Managing Director, Dazed Media
Having always been interested and people and behaviour Priya graduated in psychology and chose to go into marketing. She started her career in creative agencies at Agency Republic, Wieden and Kennedy and BBDO running accounts for blue chip clients mentored by the likes of Justin Pahl and Cilla Snowball.
Priya then decided to specialise further in fashion and luxury and moved to Spring Studios to work under Robin Derrick, working with clients like Nicholas Kirkwood, Ferragamo, Peter Pilotto and L'Oreal amongst others. Priya then moved from Spring Studios to Vice Media where she worked across the Vice and i-D brands. Her proudest achievement as the GM of Virtue (the creative agency by Vice) was partnering with CHANEL to create a platform celebrating female creativity- The Fifth Sense.
A year long platform containing daily editorial, film, print and events working with talent like Es Devlin and Harley Weir.
Priya then briefly moved to British Vogue before taking the Managing Director role at Dazed Media; working closely with Susanne Waddell and Jefferson Hack to set the strategy for the group; building further on the reputation of the youth culture and pop provocateurs.
In Priya's spare time she mentors young talent in the creative industries and is on the board of Creative Equals, Pitch, Media for All and Gal Dem.
CRO, The Telegraph
Chris Forrester is Chief Revenue Officer for The Telegraph responsible for all Advertising, Partnership and Commerce revenues. Chris joined The Telegraph in October 2017 with over 20 years’ experience from some of the industry's biggest brands, most recently as Spotify UK Manager, and a four year stint at Primesight, where he first held the position of Commercial Director. He later became Managing Director, and created a culture of success positioning the business as a thought leader and becoming renowned in the UK media market.
Chief Product Officer, The Economist
Mr. Bagchee joined the Group in 2020 from CNBC where he was senior vice president of product and technology and previously held a number of senior roles overseeing digital and product teams in London and Singapore.
CEO, The Stylist Group
Ella Dolphin, Chief Executive of The Stylist Group was appointed to the position of CEO at Shortlist Media in September 2016, with a clear brief to deliver growth and innovation for the business. Ella undertook a major business transformation in late 2018, pivoting the business to The Stylist Group, building out digital capabilities and focusing entirely on the strength of the Stylist brand, at a time when feminism and the united force of women has never been more relevant.
Ella’s career in publishing has spanned major publishing groups, first as Head of Magazines at the Daily Mail Group, moving in 2010 to Bauer Media as Publisher of Grazia during a period of significant growth, before joining Hearst UK, where she published brands including Cosmopolitan, Red and Esquire. Before being appointed CEO of Shortlist Media, Ella was Group Commercial Director for Hearst UK, and was responsible for all commercial revenues for print and digital, as well as new revenue streams across events, commercial content, contract publishing and licensing.
A board member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) and a member of WACL, Ella is passionate about driving gender equality in the UK.
CCO, News UK
Dominic joined News International in 1991 and held various roles across The Sun and Times Newspapers Limited before leaving in 2000 to join Mirror Group Newspapers as Group Advertising Director.
In 2006 he returned to News International as Trading Director across The Times & Sunday Times and expanded his role in 2008 to include The Sun. Dominic was appointed Commercial Director of News UK in September 2011 following a restructure of the Commercial team. He stepped up to become Managing Director in July 2015 and was named Chief Commercial Officer in January 2016.
In 2018, Dom was appointed Group Chief Commercial Officer for News UK and Wireless Group’s operations in the UK and Ireland, overseeing all national commercial operations across print, digital, video and audio. Dominic is a keen motorcyclist and is married with three children.
CCO and CMO, The Financial Times
Finola McDonnell joined the Financial Times in April 2018 as chief communications and marketing officer. McDonnell is a director on the FT Group’s executive board, which is responsible for corporate governance, global strategy and digital transformation.
As chief communications & marketing officer, she oversees global communications, brand, commercial and experiential marketing, and partnerships and events. She manages a large international team based in London, New York and Hong Kong, and is a recognized cultivator of world-class talent and a collaborative culture.
Prior to joining the FT, McDonnell worked for CNBC International where she held the position of Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Before that, Finola was Director of Communications at Business Europe, the largest business lobby group in Brussels, where she led all campaign work directed at EU institutions. For a number of years she was Head of Public Affairs with the Irish Business & Employers’ Confederation, IBEC. The early part of her career was spent as a social policy specialist with a variety of NGOs.
CEO, TTG Media
Daniel Pearce is CEO and owner of TTG Media, the award-winning media business connecting the travel industry in the UK and beyond through magazines, websites and events.
A journalist for 25 years, Daniel joined TTG as Editor in 2010, before moving to brand director in 2012 and mounting a management buy-out in 2013.
Since then TTG Media has gone from strength to strength, launching a string of new initiatives including the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies, TTG LGBT events, the ttgluxury Travel Awards, the ttgluxury Travel Summit, website ttgmedia.com and the TTG Diversity & Inclusion in Travel conference.
In April 2019 the business rebranded under a new vision to promote a ‘Smarter, Better, Fairer’ travel industry – and new investment in print publishing, with TTG magazine still at the heart of the industry 67 years after its first edition.
In 2019 TTG Media was named Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards, where it also won the Relaunch of the Year, and editor Sophie Griffiths was named Editor of the Year – while in 2020 TTG Media was crowned Business Media Brand of the Year at the Campaign Publishing Awards.
MD, Haymarket Automotive
Having started her career in sales at Haymarket Rachael quickly moved into commercial leadership roles across a wide range of consumer media markets including automotive, football, and technology. In 2008, Rachael moved into brand leadership becoming Brand Director of What Hifi? and Stuff before returning to Automotive in 2015. In 2017 Rachael was appointed Managing Director of Haymarket Automotive, charged with delivering the business transformational plan behind Haymarket’s automotive brands - What Car?, Autocar, Classic & Sports Car, and CAT. Rachael chairs the judging panel for Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry, is the member representative for the European Car of the Year OC and the member representative for the Automotive 30% Club. In addition to her role at Haymarket, Rachael is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Richmond Upon Thames School, a school founded by Haymarket in partnership with Harlequins RFC, and the local education authority. She is married with three children.
Sport Audience and Content Director, Reach plc
Jon is the Sport Audience and Content Director at Reach PLC, overseeing sports audience strategy across brands such as the Mirror, Manchester Evening News and Liverpool ECHO. He has previously worked at Manchester United and Goal. He is also an Associate Member of the News Media Coalition.
Founder, Breaking the Silence
David Beeney, the Founder of Breaking the Silence has established himself as one of the leading advisers in the UK on how to drive employee engagement through an effective wellbeing programme and is proud to have been listed in the top 101 influencers globally. He specialises in creating kinder cultures of trust that are free from the stigma of mental health that are all inclusive.
David speaks with great credibility about mental health as he suffered in silence with his own struggles for over 30 years. He is also a trustee for Mind and has been a qualified counsellor for the past five years.
David works bespoke with all of his clients depending on where they are on their wellbeing journey and his client list includes HSBC, Sainsbury’s, TUI, The Law Society, Lloyds of London, Kraft Heinz, Harper Collins, Electrolux, Dyson, London Luton Airport, BUPA, Camelot and the NHS.
David helps employers to discover the direct link between employee wellbeing and energy. As a consequence, more boardrooms are now realising that investing in their people will drive productivity and business results will always improve. David is at the leading edge of understanding how you create kinder cultures and his work is having a huge impact on shaping the way we think about mental health in the workplace.
Executive Director, Xeim Centaur Media
Suki Thompson is a serial entrepreneur Founder and Chair, Oystercatchers, the Award winning marketing consultancy and Exec Director, Xeim/Centaur Media, Founder of Let’s Reset, the wellbeing and cultural change company & NED Law Firm, Gateley Plc.
As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, Suki pivoted her start up, let’s reset to train over 2,500 people on wellbeing, growth mindset and overcoming anxiety during Covid-19. Her company advises businesses on how to make health and wellbeing a strategic priority and enables leadership teams to meet commercial outcomes through focus and behavioural change. She is dubbed by the Sunday Times as the ‘Champion of Wellbeing’. Previously Suki through Oystercatchers/Xeim helped brands and agencies to accelerate marketing performance. Suki is the founder of the Oystercatchers Club and still plays an active part hosting club events both virtually and face to face.
Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade and was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society. She is a member of WACL, MGGB and Allbright. Suki has an Honorary Doctorate, Coventry University for services to Internal business and Entrepreneurship. She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Benefit Cosmetics, and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas and Publicis Groupe. Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, Suki has published two books LET'S RESET and Creative Influence with portraits by the international photographer, Rankin.
CEO, Haymarket Media Group
As CEO of Haymarket Media Group, Kevin has managed the company’s transition from a UK-based print publisher to an award-winning international specialist media, information and technology group.
Headquartered in Twickenham in the UK, Haymarket has around 2,000 staff operating more than 70 market-leading brands in its chosen sectors, across territories including the US, Asia, India and Germany. Haymarket’s iconic brands include: Campaign, PR Week, What Car?, Autocar, Spikes Asia, Clinical Advisor and MyCME. Haymarket's full-service owned media agency Wonderly produces content for blue chip brands including the World Athletics, Volkswagen Group, the British Army and the CIPD.
Kevin began his career in publishing as a graduate at Reed Business Information. He then moved into advertising, where he spent a number of years in a range of different roles, including account management, media buying & planning and new business development. Joining Haymarket as a consultant in 1994, Kevin has run the business and consumer divisions, developed the live events opportunity and overseen the development of Wonderly. He was named Group CEO in 2010.
Creative Editorial Director, Bauer Media
As Creative Editorial Director at Bauer Media in the UK, Lucie leads a 50+ strong creative and production team, responsible for using audience insight and instinct to drive client solutions across Bauer Media’s leading brands. Having held this role since September 2016, Lucie has driven market-beating and award-winning campaigns and commercial partnerships, encompassing video production, stunts, events, product launches and brand extensions. In addition to her main role, Lucie is a journalist, radio host, panel moderator and TV presenter, with slots on ITV’s This Morning, E! and 4music. She is also spearheading Bauer Media’s mental health campaign ‘Where’s Your Head At?’, in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England. Lucie’s journey with Bauer Media has spanned 13 years; prior to her current role she was Editor-in-Chief at heat magazine for 5 years and was Editor for 2 years before that. Before joining Bauer Media, she was a freelance journalist writing for publications such as The Guardian, The Sun, The Telegraph and was Associate Editor at EMAP.
Beauty Director, Grazia
Grazia’s Beauty & Health Director Joely Walker is a leading industry expert in all thing’s beauty. Overseeing editorial and commercial content for print, digital, video, social and events, Joely is passionate about bringing relatable, useful and practical beauty advice to the readers across all platforms.
Fashion Director, Grazia
In 2019 Kenya Hunt became Fashion Director of Grazia UK. Her career spans working for some of the world's most influential women’s titles on both sides of the Atlantic from her post-graduate days as an Assistant Editor at the seminal magazine, Jane, to her years as Deputy Editor of ELLE UK. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, Vogue, Marie Claire, The Evening Standard and other publications. And she has made a number of appearances on BBC Woman’s Hour, Sky News and more. As the founder of R.O.O.M. Mentoring, she advocates for greater diversity within the fashion industry by providing a supportive network for some of the many talented aspiring designers, journalists and image-makers of colour London has to offer. And she currently sits on the British Fashion Council’s D&I Committee, co-leading its mentoring and talent ID stream to help diversify the fashion industry
Hattie Brett started her career on the features desk of Grazia magazine in 2006, after doing her masters in magazine journalism at Cardiff university. She launched and edited Grazia’s first website, Grazia Daily, before going on to be Assistant Editor overseeing the features, entertainment and digital.In 2014, Hattie devised, launched and edited Bauer Media’s first ever digital-only brand, The Debrief, before joining The Telegraph in 2015 as Deputy Lifestyle Director. There, she oversaw fashion across all platforms and edited the Luxury supplement.In 2018, Hattie returned to Grazia magazine as Editor, leading the editorial team to produce world-class content and bold campaigns such as the successful ‘Make Renting Fair’ and #EndRoughSexDefence petition.