Public Policy Media Ltd
As a journalist, editor and manager I have a record of editorial and
Insight and relationships
I am respected for my analysis of public policy, politics and management,
with excellent networks and specialist knowledge across health and local
and central government.
My comment and analysis articles win readers’ attention and respect. Built
on a deep understanding of public policy issues and insights from senior
contacts, my writing is punchy and provocative.
As Health Service Journal editor I led the team at the centre of Emap's
biggest media title. We were essential reading, constantly breaking stories
which attracted national attention. Ipsos Mori research gave some of the
highest approval ratings they had ever seen for a publication.
Building and leading teams
I am an experienced manager in the media industry. I have led the editorial
development at Dods Parliamentary Communications, delivering substantial
increases in website traffic, major improvements in its magazines and a
more integrated, collaborative culture in the editorial team. The eight titles
include PoliticsHome, The House (for MPs and peers), TotalPolitics, Civil
Service World, PublicTechnology and EU Parliament.
As an editor I bring out the best in my teams, inspiring them to break stories
which put them at the centre of their markets. Winning the magazine
industry’s top award, the Periodical Publishers’ Association Business Editor
of the Year, the judges commended how I “create an energetic, rewarding
culture and give staff space to innovate”.
At HSJ we grew subscriptions after three years' declining circulation at the
same time as increasing the price by 31%. We integrated web content with
the magazine, grew online traffic and user engagement, facilitated a
doubling of online advertising and made the website subscription only. I
conceived and led HSJ's celebrations of the NHS 60th anniversary, attended
by the prime minister, delivering major commercial and reputational
As LGC editor from 2000 to 2007 I repositioned the title to broaden appeal,
driving up paid audited subscriptions by 9.8% in one year. I greatly
strengthened LGC's reputation for being close to its market, breaking stories
and driving debate.
A record of achievement
The PPA judges concluded: "His personality comes shining through the
work… demonstrating the importance of what a personal contribution can
bring to a brand."
When I left Emap in 2010 chief executive David Gilbertson wrote: "You have
built and led an outstanding team and created a climate for reporting
excellence which sets high standards for others to match. You leave a brand
in great standing and you should be proud of what you have achieved."
2012 and 2013
Winner, Business Editor of
the Year, PPA Awards 2007