Trevor was one of the most successful and talked-about Creative Directors in UK Advertising. His campaigns for Wonderbra (Hello Boys) and French Connection UK (FCUK) caused scandal, controversy, media attention and gigantic sales-hikes in equal measure. He masterminded the marketing campaign for New Labour, helping Tony Blair towards three General Election wins and his ad agency BMB was made Marketing Agency of the Year in 2007.

Having hired Duncan Jones (fledgling film director and son of David Bowie) to work at BMB, Beattie made a radical career shift towards filmmaking, collaborating with Jones on the BAFTA winning MOON starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell in 2008. Beattie went on to produce the acclaimed NUREYEV, the 2016 Grierson winning ATTACKING THE DEVIL with Jacqui & David Morris and feature documentary SPITFIRE with David Fairhead & Ant Palmer. He set up TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS with ex-Adland partner Jeremy Chatterton in 2016.