A former Channel 4 News anchor and specialist Money Reporter, Bridgid Nzekwu was a finalist at the Business Journalist of the Year awards in 2009. She later became a newsreader for ITV News. Before moving into journalism, she worked in the tech sector, advising companies on digitisation strategies and new media development. She was named Outstanding Woman in Professional Services at the 2018 Precious Awards.
Bridgid has developed a specialist interest in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, complementary therapies, nutrition, resilience and wellness. This stems from her personal experience of surviving cancer twice and undergoing open heart surgery. She has presented programmes for the Embarrassing Bodies series (Channel 4) and written in the Sunday Times about undergoing radical breast cancer surgery and treatment. In her spare time, she has studied anatomy and physiology and in 2020 qualified with distinction in reflexology.
Bridgid Nzekwu has hosted, moderated and conducted interviews for clients like Lloyds Banking Group, Sainsburys plc, HotTopics, Takeda pharmaceuticals, NHS England and the Fairtrade Foundation in venues including the Las Vegas Convention Center, Gleneagles, the Belfry, and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. She is an engaging and sought-after host for virtual events too, for example the biennial World Hydropower Congress, for which she has interviewed international figures such as Mark Carney, former Bank of England Governor, on financing sustainable, renewable energy markets.
A dynamic, authoritative and experienced moderator, chairing panels, roundtables and hosting events for FTSE100 companies, global brands, public sector bodies, industry associations and charities. Bridgid Nzekwu will take your brief and get the most out of your speakers or event, providing memorable content for marketing, advertising, sponsorship and thought leadership. Bridgid is also Director of Media Training at PA Media Group, coaching high-profile spokespeople in public speaking, media interview skills and crisis communication.
When it comes to resilience and coping with adversity, Bridgid knows what it is to be severely tested. Aged 18, her world was turned upside down when she was struck by excruciating pain and symptoms doctors couldn’t explain. Eventually, after almost a year, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and then endured aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments which dominated the first two years of her degree studies. Nevertheless, she graduated with First Class Honours and embarked on an exciting career in new media and technology, the start of her journey into journalism. She thought she was out of the woods, when she was told she was cured of Hodgkins after 10 years in remission. In fact, the life-saving treatment she had undergone had created a ticking time bomb of long-term side effects that would explode after 20 years. She would later face breast cancer, the disease that had claimed her mother’s life, have a double mastectomy and years of hormone treatment and even undergo 10-hour open heart surgery.
For Bridgid, a determined, positive and focused mindset has been fundamental to getting through frightening, painful health events. She has relied on love, meditation, faith, NLP, yoga, research and the feistiness she inherited from her late mother to survive and thrive. Resilience has been key, too, in her career success, forging a successful media career in predominantly white, male, Oxbridge-dominated newsrooms and landing her dream job in TV news when she became the UK’s first, female mixed-race newsreader. She is currently Director of Media Training at PA Media Group, helping executives and public figures to overcome nerves and self-doubt and become confident, persuasive communicators.
"Bridgid is a fantastic chairperson and ensured that all our panellists had ample opportunities to offer their thoughts on some really insightful questions."
Jo Holden - Hanover Communications
"Bridgid is a fantastic presenter and corporate host who has helped bring our corporate events to life and always knows how to get the most out of our speakers and discussion."
Jennie Leitch - Lloyds Banking Group
"Bridgid is an absolute delight to work with and a highly effective, professional moderator who has worked with HotTopics.ht for a number of years."
Phil Randerson - Founder & CEO, HotTopics
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