Esther Rantzen

Esther Rantzen | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Esther Rantzen | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker and DBE for Children's Services
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Esther Rantzen | Speaker Biography

Esther Rantzen, born in 1940 and a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, began her career in journalism at BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. She then transitioned to television, working as a researcher/reporter for Braden's Week and eventually becoming the producer/presenter of the popular show That's Life, which aired for 21 years and attracted over 18 million viewers. She also hosted her own talk shows, Esther on BBC2 and That's Esther on ITV, for seven years. 

Throughout her career, Esther has produced groundbreaking programs on various topics including child birth, mental health, drug abuse, and child abuse through her series Childwatch. In 1986, she founded ChildLine, which she chaired for twenty years. Currently, she serves as the President of ChildLine, a trained volunteer counselor, and a Trustee of the NSPCC since its merger with ChildLine in 2005. 

Esther's passion for helping others led her to create The Silver Line in 2012, a helpline to support vulnerable older people. After a successful pilot, the charity was launched nationally in 2013, and Esther is proud to be the Founder/President and a Trustee of The Silver Line. She is also a Patron of other charities such as Red Balloon and the Association of Young People with ME, where she serves as President. 

Esther's contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the OBE and CBE for her services to broadcasting and children. She was also appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her dedication to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line. 

Esther is available for after-dinner speaking, conference facilitating, and awards hosting. Her personal input, enthusiasm, and honesty on challenging subjects have received tremendous feedback and made her appearances successful and inspirational events.

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