Experience of leading efficient, well-functioning organisations: None.
Experience of working in higher education institutions or education in general: None.
Well, okay, but perhaps he knows how difficult it is for people from poor backgrounds to be successful and can sympathise with their struggles to get an education. Er, well, he joined BP while still at university because his father worked for BP, so he never had to worry about his future.
As for the life he lives now, some interesting facts have come into the public eye. It should be said that this happened in the context of an unpleasant public outing. We are not really concerned with his sexuality but with his life in his house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea and elsewhere, drinking £3000 bottles of wine with Tony Blair and socialising with the super-rich:
Travelling with Lord Browne usually meant going by private jet, as the Labour peer was not a fan of travelling on commercial airlines. Even when given five-star treatment by leading carriers, Lord Browne was constantly monitoring whether some other VIP was receiving greater pampering than him.
“We would [then] be given the option to arrive either first or last on to the plane and be personally escorted by Special Services. Despite this, John still felt it a burden to fly commercial. When we did not have 1A and 1B on a BA flight, John would want to know why we didn’t get the prime seats.”
There’s quite a lot more about Lord Browne’s lifestyle here. A much longer profile of Browne in the wake of this ‘scandal’ can be found here. While the relationship itself is neither here nor there, some people might be concerned that Lord Browne committed perjury as a result, lying about how they met in order to cover up his use of the services of a prostitute.
From the same source as above:
“Studz booked the entire Hotel Sacher for the guests and we were entertained for several days in a variety of ways,” says Mr Chevalier. “He had Maxim Vengerov, the world’s premier violinist, perform for us at a lunch and at a church service where there was a dedication to Studz and a eulogy written especially for the occasion.
“The final night occurred in the schloss where The Sound Of Music was filmed; it was red dresses and tiaras for the women and black tie for the men. The largest fireworks display to take place in Austria took place afterwards – all at Studz’s expense.”
“The cast of Bombay Nights performed for us towards the end of the evening and we were shuttled back to the hotel. It was the grandest party I could have imagined.”
Given his history of failing to empathise with his employees or other people affected by his decisions, a person less suited to understand the difficulties faced by potential students from poorer backgrounds can hardly be imagined.