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Timothy Campbell (businessman)

Timothy "Tim" Campbell, MBE is an English businessman best known as the winner of the first series of the British version of The Apprentice, a BBC TV reality show in which contestants battle to win a £100,000-a-year job working for businessman Alan Sugar.[1] Campbell, a Middlesex University graduate in psychology,[2] worked as a Senior Planner within the Strategy and Service Development (formally Marketing and Planning) directorate of London Underground before applying to appear on the show.[3]


  • The Apprentice 1
  • Post-Apprentice 2
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The Apprentice

Campbell was hired by Sir Alan Sugar in the final episode of series 1 of The Apprentice, screened in May 2005. He beat fellow contestant and runner-up Saira Khan after the pair had carried out the final challenge of hosting parties on boats on the River Thames.[4] Campbell was project manager for his team twice in the show: in weeks 1 and 4.[5][6] A second series of the show was commissioned shortly after his victory.[7]

An hour-long documentary about Campbell's first year in his new job, entitled The Apprentice: Tim in the Firing Line, was aired on 19 February 2006, a few days before the launch of series 2.[8][9]


After his victory, Campbell joined Sugar's company British Library's Business & Intellectual Property Centre.[12]

In January 2007, he made a guest appearance in the special edition programme Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, in order to raise money for Comic Relief. He joined the contestants after actor Rupert Everett left the show early.[13]

Campbell was kept on at Amstrad after the end of his original 12-month contract, but in March 2007, after two years at the company, he left to set up Bright Ideas Trust,[14] which aims to give young entrepreneurs a chance to start up in business with equity funding and advice from business angels.[15] Sir Alan said Campbell had been a "great asset".[16]

In July 2007 Campbell became a Social Enterprise Ambassador as part of a British Government initiative that aims to apply modern business solutions to social and environmental problems.[17][18] The programme is led by the Social Enterprise Coalition[19] and supported by the Office of the Third Sector, a Government department responsible for charities, co-operatives, voluntary and community groups.[20]

It was announced in the 2012 New Years Honours List that Campbell was to be made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Enterprise Culture.[21]

Since February 2012, Campbell has been a member of Estate Office Property Consultants,[22] a boutique London property investment and development agency,[23] where he focuses on investments and acquisitions for High Net Worth Individuals and organisations seeking prime property opportunities.[24]

Personal life

In 2013, Campbell became chair of the governing body of St Bonaventure's School, the school that he attended as a boy. [25]

See also


  1. ^ Transport manager wins Apprentice, BBC News, 4 May 2005
  2. ^ "Staff Awards and Achievements", Middlesex University
  3. ^ "Underground hails employee winner of BBC's 'The Apprentice'", Transport for London, 5 May 2005
  4. ^ BBC Apprentice series 1 final: Tim Campbell wins The Apprentice, The Internet Forum
  5. ^ Wilting Blooms,
  6. ^ The Harrods Sales,
  7. ^ The search for The Apprentice is over; Sir Alan Sugar to return in second series, BBC Press Office, 5 May 2005
  8. ^ Apprentice winner Tim at Amstrad
  9. ^ The Apprentice:Tim in the Firing Line,
  10. ^ Tim’s anti-wrinkle device, The Internet Forum
  11. ^ "The ultimate school of hard knocks", The Observer, 23 March 2008
  12. ^ British Library Press Release about Tim Campbell's advice sessions
  13. ^ Everett Quits Reality Show After One Day,
  14. ^
  15. ^ "First Apprentice winner quits £100,000-a-year job", Daily Mail, 21 March 2007
  16. ^ First Apprentice Winner Quits Job, BBC News, 21 March 2007
  17. ^ Social Enterprise Ambassadors website
  18. ^ "Social Enterprise Coalition seeks Ambassador applications",
  19. ^ Social Enterprise Coalition website
  20. ^ Office of the Third Sector website
  21. ^ Guardian New Years Honours List 2012
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^ St Bon's Newsletter, January 2014

External links

  • Timothy Campbell Official Website
  • Bright Ideas Trust
  • Interview with Tim Campbell
  • videoInspiring EntrepreneurTim Campbell -
Preceded by
The Apprentice (UK) winner
Series One (2005)
Succeeded by
Michelle Dewberry

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