Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist, author of five novels (Loyalties, Deep Blue, The Blood Brother, A Scandalous Man and Power Play). His first non-fiction book, The United States of Anger predicted the political upheavals and discontent in the United States which produced the Trump presidency. His most recent non-fiction publication, Lessons from the Top, was originally inspired by conversations and interviews he conducted with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and other successful communicators from business, the military and popular culture, including Dolly Parton and Angelina Jolie. The book examines how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change, and how to build trust with potential followers or customers in an increasingly uncertain world. His most recent non-fiction book, Brexit Without The Bullshit, was released in June 2019 and in just seven succinct chapters reveals the impact of the most momentous change in Britain for decades.
Gavin is the voice of the brand new Podcast series The Big Steal about the story of the world’s most successful criminal – Vladimir Putin. Listed by Apple on the New & Noteworthy list and reaching Number 4 in the True Crime Chart, The Big Steal is made for good listening.
Gavin is also an accomplished keynote speaker, focusing on Trust, Truth and Lies in modern political and business life. Exploring how it’s possible to navigate an age of uncertainty when some political leaders not only survive telling obvious lies, but appear unrepentant, shameless and even seem to retain public trust. What can we learn from leaders who lie, and at a time when most significant institutions have lost trust, how can we build and retain trust in our own institutions and among those who work for and with us?
He has spoken on similar themes with groups as diverse as senior British military officers, financial consultants, lawyers, senior public officials, politicians and leaders of international corporations. He has hosted conferences with business and political leaders in venues in the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Turkey, the UAE, and all across the UK and Europe.
Gavin is known for his presenting work at the BBC. He has been the main presenter on Dateline London and The Film Review on the BBC News Channel and BBC World and a regular presenter on numerous other programmes, including Hardtalk. He was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent for eight years, based in Washington, and has reported all over the world, including China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands, as well as all across Europe. On returning to the UK from eight years as the BBC’s North America editor, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme Newsnight. Currently he is also a columnist for The National, an English language newspaper based in the UAE with a worldwide circulation.
As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, Gavin was also presented with a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, Letters from Guantanamo.
He is Chancellor of the University of Kent and holds an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Kent and a D.Litt. from Glasgow Caledonian University. In 2017 he took on the role of moderator for the ‘How To Do Good’ speaker tour, to encourage better practice in charities and NGOs. The tour visited Oslo, Stockholm, The Hague, Brussels, Paris, London and New York.