A former UN intern, runway model and current University of Oxford post graduate student, Lydia spent the first 18 years of her life on a Peak District farm, surrounded by hills, animals and not many people.
Lydia began speaking through the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs public speaking competition. Aged 17, Lydia won “Best Speaker” at the NFYFC national final, for her speech about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager on hill farm.
In 2009, Lydia’s father, renowned after dinner speaker Peter Slack, was called upon to stand in for television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright at a Cheshire Hunt Supporters dinner. Due to the short notice, Peter was already booked, but said Lydia would fill in if they were desperate. Lydia, aged just 17, delivered a 15- minute speech to the audience of 200 and received a standing ovation. Her speaking career was well underway.
Lydia Slack gives a hilarious insight into what it was like to grow up surrounded by hills, animals and not many people, with humorous stories of the trials and tribulations she faced as a teenager. She has been guest speaker at over 150 paid after dinner events, from luncheon clubs to conferences. Lydia has spoken at all-female, all-male and mixed events, with after dinner audience numbers from 20 – 750 people.
She holds a First Class Honours in International Food and Agri- Business from the Royal Agricultural University and is currently studying her Master’s of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford.
“A beautifully constructed, beautifully told and absolutely hilarious tale of growing up in the countryside”
– Kate Fox, Poet, Comedian, Writer
“I am fortunate to hear many world-class speakers each year, and I rank Lydia Slack as the best I heard in 2015. I cannot wait until next time!”
-Patrick Eakes, Rotary District 7690
“Thank you so much for that very amusing and professional talk you gave to the Wyre Forest Centre. You were hilarious, and as you saw, you had the room in fits of laughter.”
– David Brown, National Trust
“I have just returned home after a great day attending the SFWI Annual Council Meeting at the Staffordshire Showground and the highlight of the day was your talk “That Awkward Age”, which was hilarious! – Patricia Moore, Yoxall Ladies Lunch Club
“I’m writing to thank you sincerely for coming to speak at our Annual Council meeting last Tuesday. I have received many emails, letters and phone calls to say how much members enjoyed your speech, it was excellent and you gave everyone a really good laugh!” – Sheila Moulton, Staffordshire Federation of WI Chairman
“Thank you so much for a most wonderful talk on Wednesday. The members were absolutely thrilled with you and so many have said that you were the best speaker they’ve ever heard!”
-Robina Morgan, Ripon Womens Luncheon Club
“Lydia, congratulations on your performance on Thursday evening which was so clearly appreciated by everyone from the comments, telephone calls and emails I have received since.”
– Richard Cooksley, Bristol Corn and Feed Trade Association