With a CV that The Times described as 'takes some beating' Hamish Taylor has managed to follow academic and sporting success with a fast track career through a number of high profile business roles.
He began his career with Procter & Gamble. From 1984 to 1990 he held a variety of Brand Management positions culminating in responsibility for the household cleaner portfolio (Flash brands). Following this, Hamish was a Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouse specialising in marketing effectiveness studies.
He was appointed Head of Brand Management at British Airways in 1993 taking responsibility for the airline's passenger brands (First, Club, Concorde, etc) and played a role in the growing group of BA franchise partners and Alliances. Innovations there included product re-launches of Club Europe, Club World and First Class.
In 1997, aged 36, he moved to Eurostar as Managing Director of Eurostar (UK) Ltd. 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 Chief Executive Officer of Sainsbury's Bank, a joint venture between J Sainsbury's plc (55%) and the Bank of Scotland (45%). Once again, the objective was rapid growth in profit from the break-even position he inherited.
Since 2004 has also consulted or spoken for a wide variety of organisations including Microsoft, RBS, BAA, Camelot, Inland Revenue, Kimberly Clark, Post Office, Ernst and Young, Diageo and the Economist. 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 has also been dubbed the "master thief" by the Inspired Leaders Network due to his record of stealing ideas from one environment to use in another. Having used yacht designers to put beds into aircraft at British Airways and rugby referees to provide new approaches to risk/regulation management in Financial Services, Hamish Taylor will challenge you and your audience to think further outside the box in your search for breakthroughs.
Whether speaking at or hosting your conference (or running one of his master classes), Hamish Taylor will inspire your team with his rapid fire, enthusiastic stories of innovation in both his own career and the lessons he has learned from other fields as diverse as sport, music, the armed services and teachers! From this come practical lessons and tools we can all use to accelerate innovation, put the customer at the centre of our organisation and/or revolutionise our approach to people/team leadership.
Hamish Taylor will challenge you and your team to think further outside the box in your search for breakthroughs.