Thriller writer and Sunday Times columnist Matthew Lynn has been thinking a lot about the future. For one thing, he was putting together his article on the boardroom of 2020, and his latest novel, The Watchman, is to be published in August - but more importantly, he has been preparing for his marriage to Express journalist Angharad ap Gwilym. About the board of the future, he admits: 'There's not much I can say for certain - except that I won't be on it.'
Taking a fresh look at the mood of business in Scotland, with parliamentary elections looming, John Murray, editor of the Scottish Express, called on contacts and experience gained in a rapid rise through financial journalism. Relatively new to Glasgow, Murray covered business for the Independent before joining the Express as one of Fleet Street's youngest City editors. The boyish Irishman sees the Scottish job as his biggest challenge and for openers is familiarising himself with Glasgow's finest restaurants.
The former editor of Business magazine, Stephen Fay, casts a sceptical eye over our once great high street banks and their less-than-impressive recent management. Fay, who insists he is not taking revenge on his own bank manager, is a seasoned commentator on the sector after a career that spanned 20 years on the Sunday Times and two stints as deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday. Among his books: The Collapse of Barings and Portrait of an Old Lady.
The skills needed to manage in the workplace, says Shirley Conran, are remarkably similar to those needed to manage a home. Conran, who is a mother of two, has been writing for more than 20 years. Her books include Superwoman, Lace, and most recently, The Revenge of Mimi Quinn. She is at present organising the Mothers in Management conference, which will include a wide range of speakers, including Pearson chairman Sir Dennis Stevenson and writer and therapist Susie Orbach.
Those best placed to judge you are always your peers, so who better to review ex-Tesco boss Ian MacLaurin's autobiography than his one-time rival Archie Norman, the man who led Asda out of the wilderness. Norman, a former McKinsey management consultant, took time out to write the review in spite of a busy schedule as Asda chairman, Conservative party vice chairman and MP for Tunbridge Wells - and apparently while negotiating a mega deal with Kingfisher.
Photographing Sir Brian Pitman, a man reputed to be a bit of a bruiser, was an entirely pleasant experience, says Alastair Thain: 'He has the highest level of personal skills of anyone I have photographed for a long time. He was charming.' German-born Thain started working in London in the early '80s at Conde Nast and quickly became known for his portraits, some of which are now in the National Portrait Gallery. Recently he shot Johnny Depp and other stars of Tim Burton's latest film, Sleepy Hollow.