“Starchitect” Sir David Adjaye on the cover of May’s Director magazine


The May edition of Director magazine is out now, in print, on mobile and tablet, featuring “starchitect” Sir David Adjaye. Here, Lysanne Currie shares her editor’s letter from the brand new, feature-packed issue…

Thank you

Lysanne Currie Director magazineThere’s a man I meet who has been at the top of his game for over 40 years. He is in his seventies and manages a band – a huge, iconic, philanthropic band. He has lived through several recessions, political and economic volatility and personal challenges but, chatting to me over dinner recently, he revealed his simple and wise way of dealing with the rollercoaster: “Just pause and be grateful.”

This month I celebrate six years at the helm of Director and, as the world is showing no sign of calming down – a snap general election has been called and there’s been another Paris attack – it seems as good a time as any to take stock. There are many things I have been grateful for during my time at Director but here are my six for starters…

1. Learning From starting up to succession planning, culture change to crowdfunding, M&A to mindfulness, the list of subjects we learn about on a daily basis (to distil back to you) is long and stimulating.

2. Political access Being based in Pall Mall, interviewing the PM and working through a general election, Scottish referendum, Brexit vote and the US election has been adrenalin fuelled and eye-poppingly exciting.

Director-new-issue-May-2017-cover-JSir-David-Adjaye3. Expertise To be able to pick the astonishing brains of the world-leading experts in James Sproule’s policy team and Sarah Watts’ amazing IAS team is a gift.

4. Creative freedom Six years ago, I put a tiger in a shoot with Dee Forbes, (then VP of Discovery Channel) and lost sleep worrying I’d gone too far! But every time we’ve pushed the boundaries, you’ve embraced it. We’ve covered a chief executive in powder paint, made an entrepreneur lie in a bed of satsumas and dedicated a whole issue to the Bond supply chain. And having a media veteran as DG and sounding board for five years was invaluable.

5. My team Some are new, some I have worked with for 20 years and I joke that we are a ‘travelling circus’. But as a team we are so much more than that and to work every day with highly intelligent, creative, curious, kind and witty journalists and designers is a privilege.

6. Finally and most importantly, you, the UK business community You are so generous in sharing your time, your stories and your expertise, you inspire us and your fellow readers. I couldn’t wish for a more engaged and intelligent audience than you, the Director readership.

Your turn now. Have a great month.

Lysanne Currie

Sir David Adjaye and more inside this month’s magazine


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About author

Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie is an editor, writer and digital content creator. Her first job was at Melody Maker and she then spent over 10 years in teenage magazines working from sub editor on 19 Magazine to editorial director of Hachette’s Teen Group. Her previous roles include group editor and head of content publishing for Director Publications and editorial director at BSkyB overseeing Sky’s entertainment, sports and digital magazines. Lysanne lives in London with her music promoter partner and a four year old Jack Russell.

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