As Executive Director of Communications at the Bank of England from March 2011 to July 2014, Nils Blythe was responsible for planning and executing the Bank's communications strategy during a period of significant change, including the arrival of a new Governor.
Prior to joining the Bank of England, for over 20 years Nils was a BBC journalist and presenter, specialising in business and finance. He was Business Correspondent of the Today programme for four years, made numerous television documentaries including 'The Great Dot.Con' — an investigation into the activities of the world's leading investment banks in the dot.com share boom — and 'The Price of Life' – on the economic impact of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
Nils Blythe left 'The Money Progamme' to launch the daily business news programme 'Business Today' on BBC News 24, including interviews with the 'movers and shakers' of the business world and political leaders who influence the business environment.
He launched a daily business news discussion programme for the BBC News Channel and played a leading role in the coverage of the financial crisis. Nils' daily dialogues with Eddie Mair on the Radio 4 PM Programme – under the title of ‘Upshares, Downshares' – were much acclaimed for providing an insight into complex issues in plain English.
In his earlier career Nils Blythe worked for the Investors Chronicle and Which? magazine, after an early foray into book publishing. He was educated at Ipswich School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He remains a consultant to the Bank of England.
Nils Blythe is a regular keynote speaker and chairman at many business conferences in Britain and Europe. He has substantial experience of running panel discussions and conducting on-stage interviews.
His expertise as a speaker at conferences includes the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, recent developments in the UK economy and the management of change in a high-profile organisation. He also speaks on 'The Big Picture: How Business is Re-Shaping The World & Our Lives'. In addition to keynote speaking, Nils is an experienced seminar and conference chairman.
Nils Blythe's speech was perfectly pitched for this audience, with a lovely combination of witty but not too indiscreet anecdotes, and some thought-provoking reflections on how the media, the corporate world, politics and monetary policy intersect. His personal experience, on both sides of the media and corporate institutional fence, also meant his talk was supremely well-informed and sympathetic to both constituencies. Nils was a complete pleasure to work with... We had nothing but positive feedback from a usually cynical audience!
Nils was a very polished host for our showpiece event. He quickly mastered the brief and the business agenda in our sector. He was very dedicated to meeting our needs and a pleasure to work with throughout.
Nils gave a thoughtful and thought provoking presentation to a group of our clients. He was an engaging speaker and dealt affably with the wide-ranging Q&A. I appreciated the time he had invested in tailoring his comments to the topic and to our audience. Judging by the subsequent feedback, our guests (and hosts) found his comments to be both insightful and enjoyable.
Nils hosted two of our construction-related conferences over three days and was highly effective. Despite little prior knowledge of the very niche areas covered by the events he kept them moving very smoothly and asked really good questions. He also handled three separate round-table panels with aplomb. We are very happy to recommend Nils as a conference or event host.
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