Wayne Talks

Wayne's Upcoming Public Talks

Photography Ian Hughes

With a career spanning over 30 years in the design industry, Wayne Hemingway has a fair few stories to tell and lessons to give – and people love to hear them. His talks are insightful, thought-provoking, inspiring, often hilarious and always truthful, warts and all. Read on to discover the seven different divisions of lectures on offer and feedback audiences have given over the years, with a few videos of him in full speech-giving swing at the bottom of the page. For scheduling and booking information, do contact us.

Wayne's Life Story:

Wayne's rise to success was a rather unusual one, with his big break on a Camden market stall and a segway into housing design due to a scathing piece he wrote for The Independent. Audiences are riveted by his rags-to-Red or Dead tale and how Wayne has continued to push himself creatively, wherever his career may take him.


“Saw you at Friday's gig in Liverpool, great presentation. I owned a pair of those Red or Dead steel toe capped shoes back in the day, they ruined my feet at Glastonbury so I swapped them for a bottle of Thunderbird Red. Not polishing your head, but keep on doing great stuff and being a stand out Wayne.” - Wayne Malcolm, Managing Director, Bread Media


“Thanks for the warmly delivered kick up the arse at yesterday's conference.” - Stu Churchill, Initiatives Manager, Cultura Technologies


“Inspirational, funny and engaging is a hard combination to pull off, I think we were all riveted!” - D.A, Project Manager, Midland Heart


“Wayne Hemingway MBE who I loved ever since I heard him say he never wanted to be 40+ and still wearing jeans, (he does do other stuff) was as entertaining and as political as I remember at the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence. HemingwayDesign is truly one of the best executed brands and series of concepts I have seen, simple, direct, clear. The KiosKiosK model is start up and innovation genius. If you get the chance get in a room with the guy and listen, you will without a doubt learn something or at least be energised to go off and think harder.” - Graeme Gordon CEO at IFB


“I wanted to thank you for an absolutely excellent talk at our meeting on Friday evening. We have had universally good feedback with our staff finding you both entertaining and thought provoking which was exactly what we wanted. You have a fascinating story and a great approach to life which comes across so naturally in the way you present, giving great credence to your call for action without lecturing. It was a delight to listen to and the interesting thing for me was that a number of the audience left with the stated intent of doing something different.” - David Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Polypipe


“Wayne, what an excellent life story. Really enjoyed where you came from, how you did it, and where it has taken you. Also understanding the social initiatives you are now passionate about was good to hear. There needs to be more people in the world with your values.” - Mick White, Senior Network Administrator, Polypipe


“I just wanted to say how awesome I thought your speech was for the Enterprise North East Awards. You are the first after dinner speaker I have seen who hasn't made me switch off and head for a drink or check Facebook.'” - Isla Stewart, Business Development Manager

Wayne's Career History:

This talk encompasses his roles as Director of The British Fashion Council, to Chair Design Body of The South East Design Forum as well as being on The Trustee Board of the Design Council. Wayne's eye-opening insights on how creativity can impact on the bottom line are endlessly riveting and provide real talking points for business owners, employees and students alike.


“Just wanted to say a quick thank you for what was a fantastic presentation you made at the recent IOD Northwest event. Many 'done well's in the business world have an interesting story to tell, but the way in which you conveyed yours was captivating and it was a pleasure to listen.”

“Your passion for the causes you feel strongly about is inspiring, and as somebody with (what I like to think is) a strong moral compass myself it was great to see somebody else with aligned views. House building planning 'crimes' throughout the UK, artificially inflated commercial property pension fund short term thinking bull shit, LFW protest against France etc etc...all pleasantly reassuring to know that other people don't just sit back and take these things for granted.”

“As a young director of a company myself I found it really interesting both from a personal and business perspective and would like to thank you once again for making it a worthwhile day out of the office.” - Kieran Gately



Brand building, marketing and leadership

Wayne explores the contrasts and synergies between building Red or Dead in the 80s, before the internet, and building the Vintage brand using social networking/digital marketing, along with effective and creative leadership techniques.


“As always, you managed to engage and provoke thinking in our BBC leaders and I had many asking me to send you their personal thanks.” Roger Cole, BBC

He's straightforward, focused and willing to be interested in a whole heap of things outside his area of 'expertise' because he is interested in what it is to be alive and to have values.” - Linda Green BBC

“I just wanted to extend a big thank you to you and Wayne for helping to make our big event the best lecture the University of Dundee has ever had.” - Joanna Jones, The London Speaker Bureau


Housing, Urban Design and Architecture:

Over the past decade, HemingwayDesign have delivered a number of high profile and award-winning affordable new build housing schemes, worked on 'turning around'  troubled estates and have extensive worldwide knowledge of great urban design and architecture. Wayne was the chairman of the place-making campaigning body Building For Life for the past eight years and sits on the Trustee Board of CABE (Commission for Architecture and Built Environment). His views are political, often controversial, and as HemingwayDesign works with some of Britain’s largest house builders, is able to comment on the state of an industry which has a significant impact on the economy and our well being.


Wayne Hemingway - hilarious, inspiring go-getter. Brilliant keynote ‪#iodconference” - Clare O'Neill, @claire_oneill24


“On behalf of everyone at Kent Housing Group thank you very much for coming along to our Seminar and giving such an inspirational presentation. The feedback from delegates is that your presentation was the highlight of the day and we are extremely grateful that you were able to spare the time to be there.” - Jill Pells, Partnership Manager, Kent Housing Group


“Just a note to thank you for the fantastic talk that you delivered to Midland Heart conference yesterday, you have obviously had a diverse and interesting journey. I was fascinated by your talk and could have listened for hours, its not often you hear of people developing their entrepreneurial career purely by accident, as yours appears to be.” - Sue Rechter, Quality Manager, Midland Heart

Event production:

Described by many as the most ambitious and coolest festival start-up ever, this is the story of The Vintage Festival: identifying an opportunity in the market, then designing and delivering a summer festival for 50,000 people from scratch. The assembly of the team of designers, collaborators, bands, artists and designers, volunteers, plus the viral and street-led campaign, is an amazing and visually stunning chain of events, full of disasters and triumphs. Now an internationally recognised brand with some interesting spin-offs and a leading name in the competitive festival market, Vintage is the events arm to HemingwayDesign and has a string of successes to its name, including the official Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant Festival in June 2012 for 70,000 in Battersea Park.

“This modern tale of creating a multi faceted brand focusing on heritage but using modern technology and forward thinking marketing techniques is exciting.”

“I had the pleasure of listening to Wayne Hemingway on Wednesday. He was performing a Masterclass in Events and Festivals – a two-hour presentation to an interested audience – but I wish that I could have somehow bottled his enthusiasm and words and sent them off to every career advisor, teacher and politician in the land.”

Social and Cultural Responsibility of Companies, Corporations and Individuals:

We have come to learn how large corporations increasingly care and share our belief about 'improving things that matter in life'. We have worked with McDonalds, Coca Cola, Cafe Direct and others on responsible products, and there are many avenues to explore here.


Conference hosting and awards ceremonies:

Wayne also hosts conferences and award ceremonies. He scrubs up well and looks quite good in a black tie – trust us.

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