Roger Flynn – Keynote Speaker

Transformational Change CEO and Investor in Disruptive Businesses

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Specialist Subjects

  • Transformational Change
  • Disruption
  • Leadership and Growing a business
  • Delivering Change
  • Innovation
  • Leading Cultural Change


  • English


Roger is passionate about transforming organisations, markets and business models and the Leadership required to deliver the Vision. He has driven transformational change in highly recognised global businesses and invests in media and travel businesses that have the potential to disrupt their markets. Current speech topics include Transformational Change, Disruption and Leadership.

Roger is a Chairman and investor in media, travel and technology businesses; he is Chairman of Luxtripper, a luxury travel agency, D R Communications Ltd, a company offering cloud hosted telephony and mobile solutions, Chairman of Clearvac Group, an international Cruise Ship and Superyacht maintenance services business and Non-Executive Director of Cooke Optics, a camera lens manufacturer for the Film & TV industry.
He was for 7 years until May 2018 Chairman of and an investor in, the UK’s fastest growing online travel agency which disrupted the UK travel industry over six years from launch in January 2012 to £500m in revenues. It is now the fourth largest travel agency in the UK, 1st in the Sunday Times Profit Track in 2019 and 2nd in the Fast Track 100 listing of fastest growing UK businesses. The business was successfully sold in May 2018 for £180m.

Roger is a recognised CEO and leader in transformation change having driven change in global organisations including Virgin, British Airways, Prudential, the BBC and SDI Media.

Roger started his career at Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas. He then became Commercial Director of Virgin Communications, the media arm of Virgin Group, working on the launch of Virgin Radio, the development of its’ global post-production business and the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

Roger was General Manager World Sales & Distribution at British Airways where he transformed the £1.2 billion distribution system for BA and subsequently the industry, launched electronic ticketing and created with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries across the world.
Roger was Managing Director of Prudential Retail, the retail distribution arm of Prudential Plc, with £2 billion in revenue and 6 million customers. Joining immediately after the pension’s mis-selling scandal, he drove a major business transformation including the launch of new products, new distribution channels, a £200m CRM programme and an innovative new sales process. As part of this transformation he led an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for the 6,500 staff.

Roger was Chief Executive of BBC Ventures Group, the commercial B2B arm of the BBC with 4,500 staff providing media services to the BBC and broadcast/IT customers around the world. Roger’s transformation and subsequent sale of these businesses created over £1 billion of value for the BBC. Roger was also on the Main Board of the BBC and an integral part of the BBC-wide transformational change programme.

“Roger achieved a remarkable turnaround and created real value in the Ventures businesses”.
Greg Dyke, BBC Director General

Following a successful MBO with Warburg Pincus, Roger ran SDI Media Group, a global film and television business with operations in 32 countries where he accelerated the growth of the business and completed four acquisitions before the sale of the business for $250m.

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