Luke Johnson – Keynote Speaker

Serial entrepreneur and author

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Growing a Business


  • English


Luke Johnson is the Chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP. He is Chairman and part-owner of Patisserie Holdings PLC and Bread Ltd (the firm behind the Gail’s Artisan Bakery chain). He is also Chairman and majority owner of Neilson Active Holidays and serves on the board of a sporting goods company Zoggs and Brompton Bicycles.

Johnson is also Chairman of Brighton Pier Group PLC. He is Chairman/Part-owner of Feng Sushi, a London-based chain of Japanese restaurants specialising in home delivery, casual-dining chain 3Sixty Restaurants (comprising Ego Restaurants and Rocket Restaurants) and contract catering firm Genuine Dining. He is also Chairman and part owner of pub group The Draft House, Chairman and co-owner of London bar chain Grand Union, Majestic Bingo and Small Batch Coffee.

Johnson writes a weekly column on business for The Sunday Times. He wrote a weekly essay for The Financial Times from 2007 to 2015 and wrote a weekly column on business matters for The Sunday Telegraph between 1999 and 2006, and is a former columnist for Management Today. The author of several books, his most recent work is Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think, published by Penguin in autumn 2011.

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