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Giles Clarke CBE

Giles Clarke CBE

Giles Clarke CBE: talk to the Adam Smith and Corinthians Society

On the afternoon of Tuesday November 22nd, Giles Clarke CBE gave a fascinating talk to the Adam Smith and Corinthians Society in the Politics Department, on his eventful and highly successful career as an entrepreneur and in Cricket. He was introduced by Tom Fenwick of J Social, who organised his Visit.

Giles Clarke began by recounting the excellent advice he’d been given as a teenager by his Careers Master at Rugby School: to read Persian and Arabic at Oxford. His skills were subsequently in such demand that this resulted in him receiving no fewer than 27 job offers upon leaving Oxford, at a time when Graduate jobs were in short supply. He went on to set up the first-ever Arab Stock Exchange, having worked as an Investment Banker in Kuwait. Other Career highlights included propelling Majestic Wine to market success. Then in 2001, he was invited to become Chairman of Somerset CCC, leading to his eventual role as Chairman of the ECB in 2007. He was particularly interesting on his role when he found himself unexpectedly at the centre of a media storm, during the Pakistan Match–fixing scandal of August 2010.

Giles Clarke urged his audience, privileged as they were at such a school as Radley, to “be ambitious” in whatever they aimed for. This proved a fascinating insight into the thoughts and life of such a highly successful figure, who has many connections with Radley: including a grandfather who came here in 1895; his father (here in 1939) and his son, Jack (at Radley from 1996-2001).

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