My Life’s Work | Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman, Brands of Tomorrow

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman, Brands of Tomorrow and Walpole Board Member, on being inspired by entrepreneurs and Paralympians. 

“I left Thomas Pink at the end of March 2017 having been there for 20 years, the last 14 of which as CEO. I was previously qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent 10 years investment banking with NatWest Markets.”

WHAT DOES BRITISH LUXURY MEAN TO YOU? 

The very best from a magnificently creative island and people. Style and quality with a sense of purpose.

WHAT’S YOUR VISION FOR BRANDS OF TOMORROW?  

Simply to help foster great British businesses.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?        

A birdie at the 18th at Royal St George’s.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?     

A happy and winning team wanting to achieve more.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?    

Season tickets at West Ham.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Learning from inspiring and motivating creators.

LEAST?  

Not having enough time to spend with all the great young companies.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST REGRET? 

None… have to move on.

WHAT’S THE SMARTEST BUSINESS IDEA YOU HAVE EVER HAD?

My smartest idea is yet to come.

WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK? 

Meeting Thomas Pink as a potential client and being asked to join a great brand.

WHAT IS YOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE? 

Do as you would be done by.

WHICH LIVING PERSON DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?        

Hannah Cockroft MBE, T34 gold medal winning Paralympian and ten times World Champion.

WHICH WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?       

“It is what it is”.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?       

Currently acorns dropping from a tree outside the bedroom window.

WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDS?      

Support, trust and humour.

IN A PARALLEL LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?    

Winning Wimbledon.

WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE ENTERING THE LUXURY INDUSTRY NOW?

Believe in your dreams and be stubborn until you achieve them.

 

Applications for Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow programme 2018 open on Monday 9th October.