Ever since she answered an ad promising 'the back door to Fleet Street' (for a vacancy in Woolwich), Patience Wheatcroft has been writing about business. Three years after Woolwich she found the front door and worked on numerous nationals before joining the Times as City and business editor, where she regularly 'lunches for Britain'. Wheatcroft also balances a career and family life and is planning to adapt her 'nanny stories' for a follow-up to Gormenghast.
Describing himself as the David Attenborough of the business jungle, Guy Browning observes the bizarre life forms and behaviour in business for the Guardian, Business Life and bol.com. He is also creative director of innovation consultancy Smokehouse, which helps organisations to think bigger, bolder and faster. For MT he writes regularly in our 'Brain food' section, offering career-improving tips and, in 'Canteen culture', sampling the lunch-time delights served by businesses to their starving wage slaves.
This month we bid farewell to 'Techknow' columnist Bill Gates and welcome his successor Esther Dyson, who will be writing a monthly column on all matters e. One of the most respected commentators on web-related business, Dyson is the publisher of weekly newsletter Release 1.0, the author of Release 2.0 and an advisor to governments and organisations. Fortune magazine recently named her as one of the most powerful women in American business.
Australian-born Jeff Fisher has worked throughout the world for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Talk and the Sunday Times. Refusing to limit himself to dailies, weeklies and monthlies, Fisher also designs book covers, notably for Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the Bloomsbury Classics series, and has produced stamps for the Royal Mail. Fisher has been living in France for the past six years with a small white dog. He doesn't know how this came to be.
Andrew Davidson thinks he probably met Malcolm Miller years ago, when the Pace boss was at Amstrad. The problem was all Amstrad men looked the same (ie like their boss Alan Sugar) so it was hard to tell them apart. Davidson is only grateful he didn't meet the fearsomely fit Miller on the tennis court. Davidson's recent performances for the legendary Sissinghurst B team in Kent's Wealden League have not been quite up to tech boss standard. But he's working on it.
In an eclectic 40-year career, Michael Leapman has worked for most national newspapers and numerous magazines and written more than a dozen books, including a biography of Rupert Murdoch (Barefaced Cheek) and a prescient vision of the travails of the BBC (The Last Days of the Beeb). Gardening and cities are two of his other subjects - he has written guide books to London and New York and in May Headline will publish The Ingenious Mr Fairchild, his biography of an innovative Georgian nurseryman.