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Stuart Hampson

Sir Stuart Hampson was Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership for 14 years and is currently Chairman of The Crown Estate which manages a portfolio of over £6 billion worth of properties. His keynotes cover how an employee-owned model encourages a virtuous circle by connecting customer service levels with employee engagement, satisfaction and motivation. 

One of the longest serving and most successful leaders of a blue-chip company and a highly regarded businessman, Sir Stuart Hampson was chairman of the John Lewis Partnership for 14 years and is now Chairman of The Crown Estate, and a business keynote speaker of the highest calibre.

Sir Stuart joined the John Lewis partnership in 1982 following a twelve-year career in the Civil Service. Four years later he was appointed to their Central Board as Director of Research and Expansion and took charge of the Partnership’s development programme. Subsequently the Deputy Chairmanship was added to his Partnership responsibilities and he became the fourth Chairman of the Partnership in 1993.

It gives me so much pleasure that you delivered just the right message at the right time... Our people needed a positive outlook and you brought it. Thanks once more for your contribution.
Communications Director, Architectural Coatings Europe, Middle East & Africa, PPG Industries.

His time at the helm of JLP saw Sir Stuart presiding over a ground-breaking programme of modernisation, with the difficult task of not compromising on the ethos and principles that were embodied in its 1929 constitution co-ownership that were so tightly bound in the happiness of its staff.

During Stuart’s time at the helm, John Lewis saw steady expansion, the refurbishment of the two London stores, longer opening hours, an increased product range and the establishment of an online presence, including Ocado.

The partnership's 2006 results, just before Stuart left, are a testament to his efforts. Pre-tax profits hit a new high of £319m, up 27 per cent on the previous year.

Sir Stuart is also patron of the HFT, a national charity providing long term support for people with learning disabilities. He is the Chairman of The Crown Estate.

His involvement in charities and trusts is prolific and impressive - Sir Stuart is founding deputy chairman of London First and past President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. He is also President of the Employee Ownership Association and his passion for and commitment to championing the benefits of employee engagement in business, is ongoing.

Sir Stuart is one of the Prince of Wales's Ambassadors in the area of tackling Economic Renewal in deprived communities.

He has also been a member of the Corporate Leaders Group lobbying the government on climate change, he is an ideal speaker to discuss business, employee engagement and retail brands. 

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What people said about Stuart Hampson

"Firstly on behalf of the whole of the Audi UK team, can I say a really sincere thank you for your presentations at our recent National Forum. The positive feedback on the whole event has been really overwhelming and your talk has been singled out by so many of our Audi family as being a real highlight for them. Employee engagement is so important to delivering customer delight and I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. Your speech really helped cement some ideas in our network partners minds and we are already hearing some great stories of how they are acting upon some of your ideas."
Audi UK
"Sir Stuart Hampson surpassed our exceptions for a number of reasons: (1) He focused on our brief and hit our messages, (2) He was business AND engagement focused, (3) He was eloquent and articulate with some nice anecdotes. Please send him my thanks and best wishes. I would be happy to speak to prospective clients as a reference."
"Sir Stuart Hampson's presentation at our Conference and Forum was a triumph! The feedback was incredibly positive and there were plenty of questions at the end of both sessions, which I think proves how much people appreciated and understood the message that Sir Stuart was putting across. Sir Stuart is a very charming man and I really enjoyed meeting him, so please pass on my sincerest regards and thank him again for contributing to what was certainly one of the highlights of the event."
RSA Insurance Group
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