In advertising, as with any other business, people like to slag off
their bosses. ‘I despise the ground he slithers upon,’ people might say.
‘She’s a tight-fisted old boot,’ they might declare, after a fruitless
And normally people get away with it, because they are shrewd enough not
to hold that sort of conversation within earshot of said boss. Or said
Unfortunately for a couple of staffers at Mellors Reay and Partners,
they were overheard having a rather colourful exchange on a train
recently, when they were heading north to see their client, Ross Young.
Sat only too close to them was one John Farrell, group chairman of DMB&B
and, you’ve guessed it, a pal of Carol Reay, chief executive of Mellors
Sources tell us that, among numerous spicy titbits, the conversation
included particularly scurrilous character assassinations of some major
Upon his return to London, Farrell evidently bumped into Reay that same
evening and shared his experience with his old friend.
Versions of the consequences of this sorry tale range from the instant
dismissal of the duo, to one of them being unceremoniously dismissed and
the other swiftly taking up a post at an alternative agency.
The morals of the story are: 1. Don’t get on a train with John Farrell
(memorise above pic), and 2. Don’t say anything nasty about your boss.
Ever. Love you, Stef.