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Getting to know...Nigel Jeremy

Nigel Jeremy is a globally recognised expert within the HR and Learning and Development profession with experience spanning three decades. He has led the L&D and recruitment functions for companies including HBOS, Vodafone and EasyJet. In 2009, Nigel moved to lead the Learning, Recruitment and Organisation Development functions for Marks and Spencer plc. operating across 55 countries. During this time, M&S was voted most admired company for Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent in 2012 (Management Today Awards. In 2014, Nigel joined British Airways as their Chief Learning Officer responsible for all learning and development activity across this global business and iconic UK brand . British Airways employs over 40,000 people across 75 countries servicing the travel needs of some 40 million customers every year. BA was named by the Centre for Brand Analysis as the number 1 Consumer Superbrand of 2014, securing the top position against 1,500 other brands vying for the prestigious title and is the first airline to have received the award.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE AS A CHILD?
Professional rugby player (union)

ADVICE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF?
Everything in moderation except moderation

KARAOKE TUNE OF CHOICE?
Mustang Sally

CAREER PLAN B?
Property Development

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne’s world)

SECRET TO A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP?
Be thoughtful, show love, give space

CAT OR DOG?
Dog

STYLE ICON?
David Beckham when he shaved his head and made it cool (bless him)

YOUR COFFEE ORDER?
White Americano, 2 sugars

NUMBER ONE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Play a round of golf at Augusta National

SECRET SKILL?
Juggling

DREAM DINNER DATE?
Annette Bening

WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
Becoming Head of Learning at Vodafone

WHERE IS HOME?
Reading, Berkshire

FAVOURITE VILLAIN?
Dr Evil (for obvious reasons)

BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

FIRST EVER RECORD?
Abba (sorry!)

WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU SEE....?
A bald bloke who’s not ageing too badly but needs to exercise more

ON A NIGHT OFF WE WOULD FIND YOU...?
Watching sci-fi movies or listening to rhythm and blues music

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Roast pork, roast potatoes and all the trimmings

SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE?
Standing by the bar trying to look cool

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Sir Tom Jones – a brilliant singer, is adored and respected all over the world and has met/worked with just about every singing great in the last 50 years. A complete living legend who has remained humble with a great sense of humour. Oh… and he’s Welsh ☺

MOTTO YOU LIVE BY?
Today better than yesterday