With a subscriptions marketing career spanning 20 years, Jo joined New Scientist in June 2018.
Having started her subscriptions career at BBC Worldwide back in 1999, Jo has gone on to work for some of the large publishers including Hearst (formally National Magazines), TES (formerly TSL Education Ltd) and Bauer. Jo also spent a few months consulting for Spectator in February 2018 before joining New Scientist as Marketing Director in June 2018.
Jo lives in Kent with her husband and two daughters, aged 14 and 8
Rafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.
Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.
Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.
Through close management of all magazine, newspaper and digital-only news brands mandated through the NLA, Matt’s role is to help maximise licensing royalties for publishers through its core business aim of ‘supporting journalism’, and (via NLA’s portfolio of additional services) develop new ways to help publishers save costs, generate new revenue and protect how their content is re-used.
Ashanti Bentil Dhue is the Co Founder of 100 White Allies, Diversity Ally and Black In Events, consultancies which provide support to organisations who want to be proactively anti-racist and inclusive, both internally and for their service users. Ashanti believes that systemic change comes from taking a considered, blended approach which brings rigour to programme design, accountability to the change process, balanced lived experience, and dynamic and innovative approaches to learning. More importantly, Ashanti focuses on working with organisations on how they prepare employees and leadership for uncomfortable conversations, before they receive any training and education.
Ashanti Bentil-Dhue co created the UK's first nationwide anti-racism and allyship project for women in HR ( which is 83% female and white) who want to become allies to minorities in the workplace. She also conducted the UK’s only piece of research advising organisations on how to retain and engage millennial and generation z black women in the workplace which culminated in a widely anticipated white paper. Ashanti is currently a judge on a number of awards panels, including the Eventex Awards, Independent Publisher Awards and the Virtual Event Institute Awards. Ashanti is also the founder and MD over at EventMind, an event technology training provider. EventMind helps organisations engineer successful digital event outcomes by educating, connecting and supporting their clients with digital event delivery.
Sarah Cox has been a senior member of the team at Burlington Media Group since 2009, leading the client services division until becoming co-CEO in 2020. Over her time the business has grown to encompass publishing, research and events, and now also a data service. Before joining, she was a client, buying into the products to market a software firm. This journey means she brings to the table the view from both client and publisher, a useful asset during the pre-launch phase of new products. It also successfully benefits client relationships as she understands from first-hand experience their challenges around exploring the best routes to market. Going from client to co-owner makes her a real Victor Kiam of legal publishing - but slightly better looking.
Fergus Gregory is an experienced B2B media business leader who has spent over 15 years in the world of media, subscriptions, and events. He has a strong track record as a hands-on director with responsibility for commercial activities, memberships, subscriptions, publishing and events brands. He has developed business across multiple industry sectors in Europe, North America, and APAC. Fergus led two major profit centres at Informa, and was responsible for The Drum’s global expansion in his most recent role as Group Commercial Director. He works with Collingwood Advisory’s clients on scaleup, sales strategy, and key product development.
Sophie Griffiths joined Travel Trade Gazette in March 2010 before being appointed news editor in March 2013 and then working her way up to the position of editor in January 2017. She is also 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.
In 2019 Sophie was awarded Editor of the Year – Trade & Professional by the British Society of Magazine Editors. She was also named Editor of the Year for the second year running at the 2019 Independent Publisher Awards, where TTG Media was also named Independent Publishing Company of the Year 2019.
Markus is the linchpin and main figurehead for the Affino dynasty.
He's a brilliant business analyst and systems architect who has an uncanny knack of getting right under the skin of things and figuring out how to improve them. He was the original author of the Affino platform back in 1998, and has overseen and witnessed first-hand most of the key technological advances that shape our digital futures.
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.
Ian founded Think in 1999 to publish magazines for membership organisations. 21 years later, Think delivers print, digital, events and advertising services to more than 40 membership organisations through its teams in London and Glasgow. Think has won Independent Publishing Company of the year three times and in 2020 won Memcom Agency of the year for the third time in four years. Think purchased Wanderlust magazine in 2017 and shaped its strategy to become PPA’s Bronze winner for Special Interest Magazine of the Year in 2019, and Silver winner in 2020. In January 2020, Ian oversaw the merger of Wanderlust with Morris Visitor Publications and like many publishers has spent the past year learning a lot of new skills….
Gavin is currently MD of Ultima Media, a global B2B media business (part of Suddeutscher Verlag). His career spans strategic marketing and commercial development in organizations such as BBC Worldwide and Universal Pictures and in the last number of years his focus has been on leading change and transition for content and marketing services businesses. In his current role he has led the change and transition to a more focused data, intelligence and paid-for content and media business, accelerated by the COVID crisis and currently manifesting itself in all things digital, coupled with navigating a business through financial, operational and strategic change.
Since launching Hood in October 2018, it has grown to become one of Scotland’s best-loved and widely-read lifestyle magazines.
Two years on from our launch, we like to think we’re still doing things a little bit differently and offering women a fresh, relatable take on living their best lives, here in Scotland.
Aside from a degree in Publishing from Napier University, I had no direct prior experience in media publishing before Hood’s launch. I spent over a decade working in lifestyle PR in London, for brands including Max Factor, Olay, Gillette, Clairol and Schwarzkopf. I also managed the sponsorship for London Fashion Week for several seasons and held a post as Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion.
I moved back to Scotland in 2006 and have since owned two PR agencies, selling the first in 2011 to a national media agency and more recently winding up the second due to COVID which has allowed me to focus my attentions on Hood.
Hood is the country’s only free, national glossy magazine created exclusively for working women by a small, dedicated team of three Scottish women, we don’t just know our reader – we walk in her shoes.
Hood reaches over 50,000 Scottish women every month, giving it a reach like no other free-to-consumer magazine in the country. We have distribution deals with Tesco, Morrison’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s in addition to Marks & Spencer who have supported Hood from the very start meaning our magazines are available in over 85 high-traffic stores across the country, making it easy for our readers to pick up and take home.
Carolyn Morgan has launched, acquired, grown and sold media businesses across print, digital and live events.
She was formerly an Exec Director at EMAP, specialising in marketing, events, digital development and strategy. Carolyn was a co-founder of the Specialist Media Show, which she sold to SIIA in 2013.
Carolyn has wide experience of niche publishing businesses and advises many independent media owners on digital strategy through her consulting business, Speciall Media.
She is a Non-Exec Director for Thomas Telford, the commercial arm of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and also Executive Grapevine International, an independent niche media business. Carolyn has been a Member of the Council of Nottingham University and of Finance Committee since 2016, and also chairs their Digital Experts Group.
Read her blog at https://speciall.media/
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the third sector, in particular ensuring people affected by poor mental health are given the right advice, information and support to enable them to lead healthier, happier lives.
Sarah is Mental Health UK’s workplace training and consultancy lead. Utilising knowledge and experience gained from working directly with people affected by poor mental health, as well as writing and delivering training to a wide range of audiences on mental health related issues, and from delivering consultancy to public and private sector organisations, she ensures that both employers and employees know their rights, obligations and have practical tools to support workplace mental health.
Christopher Phin is the Head of Podcast for DC Thomson Media. Working with enthusiastic, passionate colleagues across the UK, he’s helped build a podcast folio that spans sport, education, B2B, politics, gardening and more. He’s excited about the power podcasts have to find new audiences and turn existing audiences into superfans.
Martin is a Senior Economist in the CBI’s economics team, focusing on the UK economy and leading on the CBI’s manufacturing sector survey. He also leads on covering the economies of China and India, as well as developments in the global oil market, and supports a variety of economic analysis work on policy projects. Martin has worked at the CBI for nearly three years, having previously obtained a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics.
Mark is CEO and co-owner of Western Business Media (WBM) having previously been managing director before successfully completing a management buyout in December 2019.
WBM has eight B2B publications, two awards and two live events. The markets it coverS include fire safety, security, facilities management. health and safety, industrial plant and equipment, controls and drives, handling and storage and cleaning.
Previously Mark was a journalist and event organiser in the B2B market with 14 years’ experience.
Esther is a freelance media analyst, marketer, designer, and co-host of the Media Voices Podcast, a weekly round-up of all the key media news, as well as interviews with guests from top organisations. She writes frequently for industry sites like What’s New in Publishing, as well as editing their popular weekly newsletter and their growing library of reports. She has written and designed The Publisher’s Guide to Podcasting, a comprehensive 50 page report on the challenges and opportunities of podcasts for publishers. Esther is also the founder of the Publisher Podcast Awards, celebrating the best in podcasting from media and publishing businesses.