Beattie masterminded the ad campaigns for the Labour party in the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. Born in Birmingham, Beattie was one of eight children born to working-class parents - his father was a car mechanic. The family lived in the Balsall Heath suburb of the city.
February 8, 2011, Trevor was granted an Honorary Doctorate at the Birmingham City University.
Beattie has also moved into the movie industry, producing the Bafta winning movie Moon, directed by Duncan Jones in 2008. He is also devising the marketing campaign for Richard Branson"s Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Programme.
In November 2011 The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation was launched. The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation supports victims of social injustice by providing grants to both organisations and individuals under the themes of "Dignity", "Freedom" and "Sanctuary".
The Foundation was set up in honour of Trevor Beattie"s parents.