Specialist Guest Lecture Series with Mr Benny Higgins

Issued: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:06:00 GMT

 Benny Higgins
Date: Tuesday 15 January 2019
Time: 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start followed by a drinks reception and networking
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building, 3 Kelvin Way, University Avenue, Glasgow
Audience: Event is open to all University of Glasgow students, staff and alumni
Admission: Free

In his lecture, Benny Higgins drew parallels and insights from the arts with respect to the leadership of an enterprise showing business leaders can derive huge benefit from studying and enjoying the arts. This lecture explored the parallels between the world of business and the cultural spectrum.

Benny began his career at Standard Life in 1983 where he joined as an actuarial student and went on to become a member of the Standard Life Group Executive Committee in 1996. In 1997, he moved to RBS to become Chief Executive of Retail Banking. He was with RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking - one of the largest hostile takeover ever undertaken in banking.  He became Chief Executive Officer of HBOS plc in 2006 before joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive in 2008. 
Under Benny’s leadership, Tesco Bank grew to become one of the most established ‘new’ banks in the UK, serving more than 8 million customers and employing over 4,000 people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. In addition to his role at Tesco Bank, Benny was also the Group Strategy Director for Tesco PLC, a member of the Tesco Executive Committee, and the Executive leader for global diversity. Benny retired from Tesco in February 2018. 
In September 2017, Benny was asked by the Scottish Government to develop an implementation plan for the creation of a Scottish National Investment Bank.  Subsequently he was appointed as Strategic Adviser to the First Minister on the building of the Scottish National Investment Bank. 
Benny is Chairman of Kyckr which is a regulatory technology company, Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chairman of Sistema Scotland, Non Executive Director of Glasgow Life, Trustee of Burrell Renaissance, Non Executive Director of Buccleuch Group, and Non Executive Director of Arabian Centres.
Benny graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow and he was awarded a University Blue in 1983.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of bankers in Scotland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University, and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University. 

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