Writer Journalist Historian Media Adviser Speaker
I am a writer, historian, 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 collaborative writer on two business books: 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 website 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 senior director (UK) of Sommerfield Communications, a New York-based PR company.
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, London University's Institute of Historical Research, Richmond The American International University in London and the Pilgrim Society, among other places. I will be speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival in April 2019.