Confirmed speakers so far include:
Head of digital, The Times & The Sunday Times
Alan Hunter is the head of digital for The Times and The Sunday Times. He has worked in a variety of roles on The Sunday Times, including News Review editor, Focus editor, deputy sports editor and most recently executive managing editor. He oversaw the paper's coverage of the 2010 general election and the 2012 London Olympics. Before joining News UK he worked at a variety of magazines including Wallpaper, Inside Sport and Tatler.
Chief strategy officer, News UK
Alison Dolan was appointed chief strategy officer in January 2017.
Alison’s focus is on long-term strategy and business development for News UK. She has been pivotal in integrating the Wireless audio business into News UK and leading the company’s future-proofing strategy. Previously Alison was the Deputy Managing Director for Sky Business - responsible for the pricing, proposition and marketing strategies for the business as well as the protection of Sky’s content from commercial piracy.
An Irish national, Alison has a Masters in Finance from University College Dublin. She loves sport, running and golf in particular, and has two daughters.
Digital editor in chief, Reach
Alison Gow works for Reach plc, and is currently Publisher of the Laudable project - a Google-funded collaboration between Reach, JPI Media and visual podcast app Entale - exploring audio innovation and commercial opportunities in local news.
Alison has worked in journalism for 30 years, joining Reach (then Trinity Mirror) in 2003. A former editor of WalesOnline, Wales on Sunday, and the Daily Post, she became digital innovation editor for the company’s regional portfolio in 2012, and then Editor in Chief (digital). She is also a board member of the Society of Editors.
Alison is passionate about audience engagement, collaboration and new formats for news. When not working, she's usually found running up mountains.
Popbitch is one of the world's longest running email newsletters, sending out its legendary weekly mailout to pop culture and media fanatics since 2000. With its combination of behind-the-scenes gossip, insider knowledge and spiky humour, Popbitch has regularly been at the forefront of some of the century's biggest media stories. As well as overseeing the weekly mailout, Chris Lochery is also in charge of the website's longer, more in-depth stories.
Senior research associate and digital strategist, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Nic Newman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he is lead author of the annual Digital News Report, the world’s largest on-going study of consumer behaviour around news. Nic also authors an influential annual report on media and technology trends and has published recent research on paying for news, video, voice technology, and mobile notifications.
Nic also works as a consultant with a range of media companies helping with product strategy, data, metrics and digital transformation. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website in 1997 where he led international coverage. As Head of Product Development and Engineering for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as apps, blogs, podcasting and on-demand video. For ten years he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile and interactive TV applications for News, Sport, Weather and Local.
Chief digital officer, Dennis
Pete is a media professional with 25 years experience in sales, production and publishing across print and digital. He represents digital interests on the Board of Dennis Group with a remit to build successful digital businesses, advise and implement sites as brand extensions, take overall responsibility for the digital P&L and advise on central projects which have a digital element e.g. GDPR.
An early digital advocate, with experience and skills in digital transformation and innovation, agile working practices, technology platforms and strategy and acquisitions and investments. Pete is a Board and Advisory Board member for Association of Online Publishers, the industry body for digital media businesses in the UK.
Chief financial officer & chief operations officer, Hearst UK
Claire Blunt is joint CFO and COO at Hearst UK, and is one of the most highly regarded CFOs within the industry. She is a qualified barrister and charteredaccountant with many years’ experience as a Senior Board Executive leading change and driving growth. In addition to her responsibilities for shaping and directing the financial strategy of the business, she also oversees its Editorial and Commercial Operations, Consumer Revenues and Marketing, and Business Development teams. Since joining in 2015 she has been relentless in transforming the operations of the business to support the diversification of revenues and facilitate the changing business landscape.pment teams.
Claire has been instrumental in designing and delivering innovations such as addressing the Gender Pay Gap by ensuring every employee is guaranteed a pay discussion during annual appraisals as well as taking part in the in-house female mentoring scheme aimed at junior female members within the business. She also oversaw the move to new offices in Leicester Square, investing in technology and implementing sustainable measures, enabling staff to enjoy working in a modern and agile environment.
Previous roles include: Director of Finance at BrightHouse, General Manager and Regional Finance Director for Staples and Chief Financial Officer for Hobbycraft. Claire is a non-executive Board Member of Heart of London Business Alliance and is married with three children.
CEO, Hearst UK, President, Hearst Europe
As CEO of Hearst UK, James has overall management responsibility for the company. He joined in April 2017 with a wealth of experience in transforming media companies, and was elevated to President, Hearst Europe in September 2019 adding oversight of Hearst in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany to his remit.
Hearst is the UK’s leading premium content and experiences business, publishing 26 iconic brands including ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. Hearst UK circulates more than five million magazines a month and its award-winning content is engaged with by more than 20 million monthly digital UK users. Every year over a million people attend Hearst’s highly acclaimed events such as the Country Living Fairs and Red Smart Women Week.
At Hearst, James has led a business turnaround, culminating in a return to top-line revenue growth in 2018 after several years of decline. The company has gone from strength to strength under James’ leadership to accelerate its revenue diversification and digital development strategy, which has paid strong dividends. A relentless focus on cultural transformation has also driven strong gains in team engagement and business success.
James has worked in the media industry for over 25 years and joined Hearst from Reach PLC (previously Trinity Mirror) where he was Chief Revenue Officer from 2014 with responsibility for commercial revenue across the group. From 2011, he was Yahoo’s Managing Director, UK & Ireland, responsible for leading Yahoo’s biggest market outside the US. Prior to that, James worked in TV, with stints at ITV and other commercial television businesses, working his way up to become Managing Director of Virgin Media’s television sales house from 2005.
Partner, Bird & Bird
Gabriel is a partner in our international Privacy & Data Protection practice, based in London. He advises on a range of international data compliance projects, including the implementation of GDPR strategies, international data transfers and local data compliance. Additionally, he has robust experience of advising clients on guarding against and mitigating potential cyber intrusions and computer breach events for a broad range of major multinationals. His practice also frequently involves counselling clients on various aspects of adtech matters (buy and supply sides but also intermediaries).
Chief executive, Axate
Dominic Young is the founder and chief executive of Axate. His career has been spent in a range of senior operational and strategic roles in the media. He was at News Corp in London and New York for many years and has headed up numerous industry-wide initiatives and negotiations. His constant return to the question of creating sustainable business models for the media online has culminated with the launch of Axate which is the anwer he – and hopefully everyone – has been working towards.
Chief digital officer, Beano Studios
As chief digital officer, Martin Ashplant oversees the award-winning Beano.com, diving deep into the data to draw out the insights and produce the content that make Beano Studios understand better than anyone what really resonates with kids.
He is the mind behind ‘Beano Brain,’ Beano’s innovative proprietary tool that provides the foundation upon which it builds the engaging digital products and content that make Beano.com the premier media platform for engaging six to twelve year-old kids.
Founder & chief executive, Jungle Creations
Jamie Bolding is the founder & chief executive of Jungle Creations, a media, marketing and commerce business for the social age, specialising in creating video content that is distributed to its online community of over 110 million followers. The company’s in-house creative agency produces campaigns for clients including Baileys, Greenpeace, Sky and Virgin, and for two years running Jungle Creations has generated the most Facebook video views for brands of any other UK publisher. Jamie founded the business in 2014 at the age of 23 and it has since grown to over 130 employees across offices in London and New York.
Product director, digital, Immediate Media
Laura Jenner joined Immediate Media six years ago as a Product Manager on Radio Times. She is now Product Director focusing on innovation in the digital subscriptions and personalisation space across their brand portfolio, as they evaluate different revenue models for digital content and services.
Laura has more than 20 years’ experience in online media. She started out as a Sub Editor at what was then Ziff Davis, before moving into product development and site management. She worked across numerous consumer and B2B titles, including relaunching GameSpot in the UK as site manager and running it for 2 years. Later at CBS Interactive she was a B2B product manager for ZDNet and then TechRepublic.
Her passion has always been working with and around premium content; finding ways to serve customers with really good content that makes a positive difference to their day/life – and making revenue from it.
Lead data scientist, Immediate Media
Raoul Reit is the Lead Data Scientist at Immediate Media where he focuses on building machine learning and data driven products for personalised content recommendations, churn identification, forecasting and customer segmentation. Prior to Immediate Media, Raoul worked as an associate consultant for global strategy consulting firm A.T. Kearney on data science and analytics projects with e-commerce, FMCG, and pharmaceutical clients. Raoul is passionate about researching new ways of solving business problems through the application of data driven methods.
Managing director, Wireless & MD, Wireless Studios
Jimmy Buckland is Director of Strategy for Wireless, the audio business owned by News UK. Wireless broadcasts a portfolio of national brands in the UK (including Virgin Radio UK, talkRADIO and talkSPORT, the world's biggest sports radio brand) as well as market-leading brands in Ireland. Jimmy is also MD of Wireless Studios, the digital audio production unit of Wireless, responsible for developing a number of podcast franchises in partnership with blue chip brands including Harper Collins, The Sunday Times and Fabulous. He is also a director of First Radio Sales. Previously, Jimmy worked at the Radiocentre and as a Trustee of The Radio Academy.
VP of audience, Refinery29
Tamar Riley is Vice President of Audience at Refinery29, the leading media and entertainment company for millennial-minded women. Tamar is responsible for putting audience insights at the centre of the business, tailoring Refinery29's data driven growth strategy to provide the right content on the right channels at the right time. Since launch, and under Tamar's guidance, Refinery29 has shown YoY growth in the UK, developing into a leading voice in the women's digital media market. Prior to Refinery29, Tamar was at TLC Marketing for four years building and managing international marketing departments. Tamar started her career at Red Bull and has worked in multidiscipline marketing for ten years across digital, experiential, promotional and shopper marketing.
Chief executive officer, PinkNews
Benjamin is the founder and chief executive of PinkNews, the world’s most-read LGBT+ publisher. Between 2006 and 2012, Benjamin combined running PinkNews with his role as Business and Technology Correspondent for Channel 4 News. Benjamin left Channel 4 in 2012 to concentrate on the global growth of PinkNews – now reaching nearly 20m unique visitors every month. In 2018, PinkNews became the first ever LGBT+ publisher on Snapchat Discover, and also received a €300,000 grant from Google’s Digital Newsroom Initiative Fund. Outside of his business life, Benjamin is a non-executive director and trustee of the Nobel Peace Prize- winning disability NGO Humanity & Inclusion. Benjamin also chaired Out4Marriage, the successful cross-party campaign for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Chief client officer, Archant
Lorna Willis joined Archant as Digital Sales Director in March 2010 before moving to become Client Strategy and Solutions Director for Archant Dialogue in 2013. She was then promoted to Digital Development Director for the group, before moving to the Leadership team as Executive Director Digital, Data and Insight in 2018 and is now Archant’s Chief Client Officer. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a BA (hons) Business, Lorna joined the Financial Times commercial function and was also the Sales and Sponsorship Manager for the Guardian News and Media Group.
Business director, What Car?
Sandip has nearly 20 years experience working in media. Covering a wide array of roles, he's led sales, product, marketing, technology and insights over his career. A key focus has always been on new initiatives that have included website launches; social platforms; retail solutions; programmatic; and, more recently, big data and machine learning solutions that deliver an integrated audience understanding.
VP of EMEA sales, Spotify
Chief executive officer, Blink
Chief operating officer, Blink
Chief executive officer, 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 produces content for blue chip brands including the IAAF, 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 Haymarket Network. He was named Group CEO in 2010. tler.
Chief financial officer, Blink
Founder, 56 Black Men
Cephas Williams is the Founder of Drummer Boy Studios and 56 Black Men, he previously studied Architecture and has been doing business for around 10 years.
For 56 Black Men, Cephas started a visual campaign documenting 56 black men through a series of portrait pictures ‘Head Shots’ of Black Men in hoodies, challenging the general negative images we see of black men in the media.
Since he launched on 24th December 2018, the campaign took off and has since been featured by The Guardian, Channel 5, Sky News, BBC, Metro, Aljazeera amongst others.
Cephas believes everyone should have a fair chance to change their narrative and so for Drummer Boy Studios in 2017, Cephas set out to merge his passion for architecture and his passion for the community in a bid to create physical spaces that cater to those who often suffer the brunt of gentrification. The studio ran as a creative hub conducive for growth innovation and collaboration for people interested in the creative sector including Music, Film, Media, Enterprise, Fashion and Gaming.
Cephas wants this space to help people who otherwise feel excluded from the mainstream conversation; giving them access to opportunities by creating spaces that help develop their skills and expand their network. His vision is to create these environment/Studio Spaces across London, filling this gap and standing as a gateway organization to information and clearer pathways to success by connecting the people that engage, to larger organisations within their area of interest.
Managing director of UK operations, The Athletic
Ed Malyon is Managing Director of The Athletic UK, which launched in August pulling together the biggest, best team of football writers in British media history. Previously he was Sports Editor at The Independent and before that European Football Correspondent for the Daily Mirror, based in Madrer.
Group operations director, ESI Media
VP sales, Lineup systems