Visit from Sir Brian Pearse
18 November 2009
Sir Brian Pearse (Old Edwardian 1945-50) visited the College on Friday 13 November to speak with Years 12 and 13 about his life, experiences in banking and the recent credit crunch. Sir Brian joined the bank when he left school at 16 and worked his way through the ranks with Barclays before being approached by the Governor of the Bank of England to head up the ailing Midland Bank in 1991.
As Chief Executive of Midland he turned the bank's fortunes around and oversaw the merger with HSBC in 1994. He was knighted in the same year for services to banking.
When talking to the pupils, Sir Brian spoke with humour about his experiences in banking and elsewhere and proved a source of inspiration to all in the audience. Sir Brian has continued his long association with St Edward's, having only just stepped down after 10 years as President of the Old Edwardians Association and, despite now living on the south coast of England, is still a regular visitor to the the College.