Junaid Bhatti - Baron of Ballencrieff

Junaid is a Marketing and Communications professional. He has particular specialisms in digital marketing, media relations and reputation management. Brummie through and through, he grew up in Washwood Heath and is a lifelong Aston Villa fan. Trained as a journalist and radio producer by the BBC in Birmingham, he briefly worked at Pebble Mill and then for the likes of Guardian Media Group, CNN, ABC News and Mentorn films, before embarking upon a career in banking and financial services.

After several years of senior management roles in financial services, he shifted his focus to ethical banking. Since 2009, he's served as Director of Marketing and Communications for a global arts and science edutainment brand that has engaged with hundreds of millions of people around the globe. As part of this work he's created partnerships with the United Nations, various governments (across all five continents), international broadcasters and publishing giants, artists, scientists and historians from all over the world.

Junaid has a particular passion for live music, stand-up comedy, and community theatre, as well as new media entertainment delivered through podcasts and other digital channels.