September 16, 2010 3:14 am

Workaholics plc

BT chief Ian Livingston hosts ‘work inspiration’ initiative for youngsters

Departing Marks and Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose, ITV chief Adam Crozier, National Grid boss Steve Holliday and CBI head Richard Lambert were among the workaholics invited to provide an example to schoolchildren and college students at a Business in the Community breakfast at the BT Tower.

The “work inspiration” initiative for youngsters was hosted by BT chief executive Ian Livingston.

Eversheds chairman John Heaps spoke about his first work experience job, shovelling manure on a farm: “Now I’m in law, some people say not much has changed.”

Sir Stuart welcomed the scheme’s newest corporate member, Tottenham Hotspur FC. The Spurs fan commended management but suggested they muster a bit of “work inspiration” for the next Champions League clash after surrendering a 2-0 lead to Werder Bremen to draw 2-2. Spurs are still in the competition, however, which is more than can be said for Celtic, the team Mr Livingston supports and serves on the board.

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