Hamish Taylor

Hamish Taylor

Innovation, Customer Focus, Brand Management and Leadership Expert

With a CV that The Times commented “takes some beating”, Hamish followed academic and sporting success with a very fast track career through a number of high profile business roles, including CEO of Eurostar and setting up Sainsbury’s Bank.

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Hamish Taylor has enjoyed a long career in building and overhauling brands, first at Procter & Gamble, then at Eurostar where he become CEO, and subsequently at Sainsbury’s Bank.

He is now a brand expert and public speaker.

With a CV that The Times commented “takes some beating”, Hamish Taylor has managed to follow academic and sporting success with a very fast track career through a number of high profile business roles. As a result Hamish has established a winning record for driving innovation and change in a number of very different environments.

Hamish was appointed Head of Brand Management at British Airways taking responsibility for the airline’s passenger brands (First, Club, Concorde, Shuttle, etc.)

In 1997 he moved to Eurostar as Managing Director of Eurostar (UK) Ltd at the age of 36. The business was three years old and his remit was to reduce the major losses the operation was suffering. After two successful years in this role, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Eurostar Group.

At the end of 1999 Hamish was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sainsbury’s Bank. 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 in order to behave more like a retailer, proved the key to the significant growth that resulted.

In 2004 Hamish established his own company, the Hamish Taylor Skills Exchange Network.

Hamish is also regularly featured in the broadcast media, his most recent project being the “Teen Canteen” television programme for the BBC.

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“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…”

Chairman, The Inspired Leaders Network


“One of the best presentations I have ever seen, let alone had the good fortune to Chair”

Chairman, Economist IT Directors Conference


“People were really impressed by Hamish’s presentation style, he speaks with lots of passion and moves around a lot which everyone seems to have enjoyed. People also liked all the little stories he shared with us about examples of things that he has been involved in throughout his career”.

London Borough Conference Organiser


This evening’s view from the hotel bar in probably my favourite place in the world.

As enterprises rollout scalable UC platforms, how can they ensure their legacy infrastructure works seamlessly with the chosen platform? @WarrenKnight, Will Chadwick & @HamishWTaylor will be discussing this in a #CXOsync fireside chat. Register: https://t.co/xdQhkF5dq8

Many thanks @Speakers_Corner - Ensuring we are “customer led” remains the key to both recovery and thinking differently in the future. I look forward to working with you to take this message to audiences both on- line and, hopefully soon, live events.

It’s not too late to register for the next #Teradata live event! #TheBigDebate will feature @ayeshakhanna1 & @HamishWTaylor sharing their vision for the #CIO of the future. Whose argument is stronger? Register for free to find out: https://t.co/W6PmOvuB3K #digitaltransformation

Looking ahead to #worldcreativityandinnovationweek next week, we asked business speaker and former chief exec of @Eurostar and @Sainsburys_Bank @HamishWTaylor how he gets into a creative frame of mind in a business context :

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