Malcolm Dexter Tissington OBE

Malcolm Dexter Tissington OBE

Earlier Career

2012-2015 SAG Ltd  CEO

1994-2012 Interpreter International Ltd Managing Director

1987 - 1994 Living Images Ltd: Senior Creative Project & Interpretation Director 

1986 - 1987 Dimensional Projects Ltd: Head of Interpretation & Operations Manager; 1970 -  present Classical Singer: International performer (Baritone) Opera & Oratorio1975 - 1981 Speedo International: State Manager for Northern Territory & South Australia1968 - 1975 David Jones Ltd: Executive Trainee and Menswear Buyer (Australia)1967 - 1968 Myer Stores SA Ltd: Management Trainee (Australia)                                           


A highly innovative, visionary and commercially aware business leader with extensive international experience. A creative and resilient Managing Director of commercial enterprise, experienced in full life-cycle project management, defining and developing projects to highlight critical paths to aid corporate decisions, and improve operational performance.Comprehensive experience within the sports, cultural arts and heritage sector as an innovative operational leader and successful performing artist; Extensive experience in the concept, design and manufacture of world renowned and award winning products, a respected ambassador for the Arts, Leisure & Tourism, Music, Sports, Museums and Heritage, organiser of many events, assignments and functions for major European Royal Houses in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Serbia and France, coupled with overseas delegations to Ireland, China and the USA. Director of Rugby and senior sports coach.

Selected Achievements

Conferred by Her Majesty the Queen "The Order of the British Empire" in 2004 for services to the Leisure, Tourism and Heritage Industry. 

"Millennium Product" Award for the development of InterpreterTM by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2000 as part of the UK's Millennium Celebrations; Invented and developed the InterpreterTM Audio Guide System which has been subsequently used in venues where visitors require information, direction and entertaining. Designed original prototype and established full production in micro population assembly; produced all elements of design, sourcing, purchasing and build; established manufacturing from a business start up and developed strategies to encompass worldwide sales provision and distribution; sourced finance and venture capital, staff and operational essentials; successfully secured first client venue with the Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace, closely followed by the D-Day Museum and consequent global exposure. The system is now used by over 21 million visitors a year on a worldwide basis

Over 40 years experience as a player, manager, coach and senior coach / director of rugby, coaching all ages from 5 to veterans, boys and girls, club, representative, schools and county sides. Experienced referee of all ages. Last post as Director of Rugby coaching Surrey 1 club with veterans, 3 x seniors sides, under 16, youth, mini  & midi teams. Versatile in several sporting disciplines including rugby, football, cricket and swimming. Currently holds RFU licence and enhanced CRB accreditation.

Established as a successful Operatic Vocalist, performing in 20 countries and over 50 roles totalling more than 700 performances; produced several LP's and CD's and was responsible for the UK and European distribution of the Lodia Classical Record Label. Invited to Direct and co-ordinate the National UK Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem", Producer of numerous performances, concerts, events and exhibitions for many LGO's, charities and corporate organisations.

Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship in 1981 to study at Juilliard School in NY,  Cantica Studio in Kent.

Invited to sit on several committees and a trustee of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, a charity assisting in medical research and family history; working closely with the principle on the areas of organisational activities; fund raising; preservation of ancient documents & manuscripts and comprehensive business development reorganisation reports. Meticulously developed a bespoke system for the digitisation of original copies of very rare and extremely valuable books, utilising handmade materials to reproduce original facsimile bound products for sales as individual items, via CD and direct download for research and heraldic investigation.

Inventor of several SME products from footwear items the Stay-Ty ~ the wonder knot used for all footwear, sports shoes and boots; Stay-Safe a water safety device for pools, ponds and other water spaces; Acu Ball Health and Fitness massage balls in mini medium and large sizes; i-mait an Interactive hand held device with multi media (text, audio, video, pictures, drawings) for the information technology market; Bertram Ball Characters interactive multi media children's characters.


A senior executive professional; An established and respected career within the international commercial sector - cultural, sports, arts, music, heritage and not-for-profit industries.

The Arts

  • Authored lyrics to 15 pieces of music from the classical repertoire for the Compact Disc recording of "Appassionato - Romance by the River".
  • Author of children's books, commencing in 1981. The first in a series of 20 books "Nicholas and his Magic Hat" was released in 1995, and a second series of 26 books "The Adventures of Bertram Ball" along with a cartoon series for television and with full audiovisual and books.
  • Written and published over 20 songs, plays and musicals. "Only a Thought" is the first of poetry collections published in 2002 and in 2003 a book of paintings was published; the first novel "The Rat Catcher" is also underway.
  • Nominated to the International Society of Photographers in 2006. Studied with Albert Degalas in Adelaide, and first serious work was commissioned in 1971 entitled "Equivocations" since then he has undertaken several projects mainly impressionistic in style, but has worked with cubism and modernist styles. Undertook three commissions in 1998 after ‘Picasso' painting several trilogies and other series commissions.


  • Coached a variety of sports, specifically since 1975 in Football, Rugby and Cricket.
  • Coached at local club in Weybridge, coaching all ages from under 5 through to under 14; coaching freelance ages 14-18 and at senior club level, and coached County under 14, 15 & 16 sides.
  • Joined the RFU in 2007, coaching under 18 regional sides in the South of England gaining many awards for coaching and refereeing.
  • Level 1 Coaching Certificate
  • Level 2 Coaching Certificate
  • ELRA Referee Accreditation
  • Enganced CRB Certification #001169137790
  • Director of Rugby Croydon Rugby Football Club 2009 / 12
  • Rugby Football Union Coach License #146034189


Juilliard School of Music- New York USA (Dan Fero); Cantica Studio - Kent UK (Audrey Langford)Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee scholarship for Post Graduate Training in Classical Voice & Classical Tuition

Central Western University - Texas

MBA Business Administration

Adelaide University, Bachelor of Education (Music)3 of 4 years completed due to offer of scholarship Adelaide College of Advance EducationAssociate Diploma in Theatre Arts (Opera) DistinctionAustralian National Opera School (SA)Selected as 1 of 10 from over 15,000 Archbishop Davidson Senior SchoolRoyal Society Arts, Technical Drawing, General Certificate of Education 5 "O" Levels

2012 Paintings



Work History

Work History
1990 - 2012

Innovation / Managing Director

Interpreter International Ltd

Interpreter International has grown rapidly to become a market leader in the provision of Audio Tour Guide products and support services. From the smallest venue to the largest site, Interpreter systems are used throughout the world at some of the most sacred and historical venues, including; D-Day Museum, Royal Yacht Britannia, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Hong Kong Art Gallery, Palazzo dei Dogi and Pompeii.

  • Headhunted on a consultancy basis by Soundalive (the precursor to Interpreter), following the successful invention and development of the InterpreterTM, in order to establish and prepare the product for worldwide sales exposure. Appointed to Managing Director in 1994 to oversee the entirety of commercial operations, successfully directing corporate growth to £4m annual turnover at peak performance.
  • Successfully raised extensive continuous capital investments of approximately £1m per annum in order to secure raw production materials of over 400 components per unit from the Far East and further develop the business to attract a major client base from within the heritage, leisure and tourism industry.
  • Recruited, managed and trained a team of 35 permanent direct reports and a further 50 contract staff and oversaw sales, marketing, production, business development, finance, operations and HR functions. 
  • Developed intensive sales and development strategies, resulting in significant growth in product promotion and development; secured entire client base through extensive business development techniques including the Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the D-Day Museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings where over 36,000 visitors used the system in just one week, and many of the world's leading Museums, Historic Houses, Palaces, Castles, Parks and Gardens, Ships, Visitors Centres, Battlefields, Factories, and Trade organisations and Exhibitions.

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