It has been a busy few weeks for Jericho Chambers – so here is a quick update before everyone disappears for the Holiday break.
First, we are delighted to announce the arrival of Members eight and nine – Martin Lambie-Nairn and Allan Biggar. For those of you who do not know them, Allan is a serial entrepreneur and former Chairman of Burson Marsteller. Having lived and worked extensively in India, Russia and the Middle East, it may be of little surprise that Allan’s Expert Area is Emerging Markets & Emerging Brands. Martin is the legendary genius behind the identity creation of, among others, Channel 4, the BBC and O2. Spitting Image was also his original idea. Martin’s Expert Area is Creative & Brand Transformation.
When we came up with the concept of Jericho Chambers in April, we had anticipated eight members by Easter 2014 and sixteen (our maximum) a year after that. We are likely to announce members 9 and 10 early in the New Year – so we are excitingly ahead of schedule. Check out http://www.jerichochambers.com/who/ for the full run-down of members and expertise.
It is really wonderful to see our concept of “no bullshit/ no bureaucracy” stellar and progressive senior advisory coming to life.
In addition to working on some hugely challenging projects in the UK, we now have live assignments in the Netherlands, the Middle East, the US, Russia and China – all of which are exciting and energising in equal measure.
Content & Community
The Jericho Chambers website is blessed with fresh content.
Members and network partners have hit a rich vein of form. Please try and find time to read Neal Lawson’s hugely important piece on why the powerful are losing their favourite game. It includes a brilliant articulation of the progressive agenda. Likewise, Jules Peck has written both a blog for the Huffington Post and a longer critique on the journey towards (or away from) Sunlight. You can read his re-appraisal of values here and follow the links for the longer piece.
Meanwhile, our friends at The Foundation have been mulling over whether human organisations are what we need but may not want – while Chairman George has been reviewing how “PR people screwed Nelson Mandela” in a typically thought-provoking polemic.
Robert shares his thoughts on why advertising has no value and Christine Armstrong writes about the Christmas consumption fetish and the impossibility of men.
Just before she heads off on maternity leave, Christine will also be the host for our next Last Thursday event which, true to form, is not on the last Thursday of January. But it is at least on a Thursday – the 16th to be precise. Christine will be bringing her Management Today Power Mums column to life in a session chaired by Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet: “Cosmopolitan Lied”.
For our events, we have so far been enraptured by Simon Heffer on Ethics & The City in the glorious surroundings of St. James’ Piccadilly; felt conspiratorial with Roy Hattersley in our first “pub polemic” above the Coach & Horses, on the Future of Socialism. And now we will be in the cool, sleek surroundings of Grace Belgravia for a lively conversation about what we really want from women, as parents and in the workplace. For “Cosmopolitan Lied: We Can’t Have It All”, Christine and Justine will be joined by The Guardian’s Zoe Williams; British Gas MD Nina Bhatia; Pyschologist Oliver James; and CEO of Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Darcy Willson-Rymer.
All being well, Jericho will move to its permanent Chambers home – a late eighteenth century townhouse in Charterhouse Square, EC1 – at the end of January. We are hugely excited at the move – and look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to our Club Room, Library and Screening Room. Our home is your home, too.
Please accept our very best wishes for a wonderful holiday break, Try and stay (consumption) fetish-free, as both George and Christine have been warning about recently.
Robert and George
Head of Chambers and Chairman