Diary: Sir Frank schools hacks in the truth about gong

These days, the national press seems to be relentless in its pursuit of anybody suspected of being handed an honour in exchange for a fat cheque.

This may go some way to explaining why Sir Frank Lowe has been anxious to make it known to all and sundry that he has neither made a donation nor lent money to the Labour Party.

Mind you, it's easy to see why the hacks smelled blood. Five years ago, Sir Frank gave £2 million towards the establishment of Brent Academy in North-West London. It replaced Willesden High School which, at the time, had some of the worst GCSE results in the UK.

"I have been fortunate in my life in terms of business," the academy's benefactor declared at the time. "I thought, wouldn't it be nice to do something for others."

However, the public workers union, Unison, was less than impressed with what it saw as creeping privatisation, and with the fact that Lowe was knighted the following year. "Nobody has asked about the donation, but if they did we would simply point out that it is a matter of public record," Sir Frank's spokesperson says. "It's a private matter. He never boasts about it."

So the rumours that staffers at The Red Brick Road have to refer to Sir Frank by his proper title, Ben Kingsley-style, must be untrue.

- Got a diary story? E-mail us at campaign@haynet.com or call (020) 8267 4656.

Topics

Become a member of Campaign from just £45 a quarter

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to campaignlive.co.uk ,plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Become a member

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

Partner content

Share

1 Why creative people have lost their way

What better way to kick off Campaign's relaunch than with another think piece on the current failings of our industry, written by an embittered, pretentious creative who misses "the way things used to be"...

Share

1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).