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Some of the best work in UK magazine media is being done in the agile independent sector - and you certainly helped us celebrate it!

This year's PPA Independent Publisher Conference & Awards took place on 5 December. The packed half-day Conference was split into two streams; Publishing Strategy and Multi-Channel Content. Please scroll down for the full agenda.

Winners of the PPA Independent Publisher Awards were then crowned at a glamorous lunchtime Awards ceremony. Click here to see the winners >>

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The Conference

This half-day conference, bringing together an array of expert speakers and panels, looked at the key issues shaping the industry and how best to address the challenges that lie ahead to ensure business success.

This year, for the first time and due to popular demand, we split the conference content into two streams: Publishing Strategy and Multi-Channel Content. Please scroll down for the full agenda.

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This stream focuses on the themes of PRODUCT, PEOPLE AND PROFIT.

Time Session


PPA CEO Barry McIlheney and introduction of Mark Frith, conference moderator


Phil Ives, Director and Partner at Shirlaws will outline where we are in the economic cycle, and what the implications are for your business, as well as exploring the role of innovation; why now, what does it mean and what should you be innovating? Download Presentation


The opportunities and challenges facing independent publishers have never been more wide-ranging, and this session looks at the new territories being charted by forward-thinking magazine media brands. How do you create a culture and structure to continually drive innovation? Our speakers talk about their individual journeys; how this is translating into profit; and how to avoid the stumbling blocks. SPEAKERS: Simon Dessain, Digital Director, The List; David Jenkinson, Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media; Ian Gerrard, Publishing Director, Caspian; Tim Slee, CEO, Square Up Media. Download Presentation: Simon DessainIan GerrardTim Slee


The first of two Publisher “Spotlight” sessions focuses on Emily Cole, Agricultural Publications Editor at the NFU. Emily will showcase the NFU’s magazine for young aspiring farmers, #studentfarmer and its publishing journey since it launched in 2012. Emily will talk about the title’s achievements to date and the magazine’s future plans for development. Download Presentation




With publishers facing an explosion of platforms and the need to ‘create more with less’, our panel will discuss the skills and organisational structures needed to take full advantage of emerging multi-platform opportunities. Our panel will share insights and experiences, identify the main issues, and explore potential solutions. SPEAKERS: Adrian Barrick, Editorial Director, Brand Republic, Haymarket Business Media; Paul Farrer, Founder and Chairman, Aspire; Alison Hunter, HR Director, Dennis Publishing; Mark Allen, Chairman, Mark Allen Publishing Group.


Events are a major growth sector for publishers. In our second “spotlight” session, Legal Support Network’s Rupert Collins-White, shares insights from the Operational Leaders in Legal conference, shortlisted at this year’s PPA CONNECT Awards.


Our panel of key business leaders will talk about their business journeys, what they’ve achieved and where they’re heading next. SPEAKERS: Lisa Barnard, Chief Executive, Illustrated London News; Lyn Hughes, Managing Director, Wanderlust; Peter Knutton, Managing Director, Findlay Media; Diane Young, Co-founder & MD, The Drum, Carnyx




Focusing on the themes of COMMUNITY, CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY the packed agenda is crammed full of publisher case studies, practical tips, shortcuts, innovative approaches and new technologies.

Emily Cole, Agricultural Publications Editor, NFU

Emily began her career at a weekly newspaper, before joining the NFU in 2009. Today, she is editor of three publications including British Farmer and Grower (the NFU’s flagship publication and 2014 Magazine of the Year at the Trade Association Forum Awards) and #studentfarmer, which she created from scratch two years ago to encourage young people into farming. The very first edition of #studentfarmer came second in the 2013 PPA Award’s Front Cover of the Year competition – an achievement repeated again in 2014. In the space of two years the magazine has also won Cover of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards, runner-up in Launch of the Year and has added nearly 1,000 names to the NFU’s student membership category.

Andy Cowles

Andy is a multi-award winning editorial development director with an international reputation. Twelve successful new launches in both print and digital for multiple publishers has seen Andy’s work win eight major industry awards, including the BSME Mark Boxer Award for outstanding editorial service. Full time roles include nine years as creative and editorial development director for IPC Media, the UK’s biggest consumer publisher, art director of Rolling Stone and creative director of Mademoiselle for Condé Nast in New York.

Simon Dessain, Digital Director, The List

Simon joined The List as digital director in November 2008 following a period of consultancy with the company. He has been a shareholder and director of the List for 25 years. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Industry Leadership Group and Chair of Hospitalfield House, Arbroath. Simon was previously chief executive of Ingenta plc, an AIM listed company, providing technology services to international publishers including Oxford University Press and The World Bank.

Paul Farrer

Paul founded Phee Farrer Jones (PFJ) in 1992 as a specialist media sales recruitment business. The business grew both organically (The Graduate Recruitment Company & Aspire Global Network Asia) and by acquisition (RPCushing & Persicope) rebranding as Aspire in May 2014. Today Aspire employs c100 people in London, Manchester, Singapore and Hong Kong consisting of specialist teams recruiting for a range of disciplines in the media and marketing communications industry. Aspire are a PPA Approved Recruiter, ISO 9001 accredited, hold the Investors in People Gold Award and are a Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Express and CarBuyer.co.uk

Steve was appointed as editor-in-chief of Dennis Publishing’s Auto Express and CarBuyer.co.uk in 2011, having spent ten years as editor of What Car?. Steve has also edited Autocar and What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision.

Steve has been writing about cars for over 20 years, training as a journalist after dropping out of drama school. As well as writing for car enthusiasts, buyers and owners about the latest car news, buying, selling and running cars, he has a regular motoring spot on BBC Radio Five Live and is often used as a motoring pundit on BBC TV, ITV and Sky TV and on national and local radio. Steve also presented motoring show ‘Mad About Motors’ for Granada TV.

He has also worked at government level, helping to launch the Act on CO2 campaign and he was the only journalist invited to give evidence at the Competition Commission’s open hearing into new car sales and supply.

Ian Gerrard, Publishing Director at Caspian Media

Ian has over 30 years of print, digital and cross media experience, including board directorships at Emap, Trinity Mirror and UBM. He has taken leadership of over 50 business media brands in more than 20 diverse UK and international markets. Ian’s current role includes overall responsibility for Caspian’s agency contract work, encompassing all published, digital and events activity for clients in a range of sectors including engineering, financial and healthcare.

Andy Harris, Editor, Jamie Magazine

For the last 25 years, Andy has been responsible for creating some of the world’s best food and travel magazines. He began his career in the UK working for the Sunday Times, Vogue, Tatler and as Food & Drink Editor of Elle for 10 years, before travelling to Australia where he worked on Vogue Entertaining & Travel during its heyday in the late 90’s. New York followed where he started the award-winning Williams-Sonoma Taste magazine before being lured back to Australia to revamp Gourmet Traveller and Wine magazines as Editorial Director in 2003. He launched his latest project, Jamie magazine as publisher and editor in 2008. The magazine now has licensed editions in Russia, France, Estonia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Serbia, Croatia, Portugal, Greece and Turkey with more to follow and is sold in over 45 countries.

Lyn Hughes, MD, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief

In 1992 Lyn and her late husband, Paul Morrison, were bored on a flight to South America and so schemed out their ideal travel magazine on the back of a sickbag. The idea stuck and, despite no background in publishing, they launched Wanderlust magazine a few months later from their spare bedroom.

The magazine gradually grew through word of mouth, and went on to be one of the UK’s leading travel magazines, with numerous awards under its belt, including Consumer Magazine of the Year 2013. Brand extensions include wanderlust.co.uk, the Wanderlust World Guide Awards, Wanderlust Photo of the Year, Unique Honeymoons and the Adventure Travel Conference.

Paul Morrison died in December 2004 and Lyn took on the roles of managing director, as well as editor-in-chief over Wanderlust's publications and websites. In 2007, The Times lauded Lyn as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Travel.” In 2012, Lyn was presented by an Outstanding Contribution Award in the British Travel Press Awards. In 2014, Lyn was awarded one of the 'Top 60 Most Influential Women in Travel in the Last 60 Years' by the AWTE.

A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Lyn is regularly consulted by tourist boards and governments on travel-related issues, and is in demand as a writer, speaker and moderator.

Phebe Hunnicutt, Digital Director, Elle, Hearst Magazines

Phebe Hunnicutt is the Digital Director at ELLE Magazine. Phebe works closely with Editor Lorraine Candy to lead the fully integrated publishing team as they continue to innovate and expand ELLE 360. Prior to joining ELLE, Hunnicutt was the Managing Editor of the women’s group at AOL and The Huffington Post.

Alison Hunter, Group HR Director, Dennis Publishing

Group HR Director Alison Hunter is in her 15th year at Dennis Publishing. She joined the organisation as Personnel Manager in 1999. Since then, the HR function has grown from a one-woman band to a team of five looking after 400+ employees across several office locations. Alison was previously HR Advisor at JT International for two years and began her career in HR at the Hammersmith NHS Trust.

Alison is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Heart of England Forest, a charity which now owns Dennis Publishing Ltd following the recent death of founder Felix Dennis.

Phil Ives, Director and Partner, Shirlaws

Phil is a fast growth specialist for entrepreneurially-minded businesses. After a first career as an actor, he forayed into the commercial world as a business researcher, going on to build and run international businesses in B2B events across all continents and all major industry sectors - namely ICBI; Worldwide Business Research (Europe & MENA); World Trade Group North America; and Arena International Events Group, part of Progressive Digital Media plc.

David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21 Media

David is an award-winning journalist, content technologist and multiplatform publisher. Having held senior editorial positions at Haymarket, International Thomson, EMAP and Cahners’ Moving Pictures International, he created and co-founded C21Media in 1997, one of the world’s first internet publishing businesses. C21 has defined new content models, supported by a traditional publishing portfolio, while positioning itself at the heart of the digital revolution, launching brands including TechCityInsider.net, FutureMedia, M21, Channel 21 international and the mothership; C21Media.net.

Prior to launching C21Media, David was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International. He led EMAP’s TV World to win the prestigious PPA International Business Magazine of the Year award in 1993, and worked as part of the senior editorial management team at International Thomson.

In 1997, alongside C21Media, he co-founded creative agency Dri Riser, developing brand strategy for a variety of media and entertainment clients. He was a group editor at Haymarket from 1989-1991 having started his career at Reed Business Publishing.

Peter Knutton, Managing Directo, Findlay Media and COO, Mark Allen group

Peter began his career as a production engineer in the automotive industry and qualified as an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council in 1985. He switched careers in 1987 to join Findlay as a technical writer. Ten years later, having edited a number of different engineering and IT magazines, he was awarded the coveted PPA Editor of the Year Award while editor of Works Management.

Over the following 10 years, Peter held various publisher and operational management positions and led Findlay into the world of electronic and online publishing. He became operations director in 1998, a board director in 2000 and CEO in 2004. In 2009 he steered Findlay through a restructuring and refinancing deal that led to Findlay Media being created.

In the five years that followed, the 60-employee FML business doubled its turnover and went from serious loss to £1m+ profit maker. Exhibitions, new magazines, contract publishing, digital and data revenues all contributed to the growth, but print revenues have grown too, tracking the overall growth rate and print remains the largest most profitable part of the business.

In April 2014, Findlay Media was acquired by the Mark Allen Group. Peter continues to run Findlay Media as its managing director and is now also the Chief Operating Officer for the Mark Allen Group and a member of the Mark Allen Holdings board.

Glenda Marchant, Publishing Director, Stylist

Glenda is the Publishing Director for Stylist, the wildly successful free weekly magazine for women. Stylist Magazine was launched in October 2009 to huge reader and advertiser acclaim, and was followed by the website in 2010 and the digital daily Emerald Street in 2011. Stylist has one of the biggest followings on social media of any woman’s magazine brand.

Before she joined Stylist, Glenda was the Publisher of InStyle and has also been the Ad Director of Woman & Home Magazine, both published by Time Inc UK, Ad Director of Good Housekeeping published by Hearst, and launch Ad Director of Maxim Magazine formerly published by Dennis Publishing. She started her career in Newspapers at the Times and the Sunday Times, before graduating to magazines in the mid 1990’s.

Andy Pemberton, Director, Furthr

Andy is a content expert with international experience. He edited Q magazine in London, launched Blender magazine in New York, which won Ad Age’s Launch of The Year, and also edited Spin magazine. He has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, The Sunday Times, The National (Dubai), and the world’s largest newspaper, The Times of India.

He writes columns for Yahoo.com, and the Huffington Post in the US, and trains on social media, data visualization and content strategy. He has worked as a content consultant for the RNLI, Time Out, and BT, and more. He is also a leading data visualization expert, and includes the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and Aviva among his clients.

Tim Slee, CEO, Square Up Media

Tim set up his first media business while he was only 19. In 2005, Tim teamed up with an Irish entrepreneur Stephen Murphy and Square Up Media was born. The first title from the publishing house was Square Mile, a luxury lifestyle title aimed at senior executives in the financial services industries. Nearly a decade later and the title has become the longest serving and most established lifestyle publication for the City of London.

In 2008, Square Up Media expanded its portfolio with the creation of Hedge magazine. Tim’s strong business sense and passion for his products not only led the company through the recession but saw it come out stronger with the launch of the Square Up Media digital department in 2012 and creative services arm in 2013. Shortly after, Tim launched travel magazine Escapism. This year, Tim led the expansion of Square Up Media’s portfolio further into the digital world with the launch of Foodism.co.uk, a weekly dose of the London food scene and FestivalBaby.com a global portal for music festival lovers. What’s Tim’s secret to success? “Employ good people; do cool stuff; be happy; and have fun.

Diane Young, Co-Founder and MD, The Drum

Diane is co- founder and MD of The Drum, which is a magazine and website specialising in the marketing and media sector.

In the early nineties Diane qualified with a degree in pure and applied mathematics, which at the time was an achievement but also a conversation killer at dinner parties. Diane started her career in the health service at the time when the government had created an internal market which was her first, slightly odd, introduction to sales and marketing.

Diane joined The Drum in 1997 to start producing awards for the magazine and grew the business to be a significant proportion of overall revenue and profit. Shortly thereafter she also became managing director when she realised that she was the only partner who had any interest whatsoever in numbers. Diane is still MD but her day to day responsibility is now data and marketing, supporting progress towards their ambitious growth plans.

Lisa Barnard, Chief Executive, ILN (Illustrated London News Limited)

Lisa has been running ILN since 2000, a multi-channel publishing and digital agency with content at the heart of it, specialising in the luxury, travel, heritage and retail sectors. ILN also owns a rich magazine archive of 170 years of magazine content of “The Great Eight of Magazines”, which has recently been digitised and ILN leverages the content for a variety of digital, print and licensing projects. Based near Tower Hill, London, ILN undertakes assignments for high-profile clients such as Aston Martin, Maserati, English Heritage, Raffles and Unilever in magazine publishing, digital marketing, web builds, content development, social media and video.

Lisa completed a MBO from ILN’s previous parent company, Sea Containers, in 2007 with private investors and is majority shareholder. Her background is in publishing, digital, luxury and the wine trade, and previous roles include PR Officer at Moet-Hennessy UK, Editor, Classic FM magazine and later relaunch Harpers Wine & Spirit magazine, the wine trade weekly, where she was a board member of Harper Trade Journals and participated in a management buy-in. While under the Sea Containers’ umbrella, Lisa was also Director of Communications of the group.

Lisa has previously been Chairman of APA (Association of Publishing Agencies , now Content Marketing Association), a board member of PPA, and a Director of the Periodicals Training Council.

Tim Arthur, CEO, Time Out Group

Appointed last October to run the global media brand, he was previously editor-in-chief of Time Out London and oversaw the revolutionary and hugely successful move to take the London magazine free, using this massive upswing in scale to fuel Time Out's digital ambitions.

Tim is Time Out through and through having started his career at Time Out London as a music listings journalist. His digital-first vision of the company has transformed every aspect from the way it speaks to its audience, to the global ambitions of the iconic brand, to the way it generates its revenues in a post-publishing era.

Tim has experience of a wide variety of topics across the Time Out portfolio, including delivering engaging user generated content, social media and editorial content to drive consumer engagement; digitising traditional media; and business transformation. Tim is an accomplished public speaker and a regular presenter on BBC Radio London, has had two books published, over ten plays produced and was voted second best male burlesque dancer in Britain 2009.

Time Session


Welcome from Barry McIlheney, PPA CEO and introduction of conference moderator, Andy Cowles, multi-award winning Editorial Development Director with a career at IPC Media, Rolling Stone and Condé Nast.


Top tips on how to produce award-winning content across an explosion of platforms. SPEAKER: Steve Fowler, Editor in Chief, Carbuyer and Auto Express, Dennis Publishing. Download Presentation


We hear from a variety of innovative publisher case studies on how you can build and engage strong communities across multiple platforms. SPEAKERS: Phebe Hunnicutt, Digital Director, Elle, Hearst Magazines UK; David Rae, Content & Community Director, Sigaria. Download Presentation: Phebe Hunnicutt


Events are a major growth sector for publishers, and can engage readers in deep, meaningful ways. Events also promote the brand, create content for later use, build a media buzz, and attract new followers.This session explores the critical factors for success in this boom area. SPEAKERS: Tim Arthur, CEO, Time Out Group; Toby Filby, Managing Director, Stable Media




Editors need to be increasingly creative in how they engage with readers who are simultaneously active across multiple devices, and are constantly connected to the web. This session will provide case studies along with practical advice on how to create immersive content across multiple devices and platforms. SPEAKER: Dave Hall, Editor, FourFourTwo, Haymarket Media Group


Video is the fastest growth area for content online and advertising spend. Our speakers will share their experiences on how to create engaging video and lessons learnt. SPEAKERS: Marc Hartog, Founder & CEO, Apptitude Media; Andrea Moffat, Deputy Managing Director, DJ Murphy; Dan Pearce, Managing Director, TTG Media


Today’s editors are now increasingly engaged in the commercial strategies of their organisations. Our panellists from a variety of business models will provide tips and practical examples of how to embed commercial content into an editorial environment. They’ll share insights on a variety of approaches that unlock new commercial streams without compromising editorial integrity. SPEAKERS: Andy Harris, Editor, Jamie Magazine; Glenda Marchant, Publishing Director, Stylist, Shortlist Media; Mike Walsh, Brand Development Director, Haymarket Media Group



The Awards Shortlist



Audience Development Initiative of the Year

iSellMobile.co.uk, Noble House Media 
Print Subscription Acquisition, London Review of Books


Business Magazine of the Year

CA, Think
Commercial Motor, Road Transport Media
DataIQ, DataIQ
Engineering & Technology, IET
Guidelines, MGP
kbbreview, Taylist Media
Pro Landscaper, Eljays44
Pulse, Cogora


Business Media Brand of the Year

InsuranceERM, Field Gibson Media
Pro Landscaper, Eljays44
Utility Week, Faversham House


Commercial Initiative of the Year

MasterCard UK & 'Priceless London' Tourism Campaign, Morris Visitor Publications
ReadEverywhere, London Review of Books
Spain's Top 100 Experiences, Food and Travel, Green Pea Publishing


Consumer Magazine of the Year

Food and Travel, Green Pea Publishing
Food Heaven, Anthem Publishing
Jamie Magazine, Jamie Magazine
London Review of Books, London Review of Books
Slimming World magazine, Slimming World
Square Mile magazine, Square Up Media
The Lady, The Lady


Consumer Media Brand of the Year

Food and Travel, Green Pea Publishing
Jamie Magazine, Jamie Magazine


Customer Magazine of the Year

Aston Martin magazine, Illustrated London News
BEER, Think
Cunard magazine, Stream Publishing
Escape, Think
Market Life, LSC Publishing
V, the Vauxhall magazine, Stream Publishing


Designer of the Year

Matthew Ball, The RPS Journal, Scotland in Trust & Historic Scotland, Think
Tim Benton, Morris Visitor Publications
Damon Cogman, Motor Sport magazine
John Cottle, #studentfarmer, National Farmers Union (NFU)
Matt Hasteley, Square Mile magazine, Square Up Media
Jon Heal, Enivronmental Health News, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Carol Herning, Fantastic Fun World, Littlest Pet Shop & Rainbow Fun, Signature Publishing
Chris Hudson, National Geographic Traveller (UK), Absolute Publishing


Digital Product of the Year

E&T Online, IET
Environmental Health News Extra, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Motor Sport digital magazine, Motor Sport magazine


Editor of the Year

Amanda Clifford, Signature Publishing
Laura Evans, Wild About, Think
Andy Harris, Jamie Magazine
Clare Harris, The RPS Journal & Scotland in Trust, Think
Mark Hedley, Square Mile Magazine, Square Up Media
Andy Tongue, Illustrated London News
Matt Warren, The Lady


Event of the Year

The Education Building Forum, Stable Events
Futurescape, Eljays44
The Housebuilder Marie Curie CC Brain Game, Housebuilder Media
Motor Transport Awards 2014, Road Transport Media
Tip-ex 14 and Tank-ex 14, Road Transport Media
Winq Spring Ball, Stream Publishing


Independent Publishing Company of the Year

Anthem Publishing
Food and Travel, Green Pea Publishing
Housebuilder Media
London Review of Books
Raconteur Media
Signature Publishing
Square Up Media
Stream Publishing
Wanderlust Publications

Innovation of the Year

Bundle and Archive Proposition, Motor Sport magazine
Halloween magazine and pack, Stream Publishing


Launch/Relaunch of the Year

Cunard magazine, Stream Publishing
Perspective, Think
PORTER magazine, Net-a-Porter
The RPS Journal, Think
Winq, Stream Publishing


Membership Magazine of the Year

BEER, Think
Camping & Caravanning, The Camping and Caravanning Club
EHN, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Engineering & Technology, IET
English Heritage Members' Magazine, Illustrated London News
Heart Matters, Wardour Publishing & Design
Scotland in Trust, Think


Team of the Year

Children's Magazines Publishing Team, Signature Publishing
Food & Craft Team, Anthem Publishing
Housebuilder Media Team, Housebuilder Media
The Marketing Department, London Review of Books
Sphere Team, Illustrated London News
The Think Scottish Team, Think
Tip-ex 14 and Tank-ex 14, Road Transport Media


Writer of the Year

Rene Carayol, Business Reporter, Lyonsdown
Dr Phil Peverley, Pulse, Cogora
Eoin Redahan, Materials World, Clay Technology, MADE, IOM Communications


Front Cover of the Year (Consumer)

Escapism  Jamie Nat Geo Traveller

Legion Scotland

Rock Sound Vintage Rock Whale & Dolphin



Front Cover of the Year (Business)

#studentfarmer DataIQ Farmer & Grower Transform


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