The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program

Named in honor of the English-Speaking Union's founder, the Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program sends eminent British and American speakers across the country each year to the ESU Branches who host their presentations.  Wrench speakers address topics relating to current events, history, language and literature, art and architecture, and travel. Regional tours of Wrench speakers are underwritten by the ESU National Headquarters and planned and in cooperation with the Branches. 


Richard Buckley, OBE, PhD
Co-Director of the University of Leicester Archeological Services

Simon Claxton
 Retired English schoolteacher and former ESU Exchange Student

Robert Hulse
Director, London's Brunel Museum

The Lord Lisvane, KCB
Retired Clerk of the British House of Commons 

Paul Edmondson, PhD
Head of Research and Knowledge, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG
Former British Ambassador to China