As the former chairman of our once nationalised railway system, Sir Peter Parker is no stranger to the interface of business and politics; indeed since stepping down as the head of BR, Parker has distinguished himself as a commentator in this and any number of other fields; few would disagree with the assertion that he is one of the 'wise elder statesmen' of British business. This month he reviews - and greatly enjoys - On the Edge edited by Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens.
MT art director Anne Braybon traces her love of photography to her art-school days when was employed, by a certain Miss Lush, as a seaside snapper in Brighton. This passion has grown throughout a magazine career that takes in Amsterdam, Paris and London. Constructing the Management Today Management Tomorrow exhibition with the NPG has, therefore, been pure pleasure for Braybon, who delights in photographing her native Sussex, where she regularly stages art happenings (see left).
This month MT editor at large Matthew Gwyther has added to his CV by taking up the helm as editor of our new 'section e'. Gwyther's career has taken in publications ranging from the Sunday Times and the Mail to GQ. At the dawn of a new millennium, he is perhaps one of the last journalists left covering the area of e-commerce who's not about to set up his own dot.com - however, all offers will be considered. Gwyther does not have his own web site (yet).
After working for BBC2's Newsnight Helen Wilkinson became one of the leading figures at Demos, the 'must-have' think tank of the '90s.
She has established a reputation as an expert commentator on social and political issues, appearing on Radio 4's Any Questions and writing regularly for the newspapers. February saw the publication of Family Business, a collection of essays edited by Wilkinson. In this month's books section she looks at PR guru Lynne Franks' guide to entrepreneurialism.
'I don't think anyone thought Eric Nicoli would do it,' says Lisa Buckingham, explaining why the EMI Time Warner deal was one of the most fascinating stories she's covered. That's saying something considering her experience as the Guardian's City editor.
Buckingham has mixed feelings about the merger: sad to see another distinguished British company lose its independence, but realistic enough to admit there was not much of an alternative.
ALAN SUGAR Can you imagine a cross between Rupert Murdoch and Lord Weinstock?
Neither can we. But when MT asked six of British business' top brass to nominate their favourite leader, Sugar plumped for 'Rupert Weinstock' citing the former's vision and the latter's attention to detail and cash.
Of course, Sugar himself is no stranger to leadership, having convinced the British public that it wanted computers, tower hi-fis, and satellite dishes. And, of course, that not shaving for three days is a fashion statement.