Hugh's advertising career began at Ogilvy & Mather in London. At the age of 31, Ogilvy appointed him to manage O&M Thailand, an office of nearly 400 people.
In the 1990s, his career was interrupted by his discovery of fraud at an advertising agency of which he was Managing Director. When he reported the fraud to his Head Office, not only was Hugh fired, but his company told lies about him to cover up their fraudulent activities. Through clearing his name and recovering his reputation, Hugh became recognised as 'respected throughout the industry' in Campaign magazine's 'A List' of Who's Who in Marketing and Advertising.
After his career was affected by physical disability caused by a rugby injury, Hugh witnessed the suffering that disabled people are forced to endure. He realised that the understanding of human behaviour and the creative talent he had worked with in advertising could be better applied to improving society as a whole.
His challenging observations on life and human behaviour have featured in his respected blog as A Different Hat on the marketing website Brand Republic and on Huffington Post.
The Bookseller, Editors Choice, 1 May 2015: "After his high-profile advertising and marketing career was cut short by an old rugby injury, the author - co-founder of Lovereading.co.uk - started a blog entitled 'A Different Hat', in which he shares his observations on life and human behaviour, and challenges politicians to seek more creative solutions. 'Ideas for Britain' collects his posts on a wide range of subjects: from the cruel effects of austerity policies and the impact of social media, to exciting new thinking for the NHS. His observations are often thought-provoking - and frequently provoke much nodding from me."