These are interesting times if your name is Lord Bethell, and not in a good way. I thought I’d add a little bit to his troubles by referencing a speech he did a few months ago, where he claimed to be an innovator before innovation was innovated. Or something like that.
However, I spoke to a friend within the industry last night and he wasn’t entirely convinced by some of what I’d written. So I took a look at the LinkedIn profile of Lord James Nicholas Bethell, where it says he was Ministry of Sound’s managing director between 1993 and 2001.
And now here’s the LinkedIn profile for Hector Dewar, the current Chief Operating Officer at Ministry of Sound. Take a look what’s in his CV…
Hang on a minute! Bethell claims he was doing the job from January 1993 to February 2001. Dewar claims he was doing the job from April 1992 to May 2002. So what’s going on here?
Well, Bethell’s recollection appears to be wrong, for starters. According to this Independent article from November 2001, he had “recently departed” and was described as “James Palumbo’s right hand man”. But this article claims Hector Dewar left Ministry of Sound in November 2001 – and they describe him as the chief operating officer.
Further, I have come across a court judgement of a case heard in November 2001. The case was brought by Virgin Records against Ministry of Sound, who believed they had no right to trademark various phrases ending in “Nation” – Dance Nation, Club Nation, Trance Nation and so on.
In these documents, point 9 states “[Ministry’s evidence] consists principally of statutory declarations dated 14 May 1999 by Hector Dewar. Mr Dewar explains that he is a Director of Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited having held this position since January 1997”.
Both men have been contacted to see if this mystery can be cleared up. But according to The Accountancy Partnership, companies normally only have one managing director at a time. Perhaps it’s just that all those late nights in the club have simply made their memories a little hazy…