Hey, I'm alex


Discover the power of words to celebrate life's biggest moments

About Me

Broadcaster & Celebrant

XS Manchester Breakfast Show Host

Public Speaking Coach

Voice Over Artist


I currently host the XS Manchester Breakfast Show and, over 15 years, have presented radio shows for some of the UK's biggest networks.

My time on air has seen me interview some of the world's biggest music stars - from Rihanna and Katy Perry through to One Direction & Green Day.

I have presented world exclusive content including unique access to artists including Coldplay, Adele, Lady GaGa and Pink.

I am currently the lead male Voice Over on the BBC Local Radio Network across England.

...beyond Broadcasting

I am a Visiting Lecturer at The University of Chester teaching Media & Broadcast students.

I work with a range of clients to develop personal & business public speaking skills.

I have hosted many public and corporate events including the Manchester Christmas Light Switch On, Manchester Day Parade and countless major music events.

I graduated from The University of Manchester in 2002 with BA (Hons) Combined English & History.

I am now delighted to have qualified as a professional Celebrant as a member of the UK Society of Celebrants.

Professional Celebrant Services

Are you looking for a bespoke, personal and truly unique Wedding Celebration?


If you are generous enough to invite me to be your Celebrant you can be assured I will be considerate, attentive and deliver according to your needs and requests.

I will make myself available to answer any questions you may have through the planning process to ensure you are comfortable and reassured at all times. Every wedding varies according your needs and requests. Below is an over-view of my 'menu'.

  • Initial interview
  • Four special ceremony elements of choice, including any custom element
  • Draft ceremony
  • Venue liaison/visit
  • The draft Anatomy of a Ceremony
  • Second interview to agree and modify the first draft
  • Completion of the finalised draft
  • Final interview and practice
  • Creation of a presentation copy of the ceremony and an Order of Ceremony
  • Officiate ceremony and be available for photographs if required
  • Unlimited contact via email, phone, text and video calls

Email alex@speakandcelebrate.co.uk to discuss further options, element details and prices

Professional Celebrant Services

Funerals, Naming Ceremonies & Life Events

For more info or bespoke event enquiries please email alex@speakandcelebrate.co.uk


I am a firm believer in the power of words and the ever-lasting impact they can make. Words can lift spirits, create empathy and understanding, unite people and leave a lifelong impression. 

If you have recently lost a loved-one and are looking for a sensitive, compassionate Celebrant to lead their funeral ceremony or memorial then I will work closely with you to deliver the eulogy and service in a manner that will truly honour your loved one's memory.


Welcoming a new addition to your family is the perfect reason to celebrate.

Working closely with you, my bespoke ceremonies will include your choice of unforgettable elements, roles for family and friends, music and official designations for 'Mentors' or 'Guide Parents'.

I will be on hand to ensure all your wishes are met to welcome your new arrival in style.


If you have a big celebration in the pipeline and are looking for a Celebrant to guide and lead your event - let's talk!

Vow Renewals/Milestone Birthdays/Retirement and Career Events/Friend Reunions/Business Events...

Anything goes....let's chat!

LGBTQ+ Celebrations

As an openly gay man, I am passionate about supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community with events where a Celebrant would be the right choice to lead the ceremony.

Planning a wedding?

Naming, or welcoming, new additions to your family?

Celebrating gender transition?

If you are looking for a compassionate and empathetic Celebrant - I would love to celebrate with you.

Email alex@speakandcelebrate.co.uk

'It takes no compromise to give people their rights ... it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.'

Harvey Milk

You can hear me on the

'XS Manchester' Breakfast Show every weekday morning from 6am.

If you have any broadcast, voice-over, DJ or audio enquiries don't hesitate to get in touch


Personally, I enjoy spending time hiking in the hills outside Manchester.

As well as training at the gym, I enjoy running and have recently completed my third Marathon raising money for Alzheimer's Society.

I'm a big reader, with 'Song of Achilles' and 'The Salt Path' being two recent faves. Please drop me a DM with any book tips you've got!

Public Speaking Training

The correct words, at the correct time, with the correct people can create magic.

The experience and skills I have learned, honed and practised during my career now enable me to work with many large organisations to help further develop public speaking confidence and skills for teams of all sizes.

Clients have included TfGM, Tangerine, Manchester City Council & Wavemaker.

Email alex@speakandcelebrate.co.uk for further info.

Build Confidence

Guidance for intimate speeches or large presentations

Find Your Voice

Normalise the experience of public speaking

Personal & Social Strength

Discover new methods to connect & impress

Career Development

Overcome hurdles to progress your journey

Let's speak and celebrate!

I would love to hear from you about your celebration or event, help answer any questions and start our journey of working together

Alex James Atkinson


WhatsApp 07990 570 597

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