How To Get Ahead: My Gurus

Andy Barnes didn’t become the sales director of Channel 4 with the help of only one mentor - he’s had a handful.

Andy Barnes didn’t become the sales director of Channel 4 with the

help of only one mentor - he’s had a handful.



Barnes starts by citing John Fox, his former boss at TVS.



’He was my office father. He protected me at the right times and let me

loose at the right times. He is hard-working, thorough, conscientious

and totally honest.’



At Channel 4 ,Barnes had the pleasure of working with Stewart

Butterfield, now managing director of Granada UK Broadcasting. ’He was

very intelligent, laid back, unfazed and allowed people to blossom,’

says Barnes.



Ron Miller, Barnes’s boss at Laser, also comes in for praise. ’He was

quick, witty, a fantastic operator and equally at home in the boardroom

or the bar. No-one ever had a bad word to say about him,’ Barnes

remembers.



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