Jane leads the Hearst Solutions commercial team across Hearst UK's 20 iconic brands, as well as Hearst Global Solutions.
Before joining Hearst in 2015, Jane worked at media group IPG as Head of Investment and Commercial Strategy, across all media touchpoints.
In 2020, Jane was named on Ad Age's prestigious list of 'Women to Watch Europe' and this year, she was shortlisted for 'Media Leader of the Year' at Mediatel's Media Leaders Award and most recently Jane has been named as one of Campaign's Top 10 Commercial Chiefs.
Jane is a proud member of WACL, whose purpose is to achieve gender equality in our industry, a NABS 100 member, on the NSPCC Childline Board and a trustee of Ovarian Cancer Action, She has also recently launched an internal WRC, Spark UK, alongside Elle UK editor in chief Kenya Hunt, a network supporting those that identify as women.
Adrian Newton joined New Scientist in 2018 where his current role encompasses the management of all commercial activity for the business which includes advertising, events, travel and partnerships.
His career started in the late 90s at the Builder Group, a specialist publisher of construction magazines. Following the business’ acquisition by UBM, he rose to the position of Publisher for a portfolio of business titles before becoming Director of a portfolio that comprised of magazines and large-scale events.
Prior to joining New Scientist his focus had been predominately on internationalising the business by launching and developing numerous media brands, exhibitions, conferences and festivals around the globe.
Jackie Scully is a business professional with a purpose. From devising content strategies for not-for-profits and charities (she is the strategist behind a number of multi-award-winning content programmes) and acting as content producer at the UK’s biggest industry events to authoring the latest research looking at communications trends, Jackie cares deeply about helping organisations transform lives. She also successfully helped navigate travel media brand, Wanderlust, through the pandemic.
Jackie makes every day count, balancing a successful career with mentoring, coaching volunteer work (particularly as a trustee of charity Mintridge), fundraising and encouraging others into exercise following a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014. She has raised more than £93k for exercise and cancer charities in the last eight years and, most recently, broke a spinning Guinness World Record on her 40th birthday.
Jackie was awarded a Women of the Future Community Spirits award in 2015 and a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister in 2018 for her contribution to charity and has since been recognised by the FT/Women of the Future’s inaugural 50 Leading Lights list as one of the kindest leaders in UK business. Think was named as the UK’s top content agency at the PPA Awards in June 2022.
Sajeeda Merali joined the PPA as CEO in 2021, with an agenda to transform the way the PPA represents and supports its 300+ UK multi-media business members, consumer magazine publishers, business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independents.
A strategic leader with 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, Sajeeda has held senior positions with both B2B and consumer-facing organisations, with extensive experience in change management and strategy development.
She joined the PPA from the New Statesman Media Group, where she was Chief Revenue Officer responsible for identifying high-value digital opportunities and launching commercial strategy for new brands in highly competitive markets.
Prior to that, she was the commercial leader of the Insider Publishing Division at Euromoney PLC and has held senior positions at Incisive Media, where she was influential in driving cultural and strategic change.
Stuart has over 25 year’s experience in B2C media with a track record of building and monetising digital audiences in verticals such as Automotive, TV & Entertainment, Leisure and Lifestyle, parenting and Food.
He was most recently at Future where he led teams responsible for organic search, email and CRM, performance marketing and audience data across brands such as The Week, TechRadar, Marie Claire, and GoCompare.com and with a monthly reach of more than 300m users.
Sophie is responsible for leading the marketing, data and customer success strategy of the European businesses in the Arc network including Agriconnect, Bridge2Food and Incisive Media. Sophie has a wealth of experience across all types of event models including expos, conferences and awards and has launched and managed a number of subscription and membership products.
She is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of managing and coaching high-performance teams, and has extensive hands-on experience of event and marketing platform migration and how to apply this into successful product development.
Chris is the CEO for UK Publishing at Bauer Media. Prior to joining Bauer in April 2020 Chris spent 12 years at News UK and was Managing Director for the TNL publishing businesses, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The TLS, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Times+ and all brand extension businesses.
Nina completed a BSC (Hons) Psychology Degree in Liverpool before undertaking a career in the media industry over 25 years ago. Nina joined New Scientist Media Company as CEO in October 2018, an accomplished business leader, with a notable track record in strategy development, performance turnaround and driving transformational growth, particularly skilled in digital NPD and recurring revenues. Nina is a NED, and an active mentor, she also enjoys offering support to aspirational women leaders.
Ridhi has been the Head of ED&I at Immediate since March 2021. Over the last 12 months, along with the People team, Ridhi has built and developed a D&I program from the ground up so that our people are valued, welcomed, respected, and heard. She has led the ED&I change agenda for Immediate to ensure that ED&I is the lens through which we make key decisions about recruitment, retention, leadership, development, and content. Prior to this, Ridhi held several PR positions in the media and comms industry including Acting Head of PR at Time Inc. UK.
Jessica has worked in human resources for twenty-five years at a variety of businesses including Titan Media Group, News UK, Comic Relief and Ministry of Sound. She has been the Head of People at Haymarket for the last three years and has a leading role in their UK diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, where she has been involved in building and supporting Haymarket's five employee networks and ensuring that every employee has undertaken diversity training to understand their role in creating Haymarket's inclusive culture. Jessica has an eight-year-old football-obsessed son and is a keen rower.
Amer Safir is the Chief Editor & Manager, and Secretary of the Management Committee of The Review of Religions, a 120-year-old magazine dedicated to demonstrating the relevance of religion, spirituality and the existence of God in the modern world, in particular from an Islamic logical and scientific standpoint.
In his role Amer oversees the day to day operations of the English, German, Spanish and French editions on all corresponding platforms. Amer is also Director of Translations for global satellite TV station MTA International (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya), overseeing translations in up to 23 languages across eight broadcasting channels.
A regular contributor to the publishing industry, Amer has spoken at the London Publishing Show and at the FIPP World Media Congress in Portugal, and has been a judge for the PPA Awards over the last few years. He has an MA in Literatures of Modernity, Modernism and Post Colonialism from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Amy is responsible for the PLSclear permissions service, managing the growth of the service and ensuring the system stays in line with industry needs. She is also responsible for PLS’s rights management initiatives including the Rights and Licensing Hub and she provides support for the PLS Rights Management Group.
Sophie Griffiths joined Travel Trade Gazette in March 2010 as a news reporter, covering cruise, agents, interviews and industry analyses, before 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 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.