Business Advice over Breakfast

Published on 21 March 2014 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Senior School

Donald Brydon speaking at the Business Breakfast 2014Our annual Business Breakfast welcomed the usual audience of business people and senior students to network and learn from a businessperson of some note.

This year, we welcomed Mr Donald Brydon (Class of 1962) as our guest speaker, along with Melvyn Roffe, Principal designate, who was visiting the School.

Donald’s CV is formidable and reflects a distinguished career in business and finance. He has run two of the major global asset management companies, owned respectively by Barclays and AXA. He has since chaired FTSE 100 companies, in addition to gaining experience in the drinks, power, market research and metals industries.

His current position is that of Chairman of Royal Mail, a role he has held since 2009. He is also currently Chairman of the Medical Research Council and formerly Chairman of EveryChild, a charity devoted to child protection across the world.

Donald has maintained his links with Watson’s and we were privileged that he found time in his extremely busy schedule to come along today and share some of his thoughts on what attributes result in business success.

The audience were entertained with a speech that in summary explained the importance of: Application – working hard; Bravery – not being risk-averse; Curiosity – always remaining willing to learn; Dissatisfaction – as if you are dissatisfied you will seek to improve the situation; Enthusiasm; ­and finally, Facts – concentrating on the facts, rather than anecdotes.

All-in-all an inspiring talk by a successful businessman, who is clearly proud to be a Watsonian.

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