Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Clearly a confident man, Will Hutton doesn't waffle in his review of Ian Angell's latest book, calling it ignorant, lurid and shot through with its maker's conceits.

But Hutton is one well-placed to debunk futurology, having peered ahead himself with his 1997 offering The State to Come. Best known for having been editor of the Observer, Hutton is now chief executive of the Industrial Society. Next month, he will himself be the subject of one of MT's book reviews.


Each month, in his 'Building to last' column, Patrick Dunne advises on how to tackle the problems that confront expanding small businesses.

When he's not helping MT's entrepreneurial readers deal with their growing pains, he heads up 3i's Independent Director programme and is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University. Dunne tries to devote the other side of his life to family (he has three children) and has still managed to find time to write two books and pursue his hobby of planespotting.


As the daughter of an American diplomat, Helen Kirwan-Taylor spent her formative years observing the impeccable behaviour of her parents.

Regrettably, she says, none of this deportment rubbed off on her. This month she observes the 21st-century corporate wife in action for the feature 'The secret life of the corporate wife'. Kirwan-Taylor writes on subjects ranging from design to psychology for the Financial Times, the Telegraph and Harpers & Queen.


Biotech backer and serial entrepreneur Chris Evans, who in investment circles is just as famous as his ginger namesake is in the media, says that asking him to review a book was like asking Richard Branson to wear a suit and tie. But to his surprise he found Harriet Rubin's latest work gave him reason to reflect on his life. As well as holding biotechnology professorships at three universities, Evans is chairman of Toad. Remarkably, he also has free time, which he spends fly fishing, playing the electric guitar and rugby.


Robert Heller became founding editor of Management Today in 1966 in the hope of promoting a revolution in British management, and today is thrilled to find himself in the thick of revolutionary times - writing and speaking about the impact, threat, opportunity and general mayhem flowing from the internet in his column. That said, he has by no means abandoned other interests, such as wine, contemporary art and a 'book of the month' project for Dorling Kindersley.


'Very charming men' was Trevor Ray-Hart's verdict on Roland Rudd and the difficult-to-pin-down Alan Parker after he photographed the two spin doctors for this month's article on the world of financial PR. Ray-Hart has been behind the lens since he was 12, when his mother bought him a Zenith camera. Today he contributes to publications ranging from Time Out to the New York Times. In his spare time, he says, he likes nothing more than to ruin the piste for skiers by carving it up with his snowboard.

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