Biography

Richard Donkin is an author and columnist. Based in Woking in the UK, most of his work today is devoted to book writing. He also writes and comments on management, employment, sailing and fishing. His first book, The History of Work, was warmly received and extensively reviewed in the US and UK (Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post, New York Times, Time, The Economist). His Financial Times column on work ran from 1994 to 2008.

His latest book, The Future of Work, looking at the themes transforming the way we work today, won the inaugural Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year Award in the digital books category (2011).

Richard is a former Financial Times journalist. His FT career began in late 1987 after he had been named Provincial Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for 1986 in recognition of a six-month undercover investigation that led to an expose of the National Front’s activities in Northern Ireland.

For a number of years he had an investigative brief at the FT, covering various financial scandals and the arms to Iraq affair.

Richard Donkin played a prominent role in the team which secured the Reporter of The Year award in the 1991 British Press Awards for its coverage of the BCCI collapse. Another investigation into Midland Bank was cited by the ‘What The Papers Say’ judges when they named the FT Newspaper of the Year in 1991. In 1994 he switched to employment and management writing and took over the recruitment column.

During the late 1990s Richard completed a series of travel writing assignments, including a 6,000-mile voyage around Cape Horn in 1997 BT Global Challenge Round the World yacht race. Then in 1999 he embarked on a year’s leave of absence in order to write his history of work first published in the UK and the US in May 2001 as Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Evolution of Work. He returned to the FT to establish and edit a recruitment website. Richard left the newspaper to pursue an independent writing career but has continued to maintain a close association. Today he looks after the FT’s twice-yearly special report on Sailing and Marinas.

Richard Donkin is an honorary visiting fellow in the faculty of management, Cass Business School, City University, London. He is a former council member of the Royal Society for the Arts in the UK and a former trustee of Earthwatch International, an international environmental charity.

Richard was born and educated in Yorkshire and now lives in Surrey with his wife, Gillian. They have three children. He is also a professional photographer and a sailing and fishing columnist.