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 8 years ago and now I am an investor and chairman in several companies such as an online education business, an online food retailer and a music content/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 belong to the London Business School investment club (like Dragons Den) and am a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford.
Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum
Broadcaster & Journalist
Chairman, Evening Standard Ltd & Independent Print Ltd
Chairman, UN Association of the UK
MP & Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
BBC News & Radio Presenter