Deputy business editor of the Sunday Times, O'Connell arrived from New Zealand 17 years ago. He comes on board this month for MT's feature on the defence industry. Several years of covering the sector have taught him what makes it tick - 'big business, big technology and big, big politics'.
As founder of speakers' bureau JLA, Lee was the perfect choice to review Why Business People Speak Like Idiots for the books pages. It was a frustrating experience. Although he agreed with the selection of targets, he found the authors as guilty as anyone of speaking in jargon-riddled cliches.
Pritchard wrote this month's MBA guide, and having edited MBA Business magazine, she knows the value of the qualification. 'The extra edge and earning power of MBA graduates make up for blown savings and remortgaged houses.' She has also written for the Independent and the FT.
MT features editor Saunders (pictured with daughter Katy) makes a nostalgic return to his student home to find that it is not as grim up north as it was. In 'Manchester Makes a Comeback', he says the grungy capital of the north-west has been recast as a post-modernist poem in glass and steel.
Past photographic briefs have dispatched former builder Coekin to Pakistan, India and the Bronx. For MT's Service Excellence supplement, he roughed it in Telford, Walsall and Sandbach. His first photographic book, Knock Three Times, is a look at life in a working men's club, and will be published in March.