'Justin Welby convinced me to become a vicar' - Andrew Morley

LIFE/STYLE: The CEO of Clear Channel likes Savile Row togs and occasionally sells used cars on the side.

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 12 May 2015


My first job after getting up at 5.50am is letting the dog out without waking my wife, Vanessa. I drive my red Mini Cooper to Chorleywood station then take the train to London. I started using the Bible in a Year app on the way, so I wouldn't have to read Metro, which is garbage. Faith is very important to me - I say lots of little prayers throughout the day.

When I was marketing director at Harrods, the dress code was formal. At Google it was 'wear clothes'. Outdoor ad firm Clear Channel is somewhere in between. I wear Church's shoes, Turnbull & Asser shirts, Paul Smith jeans and whatever jacket the tailors of Savile Row can fit on my funny frame. The Raymond Weil watch my wife gave me 15 years ago never leaves my wrist.

In advertising, work and lunch are both usually spent with clients. I love Asian food, so I often eat in Chinatown, just down the road from our Piccadilly office.


I've lived in eight countries. Singapore was fantastic, particularly the Botanic Gardens, which are crawling with monitor lizards, but Paris takes some time for an Englishman to crack. I often go back to France, especially skiing in Val d'Isere or cycling in the Mont Ventoux mountain race.

I spent an incredible sunny Christmas in Milford Sound in New Zealand, but I'd love to go back to the Maldives. It's got by far the best scuba diving. At Google, I used to fly 15 times a month, but now it's only once or twice. As a British Airways gold card holder, I can usually get a cheeky upgrade to first class if I book club, but my favourite airline is easyJet - I flew long-haul with them to Tel Aviv recently.


I'd go potty if I couldn't exercise for a week. Cycling clears the noise from my head. I ride my handmade Italian Viner bike a lot in the Chilterns, often with my wife and teenage sons, Lewis and Joel. The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea is a great day out. My favourite piece at home is an original print of Matisse's Sleeping Woman, but if I'm passing I like to pop into the National Gallery for a few minutes because it's free. I am a Yorkshireman, after all. I enjoy the theatre too. My favourite show is Billy Elliot.

I have a sweet tooth, especially for Belgas liquorice. The box hidden away in the upstairs cupboard never lasts as long as it should. I can't remember the last time I watched TV. The last book I read was Benedictine Spirituality for Daily Life. It's all about taking your time, which I find difficult.


I get my work ethic from my mum, who ran a newsagents in Sheffield. When I was 11, I was making £25 a week selling sweets, and I paid my way through university buying and selling used cars. I still do it occasionally. The last one was an ex-police Mark II Ford Escort.

I'd been a Christian for 10 years when Justin Welby convinced me to become a vicar at a conference. I am hoping to be ordained in 2017 as a part-time priest. I love Bear Grylls' attitude. My motto for the year is just 'crack on'. I volunteer at a homeless charity, New Hope. When I arrived, I offered my marketing experience, but they handed me a soup ladle. It brings you down to earth.

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