MT's Room Service candidate, Nick Jones, is owner of hotel and restaurant group Soho House, which includes country retreat Babington House, where he married TV presenter Kirsty Young in 1999. Jones opened his first restaurant Over the Top in the '80s. It failed, but provided the location for his next venture, Cafe Boheme, and in 1995, members' club Soho House. His latest outposts include Soho House New York and the Balham Kitchen and Bar in south London.
MT regular Octavius Black provides invaluable advice to those climbing the greasy pole in Brain Food's Route to the Top. His own career has been a varied one: initially a journalist in London and New York, he quickly changed tack after receiving an ultimatum from his bank manager: 'He told me to change my job or my lifestyle. My lifestyle wasn't really changing, so I became a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton.' Black eventually founded The Mind Gym with Seb Bailey in 2000.
Freelance writer Alex Benady dug up the dirt on Richard Desmond for this month's MT cover story on Northern & Shell, his publishing and broadcasting empire. As a former employee of Desmond's De Monde Advertising in the '70s, Benady has watched the publisher change from 'a lumpen, boulder-shouldered oaf into a sleek, almost debonair operator'. Benady, pictured here with his children in Gibraltar, writes on advertising, marketing and media for the nationals.
In reviewing John Lees' book How to Get the Perfect Promotion for MT's book pages this month, John Viney, founder of the Zygos Partnership, was left feeling that the business of earning promotion is a full-time job in itself: 'I had the sense that anyone looking for promotion needs to forget about the day job'. Viney was European chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, responsible for its board practice, for 17 years. He is author of five books on business, management and leadership.
A journalist for 39 years - variously as managing editor of the Sunday Times, editor of the Daily Mirror and assistant editor of the Sun - Roy Greenslade now works for the Guardian as media commentator. He downed his pen for MT's book pages to read Breaking News: How the Wheels Came Off at Reuters, which tracks its evolution from news agency to seller of financial information. Greenslade's latest book is Press Gang: How to Make Profits from Propaganda.
Belgian-born illustrator Patrick Regout, MT's regular Crash Course illustrator, describes his drawings as a cross between Tex Avery and the German expressionist George Grosz. He studied graphic design in Tournai and became a freelance illustrator and cartoonist in 1984. His work has appeared in Esquire, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as Le Soir and L'Entreprise. When not busy drawing, Regout likes nothing better than to cheer on Belgium's tennis stars Kim Clijsters and Justine Hennin.