Staff & Trainers

Frankie Rushton – Programme Director

Frankie Rushton is the Speakers Trust Programme Director. Frankie has extensive experience coordinating and leading programmes across the public, private and charity sector, both internationally and in the UK. Having previously worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in South Africa, she delivered high profile events and visits and led on human rights policy.

Frankie is passionate about young people and encouraging opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. She was Programmes Director and Chair for a development NGO that delivered global citizenship training to UK schools between India and the UK. She has also worked as an Account Manager for a design agency in the private sector and in India delivering a youth entrepreneurship programme in rural Rajasthan.


Becky Griffiths – Programme Coordinator

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After graduating from university, Becky spent nearly ten years at EMI Classics gaining valuable experience in the Business and Artist Contracts department.  For the last two and a half years, she has been working in a secondary school supporting children with special needs which, although at times challenging, has been very rewarding.  Becky is pleased to be returning to Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! after spending five years working there between 2008 – 2013.


Elizabeth Hainsworth – Social Media Manager


With a strong background in Visual and Performing Arts, degrees from the University of Kent and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Liz relishes new challenges and the opportunity to engage with new people.

She passionately believes that creativity and the arts are good for you – they keep you thinking and they keep you doing.


Charlotte Hindle – Programme Support

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After working in Lonely Planet’s Head Office and UK office, Charlotte became a freelance author.  This meant that she often had to talk in public at bookshop events, travel fairs and travel conferences.  To help hone her speaking skills, Charlotte joined Toastmasters which, in turn, led her to Speakers Trust.  She so admired their work that from  2006 to 2009 she became a public speaking trainer and Regional Manager with Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out Challenge”. In 2015 Speakers Trust asked if she would return to the charity and work part-time at Head Office. She is absolutely delighted to be back.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE with 2016 Grand Finalists

Sir Jack Petchey CBE with 2016 Grand Finalists

Regional Managers, Regional Coordinators & Event Managers

There are 26 Speakers Trust trainers involved in the delivery of up to 800 workshops this year.

Every trainer is carefully selected for their highly effective training, for their sensitivity to the challenges face by young people and for their abilility to help develop key communication skills.

They have also successfully completed a rigorous assessment programme and have Enhanced DBS clearance.  For more information on our trainers, please click here trainers

For more information visit the Speakers Trust website