Bob Bird

Bob Bird

BOB was editor of both the Scottish Sun and the Scottish News of the World, taking the former to new circulation highs. During that golden period he broke a series of exclusives that had repercussions throughout the country - and even led to the early retirement of a Chief Constable.

His career began on a local newspaper in the East End of London where he grew up. By the age of 21 he was doing regular shifts as a reporter for The Sun in Bouverie Street, just off Fleet Street. He worked as a deputy editor and then editor of local papers in the Home Counties before The Sun offered him a staff job. His rise through national newspapers was then nothing short of meteoric. He was rapidly promoted at The Sun through a succession of executive roles in news and features.

Bob was tempted up to Scotland for an executive position on the Daily Record before becoming Scottish Editor of The Sun in Glasgow in 1990. He returned to London in 1998 when the The News of The World poached him to be their deputy editor. But Scotland still called and Bob took over as Scottish Editor of the News of the World until the paper was controversially closed in 2011.

His attributes?

Bob says: "I've covered major world and UK news events and helped break some of the biggest stories ever seen in Scotland. I know news. I know how to handle it. And I know the men who matter in media companies. Nothing fazes me. I've built up two unbeatable weapons: experience and a sense of humour."

Bob has spent the past two years giving companies and individuals media advice as well as raising (and sometimes deliberately lowering) their public profiles.

Peter Cox

Peter Cox

PETER was editor of both the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail, when they were the two best-selling newspapers in Scotland.

He memorably mounted an anti-drugs campaign in Scotland that resulted in dozens of dealers being arrested. It climaxed with Peter leading 20,000 readers on a march through Glasgow with Gordon Brown and Celtic and Rangers stars to force drugs back onto the political agenda.

His mother was from Coatbridge but Peter was born in the East End of London. He worked on a string of local papers before joining the national Press Association. He moved to South Africa as sports editor of the daily Natal Mercury and then back to Oxford as editor-in-chief of a series of 14 weekly newspapers.

Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie brought him directly to Fleet Street as assistant night editor and by 1992 he was No3 on the paper. There followed stints as deputy editor of the New York Post, executive editor of the Daily Mirror under Piers Morgan and then up to Scotland as editor of the Sunday Mail, where he arrested a rapidly declining circulation.

Peter was made editor of the Daily Record a year later.

Since then he worked as a consultant for The Times' crucial redesign to tabloid format before being asked to rejoin The Sun in Scotland.

He accepted the role of assistant editor, running the features desk and editing the travel section.

Peter says: "Now it's time to move on. I've helped make Rupert Murdoch and Trinity Mirror an awful lot of money. Now I feel it's time to use my knowledge - and comprehensive contacts book - to help others steer a path through the media jungle. I'm going to be a poacher turned gamekeeper."