colleagues for future events.  Once again thanks for your superb presentation."

The Denbighshire Union of Golf Clubs. "Many, many thanks for a marvellous evening.  Your excellent speech is still talked about here, I only wish I could remember the jokes!  Many of the visiting Captains have asked me for your details, so I look forward to seeing you in this area again soon."

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Brian was a great success at our Dinner last night.  He hit exactly the right note for a professional dinner with ladies present"

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