Guest editor

By The Drum, Administrator

March 12, 2004 | 3 min read

Have you ever opened up a newspaper or magazine (obviously not The Drum, heaven forbid) and thought "I could do better than that"? Well here is your chance to stamp your mark on our esteemed organ. Over the course of the coming year we will be inviting a number of esteemed industry leaders to come forward and show us what they are made of in terms of ideas, comment and feature planning, and we will challenge them to produce an issue of The Drum. We have made up our own wish list of candidates, but now invite our readers to pick one of the following people as a guest editor of the magazine. Please note: this is not merely an excuse to get some cheap cover for the editor’s holidays.

1. alex barr, director,

the big partnership

One of Scotland’s highest profile PR men after launching Big Partnership in 2000 following a career at Beattie Media. Knows how to take it on the chin.

2. Bobby Hain, Md STV, SMG

Successfully launched Beat 106 before moving on to Virgin Radio. Now he has moved from sound to vision with Scottish TV.

3. caroline McGrath, md, the media shop

Caroline has managed the oldest media independent in Scotland for over 15 years. She knows a good media deal and goes all out to get it

4. Erik Davidson, Chief Executive, Tayburn

Erick has recently celebrated 25 years of success in the design business and is one of the sector’s most outspoken individuals. He knows what to look for in good design and business.

5. Flora Martin, md, citigate smarts

Since launching her own PR consultancy when PR was still a mystery, Flora took on the role of MD of the agency in 2003 and hasn’t stopped smiling since.

6. graeme Jack, md, Hatch

Outspoken Aberdonian Graeme was managing director of Shandwick in Glasgow, until leaving in 2001 to launch Hatch-Group alongside Mike Murphy.

7. ian mcateer, md, the union

President of the Scottish IPA and MD of one of Scotland’s most successful agencies, The Union. The agency’s success has come from looking to the future.

8. joe hall, md, blue peach

One of Scottish designs wisest heads Joe Hall is regarded by many as the old guard of Scottish design. Blue Peach is still going strong after all these years.

9. john myers, md, real; radio

John Myers burst onto the Scottish media scene when he launched Real Radio for GMG in 2001. Myers is never lost for words.

10.liz o’connor, MD, The bridge

One of the best known creative minds in Scotland, Liz knows what makes Scottish advertising tick ... and it’s not just Chardonnay.

11. colin mcclatchie, general manager,

news international scotland

The ambitious Irishman who is steering the Scottish Sun and Sunday Times Scotland to circulation success by keeping an ear to the ground.

12. victor brierly, marketing director,

third eye design

Al Pacino look-alike Brierley is renown for his sharp dress sense – but it’s his sharp tongue The Drum’s readers love most.

Please email your choice of guest editor to


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