Aisha Alli is a member of the
Spear's Research Unit. She also
manages Spear's social media accounts,
oversees brand expansion into the Middle East
and is a contributor to the magazine. Aisha ...See more
Ian Douglas is head of
research at Spear's and leads the team
that decides on inclusion and ranking for the
Spear's 500, the world's leading index of
advisers to high net worth individuals. He ...See more
John Arlidge has interviewed
and profiled some of the world's most
prominent business leaders, mainly for the
Sunday Times Magazine. It was John who
revealed that Goldman Sachs' former boss, ...See more
Senior researcher, ardent
networker and the longest standing member of
the Spear's Research Unit. Interviewed
everyone from Salman Rushdie to primatologist
Dr Jane Goodall to tech pioneer turned ...See more
Aisha Alli is a member of the Spear's Research Unit. She also manages Spear's social media accounts, oversees brand expansion into the Middle East and is a contributor to the magazine. Aisha joined Spear's in 2022 after graduating from the University of St Andrews with a first-class degree in Politics and Arabic.
John Arlidge has interviewed and profiled some of the world's most prominent business leaders, mainly for the Sunday Times Magazine. It was John who revealed that Goldman Sachs' former boss, Lloyd Blankfein, thinks bankers 'do God’s work'. It took 10 years but he finally persuaded Jony Ive, Apple's then chief designer, to do his first, full one-on-one interview. When Carlos Ghosn, the fugitive Nissan CEO, decided to reveal the details of his escape from Tokyo, a stowaway on a private jet, he chose to talk to John. Sir James Dyson first revealed his £500 million prototype electric car to John. He lives in London with former BBC Economics Editor now global head of economics and government at Bloomberg, Stephanie Flanders, and their son and daughter.
Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. He joined the magazine Country Life in 1977 and was Editor for 13 years. Sir Max Hastings credited him as being an ‘extraordinarily informed and influential standard-bearer for the cause of the countryside and Britain’s heritage for many years’.
Timothy Barber is a Spear's contributing editor, and a features writer specialised in watches, culture, luxury and technology. His writing appears regularly in Wired, the Telegraph, Mr Porter, QP, WatchPro, Rolls Royce Whispers and many more publications.
Ian Douglas is head of research at Spear's and leads the team that decides on inclusion and ranking for the Spear's 500, the world's leading index of advisers to high net worth individuals. He writes about the data that underpins the world of private wealth
Nicholas Foulkes has written around 20 books on subjects as diverse as James Bond, the Battle of Waterloo, and the trenchcoat. He also writes regularly for Country Life, the FT’s How To Spend It magazine and Vanity Fair. In 2007 he was named Havana Man of the Year by the Cuban government.
Christopher Jackson was the previous deputy editor of Spear’s, writing on culture, politics, wealth management and law. He is the author of six books including The Fragile Democracy (2016) on US politics, the best-selling Roger Federer (2017) a book about philosophy and sport, and Theresa May (2018). He was named one of five poets to watch by the Huffington Post in 2013, and longlisted for the National Poetry Prize in 2016; his volume The Gallery was published by the University of Salzburg to critical acclaim in 2013.
Ben Keith is a barrister at 5SAH specialising in cross-border and international cases. He represents governments, political and military leaders, high-net-worths, human rights defenders and business leaders in the most sensitive cases.
Alec is the editor-at-large of Spear's and has written for The Spectator, Country Life and the Financial Times. A BSME award-winning editor, Alec has interviewed many leading figures in British political and business life over the last two decades and writes on a broad range of topics including world affairs, politics and economics. His debut novel, Rule Britannia, is published by Headline Accent. Enemy of the Raj, his second novel, was published in September 2020.
Gareth Parker-Jones has been Head Master of Rugby since 2020. He previously taught at Harrow, University College School and Sevenoaks before moving to Rugby School as Deputy Head (Academic) in 2015. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School and Pembroke College, Oxford.
Maria is Deputy Head and Joint Head of the Family Team at 5 St. Andrew’s Hill, London. She practices exclusively in family law with a specialism in finances and private law children work. She accepts instructions to act through a solicitor or directly from members of the public on a Direct Access basis. She can read and write Arabic after spending part of her childhood living in the UAE.
Spear’s editor has previously written obituaries for The Times, book reviews for the Financial Times and features for Newsweek. From 2004 to 2007, he wrote the weekly ‘Diary’ column for the Independent on Sunday. From 2005 to 2012 he had more book reviews published in British publications than any other journalist, covering history, politics, film, showbusiness, Americana, and general biography.
Senior researcher, ardent networker and the longest standing member of the Spear's Research Unit. Interviewed everyone from Salman Rushdie to primatologist Dr Jane Goodall to tech pioneer turned philanthropist Dame 'Steve' Shirley since joining Spear's in 2015. Graduated with a master's degree in science journalism and a biology with management degree from Imperial College London.
William Sitwell is restaurant critic for The Telegraph and an established food critic and writer. In addition to his work as an author and broadcaster he runs the world’s smallest wine store at www.williamshousewines.com
Spear's editor-in-chief Edwin Smith covers wealth, business, culture and luxury. He has has contributed to publications including Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Spectator, Private Eye, Country Life, Wired and Esquire.
Rachael Taylor is a British freelance jewellery journalist and regular contributor to titles including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Condé Nast publications, Retail Jeweller and Rapaport. She is also the author of two books on jewellery, Cartier: The Story Behind the Style and Tiffany & Co: The Story Behind the Style.
Rachael is a sought-after speaker and a judge at prestigious jewellery competitions including the UK Jewellery Awards and The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. In 2022, she was announced as the first female GC&DC ambassador to be appointed in the Council's 115-year history.
In her earlier career, Rachael was the founding editor of Professional Jeweller and WatchPro magazines, as well as co-founder of The Jewellery Cut.
Will Wainewright is a financial journalist based in London. He runs Alternative Fund Insight, a hedge fund news and research platform, and writes about finance and business for Spear's and other titles.