Chairman, Equity Development
Brian Basham was a financial journalist with the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and The Times prior to founding the Broad Street Group, which he floated. He is Executive Chairman of the corporate services and company research house Equity Development and the reputation management advisor Acuity. He founded Primrose Care, a business caring for elderly people in their own homes, which he sold to BUPA. He is a Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and has advised Julian Assange of Wikileaks – who did not do as Brian advised. He established the Political Steering Group of the Quoted Companies Alliance. In 1997 he instigated, contributed to and guided the 1998 Treasury Report into the Smaller Quoted Company Market. He is co-author of ‘Tomorrow’s Giants’ with the former senior Treasury official Craig Pickering and has recently published ‘SoCo’ a policy paper encouraging government to help facilitate those startup companies that he believes will be a growing and important sector of the economy. He instigated the initiative to ‘bring back’ the Two Minutes Silence’ , with the Royal British Legion, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second World War in 1995. It enabled the Legion to raise £20m, which saved the organization. Since then, the revival of Remembrance has enabled the Legion to raise more than £200m.