From the strategic vision of our sector's business leaders to the creative genius of the Editors setting the bar in content excellence, The PPA Festival features the people and personalities that really make our industry tick . . .
James joined Dennis Publishing in October 1992 and spent six years on the editorial teams of various titles, including the editorship of market-leading PC Pro. In 1998, he became a Publisher. He joined the Executive Board in 2000 as Operations Director and became Divisional Managing Director for Dennis’s Technology Division in 2004. In the same year he oversaw the launch of the Dennis Gambling Division. He became CEO of Dennis Publishing Ltd in January 2006. James is also a director of Dovetail Ltd. He became PPA Chairman on January 1, 2016.
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Andria joined Centaur as CEO in November 2013. From August 2009 to July 2013, Andria was CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland during which time she successfully transformed the business into a high-margin global rights management enterprise by driving consumer focus and digital innovation. Between April 2008 and August 2009, she was CMO of Bauer Media, and from June 2005 to April 2008 was MD of Magic FM & National Radio. Prior to that, she held a number of managerial, operational and marketing roles at Capital Radio and the BBC.
Marcus RichRead more
Marcus joined Time Inc. UK in March 2014 as CEO. Prior to taking up his role at Time Inc., Marcus worked at Associated Newspapers from February 2009 as Managing Director of The Mail on Sunday and Deputy Managing Director of the Daily Mail before taking up the role of Commercial Managing Director, DMG Media, publisher of the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, Mailonline and Metro. Previously, Marcus worked at Emap for 16 years and in that time was the Group Managing Director of Emap Lifestyle Magazines and Emap Advertising. He also ran Emap’s Australian and US businesses. Before Emap, Marcus worked in advertising as a Group Account Director at McCann Erickson, and ran Optimus Communications.
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Sali HughesRead more
Sali Hughes is a journalist, author, broadcaster, Guardian, The Pool and Empire columnist and founder of the award-winning salihughesbeauty.com, a large online community forum for women. A former features director, she has written for many publications including Grazia, The Observer, Elle, The Telegraph, The Face, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Stylist, Woman & Home, Good Housekeeping and Red, where she is Contributing Editor. She was written two bestselling books, Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion, and Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at The Beauty Products That Changed The World, both published by 4th Estate. She appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and on Soho Radio, where she co-hosts a show with India Knight. She lives with her two sons and partner, comedy writer Daniel Maier, in Brighton.
Mark HedgesRead more
Mark, 54, came to Time Inc, formerly IPC, in 1989 from leading bloodstock auction house Tattersalls, where he started the concept of the breeze-up sale. He was appointed hunting and racing editor at Horse & Hound by its most famous editor, Michael Clayton, a war correspondent with high journalistic standards. He rose to deputy editor there before becoming editor of Shooting Times followed by editor-in-chief of the company’s 50 specialist equestrian and country titles. A geologist by training and a true countryman, he has edited Country Life since 2006, overseeing seven consecutive ABC rises and securing Prince Charles as guest editor. Last year, a three-part documentary, on the magazine, aired on BBC Two. Hedges lives in Hampshire with his wife, who has an award-winning cheese-making business, their three children and two terriers.
Dr Fiona GodleeRead more
Dr Fiona Godlee
Fiona Godlee has been Editor in Chief of The BMJ since 2005. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She first joined The BMJ in 1990 and has written and lectured on a broad range of issues, including health and the environment, the ethics of academic publishing, evidence based medicine, access to clinical trial data, research integrity, open access publishing, patient partnership, conflict of interest, and overdiagnosis and over treatment. As Editorial Director for Medicine from 2000-2002, she helped to establish the open access publisher BioMedCentral. She is on the advisory or executive boards of Alltrials (alltrials.net), the Peer Review Congress, the International Forum for Quality and Safety and Healthcare (http://internationalforum.bmj.com/about),Evidence Live (http://evidencelive.org/), Preventing Overdiagnosis (http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/?p=830), and the Climate and Health Council (climateandhealth.org). She was a Harkness Fellow (1994), President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (1998-2000), Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (2003-5), and PPA Editor of the Year (2014). She is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.
Matt KellyRead more
Farrah StorrRead more
Farrah Storr was appointed Editor of Cosmopolitan UK in July 2015. Since taking the role, she has led the magazine through a dramatic new look and introduced unique content. As seen in the latest round of ABC figures, Farrah’s makeover led the magazine to successfully grow its circulation by 57% year-on-year. Previously Storr was the launch Editor for Women’s Health magazine. Under her tenure, Women’s Health has become the most successful women’s magazine launch of the last decade. It has recorded six consecutive increases in its ABC circulation figures. Prior to that, she was Features Director of Marie Claire in Australia and Deputy Features Editor of Glamour UK. She began her career as Features Assistant at Woman & Home, followed by Features Writer at Good Housekeeping. She regularly contributes to broadsheet newspapers and television about a wide range of women’s issues.
Bruce DaisleyRead more
Terri WhiteRead more
Terri White is an award-winning editor with fifteen years’ experience working for publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic. She joined Bauer from Time Out New York where she worked as Editor-in-Chief, overseeing the brand’s editorial direction and content across all platforms. Under her leadership, Time Out New York won several American industry awards including Most Improved Publication, Overall Digital Excellence, Best Use of Instagram and Cover of the Year. White herself was named one of Folio’s Top Women in US Media, 2015. Prior to joining Time Out, White was Executive Editor at Life & Style and Editor of the freemium men’s title, ShortList, where she was named BSME Men’s Magazine Editor of the Year and PTC’s New Editor of the Year. She was also Editor of Buzz, the entertainment magazine published with The Sun, and Deputy Editor of Maxim. She has written for Q, Red, Elle, Stylist, Grazia and The Observer magazine.
Rob Munro-HallRead more
Managing Director, Bauer Magazine Media UK
Rob leads Bauer Media’s UK magazine business (Bauer Magazine Media); a portfolio of over 90 magazines, which sell 188 million copies a year.
Comprising some of the UK’s best-loved magazine titles; TV Choice, Take a Break, That’s Life, Grazia, Empire, heat, Motor Cycle News, CAR, Garden News and Angling Times, Bauer Magazine Media is the UK’s biggest consumer magazine publisher.
Rob joined the business, (formerly emap), in 1990 as Editor of MCN (Motor Cycle News), after various editorial posts on national newspapers, including The Sun and Daily Star.
He moved on to edit CAR magazine and then assumed a number of publishing roles until he became Managing Director of EMAP Australia in 2003. He returned to London in 2006 to head up the men's, music and film portfolios. He ran Bauer Specialist’s division for six years, before the London Lifestyle portfolio was added in 2015.
More recently, in May 2016, following the decision to unite Bauer Media’s UK magazine business and H Bauer Publishing, Rob was given the responsibility for magazine publishing across both businesses.
Albert ReadRead more
Albert Read will succeed Nicholas Coleridge as Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain on August 1 2017. After studying Classics at Oxford, Albert worked as Comment and Literary Editor of the Daily Express, later supervising the Features pages of the newspaper. Having completed an MBA at INSEAD at Fontainebleau, he switched to the business side of media, working as Strategy & Planning Manager at CNI. Following a period as Deputy Planning Director, Albert joined Condé Nast Britain as General Manager. Albert was also involved in setting up the Condé Nast business in Mumbai. He was promoted to become Deputy Managing Director in 2010, and has since been involved in every part of the business, from print to digital, consumer marketing to custom publishing. He has simultaneously set up the highly successful Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.
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Barry McIlheneyRead more
Barry McIlheney began his career in magazines at IPC's Melody Maker before being appointed Editor of Smash Hits and going on to become launch Editor of Empire, Publishing Director of emap's music and film titles, and then Managing Director of emap metro. In 1999, he led the launch of heat magazine and later that year moved to Paris to oversee the launch of FHM France. He returned to the UK in 2000 as Chief Executive of emap elan, the company's women's magazine division, and in 2003 became Editor-in-Chief of emap consumer media. Barry was appointed CEO of the PPA on February 1, 2010. Barry sits on the Boards of the ABC, the Advertising Association, the Advertising Standards Board of Finance, the European Magazine Media Association, FIPP, and the Publishers Audience Measurement Company (PAMCo).
Sue ToddRead more
Sue Todd launched Magnetic, the marketing agency for magazine media, in March 2015, to help customers get the very best return from their advertising spend with magazine media. Working with its partners: Bauer Media, Time Inc., Dennis, H Bauer, Hearst, Immediate Media, Haymarket, Conde Nast, Shortlist and Redwood, Sue and the Magnetic team have a remit to champion the power and vitality of magazine media in all its forms to the marketing and advertising community. Sue began her career at EMAP as a research executive, working through the ranks to become Marketing and People & Culture Director over a ten year period. From there she spent two years as Marketing Director at CBS Outdoor, before running specialist brand and culture consultancy Wonder for seven years, where her clients included Channel 4, Harrods, MEC, Mediacom, Maxus, Primesight and Grey. In her spare time Sue is studying psychotherapy, and enjoys karaoke and cycling.
Sophia DempseyRead more
Publisher, Motor Sport
Sophia Dempsey is Publisher at Motor Sport. This includes the monthly magazine, website, 6 specials, an award winning digital magazine, events, awards and a contract publishing portfolio. Sophia has previously published brands at Time Inc including Decanter and the Field. Before moving into her publishing roles, Sophia worked in brand and subscription marketing at IPC Media, Reed Business Information, and several arts titles including The Art Newspaper and Art Review
Tim BrooksRead more
Tim Brooks, who is Chairman of PPA Business, launched his own B2B business, Media Week Ltd, with two friends in 1985. As MD or CEO he has since managed media properties including the Guardian, The BMJ, NME and Marie Claire. Tim is currently chairman of NLA Media Access, which manages copyright on behalf of all the UK’s newspapers; a director of Pharmaceutical Press; chairman-designate of the British Library Advisory Council; and visiting Fellow in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School.
Melanie ShahRead more
Elise WellsRead more
Elise has been obsessed with magazines ever since she had pocket money! Starting her career in trade magazines, she’s worked on business, consumer and customer titles for Lloyd’s of London, IPC (now Time Inc), and Redwood. In 2007 she left London for Derbyshire to take up the editorship of Slimming World, the magazine of the UK’s leading weight-loss organisation Slimming World. During her nine years as editor the independently published title enjoyed nine consecutive year-on-year ABC rises, increasing its circulation by 124%. Since 2015 Slimming World has been the fourth best-selling actively purchased magazine in the UK. The title has picked up four prestigious PPA Awards under Elise’s editorship, as well as Health Magazine of the Year at the British Health Journalism Awards 2106. Last year Elise took on a new role as Editor-in-chief, overseeing Slimming World’s magazines in the UK and the US.
David HepworthRead more
David Hepworth is a partner in Development Hell Ltd, which publishes The Word and Mixmag and runs the social media site Dontstayin.com. He has been working in the media in general and magazines in particular since the mid-70s. In his capacity as Editorial Director of EMAP Magazines (now part of Bauer) during the 80s and 90s he was involved in the editing, launching or directing of Smash Hits, Just Seventeen, Looks, Q, More, Empire, Mojo, Heat and FHM. During that period he won both Best Editor and Best Writer awards from the PPA and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. His broadcasting work includes a period as one of the presenters of the BBC's Whistle Test and a particularly memorable day as one of the anchors of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985. he has devised and presented radio programmes for Radio Four and contributes regularly to Front Row. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, Independent, Marie Claire and further afield. He is one of the principals behind True Stories Told Live a new venture which meets once a month above a London pub. He has spoken at media, marketing and music conferences in Britain, Europe, the United States and Australia and was unable to resist the opportunity to take part in a debate at the Oxford Union.
Fraser AllenRead more
After learning his trade as a writer and an editor at William Reed and Haymarket – plus a year as a newspaper reporter in Istanbul – Fraser moved into marketing, becoming Editorial Director of the publishing division of Chime Communications plc. In 2001, he launched his own content marketing agency in Edinburgh called White Light Media and has gone on to create numerous magazine and online campaigns for clients including Lloyds Banking Group, Channel 4, Tesco and Standard Life. In 2012, he also decided to launch his own news-stand magazine about booze called Hot Rum Cow which has gone on to win many awards and raise the profile of White Light Media. And in 2015, he acquired World Whisky Day, a business set up by a 19 year old student to celebrate whisky globally. World Whisky Day 2016 achieved a reach of 35 million people on the day itself (20 May) with 20,000 people attending events across seven continents. Fraser is developing the project through commercial partnerships with brands.
Mark FrithRead more
Mark Frith began his career at Smash Hits magazine and became editor at the age of 23. He then edited Sky Magazine and took charge at Heat in 2000, taking its sales from 50,000 to over half a million a week.
In his ten years at the title he won nine major magazine industry awards including, in 2005, the Mark Boxer Award for outstanding achievement in magazines.
In July 2009 he became editor of Time Out London, increasing its news-stand sales for the first time in 17 years and winning further industry accolades, most notably PPA International Magazine Of The Year in 2010 and 2011. He is now an editor-chief at Time Inc UK.
Mark presented the BBC’s Liquid News for a year and is now a regular contributor to Radio Four’s Front Row, BBC2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Radio Two’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
His first book, The Celeb Diaries: The Sensational Inside Story Of The Celebrity Decade became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller upon its release in late 2008.
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Director, Content Management Practice, Inviqa
Myles is director of the content practice at technology agency and consultancy Inviqa. In this role he helps brands across industries including media and publishing, retail, and utilities to realise their strategic goals through pioneering digital products. Recent projects include: improving the user experience at a traditional magazine publisher which led to a 20% increase in its advertising revenues, and becoming the technical partner for a world-leading business news organisation to help execute its digital transformation strategy.
Myles is recognised as a thought leader in the field of digital content management and strategy having written and spoken extensively on the subject.
Lindsay PattisonRead more
WORLDWIDE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As UK CEO, Lindsay transformed the WPP-owned UK media agency Maxus, growing revenue, staff base and profit sevenfold in just over four years. Lindsay continued her growth within GroupM and in October 2014 was appointed CEO of Maxus Global, which in 2015 enjoyed stellar growth.
Lindsay holds a high profile in the media industry, and is regularly called upon by national and trade media as a commentator on leadership and future media trends. She is the sole female global media leader, and is a passionate advocate for business leaders taking meaningful action to improve gender equality. In 2016 she launched ‘Walk the Talk’, an initiative to help senior Maxus women reach the highest levels possible.
Lindsay was named one of Cranfield’s FTSE Board Report’s 100 Women to Watch in 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 was listed for the third time in Britain’s top 500 Most Influential People by Debrett’s. Lindsay was also recognised by Ad Age as one of their 2015 Women to Watch. She served two terms on the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media, latterly as co-chair and has twice attended Davos. She has just joined the CBI’s Taskforce on the Value of Business as the communication specialist. She is also an ex-President of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London), and she continues to mentor on average five mentees annually.
Douglas McCabeRead more
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Louise ChunnRead more
Louise Chunn is the founder and CEO of Welldoing.org and will be moderating the Headspace stage at PPA Festival 2017
Steve NewboldRead more
Divisional Managing Director, Centaur Media
Steve was appointed Divisional Managing Director of Centaur Media in September 2015, overseeing the Home Interest, Legal, Engineering, Financial, Business Travel and Recruitment markets. Prior to joining Centaur Media Steve held Managing Director roles at WGSN, i2i Events, Emap Communications (now Ascential) and Emap Plc. He has experience of running multi-media businesses in key sectors including homes, legal, retail, and fashion. He has also led and supported key acquisitions including WGSN, Stylesight, Futuros Events, Broadcast Video Expo and Pure London.
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Global Brand Director, Campaign
Adrian Barrick has two roles at Haymarket. He was appointed global brand director of Campaign in July 2015, in addition to his role as head of audience and content across the wider marcomms division, where he is responsible for helping editorial and digital teams accelerate the growth of audiences in a multi-platform environment. Since joining Haymarket in August 2014, Adrian has led the transformation of the UK portfolio, bringing together all of the company’s marketing, advertising and media channels under Campaign, launching Campaign in the US and Japan, and overhauling the brand in China and India. Before joining Haymarket, Adrian was UBM’s first chief content officer, where he co-developed a hybrid community-driven content model and worked with teams in the US and UK to transform titles such as Information Week, EE Times and Building. In a 30-year b2b career, Adrian has been a reporter, editor, publisher and – for four years – CEO of UBM’s Built Environment division. He has won a host of awards, including four PPA & BSME editor of the year awards, four PPA magazine and website of the year awards, and PPA publisher of the year.
Cally PoplakRead more
Chris BroadbentRead more
Chief Operating Officer, MediaCom North
A native Yorkshireman he began his career in the full-service agency environment of J Walter Thompson in Manchester back in the 80’s when the media department was down the corridor. After stints in McCann Erickson and Carat he moved to the independent Brilliant Media in 2002 and was to oversee that business being acquired by MediaCom in 2011. Appointed as the COO for the MediaCom North Group in 2016, Chris is responsible for the 380 people within the MediaCom business across Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, reporting into MediaCom UK Chairwoman, Karen Blackett. Chris’s role is simply to ensure the best possible experience for all clients by collaboration across our fantastic people to work as a trusted business partner, delivering better business outcomes for all our clients.
Derek MorrisRead more
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Senior Manager, UK Sales & Marketing, sprylab Technologies
As Senior Sales and Marketing Manager at Sprylab technologies, John Rahim is responsible for sales, marketing and the positioning of Purple DS, Sprylab’s digital publishing platform in the UK. John has extensive experience working within digital publishing having worked with Bauer Media, Time Inc., Redwood and Waitrose amongst others. Previously he has spent 20 years in working for digital and marketing agencies and has delivered and worked on projects for Penguin Books, Condé Nast, Apple Inc., Carling and Sage amongst others.
Matt HancockRead more
Matt Hancock is the Conservative parliamentary candidate for West Suffolk, having first been elected in the 2010 general election. He is the Minister of State for Digital & Culture.
From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. He entered Government in September 2012, and served as Minister for Skills, then Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy. He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and was responsible for small business, industry and energy policy.
From 2015 Matt served as Paymaster General, responsible for digital transformation of Government, before his appointment as the Minster for Digital and Culture in July 2016. He is responsible for the arts and culture as well as the Government's digital policy, which includes digital infrastructure, broadband, cyber security, the digital single market, media policy, telecoms, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and the impact of future technologies.
Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family technology business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Matt is married to Martha and has three young children. He is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Lords & Commons Cricket team. Matthew once played the most northerly game of cricket on record, and succumbed to frostbite en route to the Pole. He retains all his fingers.
John KampfnerRead more
Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation
John Kampfner is the Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, the national membership organisation bringing together all of the UK’s arts, creative industries and arts education institutions to give the fastest growing sector of the UK economy the political heft it has long deserved.
He was the founding Chair of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's most successful cultural institutions, for seven and a half years until December 2015 and was previously a member of the Council of King's College London. He has been Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme since October 2014.
He is a critically acclaimed author, broadcaster and commentator. In a long journalistic career, he was a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in Moscow and Berlin, presented politics on the BBC's Today programme, edited the New Statesman magazine and has made a number of award-winning TV films.
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Bevan ThomasRead more
Commercial Director and Co-Founder, Newsflare
Bevan Thomas is Commercial Director and Co-Founder of UK-based video syndication business Newsflare - an online video marketplace connecting the world’s media with video shot by the public. Since founding the company alongside business partner Jon Cornwell, Newsflare has gone from innovative start-up to a 25 - strong team selling video content to leading news organisations and TV shows around the world including the MailOnline, The Telegraph, ITN and MSN. Bevan – an idea generator and entrepreneur – enjoyed a successful six-year career in publishing and media before making the transition into video news in 2011, establishing Newsflare to realise his long-harboured passion for the industry. Newsflare, which offers an iPhone and Android app for recording and submitting video, was borne out of demand from digital publishers for eyewitness video shot by the public. It also acts as a broker, paying member of the public and freelance journalists who contribute newsworthy content. Newsflare supplies video to its growing client base of international news organisations and TV shows including AOL, MTV, BBC, Sky News, MSN, CNN, NBC, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, MailOnline, The Sun, The Lad Bible, Discovery and National Geographic.
Daniel PearceRead more
Managing Director, TTG Media
Following a management buy-out in 2013, Daniel Pearce is managing director and owner of TTG Media. The new company continues to connect buyers and sellers of travel across the UK trade and beyond, with a business stretching from website ttgmedia.com and quarterly magazine ttgluxury to an innovative portfolio of events including the TTG Travel Awards – hosted annually at the Lyceum Theatre - the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies, the TTG On Tour series of roadshows, the expanding TTG LGBT and 30 Under 30 networks, and a string of events in luxury travel. More than 60 years since it was first published in 1953, the business continues to be underpinned by TTG, the magazine that continues to inform, inspire and champion the UK travel industry every week. A former editor of the publication, Daniel has worked in editorial and management roles in B2B media for 20 years, across businesses including Reed Business Information and UBM. His career in the media started in 1996 as a reporter on the Cambridge Town Crier, following prior careers as an actor, a toy salesman and an English language teacher.
Dave GoldingRead more
David Golding is a co-founder of adam&eveDDB. He founded the agency in 2008 and it merged with DDB in 2012 to become one of the biggest in the UK.
adam&eveDDB currently tops the GUNN Report as the most creatively awarded agency in the world and the WARC report as the most effective agency in the world.
Over the years it has has touched the hearts of millions with its John Lewis Christmas advertising and has made highly acclaimed work for brands like H&M, Harvey Nichols and Marmite. It has been named Campaign magazine’s Agency of the Year in 2010/14/15/16.
David is married to Sarah Golding, who is CEO of CHI&Partners and the President of the IPA, so It’s safe to say advertising plays a big part in the family.
James MannRead more
Global Sales Director, B2B Content
James Mann has been ‘Global Sales Director – B2B Content’ since October 1 2007, having been with the Financial Times for 23 years in a variety of circulation and digital content sales roles. In his current role Mann changed the approach to licencing FT content to the B2B sector. Since 2007 the FT has increased the number of B2B clients from 45 in 2007 to over 6,000 in 2016 and he now leads a global sales team of over 60 sales professionals. Before taking up his current post Mann was appointed Director of Circulation and Content Sales, EMEA in 2003. Mann has also held a number of other commercial posts at the FT since he joined in 1994, including VP Circulation and Content sales in the US, between 2001 and 2003. Prior to 1994 Mann worked at Euromoney as the advertisement manager for Euromoney's leading Oil and Gas magazine, the Petroleum Economist and in advertising sales on Euromoney magazine. More recently Mann was appointed as the FT’s representative on the NLA board. Mann holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Geography and a management diploma from Henley School of Business.
Jan GoodingRead more
Global Inclusion Director, Aviva
Jan is the first Director to be appointed to lead the diversity and inclusion strategy across the Aviva Group full time. She supports CEO Andy Briggs who is the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, leading a review into attracting and retaining workers who are 50+. She is Chair of Trustees of LGBT equality charity Stonewall and was ranked 16 in the Top 100 Outstanding in Business list published in the Financial Times. She also chairs PAMCo (The governing body which oversees the audience measurement for the published media industry) and is on the Executive Committee of WACL (an influential club for senior women in UK Communications). Previously, Jan has worked for British Gas and BT, and she has been managing partner of two successful marketing consultancies; Antennae and BLUEDOOR.
Jane WolfsonRead more
Head of Commercial Operations, Hearst Magazines UK
Jane has over 20 years’ experience in the marketing and media industry. She joined the global media company Hearst in the UK in June 2015 as their Head of Commercial Operations, responsible for commercial delivery across Hearst’s portfolio of print and digital brands. Jane became Director of the content marketing division, Hearst Made, in September 2016. She is responsible for the growth strategy of the division, enhancing its profile and reputation across the industry, and building long term brand content partnerships with clients and agencies.
Jonny KaldorRead more
Co-Founder & CEO, Pugpig
Jonny is the co-founder and CEO of Pugpig, the award winning mobile content and engagement platform that powers over 300 apps for brands such as IBM, Conde Nast, The Economist, Metro, The Telegraph, Hearst, Arsenal FC, The Independent, Net a Porter, John Lewis and many more Prior to co-founding Kaldor, Jonny was MD, Technology and Product Development at News Corporation's Digital Media Group, focusing on building new digital brands. This followed three years as CTO at News UK. Prior to News, Jonny spent five years running the global digital exploitation programme at EMI Music, and before that, eight years at Accenture, where he worked primarily in the Media and Entertainment Industry.
Justine SouthallRead more
Managing Director of Fashion and Beauty, Time Inc. UK
Justine Southall’s brand and media experience spans many years across both print, digital media and retail. For the last six years she has worked at Time Inc UK where she is Managing Director of Fashion and Beauty, which includes glossy flagship, Marie Claire, the new digital first re-launch of Instyle, Powder the mobile first beauty personalisation site, Look and as Director of the new business Fabled by Marie Claire the JV with Ocado Holdings. She believes passionately in the power of brands and in the strength and potential for magazine brands in the media and commercial landscape. The launch of Fabled by Marie Claire, the joint - venture with Ocado Holdings, both a flagship west end premium beauty store and scale ecommerce web site, is proof that powerful media brands can scale and evolve into other categories for future success. Before joining Time Inc. UK She had previously worked for Hearst magazines, BBC World Wide, IPC magazines and Carlton Publishing.
Lucie CaveRead more
Editor-In-Chief, Heat Magazine
Lucie joined heat in 2003 as a freelance news reporter from a broadcasting role at Trouble TV. She rose to the position of Executive Editor in 2008, stepped up as Editor in 2011 and is now Editor in Chief across the heat portfolio (radio, mag, online, TV, heat extra). She is now also Editorial Director of commercial content across Bauer.
As well as being an innovative and talented journalist, Lucie is a multi-skilled media professional - presenting and producing for heat TV, 4music, heatworld.com, as well as her own weekend show on heat radio.
An experienced broadcaster – Lucie also appears on National TV including showbiz reporter for This Morning, co-hosting ITV2’s National Television Awards coverage, E! at the Baftas and is a sought-after media pundit and regular red carpet anchor.
She has undertaken a range of exploits - all in the name of entertainment - such as interviewing then Prime Minister David Cameron for heat and asking him important questions like whether he knew the words to ‘Let it go’ (he did), becoming Simon Cowell’s bodyguard for the day, appearing in The Only Way is Essex, co-writing an Episode of Hollyoaks, getting James Corden to strip off to his underpants for a spoof David Beckham shoot and persuading Naomi Campbell to show her the entire contents of her handbag.
Lucie also writes a blog for Grazia Daily and has written several books – including ghost-writing Joey Essex’s Number 1 selling autobiography ‘Being Reem’ and Charlotte Crosby’s number one best seller ‘Me, Me, Me’.
Raymond SnoddyRead more
Raymond Snoddy is a freelance journalist who presented the BBC Television accountability programme Newswatch for eight years from 2004 and writes regularly for a variety of publications after being media editor of The Times for seven years. Before moving to The Times he was a reporter on the Financial Times for 19 years writing mainly about media and communication issues. Presented television series on the media, Hard News on Channel 4 and Media Monthly on Sky News and has made documentaries for radio and television. Regular columns include Television, Mediatel and InPublishing Books include The Good, The Bad and the Unacceptable on press standards and Greenfinger on Michael Green and Carlton Communications. Born 31/1/46 in Larne Co Antrim, Educated Queens University Belfast and the Open University . Married with two grown up children, both working in the media. Interests include tennis, chess, opera and supporting Queens Park Rangers. Awarded OBE 2000
Ross GowlandRead more
VP Sales, EMEA at Sailthru
Ross is a senior executive with over 15 years experience working within the SaaS industry across verticals including retail, travel, media and finance. Ross' experiences working with cutting edge brands has given Ross insight and a deep-level understanding of the evolution of personalisation and cross-channel space helping him identify and understand the pitfalls a company should look out for when trying to deliver a successful personalisation strategy and enhanced customer experience.
Steve FowlerRead more
Editor-in-Chief, Auto Express and CarBuyer, Dennis Publishing’s
Steve Fowler was appointed as editor-in-chief of Dennis Publishing’s Auto Express and CarBuyer, and editorial director of Dennis Motoring including in 2011. Steve now also has editorial responsibility for evo. Steve spent ten years as editor-in-chief of Haymarket’s What Car? and has also edited Autocar and What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision. He’s contributed to a wide range of publications from The Guardian to The Sunday Times magazine.
Steve has been writing about cars for over 25 years, training as a journalist after dropping out of drama school. As well as writing for car enthusiasts, buyers and owners about the latest car news, buying, selling and running cars, Steve is used as a resident ‘car guru’ on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Four’s You and Yours. He’s used as a motoring pundit on BBC TV’s The One Show and BBC TV News, ITV and Sky TV, and on national and local radio. Steve also presented regional motoring show ‘Mad About Motors’ for Granada TV. He has also worked at government level, helping to launch the Act on CO2 campaign, and he was the only journalist invited to give evidence at the Competition Commission’s open hearing into new car sales and supply. He is also a World Car of the Year juror.
Sue ElmsRead more
Skin the Cat
Sue has 30 years of expertise in Brand, Communications and Media, in UK and Global roles spanning insight and evaluation, media technology, marketing and innovation.
Sue operates at the leading edge of consumer intelligence, with a passion for ensuring it genuinely helps brands make real life decisions; ultimately to deliver more meaningful connections and better ROI.
Working through the independent consultancy, Skin the Cat Ltd, she helps businesses successfully maximise the decision-making power of their consumer intelligence resources.
She is also co-launching a disruptive new Intelligence Design and Technology company, that will help clients get significantly more for their market research money.
Lord Clement-JonesRead more
Lord Clement-Jones was Chairman of the Association of Liberal Lawyers 1982 to 1986 and then of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and played a major part in the merger with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He was made CBE for political services in 1988. He was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Finance Committee from 1989 to 1998 and Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010.
Tim was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is now Liberal Democrat spokesman on the Creative Industries.
He is a former member of the House of Lords Select Committees on Communications (2011-2105) and the Built Environment (2015-2016). He is Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. He is Deputy Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China and Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Turkey, the UAE, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Ovarian Cancer, Publishing and Intellectual Property. Since 2012, he has been the Chairman of Lib Dems in Communications.
Tom BureauRead more
CEO, Immediate Media Co
Tom has more than 15 years’ experience of running cross-media, digital content, ecommerce and technology platform companies.
After starting his career in sales and marketing, then focusing on the nascent digital space, he was involved in a number of start-ups. Tom was co-founder and CEO of digital start-up Silicon Media Group, backed by a number of blue chip venture funds.
On its successful acquisition by CNET Networks in 2002, Tom led the expansion of CNET’s multi-brand business in the UK and across Europe, creating a highly profitable digital pure play. After a period of consulting with various private equity funds, Tom joined media-tech platform business Magicalia as CEO in 2008, working with Exponent Private Equity.
Tom co-founded Immediate Media Co in November 2011. The company was formed by merging Magicalia’s digital technology platform with BBC Magazines, home to some of the UK’s leading magazine media brands, including the Radio Times.
In the last five years Immediate has thrived under Tom’s leadership.
Bucking the trend in the sector, Immediate has consistently grown revenues organically and through M&A activity, with EBITDA growth of 100% since 2011. Tom’s strategic focus on leveraging Immediate’s world-class content through the creation of an agile technology platform has allowed Immediate to take advantage of new business opportunities in the special interest markets it serves. TV shopping, ecommerce and digital marketplaces are just a few of the successful new platforms through which Immediate is driving growth.
Immediate has won over 100 industry awards in the last five years and now employs over 1,300 people in London, Bristol, Redditch, Camberley, Manchester and internationally. Immediate was acquired by Hubert Burda Media in January 2017.
Tom WheatleyRead more
Head of Data, Shortlist Media
As Head of Data for Shortlist Media, Tom Wheatley is responsible for the audience growth and subscriber data strategy across Emerald Street, Mr Hyde, Shortlist, Stylist and Stylist Live. Tom has worked in email and data strategy for the past 12 years, with a range of roles covering publishing, e-commerce, consumer research and data technology software. Tom has worked on projects for clients such as Paco Rabanne, Starbucks, L'Occitane and John Lewis, amongst others.
Victoria WilkinsRead more
Editor, #studentfarmer. Agricultural Publications, Deputy Editor
Winner of the coveted PPA Independent Publishing Awards Writer of the Year 2016, Victoria is Midlands born and bred, and often confused with being a Brummie – wrong. After reading a wealth of previous conference brochures, Victoria realised that she didn’t have 10-20 years’ experience in the publishing sector. What she does have is a passion for journalism, a love for magazines and a slightly strange obsession with dogs – the best conversation starter in a pub. Victoria graduated as a first class NCTJ-accredited journalist in 2012, and now edits the organisation’s magazine for students and young farmers, #studentfarmer. Described as a walking, talking Buzzfeed by her colleagues, over the past 12 months Victoria has pushed the magazine from being a print product to a brand with a community, taking the fun, witty narrative of the magazine to its core audience of 18-26-year-olds online. She has just started a new role as the NFU’s Membership Communications Manager, communicating the value of the organisation to its members. This is a key way that the NFU can ensure a strong membership base, which in turn affords it to have a powerful and united lobbying voice.
Zillah Byng-ThorneRead more
Chief Executive, Future
Zillah was appointed as Chief Executive on 1 April 2014. She joined Future in November 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Prior to her appointment to the Future plc Board, she was CFO of Trader Media Group – owner of Auto Trader – from 2009 to 2012, and interim CEO of Trader Media from 2012 to 2013. Before this, Zillah was Commercial Director and CFO at Fitness First Limited and Chief Financial Officer of the Thresher Group. Zillah is currently a non-executive Director of Paddy Power Betfair plc and Go Compare plc. Zillah is a qualified accountant and corporate treasurer.
Abby CarvossoRead more
Group Managing Director, Bauer Advertising, part of Bauer Media
Abby Carvosso is Group Managing Director of Bauer Advertising, part of Bauer Media, which is the UK’s biggest and most influential media brand network.
Abby leads a commercial team of 200+ people. Her remit is to provide Bauer’s commercial partners with compelling, creative, content-led advertising solutions across multiple brands and platforms, that deliver on their objectives.
Abby has held a number of senior commercial, publishing and management roles at Bauer Media, including Head of Magazine & Digital Sales then MD of Lifestyle and Advertising and latterly Group Managing Director, London Lifestyle responsible for brands such as Empire, Heat, Grazia and Closer.
Her many and varied achievements include being launch Publisher of Grazia, the UK’s first weekly glossy. Grazia changed the UK magazine market forever, attracting an upscale audience and premium fashion and beauty advertisers to the weekly magazine market for the first time.
More recently, Abby was instrumental in the launch of The Debrief, Bauer Media’s first digital-only brand, The Debrief delivers a distinct mix of tailored content that mirrors the behaviour of the constantly connected ABC1 20 something female, providing relevant content at the right time and through the right channels. The Debrief offers exceptional native advertising opportunities to its commercial partners and has been recognized with some high profile industry accolades, including the PPA new talent awards.
Derek HarbinsonRead more
Business Development Manager, Redwood
Derek has been business development director of Redwood since 2014. He joined in 2012 to overhaul the editorial of the agency’s Land Rover account and work on new business pitches. A journalist for 30 years, Derek was previously a newspaper reporter and then editor of Loaded and Maxim, as well as a parallel career launching and editing media for brands including Manchester United, the British Army, British Airways, The Co-op, Jaguar and many more. Prior to joining Redwood he was head of digital media for the McLaren Formula 1 team, where his projects included the launch of the McLaren ‘Tooned’ animation series, which won a Cristal award, and the relaunch of the McLaren website which won a D&AD award. Derek lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife, children and lazy cockapoo, throws pottery of highly variable quality and keeps claiming he will retrain as a guitar maker at some point
John BrownRead more
Nic McCarthyRead more
Content Director, Seven
Done right, content can be the best and most powerful expression of a brand, the heartbeat of its communications, and the surest way to build a lasting relationship with consumers. As a best-selling editor and content expert for over 15 years, Nic partners big brands, including Sainsbury’s, Vitality and Weight Watchers, in creating brilliant all-platform content to grow their business. Nic started out as a journalist, running some of our best-known women’s titles, including five celeb-packed years at OK!, Editor-in-Chief of New York’s Us Weekly, and glossy monthly Eve Magazine. As Content Director of Seven for the past eight years, Nic has parlayed this editorial expertise into brilliant all-platform content to help brands grow. In 2012 Nic was appointed to the Group Board at Seven, working alongside the CEO and CFO to create a thriving business, and making editorial excellence the watchword for the agency.
Reza Amiri-GarroussiRead more
VP, Business Development, Unruly
Reza Amiri-Garroussi is VP, Business Development at Unruly; a company that gets video’s shared and loved across the internet. He has a wealth of experience in building programmatic supply portfolios, and driving digital strategy across EMEA, having previously worked for TDP, Martini Media, and Select Media Group, before joining Unruly.