About Pip

Profile picPip Burley was born in Croydon where he attended Whitgift School. During a career embracing music, publishing, advertising, theatre and television, Pip has performed in, written, produced, musically directed and directed a variety of works on television and in the theatre.

Through his company, Excelsior, Pip has devised and produced The Darling Buds of May, starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and A Touch of Frost. He has also produced My Uncle Silas with Albert Finney and Pride of Africa, starring Robert Powell. In theatre, he has produced West Side Story at The Fairfield Halls, and produced and directed Guys and Dolls for the National Trust, for whom he was Artistic Director at Polesden Lacey for four years. He has directed Kismet and The Slipper and the Rose, which he also adapted for the stage and is now performed all over the world. For the theatre, he has written and directed No Exit for Students, Don’t Mess With the Curtain Cords! and Viva la Costa!

Pip has composed and recorded music for commercials, theatre, film and television and, in 1990, won the Ivor Novello Award for best television theme music for The Darling Buds of May.

Alongside his involvement in the above, Pip founded a publishing, advertising and design group, which he ran as Chairman and CEO throughout the 70s, 80s and early 90s, serving a wide variety of clients including Toyota, Book Club Associates and The Financial Times, as well as working internationally, especially in the leisure industries.

Pip was Chief Barker of the Variety Club in 1999, the charity’s 50th Anniversary, and is a keen member of the Variety Club Golf Society. He also serves on the committee of the Old Whitgiftian Golf Society and was Captain in 2007/8. He is currently President of The Whitgiftian Association and Chair of Governors of the Quest Academy in Croydon.

Pip is married with three daughters and four grandchildren, and lives in Headley, Surrey.