For over 10 years, I provided the monthly, in-depth profiles for Accountancy magazine, the official magazine of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. I was extremely persuasive in convincing some of the country’s most high-profile business leaders to take part. Initially, we covered major figures from across the business spectrum, including such people as Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Nicola Horlick and Anita Roddick. Later, when we restricted our subjects to finance directors, I interviewed a whole swathe of FTSE100 FDs, including Stephen Hester, then at Abbey, Ian Livingstone, who was at BT, and Burberry CFO, Stacey Cartwright.
Three years’ worth of this column was syndicated to Encyclopedia Britannica.
I was also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph’s Starting Out column, that profiled small businesses and ran for around eight years. Several of the nascent companies that I identified for inclusion in the column went on to find huge success as national brands.