UK Alumni Accolades


Caroline Rowland

caroline_rowlandRhodes Alumna Caroline Rowland emigrated to the UK in 1989 after completing her degree in English and Journalism.

Following a successful stint in Account Management at J Walter Thompson in London, Caroline founded New Moon in 1996, the only production company in London to work across Advertising, Broadcast and Brand Films. In 2005, the company shot to prominence after producing the much-awarded films for the London 2012 Olympic Bid, ranking Caroline amongst the Guardian Newspaper’s ten most influential people in securing the Olympics for London.

New Moon has since expanded to include a feature film division and a music publishing arm.

Caroline has featured in the “Who’s Who” of Britain’s Young Entrepreneurs and BAFTA’s Academy Magazine described her as “hot young talent” in the British Film Industry. As well as being a member of PACT and a former board member of the IVCA, Caroline is a regular speaker at motivational seminars on the topic of “Marketing from the Heart”.

She’s also an enthusiastic horsewoman, keen skier and fair weather golfer!

Blaine Tomlinson

Blaine TomlinsonBlaine is CEO of Financial Risk Management (FRM) which he founded in London in 1991. He is responsible for advising on corporate strategy as well as dealing with key clients and hedge fund managers. Blaine is a member of FRM’s Global Advisory Committee and is on the board of FRM Holdings Limited.

He left Rhodes in 1972 with a Bachelor of Economics and thereafter completed an Honours degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town (1973) and an MBA at UCT in 1975.

Prior to starting FRM he was from 1987 with AIG Financial Products Group where he was a Director and Board Member responsible for establishing, building and managing the European business. The primary business included derivative trading of fixed income, commodity and equity instruments, overseeing the investment of up to $3 billion.

Blaine also held senior positions in Bank of America, Citicorp and Nomura International.

William Burdett-Coutts

William Burdett-Coutts

Education: Radley College, Berkshire; BA Hons in Drama from Rhodes University in South Africa; MA Drama from Essex University

Assembly Theatre: 1981 to present
Artistic Director of Assembly which runs the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival. The originator of running the building as a mega-venue. This has gone on be the Fringe’s most successful venues and platforms for many of today’s entertainment stars. The operation has now extended beyond the Assembly Rooms and takes place in eight buildings around the city with sixteen theatre. 2007 will see 150 productions presented over three weeks of the Festival. 2006 was the most successful year to date with an audience in excess of 275,000. “The greatest success story of the Fringe in two decades” – The Evening News; “William Burdett-Coutts has run the place brilliantly for years” – The Sunday Times.

Mayfest: 1981 to 1990
Artistic Director of Glasgow’s International Festival in the three years leading up to 1990 when the city was European City of Culture.

Granada Television: 1989 to 1993
Head of Arts at Granada Television through the franchise period, responsible for local and network shows for the Celebration strand, for which over 100 programmes were made. Subjects ranged from Simply Red to Archaos to The Labeque Sisters. Ran the Granada 15/25 Festival in 1990 in Manchester and 1991 in Liverpool, which focussed on the talent of people from the North West in the 15 to 25 age range. Created the Boddingtons Manchester Festival (1991-93) which brought together the interests of a city arts and entertainment festival with television made about the events, and a major sponsor.

Riverside Studios: 1993 to present
Artistic Director of Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Riverside is a found performance space which has a history that originates from manufacturing through running as a film studio to being one of the original BBC television studios where colour television was first presented in the 60’s. It is currently run as a multi-disciplinary centre which generates revenue out of television studio work, but also runs with theatre, international cinema, exhibitions and education work.

Assembly Film and Television: 1993 to 2006
Assembly Film and Television was formed in collaboration with Chrysalis Visual Entertainment. The company ran the Channel 4 Sitcom Festival for five years. Out of this originated a sitcom series In Exile for Channel 4 in 1998 which received a Special Mention at the 1999 Golden Rose of Montreux Festival. The company also made The Prudential Awards for the Arts (ITV), Shooting Stars (Channel 4) a series of short, black performances and The London Comedy Festival (Carlton). Assembly Film and Television produced three series of the double BAFTA-award winning sitcom Black Books for Channel 4. Other productions include Head on Comedy and Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes, Fred MacAulay’s Fringe in 2003 and 2004, and Live at the Fringe hosted by Dara O Briain in 2005, a show highlighting what’s on during the Edinburgh Festival 2005. Live at Brighton was a similar show for Paramount during the 2005 Brighton Comedy Festival.

Faze FM: 1993 to 1997
Chairman of Faze FM which won the radio franchise in the Manchester region and ran this as Kiss 102. The company went on to win another licence in the Yorkshire region and ran this as Kiss 105. Both stations were sold to Chrysalis in 1997.

Paramount Comedy Festival – Brighton: 2002 to present
Festival Director of the Brighton Comedy Festival, this has taken place each year for the last five years and features over fifty of the best known and up-and-coming comedians over a two week period at the Brighton Dome, Pavilion and Corn Exchange.

Riverside TV Studios: 2002 to present
Chairman of the company which independently runs Studio 1 at Riverside Studios as a commercial television studio facility. Productions have included CD:UK, The Rory Bremner Show, The Brit Nominations, The Apprentice, Popworld, and Poker.

Assembly Media Group: 2006 to present
Assembly Media was formed in 2006 to take over the work of Assembly Film and Television. In the tv environment the company specialises in written comedy but is also developing a number of general entertainment formats. The intention of the company is also to draw together the resources of the different companies run by WBC to develop their media business.

Red61: 2006 to present
Chairman of Red61 a ticketing software company started to create a new ticketing system for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which will be used by the Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly venues in 2007.


Michael (Mick) Lawrence Davis

Mike DavisMick Davis (49) is Chief Executive of Xstrata plc, a diversified mining and metals company listed on the London Stock Exchange and ranked 18th in the FTSE100 with a market value of circa $54 billion. Xstrata has significant mining and metals interests across a number of geographies, employs approximately 45,000 people and operates in fourteen countries. Xstrata is the world’s largest producer of Zinc, export thermal coal, ferrochrome, one of the top four producers of copper and Nickel and one of the top five producers of coking or metallurgical coal. The Group is also a significant producer of aluminum and vanadium and has additional exposure to lead, silver and gold.

Previously, Mick was an Executive Director of Billiton Plc, and in that capacity was Billiton’s Chief Financial Officer and Chairman of Billiton Coal. Prior to his Billiton position, Mick was an Executive Director of Eskom, one of the world’s largest electricity utilities based in South Africa.

In his career, Mick has overseen corporate transactions in excess of $70 billion, and raised in excess of $30 billion from the world’s capital markets. The highlights of these are the acquisitions of Falconbridge and MIM, listing Xstrata on the London Stock Exchange, the merger of BHP and Billiton into the largest diversified mining company in the world; the listing of Billiton on the London Stock Exchange; the creation of the Ingwe Coal Corporation in South Africa; and the re-introduction of Eskom to the international debt markets after the 1985 South African debt standstill.

Mick is Chairman of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA,) and is a member of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). Prior to settling in England, Mick played an active role in Jewish communal affairs in South Africa, serving on the executive of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues and is the Chairman of the Euro Chai South Africa Charity Trust which supports old age homes, orphanages and special needs facilities in South Africa. Mick is a Chartered Accountant by profession and an alumnus of Theodor Herzl School in Port Elizabeth and holds an honours degree from Rhodes University.

Mick is married to Barbara, a solicitor, and they have three children – Sarah, Ronit and Eitan.