Simon Caulkin is a writer on management and business. He was for 16 years the Observer’s management columnist, contributing nearly 800 articles on subjects ranging from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to Baby P and the banking crisis. A former editor of Management Today, he is a fierce critic of modern management methods and their effects on both private and public sector organisations. He is a council member of TWIN, the producer-owned fair trade organisation. He won the Management Consultancies Association/Management Today award for best management article of 2005 and was named the Work Foundation’s columnist of the year in January 2010.