MT Leadership Visions: Mark Derry, Director of BBH

The man behind Loch Fyne on leading by example with younger employees.

Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012

In the third session of this week’s leadership special (in association with IBM) Mark Derry talks about running BBH, the company behind Raymond Blanc’s restaurant chain. Derry dramatically expanded the Loch Fyne chain until its acquisition by Greene King for £68.1m in 2007. Derry’s leadership tips include:

  • In businesses with a primarily young workforce, leading by example is important
  • In the restaurant business, leaders need to be experts at everything – from health and safety to property and law
  • Hiring a team with better skills than you gives you more time to perfect your golfing skills…
  • Regulation may be a threat, but getting pre-occupied with restructuring to make your business more difficult to tax is a waste of time
  • Whether it’s an interesting history or a charismatic leader, brands need character

MT's Leadership Visions is a week of interviews with top business leaders, in association with IBM. In order to get your own copy of IBM's Global CEO Study, a wide-ranging survey of leadership opinions across the world, and to see interviews with Howard Tollit, Kantar's Eric Salama, restaurateur Mark Derry, Barbara Stocking and GHG's Adrian Fawcett, register online at

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