Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Having spent his formative years as a musician in Zimbabwe and a director at an Arabic TV station, David Butcher came to journalism only when all else failed. He now works as a freelance writer on business and the media, and recently returned from working in New York as features editor of an internet business magazine. He still dreams of making a documentary about professional poker players or, failing that, a history of underwear. He lives in west London.


When Jon Moulton of venture capitalists Alchemy made a generous bid for Rover last year, many thought him a maverick. Although outbid by the Phoenix consortium on that occasion, Moulton used it as a PR springboard, launching Alchemy into the limelight. So who better to review Barry Gibbons' Dream Merchants and Howboys on business mavericks than the very man who sees opportunity where most only see trouble? Not surprisingly, Moulton rose to the challenge.


After clocking up 14 years as director of the Science Museum in London, Sir Neil became chairman of English Heritage last year. As such, he's now locked in battle with Mayor Livingstone over the future of the capital's skyline. But what is his personal definition of success? That is the question put to him in this month's From the Top.


Australian illustrator Jeff Fisher moved to France in 1993 in search of something 'more foreign' than England - 'a huge version of Melbourne'. This month, Fisher's distinctive drawings adorn 'Ready Aim Fire' - MT's feature on the tricky business of letting people go. To soften the blow, you could always issue your victims of downsizing with How to Get Rich, Fisher's new comic book of handy tips, published by Bloomsbury.


In her first ever feature for MT, our resident staff writer - and soon-to-be section editor - meets Richard Barkey, whose e-learning company Imparta is an inspiration to entrepreneurs looking to stand out from the crowd. Although she enjoyed learning about business strategy via Imparta's computer simulations, Hoban thinks that her newest hobby - salsa dancing - is probably best picked up in person.


If one page a month of answers to the question What's Your Problem? just isn't enough - fear not. Another Bad Day at the Office by MT's beloved agony uncle is now on sale, published by Penguin, and contains enough pearls of wisdom to make a necklace. Bullmore, who received a CBE in 1985 while chairman of the Advertising Association, is now a director of Guardian Media Group and WPP.

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