May 9, 2019
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth is responsible for Econsultancy's digital products, content and thought leadership from concept to delivery, along with our responsibility for the advertising and sponsorship business. She oversees product and platform development.
Previously Ruth was 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. Our 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.
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.
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.
Farrah Storr was appointed Editor of Cosmopolitan in July 2015 tasked with revolutionising the brand for young millennial women. After executing her vision, sales of Cosmopolitan increased by 59% year-on-year and the magazine swiftly went back to being the best-selling women’s glossy in the UK – a title it had not held for 15 years.
Cosmopolitan engages women in every aspect of their lives via multiple platforms, including digital platforms like Snapchat Discover and large-scale consumer events such as Self Made Summit.
In 2017 Farrah was named as one of only 36 BAME leaders in the UK. Of the 1,049 most powerful people in Britain, just 36 are from ethnic minorities – and Farrah is one of only seven women. In 2018, Farrah was named ‘Editor of the Year’ (Consumer Media) at the PPA Awards and the BSME Awards (Men’s and Women’s).
Previously, Farrah was the launch Editor of Women’s Health magazine. Under her direction Women’s Health became the most successful women’s magazine launch of the decade.
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.
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.
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.
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.