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).