Distinguished Leaders Series

Launched in 2012, the Distinguished Leaders Series invites high profile leaders from a range of industries across the world to Birmingham Business School to reflect on their personal journey and discuss the qualities of a great leader.

2018/19 Series

Our 2018/19 series of lectures have been hugely successful. Our students have been lucky enough to hear the personal stories of Paul Szumilewicz (HSBC), Nick Jenkins (Moonpig founder and ex-Dragons Den), Paul Barber (CEO, Brighton & Hove Albion FC) and Fiona Pentney (Credit Suisse).

Watch Nick Jenkins' full lecture:
Watch Paul Barber's full lecture:
Watch Fiona Pentney's full lecture:


2017/18 Series

Gary Wroe
Managing Director, Hockley Mint Ltd

Distinguished Leaders Series - Gary Wroe

Listen to a podcast of Gary's lecture below:

Pablo Perversi
Executive Board, Barry Calebaut Group

Distinguished Leaders Series - Pablo Perversi

Listen to a podcast of Pablo's lecture below:

Paul Thandi
Chief Executive, NEC Group

Distinguished Leaders Series - Paul Thandi

Listen to a podcast of Paul's lecture below:

2016/17 Series

Melanie Richards 
Vice Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK
Distinguished Leaders Series - Melanie Richards, KPMG

Listen to Melanie's lecture in full below:

Laurence Hollingworth 
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan
Distinguished Leaders Series - Laurence Hollingworth (J.P. Morgan)

Listen to Laurence's lecture in full below:


2015/16 Series

Paul Szumilewicz (Ringfenced Banking Lead) and Lucy Williams (Head of UK Regulatory Compliance) - HSBC

Lucy Baldwin - Managing Director, Equities Management Team, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


2014/15 Series

2014/15 Distinguished Leaders Series highlights

2013/14 Series

2013/14 Distinguished Leaders Series highlights

2012/13 Series