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.
MP & Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales
Professor of IT Ethics, University of Plymouth
Journalist & Life Peer
CMO Viacom UK & SVP, Youth and Music, Viacom International
Editor, You Mag