About Flashes & Flames

Flashes & Flames is written by Colin Morrison, who is chairman, non-executive director and consultant of digital, media,
unnamedand information companies, principally in the UK, Europe, and the AsiaPacific. He is also involved in long-term consultancy, strategic assignments, and M&A on behalf of media companies and private equity. He is also a contributor to the Huffington Post.

Colin was CEO of international media, business information, exhibitions, and digital companies for: Reed Elsevier, EMAP, Australian Consolidated Press, Axel Springer, Future, and Hearst.  He is/has been a non-executive chairman and/or director of: Pharmaceutical Press, GRB Entertainment, SchoolQuote, Centaur Media, Mark Allen Publishing, IPCN, RCN Publishing, Jacobs Media Group, SBTV News, and Great Golf Media. He is a Senior Adviser of the New York-based media & tech investment bank DeSilva + Phillips.

He has been widely involved in media partnerships and joint ventures with many international organisations including: the BBC, Hearst, Axel Springer, Dennis, Sony, Microsoft, Washington Post, SBTV Global, Press Association, and Hachette.

Colin is a former journalist who is passionate about media, marketing, technology and communications – and about the need for transformed thinking across traditional media. In an earlier life, he wrote about media, entertainment, technology, and transportation 29a-1for magazines and newspapers variously in London, New York and Dublin.

Flashes & Flames reflects his passions:

  • Media and how traditional operators get digital – or don’t
  • Business and how personal vanity can spoil the best companies
  • Acquisitions which work and those that can’t
  • The UK, US, and Australasia

He was honoured as an “influencer” in the US-based Folio:100 for 2016, whose citation noted: “Colin Morrison uses his authoritative and entertaining voice to critique the media industry. He is an insightful and entertaining mind in a wobbly industry, and Flashes & Flames serves as a forceful watchdog.” He is also a finalist in two categories of the 2017 UK Blog Awards.

In the UK, Colin was chairman from 2001-16 of the Royal National Children’s Foundation, a 190-year-old charity which supports hundreds of vulnerable, disadvantaged young people at state and independent boarding schools. He is now Chair of the UK government’s new Boarding School Partnerships information service which seeks to help local authorities give the opportunity of boarding school to vulnerable young people in their care.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Industry & Parliament Trust; and a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers. He is a member of the Cook Society. He was formerly: chairman of Magazine Publishers of Australia, and British Business Press; and a director of the UK Professional Publishers’ Association.

Colin Morrison can be contacted via: colin@flashesandflames.com Twitter: @ColinMorrisonUK.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Morrison