Head of Development
Gighouse Films Ltd
Jim Ring read English at Oxford, joined the advertising industry to work on ('I bet he drinks') Carling Black Label, and ended up writing the the Financial Times' standard text on the business: Advertising on Trial (1993). A spell in Ireland led to a biography of the Irish patriot Erskine Childers (John Murrray, 1996; winner of the Marsh Prize), and three years in Kitzbuhel to How the English Made the Alps (John Murray, 2000). A friendship with a Cold War submariner bred We Come Unseen (John Murray, 2001; winner of the Mountbatten Prize), and a fascination with English colonialism to Riviera (John Murray, 2004).
In 2001 he collaborated on the Channel 5 documentary Submarine, a history of the Royal Navy's submarine flotilla. From this stemmed a TV production company which he co-founded in 2005. His documentary series on immigration, Incomers, was broadcast on ITV in 2008.
His association with the nuclear industry goes back ten years, when he began working on advertising for BNFL. Subsequently he launched British Nuclear Group. At much the same time he began work with the WNA on the Class 7 denial and delay issue, an association that led to a number of film assignments for the IAEA.
He has just been commissioned by Faber to write a sequel to his first Alps book. This will be The Alps under the Swastika.