As one of the most recognisable entrepreneurs in the UK, Theo Paphitis is equally at home in the world of sport as he is the boardroom. Theo spent eight years as the Chairman of Millwall FC, taking the club out of administration and into the Championship, an FA Cup Final and European football. Along with football, he closely follows many sports and was co-founder of sports marketing company Movie & Media Sports with Ian Childs.
Theo made his name reviving the fortunes of notable high street names such as Ryman, Partners the Stationers, Stationery Box, La Senza and Contessa Lingerie and is now the chairman and owner of Ryman Stationery, holding the same position at Robert Dyas having bought the homewares specialist chain in 2012. Theo is also the joint owner of Red Letter Days and, having sold his lingerie interests in 2006 Theo returned to the industry in 2011 when launching the international lingerie brand Boux Avenue. In 2015 the Theo Paphitis Retail Group was launched which encompasses the three retail brands Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue.
As well as being a high profile entrepreneur Theo is a familiar face to millions from his time on the hit BBC TV show Dragons’ Den and regularly appears on primetime news and entertainment shows varying from Question Time to Top Gear.
For more than three decades Mark Blundell has honed his expertise in the upper echelons of elite global sport, firstly in a professional sporting career, then TV pundit and in more recent years, as a successful businessman.
Mark started his sporting career at just 14, and for nearly 20 years he competed at the very top of world motorsport, including Formula One, IndyCar and World Rally. His wins even include the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. From 2001 through to 2008, he was integral to ITV’s multi BAFTA award winning presenting team for Formula One.
During all this, Mark started up his own property company and over the last seven years, has been representing athletes particularly in motorsport. He is also a non-executive director at Lloyds insurance brokerage, Ellis Clowes and continues to be a proud ambassador for CAF Bank. A keen businessman, Mark realised that with his experience, knowledge and connections, it was time to start a new chapter in his life and launch an athlete management and sports marketing agency, built around his core values in sport.
Ian is a keen sportsman with a passion to connect sport and business. From a formal marketing background in the FMCG and motor industry Ian has spent most of his working life in and around the sports environment. His early days as Commercial Manager at Surrey Cricket Club and General Manager of Sports & Outdoor Media led to the development of a valuable networking base.
Ian then co-founded Movie & Media Sports with Theo Paphitis in 1989, their primary objective was to raise commercial revenue on behalf of governing bodies, clubs and associations worldwide. Movie & Media was acquired by Octagon IPG in 2000, Ian remained with the business until 2006 and was tasked with managing their Far East and Australasian operation in the latter years. After a short sabbatical Ian consulted for Sportseen Ltd culminating in its sale to Essentially Group.
Currently Chairman of Red Letter Days as well as Director for Ryman Ltd and Group Management Board Director of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group, Ian brings to MB Partners a tremendous network of contacts both in the commercial and sporting world.
Robin Fenwick, Managing Director of Right Formula, joined the board of MB Partners in 2016. As the boutique sports management company’s newest stakeholder, Robin’s extensive knowledge of the sports marketing and sponsorship industries will provide a valuable addition to the commercial strategy of the company.
Robin founded his own sports marketing firm, Right Formula in 2009 and as Managing Director, his day-to-day focus is on client acquisition and strategy roadmap development for the range of brands on Right Formula’s roster.
Robin has extensive experience in sports marketing, having worked in a range of in-house and agency roles during his career. These include at the global sports marketing agency, Octagon, in-house with the McLaren Formula 1™ team working on the title sponsor account, and at Hilton Hotels where he served as Head of Sponsorship.