CAMPAIGN DIARY: Thank you, Davis, that will be all - my secret life as butler to the rich

Nothing pleases us more than to uncover someone’s well-kept career secret, so it’s with great pleasure we bring you a tale from Leo Burnett’s TV department.

Nothing pleases us more than to uncover someone’s well-kept career

secret, so it’s with great pleasure we bring you a tale from Leo

Burnett’s TV department.



While everyone else was earning their stripes as runners and PAs,

Jonathan Davis, Burnetts’ head of TV, was making tea for old ladies and

pouring port for old gents.



After leaving college and taking a number of jobs, including chef and

sales assistant, Davis was passing an employment agency in London one

day when he saw a notice for butlers. One swift interview later, he got

the job.



Davis then worked for various people but normally Arabs or ’old money’.

He insists he is not affected by fame and refuses to name any famous

people he looked after. He does concede, however, that he would not work

for any of the nouveau riche because, he believes, they are far more

trouble than they’re worth.



After four years of service, he was helping to organise the Creative

Circle awards when he was approached by a producer from McCann-Erickson,

who was so impressed with his organisational skills that she gave him a

job as a production assistant.



Our endeavours to get a pic of him in his full butler regalia proved

fruitless but we did manage to get a rather smashing pic of him on a

Harley-Davidson in Los Angeles.



Expect lots of rumours that his next career is as a bike courier.



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