MT's portrait photographer took the pictures of Sir John Harvey-Jones for this month's issue. 'I was expecting him to be an irascible old buffer,' says Borden, 'but he was charm personified.' Borden, whose first solo exhibition was held last year, has a 15-year association with MT, having first worked for the magazine in his early twenties. His most memorable shoot? 'The seven frames I took of General Sir Mike Jackson. After a few minutes, he told me: "I think you've got it, haven't you?"' Borden quickly agreed.
In more than 30 years contributing to and editing MT, Caulkin has visited prisons, talked to MPs and footballers and driven a Rolls-Royce from Crewe to London. One UK institution he hadn't covered was Unilever, so this month's assignment was a chance both to fill a gap and reflect on wider lessons of the past 40 years. He shares with Unilever the convictions that business should be about helping people get more out of life and that - how shall we put this? - both companies and people can improve with age.
With MT from the 1970s, photographer Griffin said he was given some 'ridiculous' assignments when he first joined from art college, including assembling all the European commissioners and photographing them on a rooftop in Brussels. Far less ridiculous is his work for this month's issue - a portrait of Unilever boss Patrick Cescau. Griffin's work now hangs in the V&A, including his 1974 MT-commissioned photo of rush-hour commuters. His new book, The Water People, is published this month.
Satirical artist Steadman was an early contributor to MT, his energetic pen-and-ink illustrations lending a subversive air to the subjects we tackled. Steadman collaborated with American writer Hunter S Thompson in the birth of gonzo journalism, and his work ranges from the cover illustration of Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to books on Leonardo da Vinci and Sigmund Freud. His instantly recognisable splats of ink adorn the pages of his forthcoming book The Joke's Over, a homage to Thompson.
John Weak puts the man back into management. For many years he was the marketing director of Smokehouse plc, whose core competencies were global warming, increasing third world debt and reducing biodiversity. Since then he has been involved in high-tech start-ups (the ignition on his BMW), research into bio-fuels (drinking ethanol slammers) and organic farming (picking his nose). In this issue, Weak sees hands-on openings in Finland - home of Lapp dancing, 6ft blonde uber-babes and bloody reindeer livers.