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, Starcom Mediavest 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.
Richard Branson on Education & Entrepreneurship
Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Fone on How To Secure A Role in the Modern Job Market
Founder of F1 Recruitment, Amanda Fone, features in LSBF’s latest episode of Great Minds speaking about what candidates can do in the modern job market to strengthen their chances of securing an interview and subsequently, a role.