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Public Speakers in Scotland

Public Speakers in Scotland


Len Murray - Testimonials and former clients

Some reviews of Corporate and Sporting Event speeches

"I can honestly say that yours was the very best after dinner speech I have ever heard. I certainly had high expectations of your performance but these were exceeded. You are a great ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland."
Calum MacDonald, President, NSCA Council

"Len Murray.....................consummate after-dinner speaker"
James Freeman, The Herald

".........................by far the funniest after-dinner speaker on the Scottish circuit."
Wasim Zakeer, Good Morning Scotland

"Len delighted the audience with a superb range of anecdotes not only about golf but he also wove a wonderful tapestry illustrating the comical differences between his native Glasgow and the other city Edinburgh"
Ian McCaig, Ayrshire Golf Classics

"I loved your speech. I have been chuckling at bits of it ever since"
Rt Hon David Mellor, PC, QC

"It was nothing short of side-splitting joy to listen to you! We have been inundated by request to have you back next year - let's talk!"
Michael & Mhairi Canning, St Margaret's Youth Group

"His delivery and timing was an art to witness! Rarely has anyone been so well received at this event"
Phyllis Tait, W.L. Gore Associates (UK) Ltd

"I don't know how to begin to thank you. Your presentation on the night was stunning."
Tom Rowatt, Secretary, Strathclyde Joint Branch Board Scottish Police Federation

"Thank you for your presence and contribution. It was very much appreciated by all present. The encores still resound!"
J Grant Carson, Chairman, English Speaking Union

"You were the star of the show. I loved every moment of it - but it's the way you tell them!"
Kenneth W Pritchard, The Secretary, The Law Society of Scotland

"Thank you very much indeed for your excellent speech.....You made a huge contribution to a very successful night for charity."
C K Oliver, Chairman, Scottish Region, The Lord's Taverners

"The membership were unstinting in their praise of your toast. My thanks to you for making our day so memorable."
Forbes Dunlop, President GHK Rugby Club

"Reaction this week, as on the night, is reflected in the superlatives expressed at meetings and in my mail."
J H McFarlane, Haggs Castle GC

"The results are in. It is a rave review! I cannot thank you enough."
Supt Chris Keegan, Strathclyde Police

"My abundant thanks. Your entertaining part in the proceedings helped greatly to make for a splendid evening."
Jane Hook, Chairperson, Strathclyde Autistic Society

"Excellent performance. Your contribution was deeply appreciated by everyone"
Wm McCarthy, Dean of the Faculty of Procurators, Paisley

"Thank you for your wonderfully entertaining contribution to our fund raising night for Handicapped Children. We enjoyed your company very much."
A J Docherty, Director, T & R O'Brien Ltd

"The special ingredient is that Len Murray ensured a recipe for success, and we are so grateful to you."
Mary McGinty, Public Relations, St Margaret’s Hospice, Clydebank.

"Just a note to express my delight at the excellence of your speech."
Dr F W Wilson, Govanhill Health Centre, Glasgow

"May I say again how much we enjoyed your diverting address to the Board Dinner."
Cllr Wm Timoney, JP, Chairman, Strathclyde Joint Police Board

"You will appreciate from the audience reaction, the rapt attention they gave and their response to you that it was a most memorable toast and one which they will remember"
S D Mannion, President, Paisley Rotary Club

"Thank you for your wonderful speech, it was hilarious! There were several guests in tears with laughter at your tales!"
Fiona Colley, Fundraising Manager, Epilepsy Association of Scotland

"A wonderful speech. Your humour and impeccable timing achieved just the right result"
R A Macpherson, Chairman, Epilepsy Association of Scotland Dinner Committee

"I am writing to thank you for your excellent speech at the recent Scottish Sports Aid Foundation Awards Dinner........I am most grateful to you for your contribution"
David D Stevenson, Chairman, Scottish Sports Aid Foundation

"A superb contribution to our dinner"
Graeme McKinstry, McKinstry & Co, Solicitors, Ayr

"I heard from more than one source that it was the best speech we have had at one of our dinners for a long time"
Hamish Brodie, Chairman, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers

"Your contribution made the evening very successful"
Drew Elliott, Secretary, CIBSE

"What a pleasure it was to be so well entertained by you at lunch last Saturday."
Roddy Macpherson, Society of Messengers at Arms

"You must have seen the considerable effect you had upon your audience and words such as 'best ever', 'bloody brilliant' 'when can we have him back?' were bouncing around..for many hours after you left."
John Morgan, The Morgan Partnership, Glasgow

"It was wonderful to listen to your excellent Toast"
Amanda Dempster, British Airways Business Sales Manager

"You struck exactly the right balance for an evening which we try to keep as light as possible, but with a content which was most pleasing. The feed-back has been tremendous and table bookings are already being made for next year..."
K M McIntosh, Scottish Spina Bifida Association

"................absolutely superb. The delight in the audience was very apparent and I have heard many tributes to your wonderful presentation."
Margaret S Dick, Cancer Research Campaign

"Thank you very much indeed for your presentation to our Conference. It was very much appreciated and was both interesting and entertaining."
Alex W Bruce, Chairman, Textile Services Association Ltd

"Despite the after-lunch spot being a speaker's graveyard you soon had the laughter echoing round the hall."
Jim Fergusson, East Dunbartonshire Council

"Your speech was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening."
Jim Goold, Head of Project Finance, Bank of Scotland

"Your personal contribution to the success of the evening was very considerable and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed your speech which was both witty and informative."
Robert W Byth, Director, Balmoral Group, Aberdeen

"I would like to thank you for your excellent toast. The company agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable evenings.........and there is no doubt that your contribution added substantially to their delight and delectation!"
Stuart G Robertson, Captain, Cathcart Castle GC

"I must say I enjoyed your speech. It was for me the high point of the evening."
Donald I S Reid, SSC, Edinburgh

"Just a note to say how much I appreciated your contribution to the success of the Dinner on Friday. Your toast to the guests was quite outstanding and carried the evening."
Frank McConnell, President, SSC Society

"Thank you for your excellent speech at our Anniversary Dinner............you stole the show."
John M Bennett, Senior Partner, J & E Shepherd, Dundee

"A thousand thank-yous for Saturday night. Feedback from everyone was that your speech was not only extremely funny, but very inspirational also."
Jane Trimble, The 141 Partnership, Dundee

"Our grateful thanks for your marvellous speech on Friday. You have lots more fans now."
Bill Paterson, The Across Trust Scotland

"Listening to you speak is like watching a tall ship in full sail".
Rhona Paterson, The Across Trust Scotland

"The finest speaker the Club has ever had ."
Bill McMurray, President, Kelvin Probus Club

"I have never known a speaker to captivate an audience quite so effectively."
Laura Barker, TDI Advertising

"What can I say other than a superb performance on the night. You helped to ensure an excellent dinner".
Bill Nixon, President, Greenock Chamber of Commerce

"Len, I can't thank you enough for last Wednesday night; you really were GREAT and the feedback has been totally positive.................. all agreed it had been an evening to remember."
Mrs Margaret McIntosh, Organiser, RAFT Charity evening

"Thank you for your excellent speech last Friday evening. We have had many appreciative comments from our guests"
Philip Grant, Head of Infrastructure Finance, Bank of Scotland

"It was a great pleasure to hear you speak with such passion and humour. I have had numerous letters from our guests saying what a wonderful evening they had."
Alan Topping, Head of Corporate and Structured Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland.

"I thought you were brilliant. We have had a lot of feed-back to say how much everyone enjoyed your after-dinner speech."
Mark Kelly, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

"Feedback from our clients, sponsors and guests at the event has been universally positive and I would have no hesitation in booking your services for future events."
Kathryn Slater, Director, Catchline PR and Communications

"Many thanks for your excellent contribution to our Association Dinner last evening. As an after-dinner speaker you should come with a Government Health warning."
Larry Walls, Lothian & Edinburgh Amateur Football Association.

"The ladies simply adored you - I thought you were pretty wonderful too! We've had quite a few after dinner speakers over the years but I can truthfully say that you're up there with the best."
Mo Morrison, Community Free Alcohol Environment, Arbroath.

"I just wanted to write to convey our thanks to Len Murray for an excellent speech. Everyone remarked how incredibly funny he was."
Jeanette Robey, Administrator, The Vascular Surgical Society of Great Britain & Ireland.

"Many, many thanks for your outstanding reply at our Dinner, It was simply tremendous".
Lt Col J L Kelly, Allan Glen's Old Boys' Club.

"Thank you for your wonderful contribution at Friday's Dinner. As usual, you were charming, amusing and highly entertaining and the ladies just loved you."
Maureen Morrison, Co-ordinator, Victim Support, Perth.

"Our members of staff were raving about him, he was so polished. There was certainly plenty of laughter in the room during Len's speech! I would like to thank him for the perfect end to our event."
Lynne Hurst, Kwik-Fit Group

Some reviews of Len Murray's Burns Supper speeches

"Please accept our sincere thanks for your tremendous contribution to a most enjoyable Burns Supper in Dumfries. I have no doubt that your most sincere and most moving Immortal Memory played a large part in the success of the evening, and the many positive and complimentary comments on your speech confirm this. You held your audience in the palm of your hand throughout........."
Mrs Shirley Bell, Chief Executive, Robert Burns World Federation Ltd

"If you have heard Len Murray propose the Immortal Memory then you are blessed among men."
Joe Cambell, former President, Robert Burns World Wide Federation on BBC Radio Scotland.

"Len Murray's Immortal Memory was a masterly performance"
Jack Webster, The Herald

"What can I say ... your Immortal Memory was FANTASTIC! You had everyone spellbound ... it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. All my guests have phoned to say thanks they had a wonderful night and that you were the star of the show. Thanks Len."
Carolyn McAllister, Westsound Radio

"Your eloquence, sincerity, your charm, wit and humour and above all your in-depth knowledge of Burns all ensured that the 44th Dinner was a great success."
John Adrain, President, Eglinton Burns Club.

"I have been chairing Burns Suppers for many years now and your Immortal Memory is the best I have ever heard. The audience was absolutely and totally transfixed"
John Dalby, Director Regional Banking, Dunbar Bank plc

"Warmest congratulations to you on such a brilliant and enjoyable Immortal Memory, one of the best I have ever heard. The message contained in your address was brilliant and a real joy to listen to - a work of consummate skill painstakingly put together. You stole the show...................."
W H Beaton, Chairman, The Institute of Petroleum

"No-one has the knowledge of and passion for Robert Burns that Len Murray has."
J Gordon Hanning, Helensburgh GC

"Thank you for such an excellent Immortal Memory".
Scott A Black, Finlayson Wagner Black, Executive Search Specialists, Edinburgh

"Thank you very much indeed for the most erudite and amusing Immortal Memory which you proposed. The audience was obviously spellbound and I am sure that your speech will be remembered with great respect for many years to come. Your great enthusiasm for Burns and his legacy to the world was very inspiring. The feedback which I have received is that the evening was a marked success."
Fiona M McLachlan, Hon Secretary, Dunfermline United Burns Club.

"A witty and thought provoking speaker, Len is regarded as one of the finest orators in the country."
Robert Burns World Federation Newsletter.

"Well it was a magical evening and all the more so because of your magical Immortal Memory. You had them eating out of your hands."
John W Morgan, Chairman, Old Manor Burns Club.

"All the feedback I've had from the audience echoes my own tremendous enjoyment of your speech. It takes a rare talent indeed to mix the sincerity of the subject with the wit and humour the audience craves. Naturally you won the audience by the end of your first sentence!"
Lesley Fraser, Radio Forth Help a Child Appeal

"The top Scottish Burns speaker"
Scottish Council Development and Industry advert

"Thanks for an excellent Immortal Memory which was witty, entertaining and showed your deep knowledge of the works of Burns. Your expatriate audience loved it. We very much appreciate you having come to Cairo and making our Burns Supper such a success.
Colin Chalmers, Cairo St. Andrews Society

"Many said how moved they were at your Immortal Memory. You only needed to look out at their faces as you were speaking to see how enthralled they were. And you could have heard a pin drop. Many, many thanks again."
Bill Thomson, President, Bridgeton Burns Club

"You achieved a perfect mix of humour and the serious aspects of Robert Burns' work in a professional and enlightening speech, all of which contributed to a very successful Burns Supper. Many thanks!"
Katie Peach, Assistant Manager, Sainsbury’s Gourmet Club

"Your Immortal Memory was, for me personally, the highpoint of a tremendous night's entertainment. Your contribution was much appreciated by all involved."
George Matchett, Chief Superintendent, Central Scotland Police

"Much of the success of the evening was due to your excellent Immortal Memory, for which I am very grateful."
Julie Hanson, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow

"It was the most meaningful Immortal Memory that I have had the pleasure of hearing"
Ian Buchanan, President, Lugton Burns Club

"Your performance in proposing the toast to the Immortal Memory was outstanding."
Owen Coulter, Captain, Milngavie GC

"Thank you for making our Burns Supper such a success."
Ian W Munro, Chairman, Hibernian FC Fifty Club

"Thank you for proposing the Immortal Memory. It was without doubt the finest Memory I have heard."
Robt. McFarlane, Central Scotland Police

"The feed back has been tremendous and compliments flowed. You tackled what for me is one of the most difficult tasks of any evening with a panache and expertise which spoke volumes for your experience and technique."
Kenneth M McIntosh, Scottish Spina Bifida Association

"Thank you for a magnificent Immortal Memory."
Craig Brown, SFA

"Thank you so much for regaling us with an appreciation of the Bard last evening. We thought it a superb occasion."
Gordon McIntosh, Director, The Keepers of the Quaich

"Len Murray held his audience captivated with his oratory and a Memory which reflected a mix of true passion and sensitivity."
Stirling Observer

"A short note to express my gratitude for your wonderful Immortal Memory. I have never heard better. I am proud to have invited you."
Iain Shaw, Strathclyde Police Recreation Association

"Thank you for your superb contribution"
A J McFarlane, President, Glasgow Haggis Club

"Many thanks for presenting us with a particularly fine Immortal Memory last night. You certainly held the attention of those present."
John T Young, President, Society of Scottish Lawyers in London

"Many congratulations.................you did yourself and the Profession proud"
Douglas R Mill, The Secretary, The Law Society of Scotland

"I thought your Memory was superb"
Alistair J Wilson, WS

"Your presentation of the Immortal Memory was first class and your vast knowledge of Burns, your passion for and admiration of his work was so very obvious. It was an honour for us to have a speaker of your calibre at our inaugural Burns Supper."
James K Murdoch, General Manager, Costley & Costley Hoteliers Ltd

"Your witty and thought provoking speech enthralled the Lasses and it was generally agreed that your delivery was unlikely to be surpassed by any future speaker."
Shirley Bell, Chief Executive, Robert Burns World Federation Ltd

"I am sure I am echoing not only the Committee's views but those of the Society's members and guests attending that they felt very privileged to hear such a marvellous Immortal Memory. It was certainly one of the best, if not the best, I personally have heard and I was delighted that my guests heard such a wonderful speech."
R T Shannan, McClure Naismith, Solicitors

"Please accept my sincere thanks for your quite excellent Immortal Memory. You set the scene in an interesting, moving and informative historical context.............You were outstanding and I am indebted to you for the role which you played."
Douglas Gifford, Secretary, The Western Club, Glasgow

"On behalf of everyone here at Guinness UDV I would like to thank you for your amazing contribution to the Burns Night with a Difference. Your consummate professionalism and erudition ensured that the evening was a unique occasion and an experience that all the guests have acknowledged was one of the best events they have attended……….Needless to say you will be at the top of our list whenever there is a chance to create something in a similar vein."
Jenny Gilmour, Guinness UDV

Some of the more notable Corporate Dinners

Master of Ceremonies Duke of Edinburgh's Award Royal Gala Dinner and Ball in presence of HRH the Prince Edward
The Lord's Taverners
Perth Charity Ball
Edinburgh International Conf Centre SportsQuest
Scottish Business in the Community
Scottish Catering Team Fund Raising Dinner
Scottish Courage plc
Scottish Council for Development & Industry
Scottish District Courts Association
Scottish Furniture Trades Benevolent Society
Scottish Furniture Representatives Association
Scottish Licensed Trades Association Benevolent Dinner
Scottish Licensed Trades Association Banquet
Scottish Motor Trade Association
Scottish Passenger Agents Association
Scottish Police College
Scottish Police Federation
Scottish Power plc
Scottish Prison Service
Scottish Property Owners Association
Scottish Provision Trade
Scottish Precast Concrete Manufacturers Association
Scottish Sports Aid Foundation
CBI Scotland
English Speaking Union
Caledonian Society of Singapore Variety Club of GB Scottish Committee
Association of Directors of Education of Scotland
Association of Scottish Librarians
Association of Scottish Colleges
Association of Scottish Police Superintendents
International Police Association
Central Scotland Police Federation
Grampian Police Diced Cap Dinner
Strathclyde Police Federation
Strathclyde Joint Police Board
High Constables of Edinburgh
Insurance and Actuarial Society
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Institute of Chartered Shipping Brokers
Institute of Facilities Management & Control
Institute of Nephrology
Institute of Motor Industry
Institute of Petroleum
Institute of Road Traffic Engineers
Incorporation of Skinners and Glovers
Society of Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland
Ayr Faculty of Solicitors
Hamilton Faculty of Solicitors
Paisley Faculty of Solicitors
Inverness Bar Association
Glasgow Bar Association
Glasgow Juridical Society
The Law Society of Scotland
Central Law Training Ltd
Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers
The Keepers of the Quaich
West of Scotland Businesswomens Club
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Chartered Institute of Building Surveyors
Chartered Institute of Bankers of Scotland
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Bank of Scotland
Royal Bank of Scotland
National Australia Bank
Compass Bank Inc.
NatWest Securities
London Stock Exchange
Halifax Financial Services
Craigendarroch Country Club (with Tommy Docherty)
The Oil Club
First Bus Group
Lothian Buses
Hyundai Motor Company
Shields Land Rover
Lex Retail Group
Weir Toyota
Weir Engineering
McDonald Hotel Group
Textile Services Association
Electrical Contractors of Scotland
Glasgow Development Agency Budget Night Dinner City of London
Ayrshire Enterprise
Dunbartonshire Enterprise
Fife Enterprise
Tayside Enterprise
Engineering Ayrshire
Children First (Formerly RSSPCC)
Sorptimists International
Sainsbury's Gourmet Club
Dunfermline Rotary Club (with Tommy Docherty)
Cowdenbeath Rotary Club
Greenock Chamber of Commerce
Motherwell & District Chamber of Commerce
AEEU 150th Anniversary Dinner
W L Gore Ltd
Coca Cola Ltd
British Telecom Ltd

Some of the more notable Football Dinners

Arbroath Victoria Junior FC
Celtic FC
Celtic FC Inaugural Charity Dinner
Celtic FC Corporate Dinner
Celtic FC Manager's Dinner
Dundee United Businessmen's Club
Hibernian FC
Hibernian FC 50 Club
Lothian & Edinburgh District Amateur Football Association.
Motherwell FC
Motherwell FC Vice-Presidents' Club
Partick Thistle FC
Scottish Professional Footballers Association
Scottish Football Today Player of the Year
Bobby Murdoch Memorial Dinner
JNF Celebrity Dinner with Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves
Scott Nisbet Testimonial Dinner
Tommy Burns Testimonial Dinner
Andy Ritchie Tribute Dinner
McDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel Sportsmen's Night (with Denis Law)
Glasgow University Westlanders

Some of the more notable Golf Dinners

Ayrshire Classic Golf Dinner
St Andrew's Golfing Society
Scottish Professional Golfers Association
Scottish Italian Golf Society
Stirlingshire Golf Union
Renfrewshire Golf Union
Lanarkshire Golf Association
Black Bottle Whisky Golf Championship
Rosco International Golf Dinner
Paisley & District Golf League
Nordoff Robbins Golf Dinner
Bearsden GC
Bothwell Castle GC
Broughty Ferry GC
Buchanan Castle GC
Cawder GC
Cawder Past Captains
Cathcart Castle GC
Cathkin Braes GC
Douglas ParkGC
Dunbartonshire Golf Union
East Renfrewshire GC Past Captains
Eastwood GC
Falkirk GC
Falkirk Tryst GC
Glenbervie GC
Haggs Castle GC
Hayston GC
Helensburgh GC
Hilton Park GC
Lanark GC
Leven Golf Society
Lochwinnoch GC
Milngavie GC
Strathaven GC
Troon Welbeck GC
Wishaw GC

Some of the more notable Burns Suppers

Robert Burns World Federation Burns Supper
Robert Burns World Federation Ladies' Lunch
Historic Scotland
Greenock Burns Club - world's oldest Burns Club
Bridgeton Burns Club
Sandyford Burns Club
The Haggis Club
Lugton Burns Club
Dunfermline United Burns Club
Old Manor Burns Club
Eglinton Burns Club
Colinton Burns Club
David Sole Burns Supper
Westsound Radio
Radio Forth
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Scottish Spina Bifida, Glasgow
Scottish Spina Bifida, Edinburgh
Scottish Kidney Research Society
Institute of Nephrology
Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Strathcarron Hospice
Sainsbury's Gourmet Club
Sainsbury's Magazine Burns Supper
Edmonton Burns Club
Edmonton Scottish Society
Caledonian Society of Bahrein
Caledonian Society of Cairo
Costley & Costley Hoteliers Ltd
McDonald Hotel Group
British Airways
British Telecom
Cancer Research Scotland
Lex Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Company
Weir Toyota
Royal Scottish Automobile Club
The Western Club Glasgow
International Police Association
Strathclyde Police
Central Scotland Police
The Law Society of Scotland
Society of Scottish Lawyers in London
Glasgow Bar Association
H M Customs and Excise
Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking Division
Bank of Scotland Private Client Division
Royal Bank of Scotland plc
Hibernian FC 50 Club
Glasgow Caithness Association
The Balmoral Group
Cooper Cameron Group
Coca Cola
Guinness UDV

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