Eight years ago, Andrew Davidson started contributing a monthly interview to MT that has made him one of our most regular faces. Next month we are allowing him time off for good behaviour, and sent him to see Sir Richard Branson as a reward. Actually, Davidson's not saying goodbye but job-sharing for the next year with fellow interviewer Matthew Lynn in (we think) a move that will inject a little competitive spirit into the slot. Interviewees beware.
Andrew Wileman, who has been passing himself off as a management guru for 25 years, tells all in his 'Confessions of a Consultant'. Wileman can advise CEOs on business strategy without knowing which industry they are in, and he can recite from memory the Business Class wine list of more than 20 airlines. He claims he went to Harvard Business School, and worked with BCG, Booz Allen and OC&C. He is currently working on identifying the core competencies of his three teenage children.
Standing down as editor of the FT last July, Richard Lambert cited the Pink 'Un's expansion across the Atlantic as 'the single most exciting thing to happen' during his 35 years there. He reveals how it was done in MT this month. Lambert, who recently criticised US journalists for hero-worshipping entrepreneurs, has won several NED-ships since leaving the FT. He has also been touted as a future chairman of Ofcom, the new super-regulator of British broadcasting.
This month, Andrew Neil adds MT columnist to his impressive list of credentials. The formidable Scottish newspaperman started out as a correspondent for the Economist in the '70s, before becoming Sunday Times editor and, later, chairman of Sky TV. His forthright column for the Daily Mail in the mid '90s and his regular television appearances as both BBC presenter and business commentator, have made Neil a household name. He is currently publisher of The Scotsman and The Business.
If only Martin Sixsmith had read Mark C Scott's Bullet Proof: How to Make Yourself Indispensable earlier in the year. Things might have turned out differently for the Department of Transport's former head of communications. Apparently, if Sixsmith reveals details of the episode that led to his 'being resigned' by Stephen Byers, he'll lose not just his pounds 180,000 pay-off, but any 'speaker's fees, TV salaries or payment for articles'. This doesn't mean MT won't pay him for his review.
The innovative illustrator of Stephen Bayley's Motormouth column has a secret. 'I'm the only person in Britain who doesn't drive,' confesses Paul Allen. 'It's quite ironic really.' Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1976, Allen produces mainly digital images for ads, magazines, brochures and books worldwide. Past clients include AT&T, Barclays and Renault. He lives with his family in 'the quiet bit' of Brighton: 'As an elderly illustrator, its young environment helps keep me aware of what's going on.'