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Sir John Banham

One of Britain's Foremost Business Leaders

Sir John Banham is the Chairman of Johnson Matthey PLC, and the senior independent director of Invesco Inc. (formerly AMVESCAP PLC) and Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. He recently stood down as Chairman of Spacelabs Healthcare Inc. after the company completed a record year (to June 2008) in terms of revenues and profits. He is also the senior independent director of AMVESCAP PLC and a non executive director of Merchants Trust PLC. Sir John was the Chairman of Whitbread PLC from 2000 to 2005, Geest PLC from 2002 to 2005, and Kingfisher PLC from 1996 to 2001.

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In detail

Between 1987 and 1992, Sir John was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). There he set up a number of initiatives which focused on developing closer relationships between 'Government and Business' and 'Business and Education'. After leaving the CBI, he was Chairman and/or Director of a wide cross-section of companies, such as: National Power, National Westminster Bank, Westcountry Television and Labatt Breweries.

What he offers you

Sir John draws on his considerable expertise as one of Britain's foremost business leaders to offer audiences a wealth of useful insights into creating successful businesses and generating wealth based on his first hand experiences.

How he presents

An immensely charismatic speaker, Sir John inspires and motivates audiences with his well prepared presentations.


He presents in English.

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  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Government and Industry - The Need to Work Together
  • The Importance to Industry of a Good Education System
  • Retailing - Meeting the Aspirations of the Consumer
  • Managing Change in a Turbulent World


  • 1994
    The Anatomy of Change: Blueprint for a New Era
  • 1977
    Realising the Promise of a National Health Service
  • 1975
    The Future of the British Car Industry


  • Sir John Banham holds a number of honorary degrees, including an Honorary LLD from the University of Bath (1987); Honorary DScs from the Universities of Loughborough (1989), Exeter (1993) and Strathclyde (1995). He was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in 1996, and is an Honorary Fellow of his old College, Queens' College, Cambridge. Sir John was knighted in the 1992 New Year's Honours List and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cornwall in 1999.

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