Hertfordshire Business School’s annual end of year summer reception welcomed Johnathan (Jon) Symonds, a Hertfordshire alumnus and Chairman of HSBC plc, who gave a keynote talk on the economic importance of the financial services to the UK.

The reception, which took place on Wednesday 4 July, included industry guests from Hertfordshire-based companies such as Tesco, MBDA and Computacenter as well as the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

Jon graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in the 1970s with a first class degree in Business Finance. Since his graduation, he has led a successful career in the finance industry with numerous senior leadership roles in a variety of companies including KPMG, Goldman Sachs and now HSBC plc.

Professor Damian Ward, Dean of Hertfordshire Business School, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Jon back to Hertfordshire Business School. Jon gave great insight into the current financial climate and offered some excellent advice for our students who aspire, one day, to be business leaders.”

Jon joined Professor Ward on the lawn to meet Business School staff and students who looked to Jon for some advice about entering the working world. The summer reception concluded with a BBQ, live jazz from the Diminished Quartet and mouth-watering flavours of ice cream by Hitchin business Ice Baby, served from a vintage Honda ice cream van.

The summer reception is the culmination off Hertfordshire Business School’s regular events programme that runs throughout the year. For more information about events, workshops and executive training, email businessacademy@herts.ac.uk.