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Claudia Winkleman to return as host of L&D industry's premier awards event

UKLearning NewsLPI (Learning and Performance Institute)

Television and radio personality returns to present the 2019 Learning Awards ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel.

Credit:David Oldham
Credit:David Oldham 

The 23rd annual Learning Awards, showcasing the greatest achievements in learning and development will again be hosted by BAFTA-nominated TV presenter, film critic, radio personality and journalist, Claudia Winkleman.

Claudia presented the Learning Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was an immediate hit with the assembled global audience of learning and development professionals, bringing her trademark brand of playful humour and natural effervescence to the industry's flagship awards ceremony.

Claudia is best known as the host of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC 1), the voice of Sunday nights on BBC Radio 2 and writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times ‘Style’ magazine for which she was nominated Fashion Journalist of the Year at the Press Awards 2017.  Claudia fronted the new BBC1 cookery competition series Britain’s Best Home Cook alongside Mary Berry in 2018.

Also, in 2018, she presented Britain's Best Home Cook. Claudia also presented four series of The Great British Sewing Bee and was the host of BBC Film.

Claudia is a trustee of Comic Relief and regularly fronts the live television shows for both Red Nose Day and Sport Relief alongside spin-off shows including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief/Sport Relief and the Comic Relief Danceathon. She also regularly appears as a guest on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Great Big Quiz of the Year and Would I Lie To You.

As part of the Strictly family, Claudia presented Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two before joining Tess Daly on the main show in 2014. The following year she hosted The People’s Strictly.

Claudia graduated from Cambridge University with an MA Honours in History of Art.

Organised by the Learning and Performance Institute, the Learning Awards will take place on 7th February 2019. The prestigious ceremony will be held at the 5-star Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane; playing host to nearly 450 learning professionals.

For more information and the list of 2019 Finalists, please visit