Client Conversations Podcast: Sir Martin Smith

Managing Partner, Simon Ridpath, and Senior Partner, Bart Peerless, are joined by Sir Martin Smith. In this second episode, Sir Martin Smith discusses his lessons and successes from his forty years in the world of finance and his life as a philanthropist.

About Sir Martin Smith

Sir Martin has been involved in the financial services sector for more than 40 years. He was a founder and senior partner of Phoenix Securities, then become the chairman of European Investment Banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette following the acquisition of Phoenix by DLJ.

His philanthropic interests include serving as chairman of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and serving on the boards of several other arts organisations including the Glyndebourne Arts Trust and the Science Museum Foundation. He has also chaired the English National Opera. In 2008 his family founded the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. In 2013 he received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the arts, education, and science.


During the podcast Simon and Bart ask Sir Martin thought provoking questions about his life and lessons that he wishes to share with listeners. As well as talking about his journey in the world of finance and his successes, Sir Martin talks about the challenges in growing an international organisation and setting up his philanthropic ventures such as the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

Listen in to hear how Sir Martin was very early in linking ESG to commercial solutions and recognising that many of the world’s biggest environmental challenges can only be solved with the support of private enterprise.

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