Robert Senior, Worldwide CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi on Resilience and Learning from Mistakes

8 March 2017

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy talked resilience, positive energy and learning from mistakes with one of the leading businessmen in the world.

Over 200 students and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy, in Cradley Heath, enjoyed their visit from Robert Senior, Worldwide CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi. During the visit, he discussed views on leadership, the process of planning and not making plans and the importance of listening.

               Robert provided A level students with an insight into his business world and answered lots of questions.

Mr Senior visited as part of our ‘Bridging the Gap’ talk series which sees 35 leading figures in public life from diverse backgrounds giving individual talks in state schools and colleges throughout the country. The campaign talks will reach an estimated 4,500 students, with the objective of broadening their horizons by allowing them to hear directly from key figures currently shaping the UK.

Mr Senior is a guest lecturer at the London Business School and the London School of Economics and is on the ATP Business Advisory Board. He has been responsible for some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of the last few years including Gorilla for Cadburys which was voted the nation’s favourite TV advert of all time by Marketing magazine in 2015.

Robert followed his talks with question and answer sessions with students.

“It’s fantastic that a speaker of Robert’s calibre has joined us today. His vast knowledge, experience and ability to connect with our students has made this a vital moment in many young lives.”

“We are incredibly grateful that he has given up his time to visit us and we applaud the efforts of Speakers For Schools who realise the importance of bridging the gap. If we don’t share insights, advice and experiences from a wide range of networks and organisations then we are failing to provide a holistic education. Speakers For Schools and people like Robert are breaking barriers down.”

Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns

“It was an absolute pleasure to visit Ormiston Forge Academy. I was struck and inspired by the energy and openness of both staff and pupils.”

Robert Senior, Worldwide CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi 

Background

Our ‘Bridging the Gap’ talk series brings together 35 leading figures in public life from diverse backgrounds to deliver individual talks in state schools and colleges throughout the country. The campaign talks will reach an estimated 4,500 students, with the objective of broadening their horizons by allowing them to hear directly from key figures currently shaping the UK.

Each year Speakers for Schools runs a national talk series in state schools on a topic important to both young people and our speakers — to see more themes and talk series over the years see our Campaigns Page.