Vicky Beeching is an Oxford-educated theologian, writer, broadcaster and keynote speaker. She appears regularly on BBC TV, Sky News and writes for publications like The Guardian and The Independent. She’s been profiled by The Huffington Post, BBC World Service and Time Magazine Online. Vicky advises the United Nations on LGBT equality and religion. She is based between London, England and Washington D.C., USA.
Her passion is to inspire people to live and lead authentically. Vicky’s 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 a full-time recording contract with music label giant EMI, so she took the leap, signed with them and moved to the USA to record and tour.
Touring 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. Regular TV and radio work with the BBC and Sky News also became part of her portfolio, along with writing articles for major newspapers and magazines.
With warmth, humour, an ivy-league 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 UK’s main TV network – the BBC – and Adobe’s flagship UK marketing conference in the Excel Arena, London.
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 newspaper. 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.
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 on both sides of the Pond. Whether live on Sky News, writing in a newspaper column, keynoting at a 20,000 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.
To read about her work as a keynote speaker, see here.
For her latest media work and news, see here.