Great Minds Videos

The Great Mind Series are videos of blue chip company leaders and are aimed at inspiring students and promoting debate on education, employability, entrepreneurship and the economy. Amongst the business leaders that have already participated are Keven Mathers, UK Sales Director at Google UK; Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman, Ruffler LLP; Tim Davie, CEO at BBC Worldwide; Timothy Richards, CEO, Vue Entertainment; Eric Salama, CEO, Kantar Group, and Iain Jacobs, President, Dynamic Markets, StarcomMediavest Group.

The video series started in 2011 with a conversation with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, followed by an interview with former Education Secretary Lord Kenneth Baker. In 2012, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group, was interviewed by LSBF and said that universities worldwide should become hubs to boost entrepreneurship and inspire self-starters to develop their own businesses. Early 2014, LSBF spoke to Guy Hayward-Cole from Nomura Bank International about the investment banking sector and with former British Prime Minister Sir John Major.

LSBF Great Minds Compilation

LSBF Great Minds Series is aimed at inspiring students and promoting debate on education, employability, entrepreneurship, and the economy. 

Richard Branson on Education & Entrepreneurship

British business mogul Sir Richard Branson sat down for an exclusive interview with RT Hon David Blunkett MP, on behalf of LSBF, to discuss how universities can promote entrepreneurship and business ideas to students. 

Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide

In an exclusive interview with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide, has expressed his belief in the importance of diversity within the workplace. Mr Davie, who has been in his current position at the BBC since April 2013, is also clearly very passionate about leadership as he took time to contemplate what constitutes a great leadership within a business.

Kevin Mathers, UK Sales Director, Google UK

In an interview with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Google’s UK Sales Director, Kevin Mathers, revealed his belief in the idea that leadership is a quality which can be taught. Participating in LSBF’s Great Minds series, Mr Mathers, who has worked at Google for eight years, made it clear that the teaching of leadership skills is something he is passionate about.

Deborah Meaden interview

Business education and entrepreneurship should be embedded in the education curriculum from early on - this is the view of entrepreneur and business investor Deborah Meaden, who was interviewed in a new video released by the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF). Part of the Great Minds series of videos, the interview was led by former Education and Home Secretary Rt Hon. David Blunkett MP, who is also a visiting lecturer at the School.

David Blunkett interviews broadcaster Jon Snow

“Life is more than just earning a penny or two” – at least according to 2015 BAFTA Television awards-winning journalist Jon Snow. The long-time broadcaster, who was presented with the prestigious Fellowship Award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts last week, was interviewed by former British Education Secretary, David Blunkett, as part of the London School of Business and Finance’s Great Minds Series of videos.

Guy Hayward-Cole on Investment Banking

Guy Hayward-Cole, Managing Director at Nomura International, sat down for an exclusive interview with LSBF to discuss the investment banking industry and what tips he had for students aspiring to work in this sector.

Andrew Miller, CEO, Guardian Media Group

Interesting interview with the CEO of Guardian Media Group, Andrew Miller, providing an intriguing insight into the third largest quality newspaper company in the world.

Will Butler-Adams from Brompton Bicycle

Visibility is the most essential element of a successful business. This is the mantra of Will Butler-Adams, the managing director of Brompton Bicycle , the world-famous British folding bike-maker. According to him, profit, revenue and other variables play an important role, but “what you need in order to run a business is visibility”. An extremely successful business and a prominent example of the new generation of UK manufacturers, Brompton has gained worldwide acclaim due to the quality, resistance and flexibility of its bicycles.

Amy McPherson, CEO Marriott Hotels, Europe

Great business leaders know how to surround themselves with good people – that is the secret to a successful career in business according to Amy McPherson, the CEO of Marriott Hotels Europe. Having been recently interviewed for LSBF’s Great Minds Series, Ms McPherson spoke about the importance of soft skills to shape the careers of better, more effective leaders.


Kevin Costello, CEO, Haymarket Group

Joining global media group Haymarket in 1994 as a temporary consultant, 21 years later Kevin Costello holds the CEO position of one of the UK’s most successful media organisations. Mr Costello is responsible for overseeing the company’s divisions in the UK, Germany, India, Hong Kong and the US. He sat down with Nadim Choudhury, Head of Careers Services and Employability for London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) in a recent interview as part of the Great Minds series.

Jill McDonald, CEO McDonald's UK (Nov 2014)

In this interview recorded in November 2014, McDonald's UK CEO, Jill McDonald, discusses some of the main challenges and achievement the global restaurant chain has faced since 2010, when she was appointed chief executive for the company's UK operations. 

Since then, the brand has seen a growth in sales and profitability and, more importantly, an increase in trust of the brand and its products. 

Lord Kenneth Baker on Higher Education

In this exclusive interview, former Secretary for Education Lord Ken Baker talks to LSBF's visiting lecturer David Blunkett MP about the future of Higher and Vocational Education. 

Sir John Major on Vocational Education

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major sat down with RT Hon David Blunkett MP, on behalf of LSBF, to discuss vocational education, professional training and the economy. 

Tony Blair and the Future of Education

In this exclusive interview for London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), former British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks to RT Hon David Blunkett MP about what lessons can be learnt from the world's financial crisis, as a means of moving forward in education and other industries.

LSBF Great Minds: Masroor Haq from VTB Capital Plc

VTB Capital’s International Head of Infrastructure Capital and Project Finance, Masroor Haq, believes that education plays an important role when it comes to banking industry talent.

Mark Wood, former CEO, JLT Employee Benefits

Former CEO of JLT Employee Benefits, Mark Wood, has said that the development of innovation and technology has completely transformed the insurance sector over the last ten years.

Great Minds interview with James Penny

Rapid growth in technology and changing expectations from clients are the main issues facing the wealth management sector, says James Penny, Head of Europe (London), Wealth and Investment Management at Barclays.

Kevin Havelock, President of Refreshments, Unilever

President of Unilever’s Refreshment category, Kevin Havelock, revealed what he believes to be the biggest challenges faced by the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector today.

Great Minds interview with Kevin Ellis

One of the key challenges in running an international business is to operate globally in a world that is becoming less global than it has been in previous years - this is the view of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Managing Partner Kevin Ellis.

LSBF Great Minds Live: Guy Hands, Founder of Terra Firma

The growth of private equity markets in the last two decades has made its very success its biggest challenge, believes Guy Hands, Chairman and Founder of one of Europe’s leading private equity firms, Terra Firma.