Alongside car shows with a global fan base, the diminutive thrill-seeker has fronted science and engineering programmes, game shows and natural history specials.


Richard Hammond is part of the trio, with Clarkson and May, that made the BBC’s Top Gear a global phenomenon. They now continue their brand of automotive escapades and banter on Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour.

Dubbed ‘the Hamster’ by his Top Gear colleagues, Richard was famously catapulted onto the news bulletins after surviving a 300mph crash during filming. He incurred a severe brain injury but defied experts by making a recovery in just five weeks.

Richard made his TV debut on Granada’s Men and Motors, on which the crew reportedly outnumbered viewers. He also championed motorists’ concerns on Money Matters, and contributed a weekly car column for the Daily Mirror. Since then he has become one of the best known presenters in the country, and even around the world.

Away from cars Richard has hosted the gameshow Total Wipeout, investigated the Gunpowder Plot and the Holy Grail. He’s turned chatshow host, presented Crufts, and fronted Sky’s science show Brainiac - described as ‘Tomorrow’s World meets Jackass’. He’s also hosted a wide range of engineering and science shows and was the last person to interview stunt legend Evel Knievel.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH