Hamish Taylor


Hamish Taylor is a business mogul. The former CEO is renowned for his influence on British Airways, Eurostar and Sainsbury’s Bank, as he leads companies through times of financial challenges or internal tensions. Thanks to his extensive experience and impactful career, Hamish is a popular choice on the keynote speaking circuit. He features at industry events up and down the country, sharing his advice on maximising success and minimising risk.

Hamish has been credited for his influential consultancy. Armed with decades worth of knowledge, he regularly features on the EMEA advisory board for Emory University, a position in which he earned the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni award. Amongst his other accolades, Hamish was credited with the Inspired Leaders Network award, in recognition of his innovative management style. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Rail Professional Business Manager Of The Year – the latter due to his work with Eurostar in 1998.

In 2004, Hamish founded his company, which enables organisations to break into different markets, by improving their productivity, quality and reliability. Prior to this, in 1999, he was the CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank, a role that saw him produce larger profits by innovating traditional banking. By running the bank more like a retail store, he was able to bring the focus back to the customer.

In 1993, Hamish was appointed Head of Brand Management for British Airways. Whilst in this position, he has been credited with developing passenger brands for the business and relaunching products like Club Europe, Club World and First Class. Hamish even introduced the iconic flatbed, which brought a touch of luxury to air travel.

As an after-dinner speaker, Hamish is renowned for his unbeatable knowledge, as well as his infectious passion for brand identity and business strategies. Capable of exploring the inner workings of the aviation industry, he can cover such topics as determination and people management.

To book Hamish Taylor as the business speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Hamish is known to cover the following topics:

  • Business Management
  • British Airways
  • The Aviation Industry
  • Drive & Determination
  • People Management

See what people had to say about Hamish, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“Is there such a thing as a perfect CV? Probably not, but in terms of the quality and profile of companies worked for, jobs done, education and achievement, Hamish Taylor’s takes some beating.” – The Times

“One of the best presentations I have ever seen, let alone had the good fortune to Chair” – Chairman, Economist IT Directors Conference

“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

“It went fantastically well, I can’t begin to tell you how good Hamish was” UBS

“Brilliant inspirational speaker. Really enjoyed the session.”– Ernst & Young

“Hamish brings an infectious energy to the table. He is enthusiastic yet very keen in hearing what you have to say hence his collaborative approach to creating a piece of work that not only is effective but truly meets the clients need. His enthusiasm is matched with genuine experienced insights into the world of business. The work that Hamish did for the Post Office was received extremely well by the senior management audience and indeed several of whom had a ‘corridor’ chat with me raving about this guy ‘Hamish’. He has real credibility and this shines through in everything he did with us. All in all we would do business again – it was a pleasure!!!” – Post Office