Lord Sugar and his panel of intimidating judges returned on 6 January for another series of The Apprentice, with a dozen confident entrepreneurs battling it out to prove they should be his next business partner.
Since series one, the Amshold founder has enlisted his two trusted aides, Claude Littner and Baroness Karren Brady.
However, fans who tuned in for the season premiere quickly began asking where Littner was, as he was replaced by new aide Tim Campbell.
So, who is Campbell and how did he get the gig? This is what you need to know, as well as if Littner will return.
Who is Tim Campbell?
Viewers who have tuned in from the beginning of The Apprentice, back in 2005, might recognise Campbell from series one.
Then aged 28, Campbell was the first winner of the hit show and joined Sugar’s AMSTRAD company on a £100,000 salary.
As a teenager, he attended St Bonaventure’s Catholic School, New Forest, for which he is now the chair of the governing body.
Prior to his time on the show, Campbell graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in psychology and was employed as a Senior Planner within the Strategy and Service Development directorate of London Underground.
He is also a father-of-two and is married.
Following his successful time on the BBC show, he became Project Director of Amstrad’s new Health & Beauty division and remained in the position for two years.
In 2007, he parted with Lord Sugar to set up his own perfume company which was unsuccessful. Despite this, Sugar referred to Campbell as a “great asset”, and Campbell returned to The Apprentice for a Comic Relief charity special.
Later that year, he met public affairs consultant Richard Morris and together they co-founded Bright Ideas Trust.
The Bright Ideas Trust was set up to support 16 to 30 year-olds not in employment, education or training to start their own business.
In July 2007, Campbell was announced as a Social Enterprise Ambassador for the British Government initiative which aims to apply modern business solutions to social and environmental problems.
In 2012, he was included in the Queen’s New Years’ honours list as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Enterprise Culture.
In the past decade, he has worked as a member of Estate Office Property Consultants, a boutique London property investment and development agency which focuses on seeking high end property for exceptionally wealthy clients.
He also co-founded Marketing Runners Ltd with Derin Cag in 2016, a bespoke digital marketing agency in London, but the business was dissolved in June 2021.
In January 2022, it was announced that he would temporarily replace Claude Littner as an aide to Lord Sugar for the 16th series of the apprentice.
What is Tim Campbell’s net worth?
Campbell’s net worth is not known, though his company Marketing Runners was taken off the Companies House register last year and had only £5 of assets at the end of 2019.
The Bright Ideas Trust has not filed accounts since 2018.
Why is Claude Littner not on the Apprentice?
The 74-year-old has been recovering from a bike accident which took place in April last year.
The American-born British business mogul fell from an electric bike and sustained injuries so severe that doctors considered amputating his leg.
Luckily Littner is now on the road to recovery, having undergone nine surgeries.
Littner told the PA agency: "My wife and my sons were there as well and they decided they were going to amputate my leg.
"And then they had another chat about it and they said, ‘Look, let’s get him into theatre right away tonight and let’s see if we can save his leg’.
"I went into theatre and it was a very long operation and they didn’t take my leg off."
Asked about the accident, he struggled to recall what led to the injuries.
"I suspect I hit a pothole or something like that, but I must have blanked out at the moment of impact, because the next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground.”
What has Tim said about joining The Apprentice?
Following the announcement, Campbell spoke to the BBC about replacing Claude.
The 44-year-old said: "Having been on the show myself, I know the hard work that goes into it so I didn’t take the decision lightly.”
He added that "It was a great regret when we heard about Claude, who is such a massive part of the franchise," and wished him “the very best as he recovers.”
The Apprentice winner said returning to the show made him feel he had gone “full circle”.
“And it’s a great honour to be working alongside Baroness Brady in assessing these candidates and seeing how they all get on,” he said of his colleague, Karren Brady.
Lord Sugar spoke highly of his new recruit, telling the BBC: "My former winner Tim Campbell will step into Claude’s seat and be my eyes and ears as the candidates face a tough set of business challenges in the upcoming series.