Serial Investor and Renowned Businessman
I left school at 16 and completed an engineering apprenticeship. I didn’t enjoy engineering so I left and became a salesman for Terry’s chocolates. After a very faltering start I became successful and left Terry’s to work for Scottish TV and then Thames TV, selling advertising space to consumer companies and advertising agencies. Following this I became commercial director, managing director and CEO of Capital Radio Group. I stayed 13 years having helped build a company worth £750M employing several hundred people. That was several years ago and now I am an investor and chairman of several companies such as an online education business, an online food retailer and a video tech business. In addition, I have been a director of Carphone Warehouse, Game Group, Music Festivals, Ingenious Media, etc. I have a consultancy company providing business development advice to companies looking to grow quickly. I was a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford for 8 years and am currently a visiting professor of Cass Business School. I am speaker, writer and columnist and am writing a book with Cass featuring everyday lessons to apply to business, based on my personal mistakes and successes.
General Secretary, NASUWT
Chairman, Evening Standard Ltd & Independent Print Ltd
Founder, Kitchen Table Partners
MD, Brompton Bicycles Ltd
Head of the Department of Economics, University of Birmingham