Vicky Beeching is an Oxford-educated theologian, broadcaster, keynote speaker, LGBT activist & diversity consultant.
An out, gay Christian, she works at the intersection of LGBT equality and faith, campaigning to make religion a more welcoming place for LGBT people and allies.
Her work in this field has been highly regarded, with a Number 3 placement on the Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’, Stonewall’s Hero of the Year nomination, a National Diversity Award nomination for Faith Role Model and the Guardian describing her as “arguably the most influential Christian in her generation” due to the effects her coming out has had on the church in the UK and USA.
Vicky appears regularly on TV and radio in various settings; as a co-presenter on BBC1’s spiritually-themed talk show Sunday Morning Live; presenting Thought For The Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme; presenting Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show; and giving regular commentary on news stories related to religion and diversity across the media.
Vicky writes for publications like The Guardian and The Independent and has been profiled by The Huffington Post, BBC World Service and Time Magazine Online.
Vicky advises a variety of organisations – including the United Nations – on the intersection of LGBT equality and religion.
Based in London, she splits her time between academic research into religion and diversity (her PhD), TV and radio presenting, consultancy and keynote speaking in the corporate diversity sector, and working on her first book which has just been signed to Harper Collins.
Vicky’s passion is to inspire people to live and lead authentically. Her academic background is in religion and ethics, and her ability to commentate on spirituality and current affairs make her a regular face on the UK’s prime time TV news channels and national radio.
Her career has woven a fascinating pathway. After Oxford, Vicky trained as a management consultant and her expertise on leadership shines through in her writing and speaking.
During this season she was offered something unusual; a fork in the road: a chance to turn her hobby – songwriting and performing – into a a full-time job through a recording contract with music label giant EMI. So she took the leap, signed with them and moved to the USA to record and tour.
Her music did very well Stateside, and highlighted by Billboard Magazine as a ‘Hit-Bound Riser’, she toured for almost a decade across North America and Europe. Vicky sang and spoke regularly in front of 20,000 people, developing an ease and confidence in her communication skills. A variety of media work was also offered to her and she began presenting and commentating on both sides of the Pond.
Regular TV and radio work with the BBC and Sky News in the UK followed and became part of her portfolio, along with writing articles for major newspapers and magazines.
A key part of Vicky’s story took place on August 14th, 2014. In an interview that featured on the front page of two major UK newspapers (The Independent and The i) Vicky came out as gay. Coming from such a conservative Christian background and having ‘star status’ in the Bible belt gospel music industry meant her announcement created international shock-waves. For Vicky, taking this step was to face her greatest fear and do what she’d never thought possible.
Since coming out, her impact has only increased. She has been named “arguably the most influential Christian in her generation” by The Guardian. She was listed as the 3rd most influential LGBT person in the UK in the highly respected, annual ‘Rainbow List’ published by the Independent newspaper.
Vicky was also nominated for a National Diversity Award and shortlisted for the prestigious Stonewall’s Hero of The Year Award 2014. An invitation to the United Nations followed, and Vicky was invited to New York to attend the UN’s launch of their LGBT campaign ‘Free and Equal’ with US Secretary of State John Kerry. She now advises the UN on LGBT equality and religion. For more on her coming out journey and various interviews about it visit this page.
With warmth, humour, a sharp mind and striking honesty Vicky communicates a message of authenticity, challenge, and self-development, much of which is drawn candidly from her own journey. Topics she speaks about include facing your greatest fears, avoiding burnout and workaholism, believing your dream is possible, finding spirituality instead of religion, and being a successful portfolio worker.
Vicky is also in demand for media training, equipping people with the needed skills for TV and radio broadcasting and social media marketing. Clients who’ve brought her in to do such training include the prestigious broadcasting network the BBC, and Adobe’s flagship European marketing conference held in the Excel Arena, London.
Vicky’s speaking and broadcasting have been described as “captivating”, “moving” and “exceptionally inspiring”. When she communicates, she lights up the room and evokes a sense of resonance, humour and challenge. She appeals to a very diverse range of audiences; corporate, education/academic, or faith-based.
Live on BBC News, writing in a newspaper column, keynoting at a 10,000 person leadership event, speaking at a marketing conference, or giving input at a religious gathering, Vicky’s passion is to motivate others to be truly authentic, face their fears, dream bigger, and make the most of the brief time they have on this planet.
- If you’d like to bring Vicky in to speak at your event, to work with you on corporate diversity & inclusion consultancy, to deliver corporate or educational media training for your organisation, or to host/emcee an event you are running, get in touch here.
- If you’re wanting to contact Vicky for a comment on a news story related to religion or diversity, or to enquire about booking her as a presenter/host for radio or TV contact us here.