John Rayment

UK Managing Director, Travelex


Hi, my name is John Rayment and I’m passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives, and believe that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.

I’m the son and grandson of decorated naval officers, and can still hear my father’s advice the day I started my first leadership role, ‘just make sure you lead by example son’. I remember wanting him to spell out the detailed steps I should follow to forge a successful business career, and being really angry that all he could muster was a one-liner. In the 20 years since, time and time again that simple sentence has proven to be the best advice I’ve ever received.

If I’m honest, my school years were really rather difficult. I was successful at sport, at-best average scholastically and didn’t make lots of good friends, experiencing my fair share of teasing and even bullying. Perhaps fortunate that my father travelled, shortly after school I recognised that beyond those walls was a world of nearly 200 different countries and (at the time I graduated) more than five billion people – and none of them knew me.

Since my school years, I’ve captained my rugby club, saved lives as a surf lifesaver, won a heavyweight boxing fight, nursed my father through cancer, visited 25 different countries, lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Sydney, cooked meals for homeless people, seen more live music than I can remember, coached friends and workmates into job promotions and pay rises, been married (once and still!) and witnessed the miracle of childbirth twice when my two little girls came into the world. And that’s just the stuff I can remember.

Today I’m managing director for the world’s largest foreign exchange provider – I lead four companies, serve customers in 77 different countries and manage a team of almost 3,000 people.

Related speakers

Hilary Carty

Director, Clore Leadership

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Paralympian & Crossbench Peer

Roz Savage MBE

Ocean Rower and Environmental Advocate

Kevin Gaskell

Former Director of Porsche & BMW

Professor Kimberley Scharf

Head of the Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

Tim Maccabee

MD, Ducati UK