Ask about Jonathan Holloway
Key Points
  • Jonathan Holloway has spoken at TEDx and has presented keynotes to some of the world’s top companies: Rio Tinto, IBM/CISCO and NAB, to name a few.
  • Is a highly acclaimed international chief executive, artistic director, consultant, writer and speaker with over 30 years professional experience in flagship organisations across two hemispheres.
  • He was commissioned by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to devise a creative vision for The Crystal Palace and Park, a major new cultural destination for London, supported by a planned £500million from the ZhonRong Group in China.
  • He has won the rarely awarded and prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Special Event three times in five years.
  • As an Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway commissioned Philip Glass to write and perform his final three etudes and engaged Thom Yorke to DJ his 21st birthday party, pre-Radiohead.
  • He was the mastermind of the largest single arts event Australia has ever seen entitled Walking with Giants. This was a global first, where 1.4 million people spent three days walking with giants through the main streets of Perth.
  • Following his incredible achievements, he was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Perth, an honour shared by just four other people, including Hillary Clinton.
  • Has MC’d and facilitated hundreds of events around the world, live and online, and across every sector, including the Professional Speakers Association Annual Conventions in Australia (live onstage) and in Spain (on Zoom). 


Over the next few years the world's best leaders, companies and cities will have to return to the drawing board and reimagine everything. Those who don't will be a horse-and-cart in an electric car world.​

As we begin to think about how we get through this current terrible experience, we must also dream about the post-pandemic world, how we will reimagine our businesses and work, every element of our experiences and interactions.​ Those who don't reinvent and renegotiate everything will be unprepared for this brave new world.​ Those who do, and who then successfully deliver their corner of the world, will flourish.

  • The Great Reimagining
    Extraordinary experiences have united cities, families, teams and individuals for millennia. Experiences are at the heart of every successful life, relationship, business or project. Experiences give products value, influence people's choices, and make life worth living. We must now dream up the new experiences that surround our working lives, businesses and leisure time.

    In order to create the great experiences of the future, we need to explore and revisit the great experiences of the past, but seen through the prism of 2020 onwards.

    Creating unforgettable experiences is like magic ...... we start with the elements and limitations we have ...... we add in the expectation of those we want to bedazzle ...... we put in more time and skill than anyone will ever know ...... and then we exceed expectations with the truly astonishing!

    Discover the tricks that the best companies, creatives and major event maestros have used for decades, and what past experiences can inspire you in the reimagining of the world, and the upcoming journey from surviving to thriving.

  • Giant Thinking
    As the world returns to the drawing board ...... as teams contract and expand ...... as the world's infrastructure is reimagined ...... and disruption is the new normal ...... the best leaders, companies and countries will have to devise and deliver a huge range of company-wide, city-wide and world-wide projects.

    You will need rigorous methodologies and roadmaps to enable simultaneous development of projects alongside reimagining your existing activity. You will have to use giant thinking and precision delivery to achieve the astonishing.

    The Noongar Nation (the Aboriginal people of south-west Western Australia) recognise that there are six seasons, not four. Likewise, all great ideas, projects, artworks or creations can be broken down into six seasons. This allows the whole team to identify where they are at any given moment, to discuss with colleagues and collaborators the exact stage they are going through, and to approach each season with a different energy and methodology. 

    Giant thinking is the six seasons of every great endeavour, full of tricks and techniques to achieve the extraordinary. It is the roadmap to success, and when you and your colleagues have the secret, your ideas will scale up, your resilience will grow, your results will skyrocket, your leaders will succeed and your team will be full of everyday heroes.

  • Reimagining Conferences in a Time of Extreme Crisis
    The success or failure of every venture balances on shared direction, on clarity of decision-making and communication, and on the passion and energy of everyone involved.

    For decades, the system has been clear: The Conference - the opportunity to learn, inspire, energise, team-build (vision and mission); The Retreat - the chance to strategise, shape, plan, refine (strategy); Management Meetings - where the progress is monitored in real time (tactics); Team working - where the plan gets carried out and delivered (action); and repeat...

    At a time of global change and remaking of everything, there has never been a more important time for inspiration and clarity. At a time of physical distancing and a shift to digital platforms, it has never been more difficult to ensure shared beliefs and direction, and create a sense of team.

    Zoom is great for sharing and for discussing. For clarity, rigorous debate and tough decision making, it needs external moderation. Those who address this, who rapidly rethink everything they have already perfected in a pre-pandemic world, will emerge from this current situation in the best position to enter the new decade.

  • MC / Facilitator
    Jonathan can work with you on how to structure and design your conference or meeting or event, advising on the best platform, ideas, schedule and potential guests, in order to make the event totally unforgettable and utterly effective.

    During the event, his energetic and enthusiastic style puts energy into the room and excites the participants in a way that ensures the messages last long after the event has finished.

    Online, Jonathan plays Zoom like Jean-Michel Jarre plays keyboards: improvising between imaginative camera use and real-time polling, interactive chat and Q&As, great imagery and energising musical stings, in order to create the excitement normally reserved for a major conference stage.

    At the end of the event, he will humorously and smartly wrap the whole thing up by re-landing the key points from the event,  making a line through the whole thing, suggesting how to use what you’ve learned, and ultimately make the audience leave on an incredible high, with action points to carry them into the next months.

    Post-event, Jonathan will do a five minute to-camera piece with a more prepared summing up, reflecting on the event and restating key points and learnings, that can be distributed to attenders and other interested parties.

  • Online Coaching Through Crisis
    Giant Thinking and Creativity in Times of Extreme Crisis

    The greatest threat to any organisation and its team at a time of extreme crisis is paralysis at the top. The best organisational leaders care about their organisation and their teams: that's why they open themselves up to the pressure and risk that leadership brings. The best organisational leaders need to have and display a wide range of traits and skills: by turns visionary, sensitive, strategic, belief-driven, people supporting, results orientated, and tough. Some of these traits and skills come naturally, some are learned, all require some level of support. Often one or two of these traits or skills come under major pressure.

    In an extreme crisis like the one we face now, every one of these traits and skills comes under extreme pressure at the same time. When the crisis is global, you can’t call your usual network of peers, as everyone is under attack at the same time. It is impossible for anyone who is leading a major organisation, with any level of self-knowledge, to not have moments of paralysis in the face of this level of onslaught.

    As an organisational leader, your first priority must be to put in place the systems and measures that will enable you to perform during the crisis. The first four things that an organisational leader needs to do in a crisis are reduce the sense of pressure, increase the flow of essential information, multiply the processing power and ideas, and divide the staff into three teams: survival - direction - possibilities.

    As a coach through crisis Jonathan will help you work through all the issues and situations you are going through:
    • Survival – behaving ethically – communication – protecting direction – positivity.
    • Motivating – decision making – restructuring – reimagining.
    • Recovering from furlough – re-opening – long-term success.


During his time (leading the Norfolk & Norwich Festival) audiences increased tenfold, tickets sales tripled, there were whole host of international stars, hugely popular outdoor events. This man really has a Midas touch...
Margaret Throsby
ABC Radio, Australia

I have just witnessed the best MC I have seen so far, in all the years I’ve been doing this - Jonathan Holloway. You’ve got to have him at your next event, live or online.
Ian Stephens
Speaker, Trainer, Author

Jonathan is a great orator and teller of stories. His blue-sky thinking is a huge talent that he then translates into reality and delivers these wondrous events for audiences to talk about for years to come ... they always come out saying ‘that was amazing, really enjoyed the presentation and the humour.
Rio Tinto

Fantastic and even better that he stayed around at the end for a few hours talking to delegates and hearing their stories. A great presenter which extended to great interaction amongst the delegates.
Aquatics and Recreation Victoria

Jonathan was the stand out presenter at the conference and took the audience on a unique behind the scenes journey of the Giants. Funny and inspiring he gave us insightful and practical take aways to use in our own journey and most importantly dared us to be visionary and creative in all aspects of our lives.
2018 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress

A great orator and teller of stories, he has that unique ability to create wonder in audiences. Jonathan has presented to our employees on many occasions and they always come out saying 'that was amazing, really enjoyed the presentation and the humour’.
Community Investment, Rio Tinto

Jonathan is a dream to work with, a force of nature. Passionate, funny, highly effective plus an accomplished artist.  He's got great guts and artistic vision.
Kate Miller-Heidke

Jonathan transformed a street performance into a discussion on IT, systems and infrastructure with insight, humour and enthusiasm.
IBM/Cisco Systems

I saw this guy speak at the recent National Convention. In one word… brilliant! Crawl over broken glass to be there!
Past National President
Professional Speakers Australia

Jonathan Holloway’s lessons and reflections will re-focus your team on what’s important in perhaps the most engaging and entertaining way you’ve experienced for some time. 
Wyndham City Council

Brilliant - funny, inspiring, highly intelligent, deeply empathetic, audaciously mischievous. I’d like to see him at more conferences and events, making people laugh, feel, think and then go out and do something special. 
Andrew Horabin
Keynote Speaker

Jonathan’s bespoke, enigmatic and audacious style had delegates hanging on his every word. Intelligent, inspiring and highly entertaining. 
Australian Performing Arts Centres Association

Jonathan has a giant message and method for each and every conference group, organisation, person. Through laughter, thoughtfulness and story he creates everyday meaning for how we can ‘Festivalise’ our businesses/lives and the benefit that such innovation, creativity, organisational skill and collaboration brings. Each of us can learn from the Art of business and the Art of life. Have your convention go way beyond the conventional - go Gigantic and get Jonathan!
Glenn Capelli
Professional Speakers Australia ‘Keynote Speaker of the Year 2013’

His passion is contagious, and is bound to inspire staff, supporters and audiences alike.
Governor of Victoria