Sir Roger Carr - A Few Wise Words

Sir Roger Carr

As one of the City of London’s best-known and most respected business executives, Sir Roger has built an enviable reputation over many years for leading the boards of numerous large corporations. Today, he remains a highly sought-after chairman and non-executive director.

Positions have included CEO of Williams plc, chairman of Centrica plc, Cadbury plc, Chubb plc, Mitchells & Butlers plc and Thames Water plc. He has also held positions as vice-chairman of the BBC Trust, deputy chairman of the Bank of England, president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and senior adviser to KKR, the world’s largest private equity company. In 2014 he was appointed chairman of BAE Systems plc. He was knighted for services to business in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2011.

It is important to recognise that it isn’t just our ability to work, but it’s our enthusiasm, our energy, our engagement with others, that will attract ongoing opportunities.

For all young people, before deciding on the direction of further education and career, you must first apply yourself and work hard to become equipped with the best school qualifications you can possibly achieve. A gram of effort made today will save you a kilo of effort in later life.

While performance and commitment are important, values will help to keep things on track. A young person’s journey should be performance-driven but values-led.

One of the most important roles for a parent is to provide the bedrock on which their children can start to build and develop themselves. Part of this foundation is learning fundamental values and developing a personal value system.

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