Written by Stuart Skinner • Published 17th February 2015
Ten influential CEOs on Twitter to watch
Following the success of our Top 55 influential tech Tweeters and Top 12 influential female entrepreneurs on Twitter, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 most influential CEOs to watch on Twitter.
The list is based on PeerIndex’s key influencer score*, which measures authority on Twitter, and does not include any of The PHA Group’s own clients…though many of them would have been strong contenders.
We have focused on CEOs who post engaging, informative content and whose Twitter activity actively adds to the image and reputation of their business. These people are thought leaders in their fields, masters of the art of engagement through social media, and excellent examples to us all.
So let’s take a look at the Top 10 most influential CEOs to watch on Twitter right now…
Graeme Bodys – Nooq
Graeme is the founder of a software company that helps deal with information overload but he can’t be accused of the same through his Twitter feed. His posts are punchy, interesting and invariably give something to the reader; suggestions, links and snippets of knowledge are passed on freely and regularly, making Graeme a great person to follow.
Jeremy Taylor – National Voices
Jeremy is Chairman of National Voices, the coalition of health and social care charities in England. His Tweets are high in quality and quantity, raising important questions and stimulating debate about vital social and political issues that may otherwise not get the exposure they need.
Nigel Edwards – Nuffield Trust
The Nuffield Trust aims at improving standards of healthcare in the UK and, as the Trust’s CEO, Nigel has 11,000 followers on Twitter and has become a social media thought leader on a subject that will continue to demand plenty of comment and coverage in the General Election year. He is also visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Tweets informative news stories and analysis in his field regularly.
Thom Hetherington – Buy Art Fair
Thom is a vocal champion of business and entrepreneurship in the North West, and his different responsibilities include being CEO of the biggest hospitality trade show outside London, NRB Manchester (due to take place 17-18 March) as well as the biggest contemporary art fair outside London, Buy Art Fair. He uses Twitter as a powerful way to pull together and engage with his target audiences, as well as flag news and initiatives from the growing powerhouse that is the Northern economy.
Jonathan Foyle – World Monuments Fund
Jonathan is a writer, broadcaster and expert commentator on historic buildings and sites and has been in charge since 2007 at the World Monuments Fund, which is a charity geared towards securing endangered architectural sites and historical buildings for future generations. Jonathan makes excellent use of his own profile, and 8,000 plus Twitter followers, to raise awareness of the Fund’s cause and his passion and knowledge of the subject matter is infectious.
Alex Smith – North London Cares
Alex uses Twitter to communicate a powerful message about the importance of community links and dangers of social isolation in London. His passion and enthusiasm pours through and his political commentary well worth following. His Twitter feed occasionally betrays a love of good football. Also he supports Manchester United.
Richard H. Harris – Ensygnia
Tech entrepreneur Richard Tweets from @TelecomGuru and he lives up to handle providing current commentary on the industry, flagging interesting news and building a strong community of 70,000 followers in the process. An essential man to follow for tech heads across the country.
Emma Mulqueeny – Young Rewired State
Emma is the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State, is a commissioner for the Speaker’s Commision on Digital Demoncracy and a Google Fellow. She has a recently been included in the 166th annual edition of Who’s Who, voted onto Wired 100 list, Tech City 100, BIMA Hot 100 and was voted one of the top ten women in technology by the Guardian.
Emma writes regularly for the British Press and on her own blog, speaks on radio and TV. She is best known for her campaign “year 8 is too late” encouraging girls into technology subjects.
Maggie Philbin – TeenTech
Maggie’s name may be familiar to you – she is an experienced journalist with the BBC as well as an evangelist for getting young people into technology careers. Her 20,000 followers are kept right up to date on interesting stories from technology and education, as well as news on events and initiatives hosted by TeenTech, which lays the groundwork for helping young people succeed in technology jobs.
Jonny Geller – Curtis Brown
There’s no two ways about it, literary agent Jonny is very entertaining on Twitter. His 25,000 followers are treated to a daily flow of news links, advice and funny stories. Jonny’s Tweets incorporate many different themes (he has even advertised for a personal assistant via Twitter) but always come back to his metier of literature and publishing. At times you feel he is fighting a crusade to preserve the virtue of improvement through reading and there could be no more passionate advocate than Jonny or more appropriate outlet than Twitter.
*How do we rank our lists? As you will see in the above each individual profile has a number in a blue circle – this number represents their level of authority on Twitter as judged by our PeerIndex key influencer software. The influence number represents not just the number of followers you have, but the influence those individual followers have… otherwise known as “klout”.