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Mark Jones

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Master of ceremonies in the UK and worldwide as successful awards host, author and experienced top radio presenter

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Our keynote speaker Mark Jones is a well-known voice and a known face in the world of live events. He is one of the most experienced radio presenters in the UK and a talented, experienced MC & awards host. He has mingled with, interviewed and presented events with some of today’s biggest names. Mark Jones is able to entertain, host or compère all types of events and ceremonies - worldwide.

The keynote speaker Mark Jones will happily admit that hosting award ceremonies, conferences and sportsmen’s dinners are his specialist subjects. It’s where he’s happiest! He’s compèred countless events around the world, including awards, business summits,  live Sky Sports and ESPN programmes, concerts, and many, many more. Mark even hosted a successful ‘sportsmen’s-dinners-for-the-troops’ tour across war-torn Kosovo with England World Cup winners and he’s even hosted the world-renowned dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham! 

In one 12 month period, Mark appeared in Brunei, made three trips (coast to coast) across the USA, plus trips host events in Malaysia, Portugal (twice), Germany (twice), Switzerland (twice) and Hungary. This meant 41 flights and over 123,000 miles. On top of that, he continued to host innumerable events around the UK. 

Mark regularly hosts Manchester United’s Player-of-the-Year awards, amongst others. He’s been MC for Sky Sports’ Masters Football since 2001, hosting their tournaments across the UK and in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur (twice), Brunei and Macau in China. He also presented all the live TV interviews. The charming speaker Mark Jones has also covered Rugby League and cricket too, featuring on Channel 4 and Sky Sports on the ODI Internationals, Test Matches and County games around the UK, where he presented the televised interviews with Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Michael Holding and the late, great Richie Benaud.

In 2001, Mark found himself close (much too close, in fact) to the Twin Towers in New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He spent the rest of the day as a Salvation Army volunteer helping the Emergency Services. For the rest of that week, he reported ‘live’ from Ground Zero for UK radio.

Mark Jones has unrivaled experience as one of the UK’s top radio presenters. He started at Liverpool’s (UK) Radio City during their illustrious heyday, and became an award-winner, including a ‘Sony’ for his hosting of Michael Jackson’s Aintree concert, (the ‘biggest solo concert in history’) where he entertained a crowd of over 125,000 from the stage. He’s also covered Manchester United, Celtic and Liverpool’s pre-season American tours for UK radio. 

Possessing a delightful personality, our speaker Mark Jones regularly won ‘Presenter of the month’ plus various accolades from the Variety Club of Great Britain where Mark is a Barker. After several successful years at regional station Century FM (now Smooth), Mark returned to host a daily UK-networked programme. He was regularly heard on Manchester’s Magic 1152 (formerly Piccadilly Radio) too. He even spread his experienced wings (and tonsils) overseas and featured on American radio stations WEFT and Q-96 in Champaign, Illinois, where he also hosted the American Heart Association black-tie fundraising dinners.

Not limiting his talents to radio, our charismatic speaker Mark Jones has written and published several books, including the best-selling ‘Mark Jones’ Birthday Book’, which was the definitive UK Radio reference book. 


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    Speaker Mark Jones Keynote Topics

    • Master of Ceremonies,
    • Compère
    • Event & Conference host


    Experienced – Professional – Reliable

    Mark Jones is the PERFECT host for awards, sportsmen’s dinners, Q&As, conferences, corporate events, fundraisers and more.

    Mark Jones works across the UK & Worldwide.


Interview with Mark Jones

What is the most amazing experience you have had as a host or MC?

I was the MC for a record-breaking Michael Jackson concert. It was the ‘largest solo concert in history’ and I had to entertain over 125,000 music fans (for over 5 hours!) but I wasn’t allowed to play any records prior to Michael’s show. In the end I had over 100,000 people dancing the Conga in several huge lines throughout the massive field. It was held at Liverpool’s iconic Aintree Racecourse (home of the Grand National) the event organisers said they had never seen anything like it! To be fair, neither had I… I met Michael Jackson again a couple of years later and he said he’d enjoyed watching the crowd dance! A thoroughly nice man and much-missed.

I’ve never been one to overly celebrate (or even acknowledge!) my birthdays, and I was caught out last year at the Holiday Inn in Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of the inventor of ‘live appearances’, William Shakespeare) when Rod Woodward (a superb after-dinner speaker / comedian from Wales) surprised me when he came back on after I had back-announced him and encouraged the 600-strong crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me! I could have died on the spot…

What types of valuable experiences and insight have you gained from all those years as a radio announcer?

I always had the philosophy that I had to be two steps ahead of the audience (especially on phone-ins) because they were always trying to be one step ahead of me! It was at Radio City in Liverpool, where the ‘locals’ are renowned for their humour and quick thinking. I sharpened me up… an excellent grounding for future live events, I found…

I have to say that I think a lot of spontaneity has gone from Radio these days, as has the concept of proper ‘local’ radio. There are many radio station (worldwide) where the presenters are only allowed to read from ‘approved’ cue cards, and not adlib. Where’s the warmth and spontaneity in that? Most smaller stations are owned by national conglomerates and are networked, therefore losing the original essence of true ‘local’ radio. I’ll get off my soapbox now… (I must admit I do feel cleansed and purged after saying that!)

What type of event would you be perfect for?

I’ve hosted virtually every type of event; from small, local golf club dinners, black-tie charity fundraisers in America, large sporting dinners at places like Manchester United, Gleneagles, Wentworth, even Wembley Arena! … plus innumerable award ceremonies from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Macao, China and throughout Europe and in America too. I’ve MC’d large music festivals and fronted the live side of the Masters Football Sky Sports TV shows and done ESPN live TV reporting too. I have to be honest and say I can host virtually any type of event, but award ceremonies are my favourite type of event, and sports events too, as I get to meet my sporting heroes.

How do you work with clients when preparing for an event?

I usually talk to them prior to any event to go over the logistics of how their running order will actually work in practice, and I always try and re-write their scripts into a more ‘presentational’ format… with some warmth and humour!

What types of obstacles have you had to tackle to get to where you are today?

The only obstacles I can immediately think of are usually put in my way by last-minute change of airline schedules …or even last-minute cancellations. I don’t think they’re put in my way deliberately… however, I has happened once too often (I don’t believe in ‘coincidences’) at Frankfurt Airport and at O’Hare in Chicago. Hmmm…

I’m very lucky really, I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and I do it professionally too! Can it get any better? I’ve seen some exotic locations (and some not-so exotic) around the world; these are those far-flung places that one wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to visit as part of a holiday package. Where to next… ?

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