In my day job, I run Camberton, an issues-driven communications consultancy which helps clients with crisis- and reputation management: we advise companies on how what they do will be viewed by government and the media, and what that should mean about their strategy. I am also a non-executive director of Probability plc and Retail Money Market, which trades as RateSetter.com.
In my earlier life, I ran Betfair’s external affairs for the opening decade when it felt like we were changing the world: I joined before launch as part of the founder management team. I also spent five years with BBC Sport – on 5Live, News24 and, for a year, BBC Breakfast on BBC1; and just short of five years at JPMorgan, trading UK corporate bonds.
Separately, I spent two years covering county cricket as a freelance reporter for the Daily Telegraph, and wrote for various publications on sporting topics. I continue to write on the rare occasions I get asked: late in 2011 I completed a chapter on gambling for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Horseracing. Aside from that, in 2009-10, I sat on the Parry Panel commissioned by the UK Sports Minister to look at issues of integrity in sport.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, therefore, this blog is mainly about sports and betting; but occasionally it strays into other political topics which I find interesting.
I live in Barnes in west London.