As part of our ongoing visiting speaker programme, SJR was extremely fortunate to host Stephen Hester, Chief Executive Officer of RSA Insurance Group and the former CEO of the RBS Group.
Stephen spoke to a packed audience of over 150 staff and students about his experiences of growing up in rural Yorkshire, where he attended a comprehensive school prior to studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University.
His career path has seen him lead three of the top 100 UK companies - an unparalleled achievement! Stephen demonstrated his passion for inspiring young people by offering guidance, advice and words of wisdom.
Stephen's joint mantra of "whatever you do, do it well" and "to be good you must be ambitious" certainly struck a chord here at SJR, where staff and students are ambitious and place no ceiling on achievement! Following his talk, Stephen was quizzed by students who are following the Future Entrepreneurs Elective Course. Their questions regarding ‘the UK economy following Brexit’, ‘a career as a banker’ and ‘how to best adopt a work life balance in a successful business’ were answered by Stephen with great thought, wisdom and humour.