JUDGES

Commercial Director
DataIQ
Managing Editor
Taylist Media
Creative Director
Cowles Media
Managing Director
Gruppo Media Limited - Rouleur

1999-2000 - IPC Media: started as a classified sales executive and left as Publisher of NME

2000-2003- IFG Holdings: start up, acquired by Dennis Publishing

2003-2008: Dennis Publishing MD Lifestyle

2009-2011: Into Tomorrow Communications -independent consultant

2012- current: Gruppo Media Limited, concluded MBO in 2003

Managing Director
Pensord
CEO
Burlington Media Group Ltd
Managing Director
The Market Research Society (MRS)

Debrah is Managing Director of the Market Research Society (MRS), Chair of the Global Research Business Network (GRBN) and Vice-President of the European Research Federation (EFAMRO).  Debrah is co-author of the book, Quality in Market Research: from Theory to Practice and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the RSA.  

Co-Founder
The Drum
Portfolio Director
Mash Media

Duncan has a B2B media and publishing career spanning over two decades and having worked on all forms of media and events.  He has spent the last ten years at Mash Media, running magazine portfolios, conferences, numerous award ceremonies as well as industry leading trade shows within the events sector.

Editor-in-Chief
Slimming World

Director of Marketing at Slimming World. Formerly Editor& Publisher/Editor in Chief of Slimming World Magazine, the UK's third highest actively purchased magazine. Proud winner of three PPA Awards for Customer Magazine of the Year, and two PPA Independent Publisher Awards for Customer Magazine and Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year.

Head of Events
Dennis Publishing
Chief Operating Officer
LaingBuisson

Heidi joined LaingBuisson in 2017 first as Head of Business Development, moving to the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2018. She started her career in business intelligence, first working for a boutique firm which offered reports and consultancy in the engineering sector and then freelancing for Euromonitor. She has had a varied career which has comprised working in research roles in the recruitment sector and Parliament and also a spell as a business manager at Alzheimer's Society.

Managing Director
The Stage Media Co. Ltd

The Stage Media Company Ltd

Managing Director

2012 – Present

 

Nexus Chambers

Barrister

2010 – 2012

 

Holborn Chambers

Barrister

From 2002

 

Thomson Global Markets

Director of Marketing

From 1998

 

Emap Business International

Marketing Director

From 1993

 

Reed Travel Group

Circulation Director/Publisher

From 1989

 

Editorial and Creative Director
Salt Media

Jo started her career at Sky TV, then worked at an indie record label followed by a number of years at BBC Worldwide in marketing roles for books, magazines and spoken word. 

She launched BBC magazine publishing business for Australia and NZ from Sydney office in 2001 and returned to the UK in 2003 to start Salt Media with the launch of Food Magazine, the UK's first local food magazine, which she still edits.

Salt now owns and publishes the Indy Coffee Guide series of UK-wide books, and brand extensions cook books and this year, started Indy Coffee Box, a speciality-grade coffee subscription service.

In addition salt publishes the 27 year old fine dining guide Trencherman's Guide, an annual Artisan Gin and Spirits Guide and also provides contract publishing services for a number of leading food, farming and tourism companies such as Mole Valley Farmers for whom Salt creates the twice-yearly CountryStore Magazine.

Salt also runs events and awards that tie in to the publications.

Jo works – along with a fantastic team of 17 – across all of the above. She has judged for a number of food and drink awards, finds time to do the occasional downward dog and even sees her kids sometimes.

CEO
Anthem Publishing

Jon is the CEO and one of the founders of Anthem Publishing. He's spent his whole career in magazines, working at COMAG and Future before starting Anthem in 2002.

CEO, Founder
Jones Publishing Ltd (citywealth)

Karen founded Citywealth after a career at News International, The Times, and Sunday Times in the legal, financial and recruitment sections. She also ran the Legalease flagship title Legal Business/Asia Pacific Legal 500, and launched Legal Business Awards and Legal 500 events business. Karen then took over In Brief magazine, where she grew the organisation from a buyout where it had gone bankrupt to a successful £500,000-a-year publishing and events business. Her work as a Citywealth CEO was recognised by five New York Stevie Awards: Entrepreneur of the year (2017) for her launch of the digital www.leaderslist.co.uk site, Women helping women (2014, 2015), Innovator of the year (2015), and Entrepreneur of the year (2015). She has mentored those in their first and second job in the City through her Tomorrow Club group for over twelve years. She has also been a consistent champion for womens career advancement in financial services. Karen is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers and has been granted Freedom of the City of London. She is also an avid crypto investor.


Editor-in-Chief
Newtrade Media
Editorial Director
LSC Publishing
Marketing Director
First News
Chief Executive
The Bookseller
Chief Digital Officer
NLA Media Access
Chief Content Editor
NFU
Marketing Director
London Review of Books

Full disclosure: I love spreadsheets. I also love reading, eating cake, and seeing the success of commercial initiatives. My job is a perfect marriage of the things I love, and so I am exceptionally lucky to come to work each day as the Commercial Director for the London Review of Books, Bookshop and Cake Shop.

The LRB is Europe's largest literary magazine (ABC now over 75,000) and I have been instrumental in achieving a 42% subscription rise and more than 65% revenue growth from subs over my 8 years running the award-winning marketing team. 

In Nov 2018, I launched our online e-commerce store (www.lrbstore.co.uk) which is now a reliable and steady revenue stream for the business.

I was appointed the Commercial Director in April 2019, and now drive the commercial strategy of the LRB suite of businesses, maintaining the dignity of the brand and providing clear goals, testing methodology, operational implementation and reporting for our commercial activity.

MD
Terrapinn Holdings
Editorial Director
The Sportsman
Editor, National Trust Magazine
National Trust

I started working on national magazines 20 years ago, steadily climbing through the ranks. Along the way I developed a particular love of writing and editing for specialist interest publications, especially science, nature and history. I love to speak to experts and then communicate their work in an accessible way to inspire a generalist audience. I became Editor of National Trust Magazine six years ago, and it's a role I find deeply fulfilling. The Trust is a varied and fascinating place to work. It's full of wonderful places and people who believe passionately in our cause. I feel privileged to be able to share their stories with our members.


Consumer Magazines Publisher
DC Thomson Media
Head of Content
British Heart Foundation
Managing Director
Century One Publishing
VP Content
Shepherd Media