Global Commercial Director and Deputy CEO, Financial Times and Chairman, Walpole British Luxury. Ben is responsible globally for the FT's advertising sales operations, print circulation, HR, communications and marketing. He graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages.
Ben is also the Chairman of Walpole British Luxury. This comprises a membership of some 175 British luxury companies whose aim is to promote, recognise and maintain the highest standards of British luxury. He is also chairman of SuperSkills Experiences, a holiday, events and coaching company founded by rugby legends Will Greenwood and Austin Healey, focused around 'Legendary Shared Experiences.
It’s often said that life’s a journey - all be it a one-way ticket. If you could ‘return’ as one thing or one person, what or whom would that be and why?
The President of the USA. Freedom and power to make a difference.
What is your favourite journey?
To the Ile de Re, an island close to La Rochelle, on the South West coast of France.
During your travels around the world, what is the most outstanding experience you can recall in a foreign country?
Raffles hotel in Singapore. Customer service like I have never experienced anywhere else before or since.
Which living person do you most admire?
My wife and children.
What is your most treasured possession?
Our dogs. Relaxation personified.
Apart from your Dom Reilly for Financial Times leather weekender, what is the one thing you always travel with?
My iPad. In my Dom Reilly iPad case of course. I rely on that rather than in-flight entertainment systems which seldom work...
What do you look for in luxury goods?
Class, style and comfort.
Where would you most like to live?
The Ile de Re.
If you had a personal motto what would it be?
Do everything with class and style.
If you could make just one journey to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ile de Re of course.
What’s your favourite mode of transport?
Flying, and in first class.
Any final thoughts on travel?
It's the very best way to reflect and feel free.
Thank you Ben.