May 9, 2019
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In an increasingly challenging industry, magazine publishers are more than ever aware of the need to find new ways to monetise their content whilst ensuring the protection and legitimate use of that content is not compromised. That is why NLA media access are held in such high regard within the industry, consistently growing licensing revenues for magazines whilst concurrently developing a burgeoning suite of ‘publisher’s services’ allowing both B2B and B2C brands to build cost saving efficiencies and innovative solutions into their businesses. Join our roundtable at the PPA Festival to hear more.
Ian Birch has written for, edited, launched and re-launched a multitude of magazines including Smash Hits, Elle, Sky, Grazia, Red, Heat, Closer and Us. Most recently he was editorial director at Hearst working across London and New York. Ian’s latest book is
Uncovered: Revolutionary Magazine Covers (Cassell, 2018).
Partnerships Manager at Twitter, Reece currently leads Twitter's partnerships with lifestyle and entertainment publishers in the UK. Throughout his career he's worked for some of the biggest names in the media industry including Channel 4, AOL and Oath.
Dame Frances Cairncross is a former economic journalist, author and academic administrator. She is currently Chair of the Court of Heriot-Watt University and a Trustee at the Natural History Museum. Dame Frances was Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University; a senior editor on The Economist; and principal economic columnist for the Guardian. In 2014 she was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to education. She is the author of a number of books, including “The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing our Lives” and “Costing the Earth: The Challenge for Governments, the Opportunities for Business”. Dame Frances is married to financial journalist Hamish McRae.
Lucie is an award winning editor and journalist with over 12 years experience in media. She has grown heat into a multi-platform brand reaching over 4 million consumers a week across radio, online and print. In 2015 she was awarded BSME Entertainment Brand editor of the year and heat was awarded Best Use Of Social Media at the PPA Awards.
As well as being an innovative and talented journalist, Lucie is a multi-skilled media professional - presenting and producing for 4music, heatworld.com, as well as hosting her own heat radio show plus live programming and specials.
An experienced broadcaster – Lucie also appears on National TV including a regular showbiz correspondent on This Morning, ITV’s National Television Awards coverage, E! at the Baftas and is a sought-after media pundit and regular red carpet anchor.
She is famed for her range of exploits - all in the name of heat - such as becoming Simon Cowell’s most diminutive bodyguard for the day, appearing in The Only Way is Essex and co-writing an Episode of Hollyoaks. She has ghostwritten several books including Joey Essex and Charlotte Crosby’s Sunday Times Best Selling autobiographies.
As well as being Editor in Chief of the heat brand Lucie is also Editorial Director for commercial content across all Bauer brands.
Louisa Cavell is a London-based, Welsh writer and journalist.
Louisa started her career freelancing for publications like The Guardian, Stylist, Little White Lies, Screen Daily and Stylist’s Emerald Street newsletter.
After gaining an MA in magazine journalism from City, University of London, she worked at the Royal Television Society, writing news and features for their website.
She joined PPA as Staff writer in September 2018 and covers industry news and features, as well as managing the PPA’s social media accounts. She also writes and edits the weekly PPA Radar newsletter.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Louisa worked in the film and television industry, first as a Floor Runner and then as a Make-up Artist. She worked on several high-profile television shows including Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Sherlock and The Crown.
She is named after a famous World War I era nurse, Edith (Louisa) Cavell, and is currently working on a screenplay of her life.
As his great-grandfather owned a bike shop, passing it down to his grandfather, Ian had little choice other than be a cyclist. Racing for four decades off and on from the age of 13, he trained as a journalist at the age of 40, working for the Guardian online and Cycling Weekly, before joining Rouleur in 2008. He was appointed Editor of Rouleur magazine in 2014, then Executive Editor in 2017, oveseeing print, online and podcast output across the Gruppo Media brand.
Pete is responsible for PA’s editorial content across all formats. He also leads the continuing transformation of the agency to a digital-focused, multi-platform business.
Pete joined PA from MSN in 2015, after three years leading its 70-strong editorial team. Before that, he spent 15 years at the BBC in a number of senior editorial roles including, Head of Editorial Development, Head of News Interactive, Editor of the BBC News website and launch Editor of the BBC Sport website.
Simon has worked in the branded communications industry and Cannes Lions for over a decade. He worked agency-side before joining the business. Simon’s work has been critical to the success of Cannes Lions. He was the architect behind ‘The Tracks’ - the organising framework that helps the creative community navigate the awards and learning experiences across the Cannes Lions platform.
During his tenure with Lions he has also overseen the creation and introduction of more than half of the Lions awards. Simon is deeply passionate about the work and is a tireless advocate for creative marketing excellence that drives business performance - something he has recently been championing across the Cannes Lions suite of experience-based learning and advisory programmes.
Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer. He has been widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman. He is a former editor of Granta and has worked in senior roles on the Times and Observer.
Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter. He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. Bruce's book The Joy of Work was the Sunday Times number 1 business bestseller in spring 2019, the Financial Times made it Book of the Month.
Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Her current projects are the Mental Health Media Charter and Where’s Your Head At? which aims to change the law to protect the mental health of British workers.
Ryan is an award-winning journalist and audio consultant. He has advised many major news organisations and broadcasters and is currently developing a number of podcasts for Malcolm Gladwell’s new New York-based firm Pushkin Industries. Ryan created several critically-acclaimed podcasts for the Panoply network in America - where he worked with the likes of Marc Maron, John Oliver, Elizabeth Banks and John Cleese. He also helped launch Naomi Alderman’s drama The Walk, which Apple crowned as one of its most downloaded new US podcasts of 2018. Ryan previously worked at the BBC for two decades, where he edited some of the corporation's biggest news shows and worked with some of its biggest stars. A show he helped create for BBC Radio 1 - The Story of Izzy Dix - was named Podcast of the Year by the British Radio Academy.
Nial Ferguson is a highly experienced publishing professional who has worked in consumer publishing for over 20 years.
Nial has worked in senior roles for companies such as emap, Bauer Consumer Media and Future Publishing, launching, developing and growing countless media brands across multiple platforms.
Nial now works as a Publishing Consultant, assisting a raft of UK and global publishing companies, content agencies and technology businesses tackle the ever-changing media landscape.
Nial will be hosting the Revenues stage.
Mark Frith edits Radio Times magazine. He began his career at Smash Hits 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.
Mark presented BBCTV’s Liquid News for a year and is now a regular contributor to Radio Four’s Front Row and Radio Two’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
His first book, The Celeb Diaries: The Sensational Inside Story Of The Celebrity Decade, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.
Mark will be co-hosting the Editors stage alongside Terri White.
Andre has worked within the technology and business applications space for over 15 years, most recently selling marketing and CRM applications in the UK specialising in the media & publishing industry. Previously Andre has worked for companies such as Oracle, Act-On and Marketo.
After 25 years in advertising agencies plundering popular culture Jason has finally decided its time for payback.
He began in media planning before joining pioneering strategy agency MIchaelides & Bednash where he worked with Channel 4 leading on mad projects from launching digital channels E4 and More 4 to marketing the original Big Brother (for his sins). He went on to run leading ad agencies BBH and Mcgarrybowen, creating some of the most effective and creatively awarded campaigns for Google, Audi and The Guardian amongst others.
Relaunching The Face, isn't just his next job, it's a dream come true.
Jan Gooding is known to be one of the UK’s most outspoken marketing leaders on a range of subjects from building global brands to inclusive leadership. She has enjoyed a successful marketing career during which time she has worked with blue chip corporates such as BT, British Gas, Diageo and Unilever and, most latterly, as the Group Brand Director at Aviva. In her final role at Aviva as their first Global Inclusion Director, she was responsible for introducing the ground-breaking policy of equal parental leave.
She is currently the Chair of PAMCO and the LGBT equality charity Stonewall and President of The Market Research Society.
Justine Greening is a Conservative Party politician and has served as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Secretary of State for International Development, Secretary of State for Transport and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in May 2005. Justine is a chartered accountant and before entering Parliament worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline and Centrica. She is the Chair of the Social Mobility Pledge, which aims to get British business working with schools and providing more opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
Amy is Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan. She was part of the team tasked with revolutionising the brand for young millennial women. The magazine is now the best-selling young women’s glossy – a title it has not held for 15 years. Amy joined Cosmopolitan in 2016 as Features Director and was promoted to Associate Editor in September 2017.
Amy is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor. She has previously worked at The Financial Times, Women’s Health, Stylist and ES Magazine as well as contributing pieces to the Independent, The Sunday Times, Intelligent Life, Time Out and Marie Claire. She is a regular radio guest on BBC London and BBC 5 Live.
Sophie Griffiths joined Travel Trade Gazette in March 2010 as a news reporter, covering cruise, agents, interviews and industry analyses, before being appointed news editor in March 2013 and then working her way up to the position of editor in January 2017. She is the founder of TTG LGBT - a network for LGBT people and allies within the travel industry - which launched in March 2015 and champions diversity within the sector. Sophie was highly commended as 2018 PPA Editor of the Year (Business Media) and later awarded Editor of the Year at the 2018 Independent Publisher Awards.
Anna Hart is a London-based but globally-oriented journalist who regularly writes for The Telegraph, The Times, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Glamour, GQ, The Guardian and Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times Travel, Refinery29 and Stylist magazine. She specialises in lifestyle, travel and social trend features, cover interviews and pop culture.
Anna received a graduate scholarship placing her as junior writer at FHM magazine in 2004, where she then worked as staff writer for two years, travelling extensively to covering subjects as varied as Hurricane Katrina and stag weekends in Riga. After leaving to be a freelance writer, she contributed to a variety of publications before taking the role of Commissioning Editor at Grazia magazine, leaving in late 2009, and then Features Editor at Stylist magazine, before leaving to devote herself to writing full-time. She was Contributing Editor (Travel) at Stylist magazine for three years, and is now a Travel Columnist at The Daily Telegraph and Adventure Columnist at Suitcase magazine.
Her travel memoir, Departures, was published by Little Brown Book Group in February 2018.
Marc is the founder of 1854 Media, an award-winning digital media organisation, self-proclaimed as the 'oldest startup' in photography, with its our core brand British Journal of Photography established in 1854.
A qualified accountant, Marc's passion is for business and specifically for media, having been Incisive Media's Finance Director for many years then taking on a commercial publishing role, before leading a buyout in 2013 to form 1854 Media.
Since then 1854 have innovated (many times), failed (many times), crowdfunded equity finance (twice) and succeeded once or twice along the way. Marc holds a number of non-executive directorships and advises startups alongside his role as CEO of 1854 Media, and will be talking to you about his crowdfunding experience and some lessons learned on the 1854 journey so far.
James Hewes was a Publisher and Head of International at BBC Magazines. Part of the team that sold the business to private equity in November 2011, he was then Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions.
He spent four years in Dubai, running Gulf News Publishing. Responsible for more than 30 product areas, he launched the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic.
Appointed President & CEO of FIPP in September 2017, he joined from The Art Newspaper, having been Interim CEO since December 2016.
Hailed as a ‘pop culturalist’ by the BBC, James Hyman has a long career firmly embedded on the cutting edge of popular culture. As an offshoot - which has developed into his raison d’etre - he has become a collector-extraordinaire of popular culture in print, holding the Guinness Record for ‘The Largest Collection of Magazines in the World’. Twenty-five enthusiastic years in the media industries - from broadcast (both presenting and producing on MTV, Xfm, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC) to music, and from film to print - have helped him to amass what has been referred to as ‘a walk in Google’. HYMAG was born from hhis passion and currently holds over 120,000 magazines and continues to receive donations and loans; recent ones include Felix's Dennis's complete personal magazine archive from his publishing house (Dennis Publishing), Colin McDowell's enviable fashion collection and legendary newspaper archivist Edda Tasiemka's six million magazine and newspaper cuttings dating from the 19th century.
In the 80s, James joined MTV in the channel’s European launch year whilst simultaneously studying at London Guildhall University where he graduated with a First Class Honours in Film & Media. As senior producer/director on all MTV dance & club culture programming, his shows were broadcast to a potential audience of 60 million households. Featuring over 500 in-depth interviews with music-makers such as Kylie Minogue, The Prodigy, Goldie, Paul Oakenfold and Aphex Twin - capturing many at early or pivotal moments in their careers - James’s catalogue of MTV work helped him to create a huge fan-base.
He presented Xfm radio shows 'The Rinse' and Sony-nominated 'The Remix' which popularized key music trends such as 'mash-ups'. The demand for his private DJ-ing grew internationally and to date he has played exclusively for the likes of Britney Spears, James Brown, Madonna and Will Smith and at events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Glastonbury. His independently-produced broadcast work includes BBC Radio 2’s ‘My Way’ documentary which included interviews with Donald Trump and David Bowie. As a music supervisor, James’s work involves sourcing and licensing tracks for film, TV and commercials and he has also edited and produced over 200 pop videos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Moby, New Order and Prince which led to him pioneering his Video Megamix format for MTV and the BBC's music station, Play UK.
His talents have been endorsed by such luminaries as Quentin Tarantino ["James Hyman knows more about music than me"] and Kanye West ["One of the illest DJs because he really listens to music"].
Tor Jacobsen is SVP / Chief consumer officer at Schibsted where he has the responsibilty for the user revenue (including our subsctiptions) on cross of Schibsted News Medias brands. Tor has earlier experience from management consulting in Deloitte and Nielsen, has also worked in the telecom company Telenor, in addition to several positions in Schibsted. Tor has in his career especially focused on consumer orientation, technology, sales/marketing and business development.
Lucy Kueng is an advisor, professor and expert on strategy, innovation and leadership who focuses on successful responses to the challenges of digitalization. Co-located in London and Zurich, she is Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, Board Member of the NZZ Media Group and keynotes frequently at international conferences. She is the author of numerous books and cases including Going Digital, Innovators in Digital News, Strategic Management in the Media (winner of the AEMJM Media Management Book Award), Inside the BBC and CNN – Managing Media Organizations, and When Innovation Fails to Disrupt, the Case of BBC News Online.
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).
Barry will be hosting the Leaders Stage.
Paul McNamee was appointed UK Editor of The Big Issue in summer 2011, the first time The Big Issue had a single editor across all national, regional and online editions.
He started out on local newspapers in Northern Ireland, before co-founding Belfast-based Irish music magazine Blank with Colin Murray. He moved to the NME in London and following a number of years there he began writing for a series of newspapers and magazines, amongst them the Daily Mirror, The Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and The Irish Times.
He has been named British Editor of The Year in 2013 and 2016 by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) and Magazine Editor of the Year three times by leading publishing industry body PPA Scotland. He served a two-year term as Chairman of PPA Scotland. He is a regular contributor on the BBC.
The Big Issue delivered an annual sales increase for three consecutive years in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It currently sells 78,449 copies per week across Britain.
Owen was appointed Managing Director at PPA in 2018, with operational responsibility for the association, in addition to leading on external affairs and cross industry engagement. He joined the PPA in 2014 as Director of External Affairs, having previously worked in Parliament, with objective to bolster the industry's external affairs agenda and build the PPA's reputation with stakeholders, including in parliament and government. He has led on a number of cross-industry projects, including the post-Leveson regulatory environment and more recently the #AxeTheReadingTax campaign to end the VAT penalty on digital publications.
Worked for DR1, DR2, TV2, TV3, Nordic Film & TV in Copenhagen. Has been tv presenter of investigative crime programmes
Was the co-founder and owner of Bastard Film 2000-2009. Have produced and directed more than
50 documentaries and series for the international television market. Creator of ‘SnapDocs’ - online documentary format.
Produced Stacey Dooley Investigates, Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer.
Published author of four Scandi crimes fiction books and six non-fiction books.
Ruth Mortimer is managing director, global education and learning at Advertising Week. She is developing the new AWLearn platform which extends the successful Advertising Week events in New York, London, Sydney, Mexico City and Johannesburg into a year-round education experience.
Previously Ruth was managing partner at Econsultancy and festival director for the Festival of Marketing. At the time, the Festival consisted of more than 4000 visitors, 12 stages, an awards ceremony, multiple parties and bespoke corporate events. The speakers – booked mainly through influence and relationships – included Apple founder Steve Wozniak, actor and author Stephen Fry, entrepreneur Jo Malone, Sir Martin Sorrell, professors Mark Ritson and Byron Sharp, activist Monica Lewinsky, Olympic athlete Tom Daley and senior marketers from brands including Procter & Gamble, Diageo, John Lewis, Nestle and many more. The Festival won the 2018 PPA award for the best business event.
Ruth also served as content director for Centaur Marketing, overseeing content in all its forms across the award winning brands Marketing Week, Econsultancy, Creative Review, Design Week, Celebrity Intelligence, Fashion Monitor, Year Ahead and Foresight News. She additionally held the role of editor of Marketing Week.
She is author of five books on different aspects of marketing in the popular global Dummies series. She previously worked for a variety of media, including the international magazine Brand Strategy and writing for Channel 4 about talent. She won a PPA award for her columns in Marketing Week about marketing effectiveness.
Ruth will be hosting the Transform stage.
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, Angling Times and Yours, 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.
In May 2016, following the decision to unite Bauer Media’s UK magazine business and H Bauer Publishing, Rob was given the responsibility for publishing across both businesses.
Matt joined the Immediate Media team this year, bringing with him 8 years of marketing and CRM experience, most recently in the gambling industry. At Immediate, Matt has taken ownership of the email channel and is focussed on creating exceptional subscriber experiences across their portfolio of brands. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sport and has also taken part in several half marathons.
Camilla Newman is the only Publishing Director within Condé Nast who began her career there in the classified department.
Camilla made her debut into the advertising sales world in 1996, and after two years she joined the Bespoke department working across House & Garden and Brides before joining Brides in 1999 as a Fashion Sales Executive. The following 15 years saw her entrenched in the bridal industry where her meteoric rise saw her take over as Publisher of Brides in 2008. During her reign, Brides held firm and stable its number 1 position as the leading title in bridal. She launched the website, app and the luxury annual event Brides the Show the highlight of which included an Iconic Wedding Dress Exhibition showcasing dresses from royalty to celebrities alike.
Camilla was appointed Publishing Director of GLAMOUR in January 2017. Since then, she has led GLAMOUR from a place of strength as a monthly brand, to become a revolutionary digital-first brand with a bi-annual print publication and additional touch points, including the GLAMOUR Beauty Festival.
With vast digital and print experience and a passion for working closely with clients and agencies alike, Camilla is hugely liked and widely respected within the industry. She is also a School Governor at her children’s primary school and a keen netballer playing in the England Netball London League.
Amy has worked at the PPA for the past year, raising the profile of consumer magazine and business intelligence publishers among parliamentarians. Alongside her public affairs work, Amy is responsible for sustainability at the PPA and chairs the PPA Sustainability Action Group. Prior to this role, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Security, both from the University of Bristol. Amy has previously undertaken work experience within the Sustainable Development Policy Team at the RSPB, and interned as a Research and Fundraising Assistant for SPEAR; a homelessness charity based in West London.
Russell Pierpoint, is Managing Director of Evolved Media, which he founded in 2007 after leaving Reed Business Information (part of Reed Elsevier) where he had been Technical Director of Content Management Solutions. Since forming Evolved Media Solutions, Russell has led projects including Warner Music, Sky Broadcasting, Time Inc, Dennis Publishing, Macmillan, the Institute of Physics and many other clients in the B2C, B2B, retail and customer publishing sectors. Russell is a qualified drone pilot and a former scuba diving instructor, and when not working can be found near or under the ocean.
Guy Procter is a three-time PPA Award winning writer and editor who’s worked in specialist magazines for 20 years, on titles including Country Walking, Motorcycle News, Digital Photo, Trail, Landscape and Classic Bike.
Marcus joined TI Media (formerly Time Inc. UK) in March 2014 as CEO. Prior to taking up his role at TI Media, 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. Marcus is the current Chairman of the PPA.
Tamar is Vice President of Audience at Refinery29 International, the leading media and entertainment company for millennial-minded women. Tamar is responsible for Refinery29’s audience growth strategy, digital channel innovation, reporting and content optimisation.
Since launch, and under Tamar's guidance, Refinery29 has shown YoY growth in the UK, developing into a leading voice in the women's digital media market, covering fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health and entertainment.
Prior to Refinery29, Tamar was at TLC Marketing for four years building and managing international marketing departments. Tamar started her career at Red Bull and has worked in multidiscipline marketing for ten years across digital, experiential, promotional and shopper marketing.
Iain Sawbridge heads-up Beano for Brands - the kids-first consultancy helping brands to engage with Generation Alpha and older kids. Iain oversees the team solving client briefs. using unrivalled kids’ insight and market testing gleaned from qualitative and online research. This also includes content creation, and partnerships across the multichannel Beano portfolio or white-labelled for their brand’s own use.
Whilst at Beano Studios Iain has overseen campaigns, initiatives and partnerships (e.g. David Walliams, Stella McCartney and the Summer Reading Challenge) to make Beano one of the most recognisable kids brands in the UK.
As Chief Content & Digital Officer, Iain Sawbridge leads all facets of marketing, comms, growth, insight and digital content. As part of his role, Iain works closely with Trendspotters and Beano Studios Director of Insight to continue and develop Beano.com as a market leading digital network, driven by Beano’s proprietary data and insights platform the Beano Brain, which marries analytics with a variety of qualitative and ethnographic insights.
Prior to joining Beano Studios Iain worked in marketing and content at Blinkbox, BBC Radio 1 and Channel 5 as well as Tandem Bank.
Alice has been at the helm of Oh Comely magazine since 2017. This bimonthly magazine is one of the original independent titles, launched by three friends at uni nine years ago who were all disillusioned with the selection of magazines available on the newsstand. Oh Comely still provides that alternative to mainstream titles, with its thought-provoking and unique coverage of art, fashion, culture and beauty. It's a place to look at life a little differently, and still stands out because of its feminist and artistic approach to the subjects it covers. Every issue allows the voices of its writers to shine and it's beautifully accompanied by original photographs and illustrations by a range of artists.
As well as being editor of Oh Comely, Alice is also a freelance journalist who has written on topics including art, tattoos, fashion and beauty for publications including Stylist, Grazia and the Guardian. Back in 2012, she launched the tattoo magazine Things&Ink, as she was tired of the misogynist coverage of tattoos both in mainstream media and in the tattoo press. She published 12 issues before ending the magazine as a print publication. She has since written Tattoo Street Style, published by Ebury last year, and presented a special tattoo documentary about Britain's first female tattooist Jessie Knight on BBC's The One Show.
Alice believes that magic happens at independent titles.
Frank is in his 10th year of leading the Frontline Group.
The business now consists of 5 separate business units that specialise in sales, brand marketing and distribution of magazines and newspapers in printed and digital formats.
The Frontline Group is a Joint Venture between three of the largest publishing businesses in the UK: Bauer Media, Immediate Media and Haymarket
Frontline and Seymour manage the marketing activities and end to end magazine distribution of the biggest selling titles in the UK from printer to store
Seymour International is the largest distributor of UK magazines internationally, exporting magazines to over 90 countries as well as the largest importer of foreign magazine titles into the UK
GKM specialises in audience engagement, brand activation and sampling programmes, representing over 300 international publishers
R2R supplies the largest portfolio of magazine brands to specialist, niche and ‘new to magazine’ retailers
Prior to this Frank enjoyed an international career in the automotive and supply chain operations industry.
Jeff Taylor is the founder and Editor in Chief of Courier, a media brand and bimonthly print magazine focussed on startup culture and modern business, sold in over 26 countries around the world.
Jeff's career background includes time as Global CMO for Hutchison Whampoa’s telecoms and technology brands, co founder of INQ Mobile and Customer Marketing Director for Three UK as well as experience working with brands in the technology, social media, fashion, FMCG and retail sectors.
He frequently speaks, writes and advises brands on the implications of startup culture and the disruption economy in the UK and internationally.
Tracey Thorn is a singer-songwriter and writer. After forming her first band, Marine Girls, while still at school, she delivered her breakthrough debut mini solo album, A Distant Shore, in 1982. She then spent seventeen years in bestselling duo Everything But The Girl. Since 2007 she has released three further solo albums, one movie soundtrack, a clutch of singles and two books, including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen. She currently writes a column for the New Statesman and launched her new album Record in March 2018. She lives in London with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.
Julian Thorne is the founder and owner of the The Big Wheel Consultancy which provides specialist marketing consultancy and data insight services to publishers seeking to maximise their membership, subscription and/or recurring revenues. Before founding The Big Wheel back in 2014, Julian held various senior executive positions including, CEO of Dovetail Services, Marketing Director at Saga and Circulation Director at Dennis Publishing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and regular speaker at industry events.
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 the UK’s largest consumer publishers, 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 in the research team, working through the ranks to become Marketing and People & Culture Director. From there she spent two years as Marketing Director at CBS Outdoor (now Exterion), 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 enjoys the theatre, singing and cycling.
Tye became the Chief Executive of Dennis in 2006 and in that time has transformed the company from its traditional print publishing roots to one of the most dynamic media companies in the UK.
Tye became Group Chief Executive in 2018, following the acquisition of the business by Exponent Private Equity. Tye is focused on identifying areas of growth and providing the framework to invest, scale and build long term value across the business areas.
His vision for Dennis is to be the boldest, most dynamic and diverse Dennis we have ever seen. With this singular focus, Tye is committed to growing a global media business, dedicated to creating multi-award winning brands today, to inspire, inform and entertain the audiences of tomorrow.
Dennis is one of the most dynamic media companies operating in the UK and the US, with a group turnover of over £216m. The company’s portfolio of 42 brands operates in four areas of excellence: Current Affairs, Finance, Technology, Automotive and Lifestyle, reaching over 50 million unique users, with over 1.5 million subscribers and selling over 2.5 million magazines every month.
Under Tye’s leadership, Dennis has been nominated for over 76 awards in the last year alone, and is the holder of the PPA Digital Publishing Company of the Year 2016, AOP Digital Publishing Company of the Year for 2015, 2016 & 2018, and the British Media Awards Media Company of the Year 2018 titles.
Co-founder and Publisher of Tortosie Media with James Harding and Matthew Barzun, Katie has left the corporate bosom of News Corp after more than 20 years.
Prior to this new adventure as an entrepreneur, Katie was the President of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where she led the company to over 3m subscribers, the largest number in WSJ history. She has previously worked at the Telegraph Media Group and The Times, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, she was the architect of the newspaper's early move to paid digital subscriptions. She created the UK's first news membership brand, Times+, and oversaw the events programmes, including both the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the Times CEO Summit. She was named Pioneer of the Year at the British Media Awards. She is vice-patron of the charity, Family Action.
Married to Nick Smith, with one son Stanley.
Andria joined Centaur as Chief Executive in November 2013. In May 2018 she became a non-executive director for JPJ Group plc and recently joined the MediaTrust as a board trustee.
She served as a Trustee for the Roundhouse from 2010- 2016 and Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain in 2014/15. Andria has considerable experience in transforming content businesses through driving consumer focus, digital innovation and the growth of new sales channels.
She was Chief Executive of EMI, UK and Ireland, from 2009 to 2013, and prior to this held senior roles in marketing and commerce for Bauer Media, Capital Radio and the BBC.
Master in International Management/Economics
3 yrs Senior Consultant Capgemini Management Consulting
6yrs Head of Strategy DB Schenker
2yrs Managing Director of a Renewable Wind Energy Start-up
since 3.5 yrs Chief Revenue Office Sprylab Purple DS
Carson’s background as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Implementation Consultant at Workbooks for the last 4 years has placed him in good stead as a Customer Success Manager focusing on the publishing industry. Prior to Workbooks Carson worked at Vodafone and Kaleidoscope Training.
Terri White is Editor-in-Chief of Bauer Media’s flagship film and entertainment brand, Empire. White is an award-winning editor with seventeen years’ experience working for publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic. She joined Bauer from Time Out North America, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago, overseeing editorial direction and content across all platforms.
Previously, White was Editor of men’s freemium title ShortList and Buzz, the entertainment magazine distributed with The Sun. White is also a writer, having been published in Grazia, Q, Red, Elle, The Pool, Hole & Corner and The Observer magazine. She also contributed to ‘My Old Man’, a book of essays on fathers, published by Canongate in 2016. White was named one of the 150 Female Creative Leaders redefining the creative industries by The Dots in 2017, was one of Folio’s Top Women in US Media in 2015 and BSME’s Men’s Magazine of the Year in 2010.
Terri will be co-hosting the Editors stage alongside Mark Frith.
President and CEO James joined Hearst Magazines UK as its President and CEO in April 2017 and has overall management responsibility for the company. He has worked in the media industry for over twenty years and has a wealth of experience transforming media companies. James joins Hearst from Trinity Mirror where he was Chief Revenue Officer from 2014 with responsibility for all commercial revenue across the group. He led the commercial teams through transformational change and Trinity Mirror won Campaign magazine’s ‘Best Newsbrand and Magazine Sales Team’ award in 2016 in recognition of the success delivered. From 2011, James was Yahoo’s Managing Director, UK & Ireland, responsible for leading Yahoo’s biggest market outside the US. Prior to that, he spent six years as Managing Director of Virgin Media’s television sales house, ids.
Hannah Williams is Head of Digital Content for BBC Good Food – Britain’s leading food media brand. She is responsible for content strategy and delivery across the brand’s multiple digital platforms including website, app, social and voice. Hannah has over 15 years’ experience as a digital journalist and has delighted users with digital food content, from the world’s biggest chefs. She is passionate about connecting digital audiences with quality content in ways that empower and enrich their daily lives.
Danielle has over 15 years’ experience working in digital marketing, both client and agency-side. She has worked across a wide range of industries with clients including UBM, Incisive Media, Oxfam, Evans Cycles, Truprint and Long Tall Sally, helping them maximise ROI from their digital marketing programs. As a key part of Upland Adestra’s Customer Success team, Dani is obsessed with helping clients leverage the Adestra platform to meet and exceed their marketing goals.
Jeremy Wright QC was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 9 July 2018.
He was Attorney General from 15 July 2014 to 9 July 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam in 2010.
Jeremy studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar in 1996, specialising in criminal law (both prosecution and defence).
He served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in 2012.
The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The department’s main policy areas are: