Mike Harris economics finance speaker

Mike Harris

The successful serial entrepreneur who founded and was CEO of First Direct and Egg.

One of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time, Mike Harris has founded and been CEO of numerous high profile businesses. His understanding of markets and customers and his flair for innovation have seen him become a sought after speaker who has worked with world renowned organisations including MIT and RBS.

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About Mike Harris

Current/Past Roles and Positions

  • Chair of Innovation -Royal Bank of Scotland (2005 - 2009)
  • Speaker - mid-career MBA course, MIT Sloan School of Management (1995 2008)

Awards, Accolades, Achievements, Honours

Mike Harris is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several innovative and successful businesses, including:

  • First Direct - the first major telephone bank renowned for exceptional customer service.
  • Egg - the first major internet bank and the first to become a real success story, Egg shot to prominence within just two years of being founded.
  • Garlik - a provider of software designed to protect internet users from criminal activity online, including identity fraud. The UK's leading company of its kind, Garlik has expanded into numerous other countries under the experienced direction of Harris, who was Executive Chairman until the business was sold to Experian in 2011.
  • Mercury - The first company which set out to rival BT, Mercury Communications was a success with Harris at the helm, growing considerably in turnover and profitability. Elements of the business have gone on to become integral to major companies, including T-Mobile and Virgin Media.
  • IconicShift - helping to turn business ideas into business icons, the programmes, mentoring and coaching offered by IconicShift can help ambitious business people to achieve their aims.
  • Triumphant Events and the Perfect Pitch - assisting and motivating other entrepreneurs to reach their goals is fundamentally important to Harris; through Triumphant Events and his Perfect Pitch presentation, he helps aspiring business people to hone their abilities in order to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world.

Speaking Style

Dynamic, inspired and unafraid to challenge his audience, Mike Harris draws on personal experience and humour in order to reach and motivate all who listen. He tailors his talks to meet the specific requirements of his clients and is more than happy to take part in question and answer sessions.

Experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic, Harris motivates his audiences, providing them with practical advice, usable techniques and recounting real-life occurrences to highlight points. Determined to help fellow entrepreneurs, his approachability and willingness to answer queries help those who listen to get tangible results.

The business mastermind behind many success stories, Harris has become world renowned for his skill. His acceptance that rapid change within business is inevitable has allowed him to develop ways of staying ahead, ways which he shares with others via his speaking and workshops. Harris's insight into customer behaviour is an intrinsic part of his methodology; when combined with his natural skills in leadership and communication, it is little wonder that he has achieved so much.

As a speaker, he is able to inspire others and to transform preconceptions about corporate matters into an ability to adapt and evolve creatively. A speaker at MITs Sloan School of Management MBA course for twelve years, his book, Find Your Lightbulb, has motivated those with innovations to take them further, helping entrepreneurs the world over.


Speaking Topics

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Finance & Economics
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Technology
  • Sales/Customer Service
  • Leadership


"Inspiring words on customer insight, leadership, innovation and culture and directly relevant whether you are starting a new business or transforming an existing organisation. My leadership team are still talking about it." - Director, Bank of Ireland

"Mike Harris helped us to set the scene of the conference and brought a great contribution to the event. His double hat (start-up & board membership in big company innovation committees) makes him a very good speaker about innovation." - Marketing Executive, Gemalto

Books By Mike Harris

Find Your Lightbulb: How to Make Millions from Apparently Impossible Ideas (2008)

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