In a world where the lines between art and commerce get ever more blurred, Andrew Davidson's encounter with the Tate Gallery, run by Britain's sharpest arts manager, Sir Nicholas Serota, is nothing if not timely. After 15 years of expansion under Serota's rule, could the Tate now be hemmed in? MT regular Davidson found the thin-lipped Serota rather more amusing than most, and the surrounding art world as viperous and political as any he'd encountered.
Dumping stock is the norm when share prices slump. Yet in reviewing Market Panic by Stephen Vines this month, DeAnne Julius CBE discovered an advocate of buying during a downturn. American by birth, Dr Julius is one of Britain's most prestigious economists: she was a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee until 2001 and MT listed her as the fourth most powerful woman in Britain in 2000. She recently took up a portfolio life that includes non-exec posts at Lloyds TSB and BP.
This year looks like being a busy one for MT's First Class Coach: in 2003 she plans to start her own business, trek 100 kilometres for charity, and work on a children's film. She leaves The Coaching House next month after 11 years to launch a 'fellowship of coaching equals', offering her clients leadership and brand advice. Mindful not to neglect her own wellbeing, she hopes to improve her work/life balance 'as I'm always recommending my clients to do!'.
As financial editor of the London Evening Standard, Anthony Hilton has a reputation for writing what others don't even like to think - be it on the insanities of the dot.com boom or the inanities of regulation. This month in MT, he spotlights the failure of most mergers to deliver value. Once a keen parachutist, his hobby is now after-dinner speaking. Hilton explains how two such different pursuits share a common thread: 'You are dreadfully exposed, and if you don't go down well, it hurts.'
EMMA DE VITA
MT's new section editor is used to questions about her name: 'I'm half-Italian and half-Belgian,' she reveals. An avid mountain biker, De Vita is no stranger to risk-taking - making the leap from business researcher to journalist was nothing next to free-wheeling down an Alp. She hopes finding inspiration for Brain Food will be less traumatic than her cycle to work: 'I've even been punched off by a pedestrian in Balham.' Our only worry - that she makes it to the next issue.
In his MT debut this month, Nigel Shafran photographed Nicholas Serota for our feature on the Tate. He is known for his luminous images of the everyday, and was commissioned by the V&A to document its workspaces and employees - a portfolio exhibited in 1999. Past subjects include the washing up and his dad's office. His latest solo exhibition at MW Projects includes an image of a charity shop interior, which caught his interest because 'the shop doesn't choose the goods, the goods choose the shop'.