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Michael Hayman MBE DL

Co-founder and Chair

Michael is chair and co-founder of Seven Hills. He is also Chair of the Small Business Charter, the award for the UK’s world-class business schools, and is a member of the UK Government’s Help To Grow: Management Advisory Council.

Michael is national Chair of Entrepreneurs at the private bank and wealth manager Coutts.

He is Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at the University of London where he also holds an honorary doctorate. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Michael hosts the podcast Change Makers, which presents fresh ideas and inspirational life stories from people with a passion – the campaigners, creators, connectors and contrarians – making a difference. He also co-authored Mission: How The Best In Business Break Through for Penguin Random House.

He co-founded the national campaign for early stage enterprise, StartUp Britain, which was launched by then Prime Minister David Cameron and fully supported by HM Government.

Michael is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a columnist for CityAM, contributing editor for Country & Town House and a former enterprise columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

He was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise, is a fellow of the British American Project and a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

Michael is a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey and Vice-President of the Community Foundation for Surrey.

He lives in Surrey, is married to Claire and has two daughters, Lexie and Aurelia.

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Chapter 1 outlines the concept of mission and how the breakthrough brands of today have succeeded by building a mission that inspires belief, generates a following and instils a purpose beyond profit.