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ei Board & Team

Editorial Intelligence is committed to helping individuals and corporations seeking personal and professional excellence achieve it by developing deeper personal connections and having a more profound understanding of today’s information-overloaded landscape.


Charlie Burgess - Editorial Director & Board Member
Charlie Burgess has been a media adviser to a clutch of innovative companies for the past seven years. A recovering journalist, he worked in Fleet Street for nearly 30 years, latterly as the managing editor of The Independent where he was also the founding sports editor and the home editor. At the Guardian he was the media editor, the Saturday editor, travel editor and a sports writer. At the Daily Mail he was a features executive. He is also non-executive director of the CN Group. He spent two weeks as a Games Maker at the London Olympics. His hobbies include magic (look here at the hands of Charliethecard and if you are impressed, he is available for parties) and Carlisle United, his home town team. He lives in London with his wife. His two children visit occasionally. He has a small share in a beautiful pub in the Lake District, the Woolpack Inn in Eskdale, which you should visit.

Book(s) I recommend: Anything by Ed McBain
Favourite Art form/Artists: Magic, Jerry Sadowitz (his magic rather than his comedy)
Favourite Place: Eskdale, Cumbria and Brunton Park, Carlisle
Desert Island Dinner Companion: A plate of fish and chips


Andrew Davidson - ei Associate
Andrew is a creative education consultant. He began his career at PR agency Hobsbawm Macaulay then spent 12 years in education policy and communications at Design Council, Creative & Cultural Skills, Institution of Civil Engineers and Department for Education & Skills. He was a primary school governor for 8 years, is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Alumni Ambassador for the University of Brighton, where he studied Visual Culture. Andrew’s baking won ‘Best in Show’ at the De Beauvoir Flower & Produce Show in 2012 and 2013.

Book(s) I recommend: The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll, Maggie & Me by Damian Barr
Favourite art: Always the visual arts. I especially love the dark humour and word play of David Shrigley and Tim Etchells.
Favourite Place: Mull / Dungeness / Oqunquit
Desert Island companion: Madonna
 


 Alice Feilden - Office, Production Assistant
Alice graduated in the summer of 2017 with a first in Classics from the University of Bristol. Whilst studying at Bristol, she interned for the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and assisted one of the University’s PhD students, cataloguing ancient artefacts from the Athenian Agora. Since graduating, Alice has joined the team at Editorial Intelligence, and spends her free time working on various creative projects of her own.
 


Stephen Fleming - eiDigest Editor
Stephen Fleming edits the eiDigest for Editorial Intelligence and runs his own communications and marketing consultancy - Copythatworks Ltd. He specialises in the planning and delivery of strategic internal communications programmes that promote staff engagement. Stephen is a former Daily Mail and Times staff journalist who has been working with Editorial Intelligence since 2007. He raises rare breed pigs.

Book(s) I recommend: Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Simon Armitage and Taken by Robert Crais.
Favourite Art form/Artists:Music / Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Django Rheinhardt, Fall Out Boy, Joe Bonamassa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Show of Hands.
Favourite place: Achiltibuie. Pub with friends.
Desert Island Dinner Companion: Francis Pryor, Brian Blessed, Tim Smit and Kelly Brook.

 


Harvey Goldsmith - Chairman, Editorial Intelligence
Harvey is a legendary and visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, charity events and television broadcasts. He has produced managed and promoted shows with most of the world’s major artists and was responsible for the two largest music events in the world, ever; Live Aid and Live 8. Harvey continues to promote and produce music shows to this very day. Harvey has received numerous awards including, CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996 and more recently to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Harvey received the Diamond Award for his contribution to The Arts. In July 2012, Harvey received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Brighton. In June 2013 Harvey produced ‘Sound of Change Live’ at Twickenham Stadium, a four hour star-studded show presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE: recently founded by Gucci, which campaigns for improved Education, Health and Justice for women and girls worldwide. 

Book(s) I recommend: Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore and Resilience by Andrew Zolli
Favourite Art form/Artists: Music - The Who
Favourite Place: Portugal
Desert Island Dinner Companion: Keith Richards

 


Tommy Helsby - Non Executive Director
Tommy has worked for Kroll, the world’s leading corporate investigation company, for more than thirty years, initially in New York and then in London. The company, which has 30 offices in 17 countries, was acquired for $1.1 billion three years ago by a US private equity firm.  While now playing a strategic and public role for the firm, particularly in developing its business in key emerging markets including Russia and India, he is still very active advising clients on corporate disputes and reputation issues, acquisitions and market entry strategies, and managing complex fraud investigations.  He has appeared on television and radio in numerous countries and is regularly quoted in the press.

Book(s) I recommend: So many but maybe…Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
Favourite Art form/Artists: Theatre
Favourite Place: My kitchen
Desert Island Dinner Companion: Desert islands don’t come with companions

 


Julia Hobsbawm - Founder and Chief Curator
Julia Hobsbawm founded the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence in 2005. Her aim to “bring connections and ideas to professional individuals who have been isolated for too long in their corporate silos” has become the benchmark for modern networking. In 2011 she was made Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking at City University London’s Cass Business School – a world first. Her new book 'Fully Connected: Surviving & Thriving in an Age of Overload" was published on 20 April 2017. She tweets from @juliahobsbawm and her personal website is www.juliahobsbawm.com

Book(s) I recommend:
Switch! How small change makes big change happen by Chip and Dan Heath; the novels of Iris Murdoch and the poems of R.S.Thomas; the travel writing of Norman Lewis and A.A.Gill.
Favourite Art form/Artists:
The paintings of Edward Hopper and Rene Magritte, but I do love the Maggi Hambling sculpture 'Scallop' on Aldeburgh beach, home of Names Not Numbers.
Favourite Place: either Mersea Island in Essex, or the Island Manhattan; and almost any London park. 
Desert Island Dinner Companion: Woody Allen for his self deprecatory wit; the late Edith Piaf for her story and her voice, and probably "Carlton your Doorman" from the 1970s sitcom "Rhoda".
 


Laura Musins - Office, Network and Editorial Co-ordinator
Laura graduated from Exeter University in 2011, with a first in Archaeology. Since graduating she has worked in the juice bar of a health club and was also a research intern for Editorial Intelligence, before joining ei full-time. Her career history to date includes spells as a door-to-door seller of organic vegetables, a clerk in a travel agent, working as bar staff in Australia, and landscaping the courtyard of a stonemason’s showroom. Laura has practised Taekwon-do for over 14 years, instructs at a Club in north London and is currently a member of the England national team.
 


Geraldine Sharpe-Newton - ei Associate
As a Public Relations Executive, Journalist and TV Producer, on both sides of the Atlantic, Geraldine Sharpe-Newton has worked at the heart of media relations and corporate communications for more than three decades. She has been head of communications for three of the world's major news organisations, ‘CBS’, ‘ITN’ and ‘CNN’ International. Early years in U.S broadcast journalism led her to ‘Burson-Marsteller’, Public Relations in New York. She handled the U.S launch of ‘The Economist’ News magazine and was a Vice President at publishers, ‘Simon & Shuster’. Back in broadcasting, at ‘CBS News’, she led the ‘transition, communications-team’ during the handover from Walter Cronkite to Dan Rather.
 
In London she ran the ‘ITN’ Communications and PR operation. She was Communications Director at the ‘Worldwide Fund for Nature’ (WWF) and later at ‘Turner Broadcasting’ was Senior Vice President in charge of international press relations outside the US, for ‘CNN’ International and the Cartoon Network. Geraldine was a longtime President of ‘The Media Society’, and is a specialist business mentor for ‘The Prince's Trust’, on the advisory board of The Global Thinkers Forum, an external Trustee for the Bach Choir. She is deeply involved in ‘mentoring’ and conducted media training for the ‘Clore’ Leadership programme’. She is a board member at ‘Theatre 503’, in Battersea, and is on the Development Committee of The ‘Tricycle Theatre’. She is also a ‘Critical Eye’ Associate and was latterly UK chair of the ‘International Women's Forum’. Geraldine has been a strategic communications consultant for over a decade to such clients as Business Week magazine, Control Risks,Central School for Speech and Drama among others. Renowned for her travels to uncommon places she is now working on her first book of short stories.

 

Peter York - eiNetwork Co-Chair & Associate
Peter York is one of the UK’s leading strategic researchers. He co-founded the influential management consultancy SRU with Lord Stevenson. He is a former Board Trustee of Arts & Business and of the Tate Members’ Council. He is also an author, journalist and broadcaster on social styles and trends - he writes regularly for newspapers and magazines in the UK and USA. He co-wrote the 80s bestseller The Sloane Ranger Handbook. (His update of it - Cooler, Faster, More was published in October 2007.) His last book 'Authenticity is a Con' was published in 2015. Hi BBC documentary, “Peter York’s Hipster Handbook” was broadcast in October 2016. His is President of the Media Society and is currently working on his 12th book – about broadcasting - and his 13th is in the planning stage.

Book(s) I recommend: Miss Piggy's Guide to Life
Favourite Art form/Artists:Interior Decoration
Favourite Place: Pimlico
Desert Island Dinner Companion: Barry Humphries

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