Leading PR Businessman, Writer & Photographer
My first career was in advertising. I started my own agency in 1981, won significant clients – including Minolta, Burberrys, Nestle, Honda – and sold to a French group in 1991.
I then joined Granada Group, first as CEO of the Leisure division and then as CEO of the Technology Division. While at Granada I also handled communications for Granada’s successful bid for Forte Group: still the largest hostile takeover in British commercial history.
After 12 years at Granada, I left to become Chairman of Citigate, a leading financial PR business. I left in 2006 to take on my present role as CEO of Conran Group. I am also Chairman of Hudson Sandler, the specialist financial PR company.
Outside the office, I write and take photographs. My first book ‘Life’s a Pitch’ was published in 2007 and I am working on my next. I am a trustee of The Photographer’s Gallery, and my own photography has been exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Ghent, Knokke, and Amsterdam.
Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association
Chief Executive of Ofcom
Chairman, UN Association of the UK
CEO Amicus, and formerly Head of the British Army