I always like to see the sordid past of an agency chief, along with
the obligatory terrible beard pictures, uncovered by their own
This was the fate recently suffered by Tim Sutton, chief executive of
Charles Barker, pictured here as he is now and as he was in the late
The occasion? Sutton’s 40th birthday which was celebrated with a bash at
Soho’s Mezzo eaterie.
Charles Barker’s publishing team put together a title called Tim’s Times
for the occasion. The newspaper details the key events of Sutton’s
Extracts from Sutton’s school reports are particularly interesting. Some
masters found him unconvincing. One history teacher wrote: ’With
thorough revision and average luck on the day Tim has the ability to do
well.’ However, another teacher points to his swot status: ’He deserves
success at the highest level,’ gushes his form tutor.
Agency creative director Steve Gebbett says that he found the comments
of Sutton’s French teacher the most illuminating. Apparently Sutton was
’highly expressive’ during his French oral.