Anthony Ball

Tony Ball is one of Britain´s top marketeers and one of the most sought after public speakers. Tony started his career off as an apprentice on the shop floor of the Austin Motor Company to become soon the youngest ever Sales Director. He even launched the MINI in the 60s. In his career he had been Chief Executive of major international companies including Ford, Mercedes Benz and General Motors. He was also Chairman and Managing Director of BL Europe and Overseas, as well as World Sales Chief of BL, Rover and Jaguar Cars. He helped them through a hard time.

He was also awarded the Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Marketing for hosting new models in the BL, Rover and Jaguar Cars. His credits include also an appointment as Marketing Advisor to three Secretaries of State, including the Secretary of State for Energy.

Not only is he very famous as a successful businessman, but he is also one of the best speakers Britain can offer. He appeared on several broadcasts like "The Money Programme", "Start the Week", "Top Gear" and a panelist on BBC´s "Any Questions". Furthermore he is a frequent guest on radio and TV celebrity chat shows and documentaries.
He is famous for his great sense of humour and his profound practical experience of marketing and management at the highest level. All his speeches are unique and individually put together for the certain occasion. Always when he leaves he has highly entertained his audience as well as enlightened and motivated.

Today Tony is the Chairman of TBA plc. This company is responsible for producing the staging of shows like: The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, the Euro 96 at Wembley Stadium for the Football Association, the British International Motor Show for the SMMT; the Scottish Motor Show, the Centenary celebrations for the world´s Motor industry in Britain, the Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year Awards, the pre-match entertainment at the FA Cup Final, the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of the RFU, the Five Nations Championships and major internationals at Twickenham, as well as the Ceremony for the Opening Game at the new Stade de France in Paris for the FRR.

Tony is a Freeman of the City of London and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for his contribution to British Marketing and he was honoured with the MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding service to industry.
Friends say about Tony that his real claim to fame is that he is the father of West End Star Michael Ball!

Who's Who entry for Tony Ball

Ball, Anthony George, (Tony), MBE 1986; FCIM; FIMI; Chairman, Tony Ball Associates plc, since 1983; b 14 Nov. 1934; s of Harry Ball and Mary Irene Ball, Bridgwater; m 1957, Ruth Parry Davies (marr. diss. 1997); two s one d; m 2000, Ms Jan Kennedy. Educ: Grammar Sch., Bridgwater. Indentured engineering apprentice, Austin Motor Co., 1951-55; responsible for launch of Mini, 1959; UK Car Sales Manager, Austin Motor Co., 1962-66; Sales and Marketing Exec., British Motor Corp., 1966-67; Chm. And Man. Dir. Barlow Rand UK Motor Gp, 1967-78; Managing Director: Barlow Rand Ford, S Africa, 1971-3; Barlow Rand European Operations, 1973-1978; returned to British Leyland as Man. Dir. Overseas Trading Operations, 1978; Dep. Man. Dir, Austin Morris Ltd, 1979; Chm. and Man. Dir. British Leyland Europe & Overseas, 1979-82; Director, BL Cars Ltd (World Sales Chief, 1979-82; responsible for launch of the Austin Metro in 1980); Austin Morris Ltd; Rover Triumph Ltd; Jaguar Rover Triumph Inc. (USA); Dir. Jaguar Cars Ltd. 1979-81; Chief Exec. Henlys plc, 1981-83; Dep. Chm., Lumley Insce Gp, 1983-95; Director: Jetmaster UK, 1989-97; Theatre Agents Billy Marsh Associates, 1993-; Royal Carlton Hotel, Blackpool, 1998-; Dir., producer and stager of 'Industrial Theatre', Motivational confs, sponsorship, marketing, promotions and new product launches, 1983-. Responsible for: staging new product launches for General Motors, Vauxhall, Proton, Mercedes-Benz, Daihatsu, LDV, Pioneer-UK and Fiat; production and staging of Opening Ceremony of Rugby World Cup, Twickenham, 1991; DoH European drug abuse prevention campaign, 1992; Apptd Marketing Adviser: to Sec. of State for Energy, 1984-87; to Sec. of State for Wales, 1987-91; to SMMT for producing and promoting: British Internat. Motor Show, 1992-96; Scottish Motor Show, 1997 & 1999; to FA for producing Opening and Closing Ceremonies of European Football Championships, Wembley, 1996 and FA Cup Finals, 1996-2000; to RFU for 125th Anniversary celebrations, 1996; for 5 Nations Championship activities, Twickenham, 1997-; to Welsh RU for producing Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rugby World Cup, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park, 1999; to ECB for producing Opening Ceremony, Cricket World Cup, Lord's, 1999; responsible for: promoting re-launch of London Zoo, 1993; creating and producing Lloyds Bank's Playwright of the Year Awards, annually 1994-. Lectr, public and after dinner speaker; TV and radio broadcasts on motoring, marketing and industrial subjects; producer, The Birth of Rugby (TV); panellist, BBC Any Questions, Mason Meml Lecture, Birmingham Univ., 1983. Governor, N Worcs Coll., 1984-91. Freeman of City of London, 1980; Liveryman: Worshipful Co. of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers, 1980; Worshipful Co. of Carmen, 1982. Fellowship of Inst. of Marketing awarded 1981, for services to Brit. Motor Industry; Hon. Mem. CGLI, awarded 1982, for services to technical and vocational educn; Prince Philip Medal, CGLI, awarded 1984, for outstanding contribution to marketing; FCGI 1999; Benedictine Business After-Dinner Speaker of the Year Award, 1992-93. Publications: (contrib.) Metro: the Book of the Car, 1981; (contrib.) Tales out of School, 1983; A Marketing Study of the Welsh Craft Industry (Welsh Office report, 1988); (contrib.) Making Better Business Presentations, 1988; (contrib.)Men and Motors of "The Austin," 2000; contribs to numerous industrial, management and marketing books and jls. Recreations: theatre, British military history, sharing good humour. Address: Tony Ball Associates plc, 174-178 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB. T: (020) 7380 0953; Silverhowe, Red Bank Road, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9PX. Club: Lord's Taverners.

"Tony Ball... one of Britain's most entertaining after dinner speakers'"
The Sunday Telegraph

"Tony Ball... A refined Max Miller with a hint of MacMillan"
Daily Mail

"Britain's economic performance would be transformed if only we had one hundred Tony Balls. His enthusiasm is infectious, his energy exhausting and his enterprise exciting"
The Rt Hon Lord Walker MBE PC

"A most magnificent speech... beautifully balanced with humour and business advice"
British Chambers of Commerce

"Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations on your outstanding performance. We are deeply indebted to you"
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

"Tony Ball was on top form at our annual dinner... Uplifting, inspiring and splendidly entertaining"

"Tony's sparkling contribution made our international conference a huge success."

"Absolutely brilliant... Thank you so much for making the evening such a memorable one."
Procter and Gamble

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