Bank Manager from York
David Kendall is a former bank manager for Barclays Bank who is now a very popular after dinner speaker at dinners all round the country and abroad.
He is Yorkshire born and bred – and proud of it! In the fifties, he was a chorister at York Minster and upon leaving school worked as a chartered accountant and for Rowntrees.
During this time, he played piano and guitar in a dance band and then a cabaret group.
In 1965, he joined Barclays and prior to early retirement in 1990, he was a manager of York University branch for five years. Hence the fact that most people on the after dinner circuit still refer to him as “the Bank Manager from York”.
He has spoken from Rotterdam to Rotherham and Denby Dale to Dublin – not to mention the Grosvenor House, the Savoy and the Café Royal.
David averages 40,000 to 50,000 miles as year driving to speaking engagements and has met dozens of sporting and political stars in his travels around the United Kingdom.
His cheerful manner and infectious laugh have brightened many a top table and his Northern roots are evident in the warmth of his style.
His speeches are clean, very funny and entertaining – prompting the Newcastle Journal to remark after one dinner: “Messrs. A and B were entertaining but they were overshadowed by the ex Bank Manager from York, David Kendall, who took the art of after dinner speaking into new realms of excellence.”