Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Former Observer staffer Garrett, who writes on the pressures directors face, has just started his own firm, FastWords, which specialises in writing for business. 'So far,' he says, 'an invitation to join the IOD has not materialised.' Still, he's keen on going plural ... all offers carefully considered.


As business and City editor of The Times, Wheatcroft covers the gamut of finance and industry, but retail has a special appeal. For MT, she covers the ownership battle at M&S. 'It's about personalities, power, money - and clothes,' she says. 'Who wouldn't be interested in that?'


Haymarket editorial director Mills spent five years editing Campaign. As a former financial journalist, his feature on the WCRS MBO let him combine two specialities: 'The same principles apply to an MBO, whether it's an ad agency or an off-licence chain. It's a fascinating insight into the human psyche.'


This month's 'If I had to Start Again' interviewee is mooted as a possible replacement for Shell's chairman Lord Oxburgh. Collum, newly knighted, who recently stepped down at BNFL, started in the brewing industry before becoming Cadbury Schweppes' FD and then CFO at SmithKline Beecham.


'It was the perfect commission,' says portrait photographer Root of his Goodwood shoot. It melded his twin interests of fast cars and the aristocracy. Envious of Lord March's classic silver AC, Root finds comfort in his Harold Radford 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT and his 1951 Jowett Jupiter.

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