OUR BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Michael Bayler is a renowned business thinker, speaker, consultant and leadership mentor, inspiring strategic transformation across enterprise, technology and marketing.
He has ignited change programmes for many of the world’s largest brands. His clients have included Coca-Cola, the BBC, Unilever, Diageo, Telefonica, Egg, FremantleMedia, PayPal, Bacardi Global Brands, Warner Bros., BSkyB, SABMiller, British Telecom, Sony Music, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.
Michael is the co-author of Promiscuous Customers: Invisible Brands – Delivering Value in Digital Markets (Capstone, Oxford, 2002).
Raymond Blake is one of Ireland’s leading wine writers. His enthusiasm for wine is boundless and as an independent voice his judgement and opinions are widely respected. He is Wine Editor of the highly regarded Food & Wine Magazine, a position he has held since its launch in 1997. As such his travels take him to most of the far-flung corners of the wine world, though his spiritual home is Burgundy. He writes for numerous other publications and is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. In 2006 he was inducted as a Chevalier du Tastevin in Burgundy.
Anne-Marie Cockburn lives in Oxford. From an early age, she has used writing to try to make sense of her life. The tragic loss of her daughter propelled her out of the shadows and gave her the confidence to share her writing with the world in her first book, 5,742 days. She has already started writing her second book, which follows her continuing journey alongside her grief.
Catherine Cooper was a primary school teacher for twenty-nine years before deciding to write for children. Catherine’s love of history, myths and legends and the Shropshire countryside where she lives, shines through in her charming stories. She is the author of four books in the acclaimed Jack Brenin series. In 2014, Catherine was appointed as the ‘Patron of Reading’ for Minsterley Primary School until 2017.
Stuart Crainer is a co-founder of the Thinkers 50 (www.thinkers50.com) – the original global ranking of business thought leaders. His work in this area led Management Today to describe him and his business partner, Des Dearlove as “market makers par excellence”.
Stuart is an adjunct professor at IE Business School in Madrid, a former columnist for The Times, contributing editor to the American magazine Strategy+Business, and editor of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management. His books (co-authored with Des Dearlove) include The Management Century, Gravy Training, Generation Entrepreneur and What we mean when we talk about leadership.
Stuart was editor of the award winning Business Strategy Review for 15 years. Personnel Today called him one of the most influential people in British people management.
Des Dearlove is a co-founder of the Thinkers 50 (www.thinkers50.com) – the original global ranking of business thought leaders. His work in this area led Management Today to describe him and his business partner, Stuart Crainer as “market makers par excellence”.
Des is an adjunct professor at IE Business School in Madrid, a former columnist for The Times, contributing editor to the American magazine Strategy+Business, and editor of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management. His books (co-authored with Stuart Crainer) include The Management Century, Gravy Training, Generation Entrepreneur and What we mean when we talk about leadership.
Des is an associate fellow of Saïd Business School at Oxford University and author of a bestselling study of the leadership style of Richard Branson. He is also a bestselling children’s author.
Nicholas Faith was for many years a senior editor on the business pages of newspapers including the Sunday Times and The Economist and was a regular contributor to the Financial Times. He is best known however, for the books and hundreds of articles he has written on wines and spirits over the past thirty years. His first book, The Winemasters, won the André Simon award. He also edited the prestigious magazine L’Amateur de Bordeaux. In 1996 he founded the International Spirits Challenge, now recognised as the world’s leading competition devoted to alcoholic spirits of every description. In September 2010 Nicholas Faith was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Bureau National Interprofessional de Cognac.
Nicholas is the author of Cognac.
Neil Francis has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO, non-executive director and director. He is also a caddie at North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland, one of the world’s oldest golf courses. In 1996 he co-founded, then led as CEO for 11 years, one of the first internet and web development companies in the UK, CompanyNet. During his time as CEO he worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Disney, Coca-Cola, BP and Microsoft. He led the team that sold the business and then, two years later, he led the team that bought it back.
In 2006, aged 41, Neil had a stroke which forced him to change the direction of his life, a journey captured in his first book, Changing Course: Inspirations, ideas and insights for starting again from the CEO who became a caddie, which was published in 2013 by Hay House. He is currently a non-executive director of three digital companies and he remains on the board of
CompanyNet. In 2007 Neil co-founded a social enterprise, The Together Partnership, which creates partnerships between Scottish and Rwandan individuals and companies. He is also a director of the social enterprise, Sporting Memories, which supports people with dementia and
other memory conditions. He is still a caddie at the North Berwick Golf Club.
She has been a freelance wine writer since 1981 and is the author of twelve books, including French Country Wine, which first took her to the south of France. Back in the mid-1980s, she realized that this was a region of enormous potential and consequently went on to write The Wines of the South of France, which was published in 2001, and covers the vineyards from Banyuls to Bellet – from the Spanish to the Italian border – and also Corsica. This was the beginning of her enthusiasm for the Languedoc, which she has followed up most recently with The wines of Faugères. She now has a holiday home in the Languedoc and writes a blog on the region: Taste Languedoc. Rosemary contributes to various magazines such as Decanter, Sommelier India and Zester Daily. She is also the panel chair for Languedoc-Roussillon for Decanter’s World Wine Awards and President of the Circle of Wine Writers.
Michael Garner has worked in the wine business for more than 30 years and has specialised in Italian wine for more than 25. He is the co-author of Barolo: Tar and Roses, is a regular contributor to Decanter, and has taught for the WSET. Garner has been a Decanter World Wine Awards judge since 2007.
Barry Gibbons is a legend. Twice recognised as a ‘Turnaround Champ’ by Fortune magazine, he was Global Chairman/CEO of Burger King. He is the author of a succession of best-selling business titles including Dream Merchants and Howboys and If you Want to Make God Really Laugh, Show Him your Business Plan.
Jan Gillett co-founded Deming-based consultancy and training firm, Process Management International, in the UK in 1990 and for another twenty years led its development in working with clients in every sector, and in every continent. He has also been a non-executive director in several organisations, helping them rethink their strategies and policies to adjust to changing circumstances.
In writing Making your work work Jan Gillett brings together more than forty years of experience in leading, managing and consulting across many different organisations. For the first twenty years he worked in large manufacturing and service companies, including seven years as Managing Director. In the late 1980s, having met quality guru Dr W. Edwards Deming, he led a quality transformation involving 2,000 people, and experienced first hand the remarkable benefits to be had when focusing the work on the customer, involving everyone in learning how it flows, and getting the results on target with minimum variation.
Charles Hampden-Turner is a management philosopher and Senior Research Associate at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He is the creator of Dilemma Theory and co-founder and Director of Research and Development at the Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Group in Amsterdam.
Julian Jeffs is a leading writer and authority on European wine, and has written several books on Spanish and Portuguese wine. He began his career as a barrister in 1958, working as a QC, Bencher and a deputy High Court Judge. He was a founder of the Cambridge University Wine and Food Society and President of the Circle of Wine Writers. He has written extensively about the Sherry trade.
Wink Lorch has worked in the world of wine since 1979. She is a wine communicator, teaching wine trade students, entertaining wine lovers and writing for magazines and books. She has worked with wine authors including Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson. She is a specialist in the unusual wines of the French Alps and of the Jura, contributing to many books and magazines on these regions.
Her 2014 book, Jura Wine, won the Drink Prize in the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards 2014 as well as being short-listed for Best International Book in the Louis Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards 2014. The book was chosen as a book of the year by Jancis Robinson’s website and by Eric Asimov in the New York Times.
Richard Mayson is an expert on port and Portuguese wines. He is the author of Portugal’s Wine and Winemakers and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine and Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine as well as to Decanter and Wine International. In 2014 Richard won the Louis Roederer award for International Wine Feature Writer of the Year
Rod Phillips is a professor of history at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has written a number of books on European history, and since the late 1990s have been working on the history of food and drink. His books in these areas include A Short History of Wine (London: Penguin, 2000; New York: HarperCollins, 2001; six foreign-language editions), Alcohol: A History (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014; French and Korean editions published, other foreign language editions in production, and named a Book of the Year for 2014 on Jancis Robinson’s web site), French Wine: A History (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming October 2016). In addition he is General Editor of Bloomsbury’s forthcoming six-volume A Cultural History of Alcohol. He writes on wine for the popular and trade wine media and also judges in wine competitions in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere.
During the 30 years he dedicated his life and liver to the corporate world of spirits Mark Ridgwell was inspired by years of fun at I.D.V. He was energized at Hiram Walker, taking tequila, bourbon and liqueurs out of their comfort zones in America and into the world beyond and finally rewarded with the pleasure of talking to anyone, all over the world, who cared to hear about Kentucky’s little gem, Makers Mark. In 1999 Mark left and set up Taste & Flavour, a network of speakers, all passionate about spirits and keen to share their knowledge with those wanting to enjoy spirits as products of nature and not as the manufacture of marketers, as luxuries to enhance their drinking experiences and not alcohol to abuse, as products of pleasure and not instruments of destruction, as potentially memorable drinking experiences and not the route to oblivion. Taste & Flavour has since developed brand champions into product authorities, top bartenders into opinion formers and has empowered them to make informed choices about the spirits they sell. Mark is a a Musketeer of Armagnac, an appointed Cognac Educator, a Consul of Tequila and a WSET Approved Programme Provider. (Lewes, England)
Mark is the author of Spirits distilled
Fons Trompenaars is a world expert on international management and the author of the global best seller, Riding the waves of culture. He is the co-author with Charles Hampden-Turner of six other books on cross-cultural business and organizational issues.
Monty Waldin is the first wine writer to dedicate himself to organic, biodynamic, and natural wine-growing. He has made wine in both hemispheres and has worked in conventional (‘chemical’), organic, biodynamic and natural vineyards and wineries and is uniquely positioned to to compare the pros and cons of each. These experiences have allowed Monty to get behind the muck, magic and mystery of wine, giving him a distinctive and respected voice amongst wine growers, wine makers and wine consumers.
ALL OUR AUTHORS
Tania Ahsan is a lifestyle journalist and editor on a variety of publications. She is also the former editor of Predictions magazine, and has a lifelong interest in mind, body and spirit topics. Tania runs journalism workshops on health and personal well-being subjects, and is also an artist, specialising in Spellstones.
Tania is the author of The brilliant book of calm.
Nicholas Bate runs Strategic Edge Ltd, a consultancy that enables individuals to realise and release their full potential. He works extensively with individuals and teams in organisations as similar and different as Microsoft, Marks & Spencer, Philips Electronics, Hudson Global, Intel – as well as many non-corporate organisations, even primary schools.
Paul is a co-author of Discover your roots.
Bas W. Blekkingh is a director of Authentiek Leiderschap BV, a Dutch consultancy which specialises in leadership and organizational development. Bas unleashes and connects the hidden authentic potential of leaders, their teams and organizations, making them more successful and fulfilled. The Netherlands.
Darren Bridger is a neuroscientist whose interests include brain-imaging and human performance. Darren is a co-founder and producer at Mind Masterclass Films, a company which produces educational DVDs on mind improvement. Additionally, Darren acts as an associate director of Neuroco, which uses neuroscience to understand people’s reactions to new product designs and advertising, and The Mind Lab, which measures the mental and physical responses of people in almost any situation or environment.
Darren is the author of Boost your memory.
In co-founding REL Sales Consulting Peter Brook brought with him 20 years of experience with four major FMCG businesses which had taken him to over 35 countries. Immediately prior to establishing REL Sales Consulting, Peter embedded a significant global change programme focused on equipping a market-leading business to achieve outstanding customer and consumer results through a highly effective 6000 strong, international sales team.
Peter is the author of Turn your sales force into profit heroes.
Stephen Brook is a distinguished author of numerous books on wine, especially on the wines of Bordeaux and California, and an award-winning wine journalist. He writes regularly for four international wine magazines, lectures on wine at Christie’s Education in London, and is in demand as a guest judge at wine competitions around the world.
Sally Brown has been a journalist for 23 years, specialising in health and fitness. She was deputy editor of Zest magazine and lifestyle editor of The Sunday Times. She has become increasingly interested in (her friends say obsessed with!) anti-ageing strategies.
Sally is the author of Live longer.
Tsjalle van der Burg
Dr. Tsjalle van der Burg teaches economics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He has a special interest in popularizing economics and has published on economic subjects in national newspapers and spoken on radio and television. Van der Burg, is a lifetime supporter of Feyenoord. Click here for more infomation about the author.
Dr Tsjalle van der Burg is the author of Football business.
Richard Burton is a publisher. He was introduced to the poetry of Basil Bunting while completing his PhD on the early poetry of W. B. Yeats. He has for many years lamented the neglect of this important poet and with A strong song tows us aims to revive interest in Bunting’s precise, beautiful, expertly crafted poems. He lives in Oxford.
Eve Cameron started her career in journalism in the trade press, moving into consumer journalism on Cosmopolitan, where she specialised in health and beauty. She is the former editor of Zest and She magazines. Her many TV appearances include Sky News, GMTV and How to Look Good Naked. She is the author of numerous heath, beauty, diet and fitness books. Eve currently writes for Good Housekeeping as its Beauty Director and also has an editorial and brand consultancy.
Eve is the author of Lose weight and stay slim.
Dr Ruth Chambers
Dr Ruth Chambers has been a GP for more than 20 years and has written over 60 books. Ruth is currently a partner in a GP practice, and also Clinical Director of Practice Development and Performance for NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group.
Susannah Clarke is Managing Partner at Process Management International (PMI) and a specialist in the field of Executive and Performance Coaching. Susannah has worked extensively in the learning and development sector, starting her career with NatWest Markets in the City before spending 17-years with GSK as a consultant. In 2011 Susannah joined Oracle University as Partner Director for EMEA and in 2013 joined PMI as Managing Partner. As co-author of Implementing ISO 9001:2015 she brings together more than 35 years’ experience leading, managing and consulting across different organisations. Susannah has written several blogs and published many articles in leading process and Quality focused publications.
Piet-Hein Coebergh is an expert in formulating and communicating corporate strategy. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Leiden, and managing consultant at Coebergh Communications & PR. Piet Hein is author and co-author of a dozen books and articles on communication, governance and e-commerce.
Piet-Hein Coebergh is the co-author of 100+ Management Models.
Jeremy Coller is widely recognised as a pioneer and innovator in the world of private equity. His firm, Coller Capital, has invested billions of dollars in over 3000 private companies worldwide. Jeremy is regularly cited in lists of the most influential people in private equity and finance. He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, and an MA in Philosophy from Sussex University.
Jeremy is the author of The lives, loves and deaths of splendidly unreasonable inventors.
Kate Cook is a nutritional therapist and Director of The Nutrition Coach. She trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, founded by Patrick Holford. She is also an accredited life coach. Kate’s approach is to make healthy living fun and achievable by breaking it down into small stages.
Cat is the co-author of Fertile thinking.
Dr Sabina Dosani
Dr Sabina Dosani is consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and co-editor of the British Medical Journal’s Career Focus section. Sabina has also written for the Sunday Express, the Guardian, Times 2 and Saga magazine. She has specialised in helping adults and young people overcome a range of psychiatric problems.
Abandoned, bullied and abused throughout her life, Penny finally decided to take matters in hand as she approached her 50th birthday. Today, Penny is the living embodiment of successful transformation and is passionate about helping others become the people they want to be. She has helped thousands of people take responsibility for their own lives.
Richard Fox is an experienced public speaker, trainer, qualified coach and a master NLP practitioner. He has spent his career in consulting, culminating as a partner at KPMG, and his 20 years as founding director of a pan-European consultancy specialising in developing people. Richard Fox is an expert in personal effectiveness and personal leadership, visioning, managing change, and career planning.
Richard is the author of Creating a purposeful life.
Mandy Francis is former editor of Femail, Here’s Health and BBC Good Health. Now a freelance writer, she is a regular contributor to The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times Style magazine and many other women’s magazines.
Mandy is the author of Healthy children’s lunches.
Barbara Griggs has been researching and writing about herbal medicine for over 20 years. She is the author of Green Pharmacy: A History of Herbal Medicine which is acknowledged as the standard work on the subject and used as a course book at schools of herbal medicine around the world. She is a regular contributor to radio, TV and newspaper columns on alternative health, including The Sun. She has been Health Editor of Country Living since its launch in 1986.
Barbara is the author of Helpful herbs for health and beauty.
Molly Harvey leads corporations and their people to new levels of leadership. Molly’s clients include Bank of America, Barclaycard, Nestlé, 3M and over 200 other leading organisations. She lectures regularly at universities throughout the UK and is an honorary member of the Women Rising Group. She was the first woman President and Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association.
Molly is the author of Outstanding leadership.
Lisa Helmanis is a lifestyle journalist specialising in food, travel, interiors and trends. As well as holding the position of lifestyle editor on Living Etc, She and Brides magazine, she has written for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, GQ, Vogue Entertaining and The Sunday Times ‘Style’ magazine.
Steve Hemsley is a freelance journalist who has written for The Sunday Times, The Times and the Guardian as well as many magazines. He is a parent governor at a primary school in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and has two young children whose confidence has been boosted massively through the ideas in his book. Steve has also attended the Academy of Creative Training.
Steve is the author of Boost your child’s confidence.
Dr Rob Hicks
Dr Rob Hicks has been a GP for more than ten years and now works part-time in general practice and also as a hospital clinical assistant in sexual health medicine. He takes a holistic approach to healthcare, being a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. Rob is a radio doctor for Classic FM and Talk Sport radio stations, and regularly appears on television. He also contributes to several lifestyle magazines, medical journals, newspapers and Internet sites, and is the medical script advisor for the BBC drama Doctors.
Jackee Holder is the director of Life Work In Progress which delivers workshops, seminars and training courses to the corporate sector, creative industries, the general public, mind, body and spirit groups and well-being sectors. She has worked with hundreds of professionals as a life coach and inspired people across the globe with her work as a teacher and coach.
Jackee is the author of Be your own best life coach.
Andrew Holmes has been working in a variety of organizations and industries for the last twenty-five years. He has been a civil servant, IT professional, project and programme manager, and management consultant. He is currently Business Implementation Director with Silicon Valley Bank.
Steve E. Holmes
Steve Holmes is an ex-punk whose band once supported the Boomtown Rats. The anarchy may have died but his adventurous spirit remains. Steve got into two wheels via a Lambretta SX200 but nowadays rides a Ducati 749s—chalk and cheese. His other passions include skiing, water skiing, Manchester United and Stella Artois.
Steve is the author of To infinity and beyond.
Lynn Huggins-Cooper is a widely published author with well over 90 books in print. She has also written for the Times Educational Supplement, Nursery Education, Prima and BBC Learning Magazine and is a qualified primary school teacher.
Infinite Ideas was the brainchild of Richard Burton and David Grant and launched in 2004. We’re privileged to have a network of top authors who understand how to communicate with readers the world over. They are experts in their subject areas but they write in a friendly, informative and often amusing voice. The result is a unique blend of expertise and informal approach, giving readers the chance to pick the brains of a pro, whilst enjoying a chuckle with a chum.
Phil Johnston is the Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of GET Interactive, which includes the Biscuitville restaurant chain. He has been CEO of ten venture-backed companies – three of which became public companies.
Phil is the author of Biscuitville.
Nicolas King is a specialist in entrepreneurship and finance for early stage businesses. He co-founded a high tech consultancy company and has been a launch team member of a publishing venture. He has a BSc in Psychology from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD. Nicolas has written several successful business titles include Corporate Venturing, Enterprise Express, and Exit Strategies.
Nicolas King is the author of Networking: Work your contacts to supercharge your career.
Giles Kime has been editor of Decanter magazine, one of the world’s leading specialist wine titles, and has written the wine column for The Sunday Telegraph, for which he now contributes wine recommendations. His day job is executive editor of Homes & Gardens magazine.
Ken is the author of Cultivate a cool career and Knockout interview answers and co-author of Find your dream job and Sort out your money. His new book, Easy Business Finance, will be available as an ebook soon.
Michael Lee is CEO of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) a global trade association with over 2500 members in 60 countries. He is also an internationally renowned futurist and founder and chairman of the South African chapter of the World Future Society.
Maggie Loughran is an administrator of the Federation of Family History Societies, an association of more than 200 family history societies. Maggie regularly contributes articles on family and local history to various journals and magazines and lectures on family and local history related subjects. She has also been an expert advisor for the History Channel’s Family History Project.
Maggie is the co-author of Discover your roots.
Karen McCreadie is a freelance writer. She has written books for business executives and international speakers on topics ranging from sales, coaching and wealth creation to the mind/body connection and psychological profiling.
Karen is the author of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Frank Bettger’s How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success, George S. Clason’s The Richest Man in Babylon, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Robert Collier’s The Secret of the Ages and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
John Middleton is an accomplished speaker and coach with over twenty-five years’ experience in the personal development field. He has given career guidance and support to over 2,000 people, from senior directors to front line staff. He has written over twenty self-help books on business start-ups, communication, strategy and e-business. He has particular expertise in self employment and work-life balance issues.
In recent years Eilidh has delivered keynote speeches to thousands of people across four continents. She has two decades of training and coaching experience, working with people from Aberdeen to Adelaide. Eilidh is a Director and Fellow of the PSA (Professional Speaking Association) and is PSA National President in 2013. She is a columnist, regular radio guest and contributor on media chat shows.
Eilidh is the co-author of The diversity dashboard.
Born into the legendary Carnegie family, in which serious mental illness has affected four generations of women, Millicent Monks’ early childhood was lonely and difficult. After a career in music she married and spent a year at Cambridge University where her husband was a Fiske scholar. Her search for answers led her to Jungian analysis, meditation and sutras which have helped her to find a delicate peace amid the effects of her devastating family inheritance.
Millicent is the author of Songs of three islands.
Lara Morgan was the founder and CEO of Pacific Direct. Basically a soap saleswoman with a massive belief in people, she revolutionised the hotel amenities market, bringing together some of the most famous brands in the world, such as Bulgari, Aveda, The White Company and Penhaligon’s. She was a founder member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organisation, now EO, and a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award, and has also been a three times finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Lara is the author of More balls than most.
Lucy Morgans trained as an actress at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and made her West End debut at the age of 9. As well as a television role in Brookside Lucy has also enjoyed UK chart success as a vocalist with several dance acts. Lucy is a qualified drama teacher and in 2003 set up the All the Arts theatre school where she runs drama and performance classes to improve children’s confidence.
Lucy is the co-author of Boost your child’s confidence.
Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think tank dedicated to advancing understanding of the impacts of globalisation. Chandran was chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Asia Pacific until 2004, establishing the company as Asia’s leading environmental consultancy. In addition to his work for GIFT and ERM, Chandran continues to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders.
Chandran is the author of Consumptionomics.
Keith Nelson is CEO of Your Total Coach. He is also a highly experienced coach, providing executive coaching for directors and senior managers from the public, private and voluntary sectors. He developed and designed the programme for the Certificate in Coaching at Cambridge University where he is course director and coaches the managers in the Luminus Group.
Keith is the author of Your total coach.
Old Etonian, graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, and self-made toy millionaire, Torquil is a businessman, aircraft enthusiast, and arts philanthropist. He bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue for £3 million in 1996. As founder and chairman of the Roundhouse Trust he then raised £27 million from public and private sources to restore the crumbling Victorian former railway repair shed. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the arts and to disadvantaged young people.
Torquil is the author of Kick the tyres, light the fires.
Michael Payne has spent the past 25 years as a senior executive within the sports marketing industry, negotiating multi-billion dollar broadcast and sponsorship contracts. In 1983, he was hired to create the first ever global marketing strategy for the Olympic Games – the TOP Programme, which became one of the most successful marketing programmes in the world. During his Olympic career, Michael oversaw the marketing of 15 Olympic Winter and Summer Games.
Michael is the author of Olympic turnaround.
Author and journalist Marcelle Perks has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, British Horror Cinema, Fangoria and Kamera. She has also worked within the erotic world, in film and as a writer of short stories and non-fiction.
She is the author of Survive divorce.
Tim Phillips has been a freelance journalist since 1990, writing about business, technology, social change and innovation. He has written for The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Independent and The Daily Express among others. For two years he was a technology and Internet columnist for the Guardian.
Tim is the author of Beat the odds, Bertrand Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness, Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince and co-author of Strategy power plays.
Steve Pipe is one of the world’s leading strategists for accountants. A former UK Entrepreneur of the year, his writing credits include the 8 part BBC TV series ‘Easy money’, the book 101 ways to make more profits, and in 2009 the accounting web online community of accountants voted him as the best contributor and best blogger.
Steve is the co-author of Stress-proof your business and your life.
Helena Frith Powell
Helena Frith Powell was born in Sweden, educated in England and lives in France where she works as a writer and journalist. She is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, Harpers & Queen and Tatler magazine.
She is the author of Be incredibly sexy: 52 brilliant ideas for sizzling sensuality.
Dorothy Purdew opened her first health farm, Frimleys, in 1970. With her son Stephen, she went on to buy Henlow Grange, Springs, Forest Mere and finally Champneys, where her clients have included David and Victoria Beckham, Barbara Windsor and Naomi Campbell. The chain is now valued at £100m and is one of the largest spa companies in the world.
Dorothy is the author The long road to Champneys.
As well as appearing on a number of TV shows, Paul Rankin runs a successful restaurant business, the Rankin Group, in his native Belfast. Paul’s restaurant group includes restaurants, cafés and also a revival of Paul’s original restaurant Roscoff. Paul also hosted three series of The Rankin Challenge, with numerous appearances on Masterchef, Who’ll do the Pudding?, and The Good Food Show.
Paul is the co-author of The people’s cookbook.
Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist, writer, broadcaster and food critic. Currently the Observer‘s restaurant critic, Jay was named critic of the year in the British Press Awards in 2006. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, the New Statesman and Granta. He is also the food reporter on the BBC magazine programme The One Show and appears on the panels of Eating with the Enemy, and performs a similar role on MasterChef.
Jay is the author of Desert island dishes
James is the author of Wallace D. Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich.
Rikky Rooksby is a guitar teacher, songwriter, music journalist and the author of several best selling books for guitar players. A guitar columnist for Making Music, Rikky has also written for Guitar Techniques, Bassist, and other magazines. He has also written chord songbooks for Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, The Stone Roses and Catatonia.
Rikky is the author of Play great guitar.
Brad Rosser worked alongside Australia’s most successful entrepreneur (and national icon), Alan Bond, and the nation’s best deal maker, Peter Beckwith. After leaving Bond Corporation Rosser joined the London office of McKinsey & Co., and then became a part of the inner sanctum at Virgin as Sir Richard Branson’s right-hand man, dealing with all new start-ups.
Brad is the author of Better, stronger, faster.
Colin Salter has a degree in the history and practise of applied arts and was a working ceramicist and theatrical props-maker for many years. He was later employed by Cumbria County Council as a Crafts Event Development Officer, where his duties included the organisation of exhibitions and selling opportunities for 500 small crafts businesses in that county.
Colin is the author of Crafting creativity.
Kate Santon is a writer, specializing in practical non-fiction and focusing on food, diet and cooking. She is the author of many books on different aspects of diet. She is also an editor of food and cookery books, and a keen blogger.
Steve Shipside is a qualified diving and fitness instructor, an ultrarunner and an IronMan triathlete. His sporting highlights have seen him paraglide over the Andes, abseil off Table Mountain and run 250km across the Kalahari with a rucksack on his back. He has become a renowned journalist in the fields of new technology and fitness.
Jag Shoker is a regional business development director for Barclays and a passionate self-development coach outside of work. He wrote Playing the beautiful game to express the ideas and insights he has used to help a number of senior leaders and professionals to achieve a greater and more sustainable level of success in both their work and personal lives.
Jag is the author of Playing the beautiful game.
Paul Simpson is the co-author of Implementing ISO 9001:2015. He is Head of Quality at Network Rail National Supply Chain. He has worked in quality and management systems all his working life in a range of organisations including Pirelli, Perkins Engines, the British Standards Institution and the Chartered Quality Institute. With a first degree in engineering, Paul has extended his postgraduate qualifications into fields of marketing and business as well as professional areas of auditing, health and safety and quality. Paul contributes to Standards Development and the quality profession through participation in UK and International committees as a UK Technical Expert on quality management and auditing, writing articles for industry magazines and volunteer roles.
Anya Sizer is a fertility coach and mother of two IVF children who were born after a six year battle against the 1 in 125,000 odds doctors gave her of being able to conceive. She works from the London Women’s Clinic on Harley Street, is a trustee for the Infertility Network and runs the central London support group.
Anya is the co-author of Fertile thinking.
Jon Smith was involved in the start up of amazon.co.uk, kitbag.com and The Florist Exchange. As a consultant for the venture capital firm Chase Episode 1, he improved and researched business plans submitted by companies looking for investment. In 2002 he launched Toytopia, an online specialist toyshop, and since 2003 Jon has been managing director of Inpress, an organisation that provides sales, marketing and technical support to independent publishers.
Alexander Gordon Smith
Alexander Gordon Smith has published more than 300 books, short stories and articles and runs workshops and information classes for all ages, helping numerous people into print. He has also seen writing from the dark side, as managing director of Egg Box Publishing, one of the country’s most innovative independent publishing houses. He knows exactly what those obstinate buggers called publishers want to see in a manuscript.
Cathy Struthers is a snow and extreme sports addict. When she’s not on the slopes she is a freelance journalist writing for a wide range of publications including The Times, Style, the Guardian, The Daily Mail and various in-flight and travel magazines including the snowboarding magazine White Lines. She is also editor of Cooler, a surfing and board sports magazine for women.
Cathy is the author of Skiing and snowboarding.
Dr Deborah Swallow
For the last fifteen years, Deborah has worked in over forty countries helping organisations and individuals to work internationally across multiple cultures to gain an authentic competitive edge. She has worked with senior executives and diplomats on cross-cultural communication skills, with middle managers on building empowered global teams and with marketing departments on finding the ‘cultural code’. She won the UK National Training Award as an individual and her businesses have won several industry awards.
Deborah is the co-author of The diversity dashboard.
Peter Taylor is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in business. He is also an accomplished communicator, leader and professional speaker, popular around the world for keynotes and as an event host.
Monica Troughton is a mother and grandmother, as well as a full time journalist, writing on education, travel, relationships, and women’s issues for several national newspapers and consumer magazines, including Woman’s Own, Eve, She, Prima, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Closer, Take A Break, Chat, Best, The Daily Mirror, and The Independent. Before she turned to writing full time Monica was a teacher and FE lecturer, and has also worked as a playwright, actor and director.
Monica is the author of Magical menopause.
Carol Velthuis started her career at Unilever managing brands like Boursin and Lipton. After working as a strategy and marketing consultant at Arthur D. Little she founded Quintel Strategy Consulting which works with large clients in dramatically changing markets such as health care, telecoms, energy and logistics. Carol helps companies with fundamental strategic issues including market focus and positioning.
Carol is the author of Surfing the long summer.
Professor Robin Wilson is currently Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Gresham Professor of Geometry in London (England’s oldest Chair of Mathematics) and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. He is a well-known populariser of mathematics as well as the author of Four Colours Suffice, the bestselling account of the famous and controversial map-colouring problem. He is the author and editor of 30 books on subjects ranging from history to mathematics.
Robin is the author of How to solve sudoku.
Antony Worrall Thompson
Antony Worrall Thompson is a restaurateur and TV chef. He presented the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and was a regular guest chef on Ready Steady Cook. Antony’s career as a chef began in 1978 when he started work as a sous-chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant. One month later, he was head chef and in 1981 Antony opened his own restaurant in London, which was notorious for only serving starters and puddings. Since then, the restaurants he’s been involved with have been heaped with accolades and he has worked on several popular television cookery shows.
Antony is the co-author of The people’s cookbook.
Tim Wright has been a journalist and editor on various magazines and newspapers. In 1999, Tim and his creative collaborator Rob Bevan formed XPT, an award winning digital media company. Tim has been the lead writer on two BAFTA-winning interactive projects.
Tim is the co-author of Unleash your creativity.
Mona Hammami is a Senior Project Manager at the Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Her role includes analysis of social and economic developments, globally and locally, and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making.
Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court Mona was a lead associate at Booz & Company as part of the public sector practice team, focusing on a wide range of public policy issues including: social and labour policies, macroeconomic policy, governance frameworks, organization restructuring, agriculture policy reform, and structuring PPP projects among other areas. She also worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she co-authored a paper on the determinants of Public Private Partnerships, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) where she worked on the effect of the WTO’s TRIPS agreement on Middle East and North African Countries.
Mona holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and a Master in Public Administration International Development from HarvardKennedySchool. She is a recipient of both the H.R.H. Princess Banderi Al-Faisal Public Service Fellowship and Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri International Public Service Fellowship.
Michel Khoury is a Senior Manager at the Office of Strategic Affairs, part of The Court of The Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi, responsible for providing advisory service to senior stakeholders. Previously, Michel served as a senior consultant for Booz & Company in Abu Dhabi where he worked extensively with government bodies focusing on strategic planning and performance management, governance, organization restructuring and large scale transformation, public administration modernization, policy formulation, new operating model enactment and program management. Michel has a Master of Science in Management from the HEC School of Management, France, and a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from ESIB in Lebanon.
Rabih Abouchakra is the founder and Managing Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court since 2009, providing socioeconomic thought leadership and strategic advice. Previously, he was a Partner of Booz & Company based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Rabih served as the head of the Organization and Strategy practice in the Middle East focusing on public administration modernization, policy formulation, large scale transformation, and economic planning. Prior to that Rabih was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Rabih sits on the boards of Al-Qattara Investments and Al-Ain Club Investment Companies and the non-profit Teach for Lebanon. He is also a member of the advisory boards of INSEAD, Abu Dhabi and University of Zurich Departments of Economics. His publications include Leading Smart Transformation: A Roadmap for World Class Government published in 2010, and a series of perspective papers and articles addressing emerging public sector strategic challenges.
Rabih holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a Master of Telecommunication Engineering and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Top of Class honors from McGill University in Canada. He was awarded a British Medal of Great Distinction in 1995.
Hao Yazhou is a business and financial journalist with more than 10 years’ experience. Focusing on management innovation, he has published many influential articles and blogs. He was the chief writer for PKU Business Review, senior editor of CEIBS Business Review, and senior researcher for CKGSB. These days he is a financial writer and independent scholar. He is the author of Zhang Ruimin on Management Fit for the Times and A preface to Knowledge Theory: The Practical Wisdom of Zhang Ruimin. Hao Yazhou is the co-author of Haier purpose.
Sarah Jane Evans MW
Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award winning wine-writer, journalist and speaker at conferences worldwide. She is co-Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards panel for Spain and for sherry. She judges at wine shows internationally. She is currently Chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine and she was made a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino. She has twice been named Communicator of the Year for Spain, and last year received an Outstanding Contribution award from Wines of Rioja.
Elizabeth Gabay MW has been in the wine trade since 1986. She has written about and lectured on rosé wines extensively, and has judged at Decanter’s annual World Wine Awards as well as at many other competitions, including the Mondial de Rosé, the Guide de Vins de Provence and for magazine panel tastings for Decanter and Drinks Business.
Konstantinos Lazarakis, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Masters of Wine, became the first Greek Master of Wine in 2002. He co-founded Wine & Spirits Professional Center, an educational organization that runs Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers courses throughout Greece. He consults widely for the Hellenic Exports Organization, Aegean Airlines and Costa Navarino and for wine producers, restaurants and hotels all over the world.