Sally O’Sullivan’s publishing venture, Cabal Communications, has
suffered its first high-profile departure with the resignation last week
of one of its five founding members, Helen Brocklebank.
Brocklebank, who was commercial director at launch last summer and went
on to oversee the company’s contract publishing business, left last
Friday and will be taking up a new job shortly. She joined Cabal from
the National Magazine Company where she was group head of project
Sources say Brocklebank decided to quit after a number of disagreements
with O’Sullivan, although Brocklebank and Cabal deny this. Brocklebank
was tight-lipped about her new job, but said: ’This company has been
talking to me for some time and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.’
Andrew Sutcliffe, managing director of Cabal, said: ’Helen had a huge
role on the commercial side and as we expanded rapidly we had to split
the role. Helen felt that the changed role didn’t suit her.’
Two appointments were made this week following Brocklebank’s
Debbie Bowman, a former deputy advertisement sales director of The
Independent, and more recently a consultant for Cabal, is to join as
group advertisement sales director.
Jonathan Rose, a marketing manager from Procter & Gamble, has been made
publishing director and will head commercial activity outside
circulation and advertising.
O’Sullivan commented: ’These appointments are important senior roles for
Cabal and herald the start of a second stage of development for the
Since it opened for business, Cabal has launched the lads’ magazine,
Front, The Real Homes Magazine, two specialist cycling titles and has
bought and relaunched Good Health.