The following people were instrumental in compiling the Debrett’s 500:

Nick Bubb, Retail Consultant and Retailing Analyst, The Daily Retailer
With a career as a retailing analyst in the City spanning over 30 years, Nick Bubb is a respected and recognisable face from the world of retail. A PPE graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, Bubb has worked for numerous investment banks and stockbrokers including Scrimgeours, Morgan Stanley and Societe Generale, and is now an independent retail commentator, consultant and author of The Daily Retailer.

Russell Buckley, Partner, Kindred Capital

Russell Buckley has been a partner for venture capital fund Kindred Capital for just over a year. He is the chairman of numerous businesses, including Tapdaq and Touch Surgery, and has previously angel invested in a number of startups.

The Baroness Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney-general

Baroness Chakrabarti has been described by the Times as ‘the post effective public affairs lobbyist of the last 20 years’. The former director of Liberty is a qualified barrister, whose work has been integral to pushing civil liberties and basic human rights to the forefront of public agenda.

Lee Clayton, Head of Sport, Daily Mail and MailOnline
Lee Clayton is head of sport at the Daily Mail and MailOnline, having joined the company in 2004. He started in newspapers aged 16, after following his father, Peter, into the print industry. He has since clocked up over 27 years of experience working for a number of major national titles. Lee has covered football World Cups and European Championships and lists Manchester United’s 2-1 victory in the 1999 Champions League Final as the highlight of his time on the road.

Ted Cockle, President, Virgin EMI Records
Ted Cockle is president of Virgin EMI Records. Cockle was previously co-president at Island Records, Virgin EMI’s sister label at Universal Music, where he worked with artists including Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams and Florence + The Machine. He joined Island in 2005 as head of marketing after ten years at Sony Music, becoming marketing director a year later. In that role he worked with Amy Winehouse and The Sugababes as well as steering an award-winning launch for Mika.

Charles Collier, Managing Director and Founding Partner, Tavistock Wood
Charles Collier is a lawyer and agent. He is managing director and a founding partner of Tavistock Wood, one of Europe’s leading artist management agencies in the film, theatre, television and publishing industries. Charles was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge and qualified as a lawyer with the firm Allen & Overy before focusing his professional practice within the media and entertainment sector.

Martin Cullingford, Editor and Publisher of Gramophone
Martin Cullingford has been Editor of the classical music magazine Gramophone since 2011, and additionally took on the role of Publisher in 2014. He joined the title in 2002, subsequently holding a vareity of print and online posts during a period of radical, digitally-driven change for the recording industry.

Stephen Dalton, CEO, NHS Confederation

A nurse by background, Stephen Dalton has held various chief executive roles in the NHS, including posts in Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria. In 2013, he was appointed as the chief executive of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

Jack Graham, CEO, Year Here
Jack Graham is the founder and CEO of Year Here, a full-time postgraduate course in London designed to cultivate entrepreneurial approaches to entrenched social problems. He has a background in youth leadership having run an international internship scheme for Leonard Cheshire Disability and adapted the TV series Faking It into an employability programme for unemployed East Londoners. Jack also worked as head of operations of a youth-led HIV/AIDS NGO in Zambia.

Dr Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs, Science Museum Group
Dr Roger Highfield, the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble, was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. Roger has written seven books, including two bestsellers, and still contributes to various publications, such as the Evening Standard and Newsweek.

Philip Jones, Editor of the Bookseller, and the Staff of the Bookseller
Promoted to his current role of editor three years ago, Philip Jones joined The Bookseller almost 20 years ago in 1996. Since then, Jones has been writing and reporting on all the affairs of the British publishing industry, meaning that he is one of the best-placed people in the industry to comment on the most influential names. Prior to joining The Bookseller, Jones worked as managing editor at Nielsen Business Media. He is currently also editor of The Bookseller’s hugely popular blog Futurebook.

Paul Manduca, Chairman, Prudential plc 
Paul Manduca assumed the role of Chairman of Prudential plc in 2012 following a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry. He founded Threadneedle Asset Management Limited in 1994, and has acted as Chief Executive of both Rothschild Asset Management and Deutsche Asset Management. His previous non-executive roles included Wm Morrison and chairman of Aon UK Limited. Not only does he have the weight of experience behind him, but he is one of the few heavyweights who has not badly blotted his copybook during the credit crunch.

Christian May, Editor, City AM
Christian May became editor of daily business and financial newspaper City Am in 2015, at the age of 28. He was previously head of communications at the Institute of Directors.

Neil McIntosh, Managing Editor, BBC Online & Red Button 
Neil McIntosh has been Managing Editor of BBC Online and Red Button since 2013, with responsibilities spanning the Corporation’s digital output. Previously, he was Deputy Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, where he launched the title’s digital properties in English, German and Turkish. Between 1999 and 2008 he worked at the Guardian, latterly as Head of Editorial Development for guardian.co.uk, where he led the expansion of the Guardian into audio and video.

Ann Mroz, Editor, Times Educational Supplement

Ann Mroz is the editor of the Times Educational Supplement and the digital publishing director of TES Connect, a website responsible for producing teaching resources. She previously held the position of editor of the Times Higher Education, where she re-engineered the World University Rankings with Thomson Reuters.

Saqeb Mueen and the staff of the Royal United Services Institute 
Saqeb Mueen is currently Director of Communications at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest defence and security think tank. Overseeing all aspects of communications, public relations and media strategy, Saqeb aims to nurture RUSI’s reputation as a thought leader in defence, security and international affairs. Prior to his current role, Saqeb was editor of RUSI.org and deputy editor of the RUSI Journal, and he has also contributed to publications such as Prospect magazine and the Huffington Post.

Jon Peppiatt, Chairman, Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Jon Peppiatt was appointed chairman of BBH in 2015 after 20 years with the company. Along the way he has helped set up BBH Writers, worked as head of project management and in 2005, he became BBH’s first resource director and part of the UK management team. 

Charles Saumarez Smith, CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts

Charles Saumarez Smith is the chief executive and secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, the gallery famed for producing impressive exhibitions, including Ai Weiwei’s single artist show and Painting the Modern Garden. He has previously been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. 

Keith Schilling, Chairman and Senior Partner, Schillings

His mother worked in Sainsbury’s and his father was unemployed, but now Keith Schilling is one of the highest-paid lawyers in Britain, having built a fearsome reputation in high-profile divorce, libel and privacy cases. He has represented clients including Brad Pitt, JK Rowling and Liz Hurley, as well as a number of Premiership footballers.

Alistair Smith, Editor, The Stage

Alistair Smith is print editor of The Stage, the weekly newspaper for the performing arts. His previous roles for the paper have included reporter, news editor, opinion editor and deputy editor. He has also written for publications including The Guardian and Hello! Magazine, and founded the My Theatre Matters campaign.


Joe Warwick, Co-founder, World’s Best Restaurant Awards and Editor, Where Chefs Eat
Joe Warwick is the go-to man for all your UK foodie needs. A prolific writer on all things food, drink and restaurant-related, Warwick is the author of best-selling restaurant guide Where Chefs Eat, and publisher of restaurant fanzine Galley Slave.

Ellis Woodman, Critic-at-Large, The Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review
Trained architect Ellis Woodman is currently architecture critic at The Daily Telegraph, as well as Critic-at-Large for the Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal. Woodman has written extensively on architecture, whether in articles, essays or books and also has extensive teaching experience. Formerly, he edited Building Design Magazine and also curated the British Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale.

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