Duncan has worked with many of the most senior executives in the UK, building a relaxed rapport with them. He can quickly and incisively get under the skin of their business and understand the issues in depth. On stage he projects an image of genuine warmth, and confidence, which will win over even the most cynical audience member. He is also a successful actor, voice artist, presentation skills trainer and role player.
Duncan Duff was born in Edinburgh and read History at Liverpool University before he trained as an actor at RADA. He has performed at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court in London, all over the UK and on tour in Europe, India, the Far East and South America with Cheek By Jowl and Theatre Babel.
On television he has been a regular on series such as Lip Service, Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, The Tudors, Touch of Cloth, Broken News, Big Kids, Hamish Macbeth and River City. Duncan’s film work includes John Landis’s Burke and Hare, Wild Target, Festival, and The Girls, which was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Duncan plays saxophone, golf and Scrabble.
LIVE CORPORATE WORK
Presenter/Host role for main conference in Venice. Facilitating a movie-themed Team Building Event. Host of Oscars style Award Ceremony. MC for gala dinner.
Spiriva Uplift Event Berlin. Presenter/Moderator. Interviewing speakers and hosting a team-building activity
Consumer Health Care Conference. Moderator and Host role
CANCER RESEARCH/THYROID UK CHARITY BALL
Hosting and linking Charity Gala dinner
O2 SCRUM ON THE BEACH
Live Roadshow with England rugby stars at venues around the country. Live video feed to big screens interviewing England players and involving the public in audience participation.
Giving presenter-coaching sessions for C.E.O. and the Board of Vodafone UK
Presenting and linking for 5 live CEO road shows throughout the UK.
Presenter/Host of Board of Directors Road Show. Advisor in rehearsals. Voice of God
B.T CONFERENCE LIVE
Host of Letterman style chat show with lots of audience participation recorded at Teddington T.V Studios before a studio audience.
Facilitating Rehearsals and breakout sessions for live conference.
Facilitating a series of workshops as part of a live road show throughout the UK & Scotland. Also Presenter/Host of Board of Directors National Road Show
Presenter of scripted live presentations for the Press Launch of the Sony Cybershot digital camera in Rhodes.
Hosting and linking for Nicky Clarke as part of a UK roadshow
Presenting a live Jerry Springer style show for about 200 people
Link presenter of their annual Conference in Geneva and game show host in the style of ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush’
AMERICAN EXPRESS EUROPEAN CORPORATE CARD SALES CONFERENCE
Sole presenter. Wide range of involvement: Presenting, interviewing, introducing speakers and hosting awards. Amsterdam and Dublin.
Host of spoof game show, Making The Change, emphasising the importance of structural changes within Barclays to staff.
OCTAVIAN ONLINE CASINOS
Scripted multi-media shows in the style of James Bond; Presenting and linking sessions for Octavian exhibition stand in Las Vegas.
Hosting, linking and presenting an international conference in Amsterdam for an audience of over 1,000 people
IMAGINATION FORD AURORA PROJECT
A re-launch of the Ford Primary Brand. The largest project Imagination has ever undertaken. Presented a multi-media show daily to 650 people, both in Berlin and at the Motor Show in Birmingham.
CORPORATE VIDEO WORK
NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Presenting informal instructional video for health professionals on the subject of nicotine replacement therapy promotion.
Reportage-style, explaining the diversity of new BT technologies
BT SAFETY VIDEO
Specifically regarding high-voltage cables.
Roving reporter/ presenter examining benefits of sale of D.S.S owned property in largest property deal in UK commercial history.
Hosting chat show: interview with senior Amex executives.
From the start, Duncan was a great asset. He offered valuable input into the creative process and scripting pre-event. He was a delight to have onsite, always reliable, upbeat, professional and committed to delivering a great performance. Duncan was easy to work with behind the scenes, he was adaptable and dealt well with whatever we threw at him. He was great onstage and also a charming host who mingled well with the guests, our audiences loved him. I wouldn’t hesitate to book Duncan again and hope to have the opportunity to do so".
Helen Parnell, Jack Morton Worlwide
"I have had the pleasure of working with Duncan over the last 6 years. Duncan is a wonderful host, with a great delivery and manner. He always gets the tone right, reads the audience well, and provides the right level of energy and enthusiasm as the situation demands. He is quick to jump in and help as needed, adapting quickly and working with the client if there is a change in content or scope. As a result I feel comfortable that I do not have to manage every nuance throughout the process when he is around. He gets on well with both client and crew alike, I would not hesitate to recommend Duncan for any live event."
Catherine Turner, Creative Producer and Founder of Narbonne LLP
"The team (and myself) were very impressed. (Duncan) was highly professional from start to finish. His style, delivery and approach were all superb and fitted exactly with the feel we were trying to achieve for the programme. He helped the flow and conversation along when and where needed and was exactly the outside voice we required to interject and tease more from our panel. His obvious experience with filming was a huge benefit and made our crew’s job on the day that bit easier.
We’ve also had good feedback from our panel, who were also impressed with how Duncan led and controlled the session, but without taking over. I’ve included below a particular quote from ... our Internal Comms lead on the day:
‘Really personable, took direction very well and understood what we needed to do. I've worked with a lot of presenters and I'd put him up there with the best I've used.’ "
Telecommunications Client - Conference
"A quick note to thank you for your recommendation of Duncan for the event. You were absolutely right; he was an absolute gem to work with and did a fab job!"
Project Manager - Live Events
"Duncan was great. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and became part of our production team. He excelled himself on the awards evening and really brought the evening to life. The client were extremely complementary about him and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him again. I will drop him a line thanking him personally."
"I don’t want to gush but you were quite simply BRILLIANT! Thank you so so much for your hard work, your command of the subject, your great presentation skills, humour, management of time and presenters, flexibility … I could go on …. and for being such a joy to work with. Sentiments echoed by everyone alike – client team, audience and, of course, Brands at Work. I can’t wait for the next one."
Senior Producer - BRANDS AT WORK LTD
"Coming to Duncan as an emcee and a professional , he truly set an example to us as to how an emcee can
lift a conference..He was superb to say the least.His creativity, adaptation of the last minute changes and
graceful execution was truly a delight to experience..I would highly recommend him to all..and last but not the least he was truly a great human being to interact with and accommodated all our requests."
I wanted to take a moment to write to you to thank you so much for being such a wonderful Conference Host at our event this week.
The words of appreciation I have received from delegates has been fantastic; you made such a difference to the whole proceedings. Many have commented at how you were able to join all the dots on subjects that you are not close to and make sense of so many of the discussions which some of them don’t understand!
Your engagement, preparation and sheer hard work was very much noticed by me and others around me. I can’t begin to tell you how much that was appreciated. I believe your command of the audience and delivery made the responses from delegates, along with the dialogue and discussion sessions as successful as they were.
I do hope I get the chance to work with you again; it was an absolute pleasure.
Brands At Work, Production company