Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney

Great for motivational speaking, presenting and awards hosting, Gemma will make any corporate event entertaining and engaging for all.

Gemma Cairney is an award-winning broadcaster, youth rights activist and author who is passionate about empowering young people.

Gemma presented BBC Radio 1’s Social Action Show, The Surgery for a number of years and regularly presents on BBC Radio 6 Music, both fronting specialist series and deputising for the early breakfast and weekend breakfast shows. She has authored a number of award-winning radio and television documentaries.

After attending The Brit School and a brief stint in fashion during her early 20s, Gemma’s unique, infectious broadcasting style was swiftly spotted by the BBC.  Her radio documentaries include: The Leisure Society (BBC6 Music), The Sound Odyssey (BBC Radio 4), Dolly, Dylan or Daft Punk (BBC6 Music), What the F: the Story of Feminism; and Mali Music, which saw her travel to Mali to discuss the country’s music ban and interview its emerging stars.

Her acclaimed television documentaries include: The History of Feminism (BBC2, BBC Learning), Riots: The Aftershock and Dying for Clear Skin (BBC3).

Gemma has presented the BBC’s Glastonbury Festival coverage and co-hosted BBC1’s New Year’s Eve coverage which had more than 12 million viewers. In 2016 Gemma co-hosted the BBC Music Awards on BBC1 alongside Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton.

Gemma’s debut book, OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be was published in 2017. With her natural flair, Gemma launched the book by touring the UK on an open-top bus, which she painted yellow and named Dandelion; recording podcasts and hosting parties on board as she went!

In 2014 she made royal history by hosting a live Google hangout from Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Young Leader project alongside HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry.

Gemma Cairney