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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Decision Making
Innovation/Creativity
Leadership
Marketing
Performance
Reinvention
Winning

“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

Tweets

Please could you remind your pilots @British_Airways that bragging about “on- time arrival” falls flat when you are then sent to remote stand and wait for steps, buses etc. Result? Late arrival! It’s all about managing expectations!

Great conversations in New York @cmo_org Many thanks to all panellists and speakers for getting the discussions rolling.

Many thanks Kenny. Getting enthusiastic about toilet cleaner Brands is not too difficult when you’ve been trained by spending years supporting the Scotland football team!

American Airlines flight tonight to chair CMO conference in New York tomorrow. Was offered a newspaper. Asked for the Scotsman - she looked at me like I came from another planet! Oh well, I’ll keep trying!

Same again this morning- including several minute interview with England women chair about their prospects.
Dear Garry Richardson @BBCr4today , there are two (repeat TWO) British teams in women’s World Cup!!

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