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Hamish Taylor

From flat beds on BA flights to the turnaround of Eurostar and Sainsbury's Bank, Hamish Taylor drives innovation in businesses, successfully leading them through times of change. As a keynote speaker, he provides business insight at all levels—from Prime Ministers and CEOs to front-line staff—inspiring audiences with his humorous stories, practical tools and infectious enthusiasm to look outside their current environment.

From flat beds on BA flights, to the turnaround of Eurostar and Sainsbury's Bank there is no one better qualified than Hamish Taylor to lead businesses through times of change or challenge. A keynote speaker on innovation, business and change, Hamish draws on his spectacular career experience to give business insight at all levels.

Hamish embarked on his career with Procter & Gamble Ltd where he was responsible for the Flash brands. He then went on to become Head of Brand Management at British Airways in 1993 where he was responsible for the airline’s passenger brands (First, Club, Concorde, Shuttle, etc). Innovations included major product relaunches of Club Europe, Club World and First Class (including the introduction of flat beds).

Hamish helped us to start to think of our customers in a different way and to look outside our own industry. I had high hopes and expectations for the session and I am delighted to say Hamish exceeded them! In particular, I valued the way Hamish was spot on the briefing, adapted his presentation to make it even more relevant to us and was fully engaged for the whole time he was with us.
Pfizer Ltd

The title of 'Master Thief' has been attributed to Hamish by the Inspired Leaders Network, based on his record of innovation by transferring ideas between sectors.  

In 1997, at the age of 36, Hamish moved to Eurostar as Managing Director of Eurostar (UK) Ltd. The business was three years old and his remit was to reduce major losses. Two very succesful years in, he was appointed CEO of Eurostar Group.

By the end of 1999 Hamish was CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank, a joint venture between J Sainsbury’s plc and the Bank of Scotland. Once again, the objective was rapid growth in profit from the breakeven position he inherited. The ability to innovate and move away from traditional Banking approaches to behave more like a retailer proved the key to the significant growth that resulted.

With Sainsburys earning large profits, Hamish moved to his next challenge as CEO for Vision UK. Vision is an innovative consultancy, who first brought their Commitment Based Management techniques to the UK with the building of Intelligent Finance.

In 2004 Hamish established his own company which focuses on enabling organisations to achieve breakthroughs by looking outside their current environment. Processes, product and people development are all part of this mix.

Hamish is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, and was the Rail Professional Business Manager of the year in 1998 for his results at Eurostar. He chairs the EMEA advisory board for Emory University from whom he also received the “Sheth Distinguished International Alumnus” award. Other recent awards include the Inspired Leaders Network award for the management of innovation. He is also a trustee of the Robert T Jones memorial scholarship and a non-executive Director of Chartered Brands, the Edinburgh based Brand realisation company.

Hamish has imparted his wisdom in the broadcast and written media, and has worked on Teen Canteen for the BBC.

“If you want a breakthrough … look outside your current environment”, says Hamish.

Hamish's highest profile cross-sector achievements qualify him to help guide businesses through times of change or challenge: British Airways put beds in their planes with the help of a yacht designer; Airport queuing was improved with the help of Disney, and Sainsburys Bank profits increased tenfold by using retail concepts rather than the traditional bank approach.

Speaking Topics

  • Business
  • Change and Turnaround
  • Innovation
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Retail
  • Leadership

Hamish's blend of engaging delivery, mixed with real world examples from his impressive career make Hamish the ideal choice for any corporate event. 

For further information or to book Hamish Taylor, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Hamish Taylor

I and the 100 senior managers at the conference thought that both the standard of delivery and the content were fantastic. Hamish captivated the audience for 2 hours and all the delegates left with tangible things they could do to improve the way they increased sales through customer management.
The feedback from the event was excellent and Hamish was seen as a particularly high spot. Delegates thought his presentation was refreshing, eye opening and relevant. Hamish took the information we had provided and adapted it for our audience. All of the feedback was very positive.
UK Power Networks
Hamish was an exceptionally energetic and motivational speaker and really lifted the group after their post-lunch dip! Getting someone in who has worked outside our sector has prompted the group to now start thinking outside the world of ETFs and has encouraged some more creative thinking.
ETF Securities
Hamish's presentations crackle with energy and original insights that make even our group of top-level, seasoned, high-achieving UK business and public sector leaders think 'Crikey: that's inspiring! Why didn't I think of that!?' And these are people who it's hard to impress...
Inspired Leaders Network
Hamish was a great. Very lively, enthusiastic and entertaining speaker. His speech contained lots of very useful content that our audience really appreciated. Feedback from our attendees was excellent.
Centre for Leadership Performance
Brilliant inspirational speaker. Really enjoyed the session.
Ernst and Young
Congratulations and thanks on an excellent presentation to our Fujitsu event last night.  It was packed with energy and content and the feedback has been excellent.
A new way to look at what you do and how you do it.
a Major Bank
Dynamic and energetic messages; Hamish challenged our thinking and made us view some of our leadership issues as opportunities.
The partners raved about him.
Leading Legal Firm
genuinely found extremely valuable
CEO, a Major International Financial Institution
One of the best presentations I have ever seen, let alone had the good fortune to Chair.
Chairman, Economist IT Directors Conference
Hamish is an engaging speaker who inspires and energises his audience. The team greatly enjoyed the intelligent business lessons.
SIG plc
Very well received by our audience. Spot on.
Hamish very quickly engaged the audience and covered many pertinent topics in an entertaining and relevant manner.
Marine Harvest Vap UK
Hamish's presentation was outstanding. He had the entire audience engaged - informative, practical and enjoyable!
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