This Is What I Do: Ben Dunn, Sport magazine

Ben Dunn is client account director, Sport magazine.

Ben Dunn, Sport magazine
Ben Dunn, Sport magazine

What does your job involve?
Many brands fail to promote their sponsorships well, so I work with brands to leverage their sponsorships. Sport is a targeted, cost-effective way of doing that.

What's it like working at Sport?
It has been amazing to see it grow from an empty office to creating a new men's magazine sector. The start-up environment is a great buzz and the people are great because they are all passionate about sport.

What qualifications and experience do you need?
Before working in media, I was a sports agent in Australia, managing some of the gold medal-winning athletes at the Sydney Olympics. That gave me a unique insight into how to work with sports brands and people, particularly in the run-up to London 2012.

How do you spend a typical day?
It could be anything from brainstorming and creating proposals to follow-up meetings and coordinating creative.

What's the best thing about your job?
Working in an area I am passionate about. Also, our weekly office vote on which girl goes on our infamous page 42.

And the worst?
The stick I cop on the rare occasions that England defeats the Aussies in sport. My overconfidence in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final was duly punished.

What keeps you awake at night?
Australia v England at Twickenham on 15 November, 2008 - revenge is a dish best served cold.

Who helped you get where you are?
I got to know Sir Robin Miller (former chairman of Emap) when he was doing some work in Australia. He was a great help in getting me over to the UK four years ago.

Who do you aspire to be like?
I used to manage former Australian rugby captain George Gregan, who was professionalism personified.

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