One of cricket’s greatest all-rounders, ‘Beefy’ racked up 14 Test centuries and 383 wickets. He also played football for Scunthorpe, and was voted both Sports Personality and Pipe Smoker of the Year. He is now a Sky commentator, an inspiring fundraiser and an obsessive angler.


Ian Botham is the best all-rounder England has ever produced. He holds the world record of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in just 21 tests, and he remains the greatest wicket taker in 115 years of English test cricket.

Away from the crease, Botham has played professional football (for Scunthorpe), and raised millions for Leukaemia Research. Since his retirement, he has commentated for Sky Sports and developed a keen interest in the Pro-Am golf circuit.

Ian Botham has also written a novel, Deep Cover, and the autobiographical Don’t Tell Kath - which became the most successful sports memoir in publishing history. He was awarded an OBE and then knighted for his services to cricket and charity, walking thousands of miles in a series of sponsored walks. He also has the rare distinction of being voted Sports Personality and Pipe Smoker of the Year.

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JLA Presents

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