Who we are
You’ll notice a difference in the sort of people who work at Blank White Page. We’re not the usual management consultants, business psychologists or executive coaches. Each of us has run successful businesses, often starting them from scratch, building them and selling them to new careful owners; sometimes many times over. That sort of experience (the good times, but especially the bad) is hard to find unless you go out there and do it yourself, and that can take time.
We’re happy to share it all if we work with you as a partner client.> David Thornton, Partner.
David started out as a musician, touring Europe and the US as a classical guitarist and lutenist before realising he had to make a choice between music and eating.
He worked for Michael Heseltine’s Haymarket Publishing, before placing a toe in the City with financial data specialist Dun & Bradstreet. When he realised how much more fun the advertising agency seemed to be having, he joined in, and became a Director of Scandinavian international agency Anderson&Lembke, then Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide and CEO of The Square, in London’s Soho Square. He subsequently set up and sold a number of businesses in advertising, corporate ID, graphic design, product development and sourcing, and consulting.
After a few years consulting, developing property in London, France and Spain, making wine, writing and doing non-exec projects, he wanted to get back into the business world with a different vehicle and in a different way. Blank White Page now helps entrepreneurs, business owners and high profile individuals think differently.
He is a graduate of the University of Lancaster, an Associate of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of London, a Countess of Munster Musical Scholar, is an accredited Henley Business School Coach, and has an MSc in Behavioural Change from Henley Business School. He has just finished his first novel and is currently researching a new book on entrepreneurs.
Dirk started out as an artisan cabinet maker in Australia, but his night-time passion was on the underground circuit as a club DJ.
Passion became career as he moved professionally into radio as a morning show presenter for many years, and later into national promotions and major events.
Moving into broader content, Dirk was Director, Audio and Languages for SBS Australia, and led a team of 200 providing news, information and audience engagement across radio and TV news, online, mobile & social platforms, all in over 60 languages.
In the UK, he became Group Content Director of GCap Media, responsible for all broadcast and digital content across the UK’s largest commercial radio group, including national and local markets and London brands such as Capital FM, Classic FM, XFM and Planet Rock. By now fully expert in organisational structure, he led the content integration of Capital Radio Group Plc and GWR Group contributing towards a £200 million turnover business with 2,000 staff.
Dirk is a well-established consultant and executive coach, working with individuals and companies in a variety of sectors in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Africa, with clients including BBC, ITN, Microsoft, World Transport Agency, Invopak, Xphyr Marketing, SBS, Quidem Production, University of the West of England, Radio New Zealand, Girton Grammar School, and the London Film School.
Dirk’s universal theory of leadership and communications stems back from his early days as a club DJ: ‘play the wrong song and nobody dances’. He is an accredited Henley Business School Coach, and holds Masters in Coaching and Behavioural Change. He is a member of ICF.
Jane was a director of a leading PR agency in her 20s. She helped to build that business, and create its subsidiary agencies, over the next six years. She appeared every week on radio, breakfast television and news programmes, promoting client businesses and protecting clients’ reputations. She built teams and led account-winning pitches.
She then sold equity to found a new agency which, over 18 years, grew to become one of the leading consumer public relations and marketing consultancies in the UK: BMA Communications.
BMA was unusual in the agency world for the strength and length of its client relationships. For example, Tesco retained BMA at the height of its success from 1993 until well after the agency was sold in 2007. This level of client retention was the result of achieving first class results through an agency built with a strong team of motivated professionals, helping to provide creative business development for major international businesses and organisations.
She has worked with many well-known stars and personalities, helping to manage and leverage their media profiles and reputations.
In 2007, Jane sold BMA to Loewy Group and went on to travel and write, and to renovate and sell properties in 3 countries. Now she’s part of Blank White Page.
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