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