City grandee, John Nelson enjoys an illustrious City career spanning top positions in major banks.
He has no need for displays of grandiosity....
He has now taken over as Chairman of Lloyd's of London. Being a man with little need to amplify his dignity, or that of the world's oldest insurance market, he has raised eyebrows by sending the chauffeur driven Mercedes limo back to the garage and replacing it with a Toyota Prius.
left: the 'wheels' of the chairman
As one insider said the only person sad about all the changes is the chauffeur who now has to drive the boss around in rather less status filled 'wheels'.
The Dame raises this as an object lesson to Sir Cockell. Cockell seems to think that the motor car makes the man. As Nelson's downsizing proves it doesn't. What it does say is this: if the oldest and most powerful insurance market in the world can replace it's limo with a Prius then so can RBK&C.
It is all about setting an example. That is true leadership. It is something our Leader has never managed to get his head around....