Writer Journalist Historian Media Adviser Speaker
I am a writer, journalist, historian, and media adviser—and co-author of New World Inc.: The Making of America by England’s Merchant Adventurers. I am founder and director of Thinking Cap Communications, a strategic thought leadership and public relations consultancy, which is based in London.
My consultancy helps companies and senior executives develop, publish and promote their brand-defining ideas and insights in all kinds of formats—from blogs to books. I am the ghost writer on four business books: Profit From The Source: Transforming Your Business By Putting Suppliers At The Core, Two Brown Envelopes: How To Shrug Off Setbacks, Bounce Back From Failure And Build A Global Business, The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating The Newly Affluent in China and India and Rocket: Eight Lessons To Secure Infinite Growth. Published by Harvard Business Review Press, The $10 Trillion Prize was placed on the prestigious JP Morgan Private Bank Summer Reading List of 2013—one of 10 books that also included Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In.
I spent twelve years working for the Financial Times. I joined in 1996 as Education Correspondent. I then became Investment Correspondent, launch editor of FTfm, the FT's weekly supplement on the fund management industry, and Features Editor. In 2005, I became the FT's Assistant Editor, responsible for running the newspaper's online operation as Editor of FT.com. I then became Associate Editor, running the newspaper's weekday special reports as Editor of Special Supplements and Reports.
After the FT, and before founding Thinking Cap Communications, I served as the first global Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Consulting Group, responsible for building the firm's reputation as a thought leader with a wider portfolio of publications, a more visible and valued online presence, and a transformed profile in the global media.
As well as founder and director of TCC, I am a part-time tutor at Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education (teaching courses on Anglo-American and Media history), and a former adjunct professor at Richmond, the American International University in London (teaching BA and MA courses in journalism, public relations and the media).
I have a PhD in history from Cambridge University and I have written articles on British and American history for various publications, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Historical Journal, and the Journal of History and Politics.
I have given talks and lectures at Cambridge University, Oxford University, London University's Institute of Historical Research, the Oxford Literary Festival, the Essex Books Festival, the Pilgrim Society, and the Oxford and Cambridge Club, among other places.