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Meet Grand Final Judge, Xand van Tulleken

23 Nov 2021

On Monday 29th November, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Finalists will take to the stage of the Cambridge Theatre and share their speeches for the last time in this competition. The job of the selecting a Grand Champion falls to a panel of VIP judges. They will use  The Communication Triangle of Content, Delivery and Structure to determine the winning speech of the evening.

We’ll be sharing who they are one by one so that you can get to know them and learn what they will be looking for in our Grand Finalists’ speeches. We are thrilled to share this news with you – let’s meet the judges! Xand van Tulleken is a Doctor and Children’s Television Presenter.

We asked Xand; in your experience what does it mean to find your voice?

To meet the needs of the audience while staying true to yourself.

Why is empowering young people important to you?

Empowering people at a young age gives them more years of influence and agency!

What does communication mean to you?

It’s a two way street: listening, hearing, understanding and responding.

Thinking about our young speakers, how can they provoke the change they want to see in the world?

Making sure that they are influenced and governed only by their principles and the people they admire.