James Espey & Associates
Dr James Espey OBE (B.Com, MBA, PhD) is an established author and business consultancy mentor with over 45 years experience of international marketing management and brand building. He has also suffered from two breakdowns and as such is passionate about helping other sufferers of mental health disorders.
“I am very happy to be open about everything that has happened in my life, including the two breakdowns I have had and my experiences with The Priory. My first breakdown was in 1998 and the second in 2016. I have a real interest in helping people who have mental illnesses. I honestly believe that mental health and loneliness (which to some extent often leads to mental health problems) are two of the greatest health problems facing society today.”
With a personal experience of mental health illness and an impressive portfolio of being a Director and Chairman of a number of multi-national companies, James is not only a founding patron of The Shaw Mind Foundation but as a Trustee, he provides our charity with strategic direction as a supportive non-executive director on our board.
With a background in the liquor industry, James has spent many years creating and building some of the world’s greatest brands including Baileys, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the Classic Malts and Chivas Regal 18. He is now chairman of The Last Drop Distillers, a boutique marketing company for very rare and old limited edition whiskies. James was awarded an OBE for services to the Whisky Industry in the Queen’s Birthday’s Honours List, June 2013.
As an established author, he launched a business guide to help people with ambition accelerate their careers, entitled Making Your Marque: 100 Tips to Build Your Personal Brand and Succeed in Business.
Harnessing decades of experience in managing and developing top brands, James Espey has refined his wisdom into 100 bite-sized tips. His clear, down-to-earth advice has been carefully structured to benefit readers at all stages of their career, from business novices and those halfway up the ladder to start-up entrepreneurs and company bosses seeking to put their accomplishments to good use as they wind down.