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Kamran Abbasi is editor in chief of The BMJ. He is a doctor, journalist, editor, and broadcaster.
Following five years in hospital medicine, in various medical specialties such as psychiatry and cardiology, he worked at The BMJ from 1997 to 2005. He is now back at The BMJ in a new role as executive editor for content, leading the journal's strategic growth internationally, digitally, and in print.
In his career as a medical editor, Kamran is a former acting editor and deputy editor of The BMJ, editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open. He created three major e-learning resources for professional development of doctors, including BMJ Learning and the Royal Society of Medicine's video lecture service.
Kamran has held board level positions and been chief executive of an online learning company. He has consulted for several major organisations including Harvard University, the UK's NHS, the World Health Organization, and McKinsey & Co. In addition, Kamran is an honorary visiting professor in the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College, London. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of London, patron of the South Asian Health Foundation, and a member of the General Advisory Council of the King's Fund.
He is an experienced contributor on radio and television.
Kamran's other passion is cricket. He writes on cricket for publications throughout the world, including Dawn and Wisden, but is best known for his blog on ESPNCricinfo.
Andy Baker is Non Executive Director at Faversham House, and Director & Practice Lead, B2B Information at Collingwood Advisory.
Previously, Andy was Managing Director of The Lawyer 2017-2021, and a member of Centaur plc’s 5-strong Executive Committee. He led the development of The Lawyer into a market-leading subscription and information business, based on double-digit increases in subscriber usage, outstanding retention rates and yield increases, and new data-rich product development.
Prior to that, Andy spent 6 years as Managing Director of HSJ, the Health Service Journal. Andy led the team that transformed HSJ from advertising to subscriptions, from print-centric to digital-only, and from declining performance to healthy growth. Andy led the sale of HSJ from Ascential plc to Wilmington plc for £19m in early 2017. Andy holds a first degree from Oxford University and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.
John has been the Chief Digital Officer at William red since June 2020 and is responsible for driving digital transformation across the business. William Reed was the 2021 AOP UK digital publisher of the year. Prior to William Reed John was Managing Director of Sloop Media.
He was the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Infopro Digital following it’s acquisition of the Incisive Media Insight Group in spring 2017. Infopro was named UK digital publisher of the year twice during this time.
Prior to this he held the same role at Incisive Media and was responsible for driving change in it’s digital strategy and delivery globally across the group. During this time Incisive Media was named UK digital publisher of the year a record four times.
He was Chairman of the AOP from 2010 to 2015.
He was Managing director of VNU Business Publications prior to Incisive Media acquiring it in 2007. He has over 30 years experience in B2B Media.
John has a wealth of experience in paywalls and meters, lead generation, ABM, online and hybrid events and content strategies, ad and martech and continuous payment models.
Luthfa is a creative leader with wide ranging experience across digital publishing, product development and strategy. Over the last 10 years she has successfully delivered digital publishing and ecommerce projects with major brands including BBC, Virgin Books, Ottolenghi, The Good Pub Guide and Faber & Faber. In 2022 she joined Newtrade Media as Head of Digital.
Newtrade Media have a dynamic relationship with both independent retailers and wholesalers across the UK and it’s her job to reflect that throughout their digital portfolio. She’s kept busy scoping and developing the digital tools and services retailers and suppliers rely on to run a competitive business.
Tom Broughton is the Managing Director of Assemble Media Group a b2b media and events business specialising in the built environment which he founded in 2018 as part of a management buy-out of media brands from UBM plc. A former journalist Tom spent three years as the Editor in Chief of Insurance Times and Global Reinsurance before leaving to run a portfolio of media and event brands at UBM.
Assemble Media Group is the home to the 180 year old Building magazine brand as well as Building Design, Housing Today and Venuefinder.com and their associated awards and conferences.
Ravi is the Managing Director of Mark Allen’s education portfolio, which produces market-leading publications, events and digital products for the early years sector, teaching, and social work. A former journalist and editor, he spent 12 years at Haymarket on titles in the media, marketing and PR industries.
Mark Allen is one of Europe’s fastest growing media groups with a diverse range of brands and a team of nearly 500 staff.
Ludovica D’Angelo has twenty years of experience in the media industry. Starting her career in Italy where she learnt the ropes by crafting magazines and coffee table books for luxury clients, she then took a leap of faith and moved to the UK. Here she worked almost a decade for Dennis publishing, then Future and now Total Politics, engineering efficient workflows, building high-performance teams and making great products thrive.
She is passionate about many things, but mostly about equality in and outside the workplace, cakes, earrings and hikes.
Emma Dibben is part of the senior media leadership team at Wavemaker UK. Emma has more than 20 years of agency experience across media, principally in activation. In her role as Head of Partner Engagement at Wavemaker, Emma works with partners in all media to support the creation of unrivalled work across all clients.
James’ career was founded at over-50s specialist Saga Travel where he spent his latter years as Marketing Director for Saga Cruise. During this tenure, James led the marketing team through the redevelopment of Saga Cruising’s brand and new ship launches as well as making significant improvements in marketing efficiency and strategy. James then led the marketing team for Travelopia’s Tailormade brands for a short while prior to working at Fleetway Travel as Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Customer Experience and then joining Real Response Media in May 2020. James has led the business transformation and creation of a digital strategy at RRM to deliver a set of innovative and new digital products. With a real focus on customer experience combined with detailed knowledge of the cruise industry and its customers, James is focused on delivering the best experience for customers alongside strong commercial returns.
Seema recently joined The Economist as Global Head of Consumer Research where she is responsible for delivering customer insights across the group focusing on key revenue streams.
Prior to The Economist, Seema spent over 18 years at Dennis Publishing working across the portfolio of brands and building research functions within the commercial and subscription marketing teams. She has extensive media research experience working on audience measurement, branding, NPD as well as being the voice of the consumer within an organisation.
Seema is curious by nature, a 'quallie' at heart but strategic and commercial with outputs and never one to shy away from a pivot table!
Sarah has over 20 years experience in Media Investment, specialising in Publishing and Display. Sarah started her career in a regional DR agency, then 3 years in OMD Sydney and the last 17 years at OMD UK where she is currently the Head of Display.
George is an experienced media entrepreneur, with strong interests in travel and tech. He co-founded AI Business, which went on to become the biggest media and events business on Artificial Intelligence globally, before being acquired by Informa Plc in 2019. Since December 2020, George has lead Wanderlust editorially alongside driving a comprehensive transformation and expansion of the brand’s global footprint as Chief Executive. George’s extensive travels – and travel writings- are usually focused on indigenous cultures, art, history and archaeology. George is very passionate about the potential of the MetaVerse in transforming the way people experience travel. His own journeys have so far immersed him in cultures and traditions of 90 countries around the world – and he is always on the lookout for finding sustainable travel gold!
As Senior Director for Marketing and CRM, Seema is responsible for Acquisitions, E-commerce, CRM, and Customer Experience across 14 of Hearst UK’s premium brands. Her remit oversees magazine subscriptions, beauty boxes, holidays and marketplaces.
With over 20 years’ marketing experience, Seema joined Hearst UK in May 2012 with previous positions held at a number of media companies.
Seema is Chair of the PPA Subscriptions Committee, working closely with senior marketing stakeholders to address opportunities and challenges within the media industry.
Ronel Lehmann is a Commentator and Employability Expert, Founder and CEO of Finito. With a passion for helping others, he leads the way in showing young people that opportunities exist to begin a meaningful career, despite the adversity of the pandemic.
Ronel launched Finito as a unique coaching and mentoring business in 2016. He is focused on supporting first-time job hunters making the transition from education to employment, especially during uncertain times when securing that first position is going to be more competitive than ever.
Prior to launching Finito, Ronel had a distinguished career in the City. His wide range of roles included serving as a recruitment consultant, stockbroker, and public relations adviser with the IPS Group, Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers, McAvoy Wreford Bayley and Citigate Dewe Rogerson, before setting up his eponymously named marketing agency, which he ran for 26 years. During this time, Ronel was widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading communications experts. He became well known for his crisis work for clients, and in 2014, was invited as a Witness to the Treasury Select Committee to give evidence on SME bank lending, a cause which he has championed vociferously.
Ronel frequently appears in the news and often provides succinct commentary to a variety of newspapers, online publications, and broadcast media. During lockdown, he launched Finito World magazine and The Employability News Channel, with great aplomb.
Ronel supports City of London School, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, The Griffin Institute and University of Buckingham.
He is also a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Founding Fellow of Conservative Friends of Education and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Julian has spent the last 27 years developing market-leading media client solutions
across a number of international markets as one of media’s most successful CROs.
This work has taken him across all the main markets including technology, finance,
automotive, luxury, fitness and FMCG, and has over 25 years experience in both
B2B and B2C. As an Executive Director and Chair, he specialises in transformation
and has developed a number of fast-growing tech and media companies.
Julian spent 25 years developing Dennis Publishing into one of the most successful
international media companies and has worked with a number of important media
companies including Future Plc, Immediate Media and is now Executive Director at
Julian is also passionate about social enterprise and having a fair and accessible
media industry. He chairs The Big Issue media board as well as Advertising Week
Julian has two children who keep him on his toes and enjoys the outdoors and
Tilly is the co-founder of Think Media Group which includes Think Membership Publishing, Think Books, and Think Travel. 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.
Jim is Managing Director, Western Europe and Nordics at Foundry. Foundry sits at the intersection of media and marketing technology, generating and innovating with data, to understand buyer intent and drive demand for technology marketers. Jim’s teams in London and Stockholm deliver media, events, data, software, and media services solutions to technology clients.
Before joining Foundry in 2014, Jim was Group publishing Director at Incisive Media
Adeife is a business strategist experienced in embedding diversity and inclusion into all parts of an organisation and business strategy. She is experienced in providing both inhouse and external advisory expertise working with not-for-profit and FSTE 350 organisations. She has led culture change programmes, worked with talent teams to attract, retain, and increase diversity representation at all levels of an organisation (particularly on gender and ethnicity). She is experienced in improving ethnic representation in management and senior leaders and creating and developing employee resource group to ensure they act as strategically in influencing and guiding DEI work. She takes both a data led and human centric approach to driving change and her strategies have led to increased data disclosure on multiple diversity strands. Adeife works with boards and senior leaders to help them in their approach to DEI through workshops and speaking events to ultimately help them on their journey from awareness to advocacy. She also works with them to help them on their inclusive leadership journey and increase their confidence in areas such as race, gender, mental health.
She is a DEI expert with an MSc from King College London on Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis and qualified chartered HR specialist. She is a wife, a mum, mentor, and a strong advocate for supporting working mothers in advancing their careers.
Sunny is Senior Vice President of Commercial and Inside Sales at Argus Media, renowned for serving the commodities markets with essential price information and business intelligence. She is responsible for a Global Sales Team based across Asia, Mumbai, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
She began her 25 years in sales as a sales executive doing 100% cold calling, selling advertising in Magazines, this lead to classified sales at the Daily Telegraph Group and from there to a 15 year career managing Events for UBM, Centaur Media, Informa and Ascential Media.
Her experience covered small and large events including holding a position as Event Director of Spring and Autumn Fair, which is the UK’s leading B2B Retail event. Eventually consulting for companies on several different areas including planning, strategy, sales development and coaching. She is passionate about building connected, high performing and motived teams, whilst having efficiency and pace at the forefront of everything she lends her head and hand to.
Daniel is CEO and owner of TTG Media. Previously a TTG editor, he mounted a management buy-out and set up TTG Media in 2013. It has since launched initiatives including TTG+, the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies programme, TTG LGBT events, the the TTG Luxury Travel Awards, the TTG Luxury Travel Summit, and in 2021 the Travel Industry Awards by TTG.
In 2019 the business rebranded with a new purpose to promote a ‘Smarter, Better, Fairer’ travel industry. TTG Media’s awards include Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the 2019 PPA Independent Publisher Awards and the Business Media Brand of the Year at the 2020 Campaign Publishing Awards. In 2021 the business received the Special Recognition Award from the PPA in tribute to its campaign work and resilience during the pandemic.
Throughout my career at Time Inc, and now as Head of Subscriptions for EMEA at Time Magazine UK, I have built my knowledge of subscription acquisition and retention marketing, managing the mix of price, offer and targeting strategy to deliver circulation volume and revenue targets at optimal profitability. I have also been closely involved with customer service and fulfilment operations. I have worked through the expansion of our business from print magazine publisher to digital content provider. As TIME celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, I am looking to the future, focusing on engaging and retaining new audiences for our multi-platform content.
I have a PhD in Marketing and spent 25 years working as a marketing professor. I was an Assistant Professor at London Business School and the University of Minnesota, an Associate Professor and then Adjunct Professor at Melbourne Business School, and Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan and SMU. My MBA teaching won a shit ton of prizes including best teacher at LBS, MIT & MBS.
I have also worked as a global brand consultant for clients that include Baxter, Loewe, McKinsey, Subaru, Donna Karan, Westpac, Shiseido, Flight Centre, Johnson & Johnson, De Beers, Sephora, Benefit, Amgen, Ericsson, Jurlique, Cloudy Bay and WD40.
For thirteen years - from 2002 to 2015 - I served as the in-house brand consultant for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working in Paris with senior executives from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon and Hennessy.
I’ve been a columnist for (gulp) 20 years, writing a weekly column for Marketing Week. On five occasions I've been voted Columnist/Business Columnist of the Year at the PPA Awards, the highest award for magazine journalism in the UK. I’ve also been the British Society of Magazine Editors Business Columnist of the Year twice too, in 2018 and 2022. More scholarly publications include articles in the Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Advertising and the Journal of Consumer Research.
I was a Thouron Scholar and spent 1995 at Wharton. I was the recipient of the Ferber Award in 2000 for my doctoral thesis. My co-authored pricing research was cited by George Akerlof during his 2001 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In 2018 AdNews rated me one of their “Power 50” and I made Smart Company's top ten business thinkers list. The AMI gave me the Sir Charles McGrath Award, the highest honour for marketing in Australia. I gave the 30th Anniversary Levitt Group lecture for the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2019 and the Ogilvy lecture for the Marketing Society a year later.
Amer Safir is the Chief Editor & Manager, and Secretary of the Management Committee of The Review of Religions, a 120-year-old magazine dedicated to demonstrating the relevance of religion, spirituality and the existence of God in the modern world, in particular from an Islamic logical and scientific standpoint. After completing his MA in Literatures of Modernity, Modernism and Post Colonialism from Royal Holloway, University of London, Amer joined The Review of Religions as Assistant Editor in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed as Chief Editor and Secretary of the Management Committee. In his role Amer oversees the day to day operations of the English and international editions on all platforms. The last decade has seen a focus on taking an iconic legacy brand that has always featured brilliant content and inserting a modern, digital footprint. The magazine has a dynamic social media approach, a rapidly growing website and YouTube channel as well as a strong events and exhibitions strategy. The Review of Religions has launched editions in German from Frankfurt, Spanish from Guatemala and French from France. Across all language editions and respective platforms, including especially online, video and social media, The Review of Religions’ reach has extended to millions of viewers. A regular contributor to the publishing industry, Amer has recently spoken at the London Publishing Show 2022 at the Excel as well as at the FIPP 2022 World Media Congress in Portugal.
Michelle is an experienced marketer in driving omni channel solutions, with a demonstrated history of working in some of the biggest media agencies in the UK. Her experience spans multi-channel and multi-vertical from FMCG, Auto, Retail, Tech, Ents and everything in between. Michelle is currently Head of Display and Audio Activation at the7Stars, the largest independent agency driving commercial growth and innovation within the market.
Sarah was MD of Century One, a content agency for ten years, during which time it doubled in size through the implementation of stronger operational and creative processes for both its commercial and content divisions. She went on to oversee the acquisition of Cabbells Publishing in 2018 which has since transformed itself into a profitable and well regarded agency in the arts sector, extending it's portfolio to work with clients such as BBC Proms and Delfont Macintosh.
In July 2022 CenturyOne joined forces with CPL to become known as CPL One. CPLOne is now holds a significant position in the content marketing sector with more plans afoot to develop income streams Sarah now sits on this board, focusing on and nurturing a strong team to drive commercial revenue through the creation of great content.
Kevin joined VNU Business Publications in 2000, working in a number of business development roles across leading B2B brands including Accountancy Age and Computing. Following Incisive Media’s acquisition of VNU in 2008, Kevin became publisher of Accountancy Age before moving across to run Incisive’s flagship Investment brands, Investment Week, Professional Pensions and Professional Adviser. Kevin was appointed Managing Director of Incisive Media in January 2023.
Kalpesh Ramniklal Solanki is Chief Executive and Group Managing Editor of the Asian Media Group. Kalpesh graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary College, London and qualified as a barrister from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
He joined the family business and with his brother has been responsible for the growth and expansion of the business into new territories and the business is now the largest ethnic media organisation publishing from London since April 1968 and USA since 1992 with market leading print, digital and face to face assets reaching several million British Asian readers each month.
Tamsyn Spires became Publisher of Hello! Ltd in June 2018 with a clear brief to deliver growth strategies and to move the business forward in a new digital direction. Her responsibilities include full running of the commercial, marketing and subscription operation. Tamsyn’s extensive experience on cross-platform brands spanning luxury to lifestyle, brings a wealth of knowledge in the importance of data-driven consumer connection and purpose-driven projects. Tamsyn worked at Bauer for 4 years heading up Grazia and The Debrief as the commercial head of the brands. Previously to that Tamsyn was at Hearst Magazines for many years where she held Sales Director positions across numerous titles; Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Red.
Emily Wilson is the editor-in-chief of New Scientist. Previously she spent 16 years at the Guardian, serving as everything from features editor to the head of the newspaper’s Australian offshoot, Guardian Australia. Before the Guardian she was a tabloid reporter, working on the Mirror and the Daily Mail.
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, Nina’s experience spans publishing, digital media, and events. Nina has a notable track record in business turnaround and driving transformational growth, she is 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.