A FAMILIAR face from the world of finance is coming to Huddersfield.
Broadcaster Declan Curry is guest speaker at the 2009 Examiner Business Awards, which takes place at the town’s Galpharm Stadium next month.
Declan is well-known as the friendly face of business news on a number of TV programmes.
For many years, he broadcast live from the London Stock Exchange – giving up-to-the-minute shares news and interviewing captains of industry.
He has also worked for various rolling news channels and has also appeared as a daily business commentator in the United States for ABC News.
Before that, he presented radio business and finance programmes.
Declan has also written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and industry publications in the UK, the Irish Republic and the USA – including the highly-respected Investors People.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Declan moved to London to study chemistry before turning his talents to journalism.
As well as focusing on business and finance, he has reported from factories, schools, farms, breweries, bakeries, bus and train stations and supermarkets – interviewing unusual characters ranging from a town crier and the owner of a dog that was trained to use a fax machine.
He has ridden on horseback, travelled in a motorcycle side car, dished up school meals and tried his hand as a taxi controller – all in the name of journalism.
Underlining his standing in the sector, he was voted Proshare Financial Personality of the Year two years running – an award based on the votes of thousands of small shareholders across the UK.
Declan is much in demand for appearances at high-profile conferences and awards ceremonies, including the National Business Awards Conference and the DTI e-commerce awards.
He has been also been a judge for the British Insurance Awards, the Proshare Investor Awards and the Princes’ Trust Business Awards – more than qualifying him for his appearance at the 2009 Examiner Business Awards.
The awards, which are sponsored by law firm Chadwick Lawrence, will be held on Thursday, November 12, at the stadium, when winners in 11 categories will step forward to collect their trophies and the plaudits.
BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will host the event, which will conclude with plenty of networking opportunities.
Tickets, which are limited, are available from the events team on 01484 437702.