All we have at our disposal are beautiful words, but what a weapon to hold.
Philip Collins, former speech writer to Tony Blair
Some clients require a more than ordinarily flexible, personal and advisory approach and are best served by relationships of real depth; often, these endure over many years.
Typically, they will be public figures and prominent people: business leaders and politicians; entrepreneurs and philanthropists; creatives and celebrities; personalities, pioneers and opinion formers…
At AGL, clients of this kind are looked after by a specialist unit, AGL Special Advisory, driven by Tom Stuttaford and Bella Blissett.
Our Special Advisory team offer writing, thinking, coaching and networking in a way that’s tailored to your needs via three distinct membership offerings – Alpha, Gamma & Lambda – which we are happy to discuss with you in more detail.
Special Advisory prides itself on its ability to help its clients stand out from the crowd as thinkers, doers, leaders and opinion formers.
It prides itself, too, on its discretion.
Special Advisory is supported by a panel of Founding Ambassadors: people of exceptional experience, expertise and influence, from the worlds of politics, business, music, the arts and media, whose role is to offer guidance, counsel and networking opportunities.
Mark Cornell is currently CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the global leader in live entertainment. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Sotheby’s Europe and preceding that, spent 10 years at LVMH, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Moet Hennessy USA and Chief Executive Officer of Krug Champagne. Mark has vast experience in managing large organisations, as well as successfully leading consumer-orientated companies in the UK, Europe and the United States.
Kate is a Conservative Member of the House of Lords. Between 2010 and 2016, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister David Cameron 10 Downing Street, having advised him for five years in Opposition. She is the Executive Director of Brunswick Geopolitical, a Trustee of Atlantic Partnership, where she was previously the Founding Director, and on the Advisory Board of a new think tank, Onward.
Sir Lucian Grainge is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment. Sir Lucian has signed and worked with many worldwide stars, including ABBA, Elton John, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Queen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, U2 and Amy Winehouse, among many others. Having consistently championed the development of innovative business models with a wide range of technology and media partners around the world, his inspiring leadership has been recognised for laying the foundation for a return to growth of an industry that had suffered more than a decade of decline.
Dora has 30 years’ experience in business and the management of private wealth. Having spent her early career in New York, London and Paris in television advertising and production, and in business management for musicians, Dora founded Dora Loewenstein Associations (‘DLA’) in 1992, a specialist event management company. She was a founding Partner of Cunningham Loewenstein Asset Management LLP and has sat on the board of Holbein Partners since inception. Dora is Vice President of Save the Children and formerly Chairman of the NSPCC’s Full Stop Campaign for London and a member of its National Appeal Board.
Jamie was Principal Private Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry from 2004-2014. Having spent five years in the security sector, he co-founded Objective Team, a company training journalists in hostile environments. He was an officer in the British Army, serving in the Irish Guards (79-87), the Special Air Service (SAS) (87-95) and on the staff of the Chief of the Defence Staff (95-98). He is now is a strategic partner of C5, a technology investment firm specialising in cyber security, big data and cloud computing and is a trustee of the Royal Foundation, the Endeavour Fund and the Varkey Foundation.
Having been Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2010 – 2012 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Marland retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Network in January 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Enterprise and Investment Company Ltd. and is a member of the investment advisory committee of the Kuwait Investment Authority.
Charles Richmond is Chairman of the Goodwood Group of Companies and founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. He took over management of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex from his father in 1994 after a successful career as a photographer – a passion which he still pursues today, with exhibitions held worldwide.
Jonathan Harmsworth became Chairman of DMGT in 1998 when he was 29. He sets the long term strategic direction of the Group which employs more than 9,600 people in over 40 countries. As Chairman, Lord Rothermere has overseen the transformation of DMGT from a newspaper business into a diversified media, information and business services Group.
Michael trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. He was Chief Executive of Mayborn Group PLC from 1980 to 2006, when he sold it in a private equity deal. Michael is currently Chairman of Murex Energy and Non-Executive Chairman of City Car Club. He has been Chairman of the Anna Freud Centre for the past 12 years and is also Chair of Full Fact, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for accuracy in politics and the political press. Additionally, Michael runs five family charitable trusts and owns and manages estates in England and Scotland. He is married with four children and lives between London and Somerset.
Sir Nicholas Soames has been a Member of Parliament for 35 years. He has represented Mid Sussex since 1997, previously serving as MP for Crawley. He served as a junior Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and from 1994-1997 he was Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Between November 2003 and May 2005 Sir Nicholas served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. He is President of the Conservative Middle East Council and he Co-Chairs the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration. He was made a Privy Counsellor in July, 2011 and knighted in May, 2014 and has specialist knowledge in the fields of defence, Europe, international affairs, trade and industry, aviation and the countryside.
Isabel formerly worked with Samantha Cameron as her special advisor, playing a key role in building her public profile. Prior to this, she worked as PR director for Anya Hindmarch in London and New York. She now works with businesswomen at all stages of their careers to build confidence through their image and personal brand. She is also ambassador for Smart Works, a charity helping women in need regain their confidence by providing work outfits and interview training, and writes a weekly column for The Telegraph on work wear.
The former Leader of the House of Lords in David Cameron’s Cabinet from 2010-13, Lord Strathclyde also served as a Minister in the governments of John Major and Margaret Thatcher. He is nowChairman of Raytheon, a Senior Advisor to AECOM, Ferrero, PwC, Chairs the Advisory Board of the Battersea Power Station Development Company and sits on the board of the Centre of Policy Studies.
Having worked in events at Quintessentially, New York, Susanna went on to spend two years at Added Dimension, creating and organising high profile events for both private and corporate clients. Adding to her experience in the world of musical and theatre production at Vaudeville in Cape Town and Proud Cabaret in London, she joined the team at The Arts Club for its re-opening in September 2011 as Director of Music and Member Events. Susanna continues to curate the cultural programme as well as produce the Club’s in house bands today.