Amanda’s experience spans publishing, digital media, membership, events, conferences, and exhibitions. She led a management buy-out of Faversham House in 2010 and subsequently bought out her private equity partners a few years later. With her fellow directors, she has been responsible for repositioning the company as an omni-channel digital intelligence business building on the company’s strong brands in utilities, sustainability, and visual communications.
Award-winning print and digital art director with over 18 years' of experience. Formerly at Stylist, Northstar, The Guardian, Esquire, WIRED and The Times. Claire is currently an artist agent with Studio PI, a photography and illustration agency that supports underrepresented artists in the creative industry – particularly women, people of colour, those with disabilities and those from working-class backgrounds.
Andy Cowles is a world-renowned creative director whose leadership roles include Editorial Development Director of Time Inc. UK, Creative Director of Mademoiselle for Condé Nast and Creative Director of Rolling Stone in NYC. Andy has won multiple editorial and design awards, including the UK’s most prestigious, the BSME Mark Boxer award. He is also a Guardian Masterclass trainer, mentor and coach.
Andy is the founder of brand design and content agency Cowles Media (www.cowlesmedia.london).
Ivor is Managing Director of MGP Ltd, a specialist publisher dedicated to promoting best practice in healthcare. Prior to founding MGP in 1994, Ivor spent 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry in sales, marketing, and general management with Schwarz Pharma, ICI Pharmaceuticals, and Kabi Pharmacia. Ivor is a past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Marketing (PM) Society and of the Hertfordshire Valleys CCG Dacorum Patients Group. MGP is the current PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year.
Sam is Managing Director at Bauer Media, leading the Direct Marketing Team and the Specialist Publishing portfolio. Prior to re-joining Bauer in May 2021 Sam spent 3 years at National Geographic transforming the European magazine business, launching the UK website, and running the Guest Editor programme. During Sam’s first tenure at Bauer Media she held several roles across many of Bauer’s flagship markets including Celebrity, Gardening and Women’s Specialist. With 20+ years in publishing Sam has built and shaped many brands by leading multi-discipline publishing teams in delivering customer-led growth strategies.
Sally Hampton is a Consumer Magazines Publisher with DC Thomson Media. She oversees a diverse portfolio of UK and Scottish interest magazine brands. Her role involves identifying opportunities to grow existing DC Thomson Media titles through innovation and expansion – and launching new products across a variety of platforms. Most recently, she was a key member of the team that delivered Platinum magazine, one of the biggest launches in consumer magazines in recent times.
Uwern Jong is Experientialist-in-Chief of luxury and experiential travel journal rooted in diversity, discovery and discernment, OutThere magazine, that picked up the first PPA Independent Publisher Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year. He was the 2020 winner of “Editor of the Year” at the Campaign Publishing Awards. Through OutThere, Uwern also delivers bespoke content creation and creative branding, primarily working with destinations and luxury travel brands, specialising in both luxury and inclusive and diversity-driven content for the modern traveller, as well as being an advocate for greater inclusion in the travel and publishing industries. He is the Founder of the global LGBT+ Travel Symposium series, helping and training travel brands to be more inclusive in their outreach and Co-Founder of Stockholm LGBT, a members-based destination marketing platform. www.OutThere.travel
After more than 15 years’ communications experience with leading global brands, Effie now coordinates Hearst UK's PR and communications and sits on the Hearst UK Diversity & Belonging steering committee. Her team also won Best PR & Communications Team at the Drum PR Awards 2020 and Silver for Best In House Team at the Marketing & PR Brilliance Awards 2020.
She previously held the position of Communications Director at Bauer Media, leading its broadcast and then publishing arm, and she spent several years at the BBC as a journalist and working within its TV and radio businesses. Effie has led teams at many communications agencies, including Splendid Communications, Clarity, Weber Shandwick, Talk.Global and M&C Saatchi, working with some of the world’s biggest tech, media, FMCG, beauty and healthcare brands. She is a former BME PR Pros mentor and is a current Women in PR Mentor.
Effie has worked with global brands including: P&G, Coty, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Huawei, Samsung, Microsoft, Virgin Media, Coca Cola, Diageo and Pernod Ricard.
Lynn has been working in media and marketing for over 21 years and has spent 17 of them helping The Drum become one of the largest industry titles in the world. She sits on the exec leadership team and has strategic input into the direction of the business globally, across all areas including publishing, membership products and events.
Her global remit has allowed her to expand the business internationally, driving growth in areas such as New York, Singapore, and London, bringing together thousands of people from across the whole spectrum of the industry’s ecosystem. Recently she led the team through major digital transformation, to focus on the virtual world and rapidly become a highly sought-after experiential content and events proposition, now offering white label solutions to clients.
She spends much time working on strategic partnerships with some of the biggest tech giants, agencies, and brands. She is a professional emcee and has hosted +250 events including Content and PITCH stages at Web Summit, Global Ace Awards New York, DoubleClick Bid Manager Awards (a Google company) and many of The Drum’s flagship awards and conferences. She is well-versed at judging industry awards including Event Industry Awards 2020, Awards Awards and The Drum Experiential Awards.
Previously Lynn worked for News International (now News UK) and Business a.m. in commercial, promotional and circulation roles.
But most importantly, she is a proud mum to her eighteen-year-old son and two beautiful cats called Bella and Milo.
Tilly is the co-founder of Think Media Group which includes Think Membership Publishing, Think Books, Think Travel and Wanderlust Travel Media. 20 years old this year, the group has enjoyed consistent independent growth and today publishes 40 magazines and websites in both the consumer and B2B spaces. The group specialises in niche markets and publishes in diverse sectors including engineering, optometry, heritage, the arts, zoology, travel, brewing, health, conservation, accountancy and management.
Tilly is also non-executive director and co-owner of Welbeck Publishing Group (formerly Carton Books), a director of L’Effet, the Luxury Shopping Rewards app, Chair of the Liberal Democrats Business & Entrepreneurs Network, sits on the Development Board of the National Youth Theatre and is the recipient of the PPA Individual Achievement Award.
Kerin O’Connor joined Dennis Publishing in 1996 as Marketing Manager, when the company acquired The Week magazine. He became Associate Publisher within a year and Publisher a year later. Over the years among many other things he has held the role of International Publishing director where he expanded Maxim into 30 territories worldwide, and was the launch Publisher for MoneyWeek. In January 2006, his role changed to Executive Director of Dennis and he renewed his focus on The Week and the Dennis consumer portfolio, where he became MD.
Kerin became Chief Executive of Dennis Publishing’s flagship title, The Week, in 2011; shortly afterwards in 2012 he was awarded the PPA Publisher of the Year award for his work. His focus on expanding the brand has grown the magazine’s circulation hugely, and it is one of the biggest paid-for print and digital magazines in the UK. In advertising performance, The Week is the established market leader.
In 2015, Kerin launched The Week Junior, a news magazine aimed at helping 8-14 year olds make sense of the world. It was awarded Launch of the Year at the British Media Awards 2016 and a host of other awards. It has been Britain’s fastest growing magazine since 2018, with a circulation of over 98,000. In 2020, Kerin launched The Week Junior in America with over 100,000 subscription orders in the first year.
Angie now heads up all content verticals within the Future portfolio covering, Games, Photography & Design, Homes & Gardens, Music, Sports, Women’s Lifestyle, Country Lifestyle, Tech Lifestyle, TV & Film, Marie Claire and GoodtoKnow. Her career started in marketing and brand development prior to joining TI Media in 2001, where she worked as a publishing director across specialist & mainstream brands and also led a company-wide editorial transformation programme. She was appointed to the TI Media Executive team in 2017, becoming Group Managing Director of the Life & Style portfolio. She, along with her MDs, are focused on growing the reach & monetisation of our many iconic brands across the globe.
Daniel Pearce is CEO and owner of TTG Media. After joining the Travel Trade Gazette as editor in 2010, he moved to brand director in 2012 before mounting a management buy-out in 2013 and setting up TTG Media as a wholly independent business. Since then TTG Media has gone from strength to strength, launching a string of new initiatives including the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies, TTG LGBT events, the ttgluxury Travel Awards, the ttgluxury Travel Summit, new website ttgmedia.com and the TTG Diversity & Inclusion in Travel conference.
In April 2019 the business saw a rebrand under a new vision for a ‘Smarter, Better, Fairer’ travel industry – and new investment in print publishing, with TTG magazine, now monthly, still at the heart of the industry 67 years after its first edition.
In November 2019 TTG Media was named Independent Publishing Company of the Year the PPA Independent Publisher Awards, while in May 2020 TTG was named Business Media Brand of the Year at the Campaign Publishing Awards.
Having started her career in sales at Haymarket Rachael quickly moved into commercial leadership roles across a wide range of consumer media markets including automotive, football, and technology. In 2008, Rachael moved into brand leadership becoming Brand Director of What Hifi? and Stuff before returning to Automotive in 2015. In 2017 Rachael was appointed Managing Director of Haymarket Automotive, charged with delivering the business transformational plan behind Haymarket’s automotive brands - What Car?, Autocar, Classic & Sports Car, and CAT. Rachael chairs the judging panel for Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry, is the member representative for the European Car of the Year OC and the member representative for the Automotive 30% Club. In addition to her role at Haymarket, Rachael is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Richmond Upon Thames School, a school founded by Haymarket in partnership with Harlequins RFC, and the local education authority. She is married with three children.
Charles is CEO of William Reed, providers of business information covering grocery, retail, hospitality, drinks, food manufacturing, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
The business, established in 1862, is a fifth-generation family-owned company employing 300 people with its head office near Gatwick and global offices in Montpellier, Chicago & Singapore.
William Reed produces and organises a wide portfolio of market-leading digital and insight products, exhibitions, magazines, events and related activities.
Mandy Rhodes is the managing director of Holyrood Communications and editor of the flagship title Holyrood magazine. Mandy graduated from Stirling University in the early 1980s with a joint honours degree in Scottish history and sociology. She trained on a local newspaper in Wester Hailes and completed her journalism training at Napier University. She has worked for more than 35 years in journalism in Scotland and London in newsprint, television and radio broadcasting and was part of the launch team of Scotland on Sunday. She has won numerous awards over the years including PPA Magazine Editor of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and Columnist of the Year. Mandy brings a wealth of media experience to Holyrood Communications and an unparalleled contacts book. She is one Scotland’s most influential and connected ;political commentators and Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has described her as “one of the best interviewers” in the business.
Ben has been a key member of EA Inclusion (a global cultural change, inclusion & diversity, and behavioural impact consultancy) since 2013, where he works with global organisations across all industries and sectors.
This year Ben has led the PPA’s first-ever industry-wide diversity and inclusion survey, offering insight into the industry as a whole, with a view to identify representation, track progress made, and help tackle challenges.
Aside from his work with the PPA, Ben’s other experience within the publishing includes working with the Publishers Association to deliver their industry diversity and inclusion survey for the last 3 years, along with working with several of their members to deliver a wide range of consultancy and training services.
Having worked in B2B Media since 1997, Kevin now heads up the financial services division at Incisive Media. The division includes leading brands Investment Week, Professional Pensions and Professional Adviser. Kevin’s role involves identifying opportunities to grow existing Incisive Media titles through innovation and expansion – and launching new products across a variety of platforms.
Gideon has been UK editor-in-chief of Campaign since March 2020, after joining the advertising magazine in 2015 as head of media and becoming global head of media in 2017. He has previously worked for the London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Times and CNN and is a former chair of the Broadcasting Press Guild, a national association of journalists who cover the broadcast industry.
Mandy is Director, Magazines at BBC Studios. She is responsible for Top Gear magazine and Topgear.com as well as the strategic partnership with Immediate Media for the stable of BBC branded magazines. This is Mandy’s second stint with the commercial arm of the BBC having previously been the MD of Galleon (Dovetail). She has worked in roles across the publishing industry for her entire career.
As CEO of Hearst UK, James has overall management responsibility for the company. He joined in April 2017 with a wealth of experience in transforming media companies, and was elevated to President, Hearst Europe in September 2019 adding oversight of Hearst in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany to his remit.
Hearst is the UK’s leading premium content and experiences business, publishing 26 iconic brands including ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. Hearst UK circulates more than five million magazines a month and its award-winning content is engaged with by more than 20 million monthly digital UK users. Every year over a million people attend Hearst’s highly acclaimed events such as the Country Living Fairs and Red Smart Women Week.
At Hearst, James has led a business turnaround, culminating in a return to top-line revenue growth in 2018 after several years of decline. The company has gone from strength to strength under James’ leadership to accelerate its revenue diversification and digital development strategy, which has paid strong dividends. A relentless focus on cultural transformation has also driven strong gains in team engagement and business success.
James has worked in the media industry for over 25 years and joined Hearst from Reach PLC (previously Trinity Mirror) where he was Chief Revenue Officer from 2014 with responsibility for commercial revenue across the group. From 2011, he was Yahoo’s Managing Director, UK & Ireland, responsible for leading Yahoo’s biggest market outside the US. Prior to that, James worked in TV, with stints at ITV and other commercial television businesses, working his way up to become Managing Director of Virgin Media’s television sales house from 2005.
Lorna joined Archant as Digital Sales Director in March 2010 before moving to become Client Strategy and Solutions Director for Archant Dialogue in 2013. She was then promoted to Digital Development Director for the group, before moving to the Leadership team as Executive Director, Digital, Data and Insight in 2018 and is now Archant’s Chief Client Officer.
After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a BA (hons) Business, Lorna joined the Financial Times commercial function and was also the Sales and Sponsorship Manager for the Guardian News and Media Group.
Nina completed a BSC (Hons) Psychology Degree in Liverpool before undertaking a career in the media industry over 25 years ago. Nina joined New Scientist Media Company as CEO in October 2018, an accomplished business leader, with a notable track record in turnaround and driving transformational growth, particularly skilled in digital NPD and recurring revenues. Prior to joining New Scientist, Nina worked at UBM, where her most recent role was Chief Commercial Officer for EMEA.