Stephen Farish

managing director

Stephen has over 30 years' experience in the media and marketing services sectors - as an editor, publisher, business leader, consultant and non-exec adviser. He combines strategic insight and management expertise with a passion for developing valuable, high quality content and brands. Specific areas of expertise include audience engagement, research, content strategy, digital transition, brand and portfolio management, content marketing and organisational change. As a former main board director at Haymarket Media Group, he built a division of 20 content brands and transformed it into a multi-media operation including print, digital, live events and business intelligence products. He also launched Haymarket's first title in the US and set up the group's German business. He has also been market engagement director at Centaur Media plc, and chairman of Kantar Millward Brown's corporate and healthcare practices.

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James Little, FCA


James is an experienced finance professional in the media and marketing services sector. He combines an understanding of strategic corporate issues with a rigorous attention to detail and an absolute focus on value creation. Following nine years at a Big Four accountancy practice in London, he spent 12 years at Haymarket Media Group: initially as Group Financial Controller, and then running the group's acquisition programme in the UK and internationally. He advises clients on strategy, growth delivery, and on commercial transactions.  Recent experience includes overseeing a full-scale IT change management project; advising on and winning a significant commercial tender process; and delivering 100% client profit growth for three consecutive years.


Carolyn Morgan


Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in media and consultancy, spanning print, digital, TV and live events. She has direct experience of strategic reviews, negotiating joint ventures, disposals and acquisitions; and has successfully led media businesses to profitability and taken brands onto new media platforms.  As a consultant, Carolyn works with media businesses to create digital media and marketing strategies.  She combines strong strategic skills with an in-depth understanding of the practicalities of developing digital products.  She regularly speaks and moderates at conferences on digital strategies for media owners.

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Phil Manley


Phil has over 25 years’ experience in international B2B media and academic publishing as an MD, publisher, sales director and non-exec adviser. He has experience of dealing with complex challenges and leading strategic development, including launches, acquisitions, subscriptions, digital strategies and the development of high-value data assets. As publishing director of Haymarket Media Group’s public sector, energy and environment divisions he led the development of events, digital and data-based products. Later, as MD of the Royal Society of Medicine Press he set the strategy which led to the successful disposal of the academic journal business. At Euromoney plc he headed up Metal Bulletin’s global data and consulting division, establishing and overseeing operations in the USA, Shanghai and Singapore. He is currently a non-exec director of RTPI Services Ltd, the commercial arm of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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Dominic Mills


Dominic Mills is a content expert with over 30 years' experience as a business journalist and editorial director. He provides editorial consultancy and training, and advises clients on the development of high value content brands and platforms across multiple platforms. He started his career as a financial journalist with at Euromoney and Reuters before becoming editor of Campaign and then editorial director of Haymarket Business Media. In that role, he launched and relaunched more than 25 titles in the UK, US, Hong Kong and India in sectors as diverse as finance, HR, health and the public sector as well as media and advertising. He was later a group editor at content marketing agency Redwood. He has written for titles such as the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Mirror and the Wall Street Journal and currently writes a weekly column for Mediatel. He is an Honorary Professor of Journalism at Roehampton University.   


Amanda Talboys


Amanda has 18 years’ experience in research, insight, business intelligence and strategy roles in the media sector, 14 of which were at Haymarket Media Group where she was UK strategy and insight director. Her passion is helping businesses to develop compelling, fact-based development plans, enabling senior executives to make better decisions by aligning strategy with customer needs to deliver commercial growth. Her skills include primary and secondary research, reporting and performance monitoring, process development, workshop facilitation and strategy programme management.


Neil Sharman


Neil has over 20 years’ experience working with media companies in an insight role.  He ran the research departments at both Telegraph Media Group and ESI, home of The Independent and Evening Standard.  He was also a director at TNS.  He’s as comfortable moderating qualitative research as he is finding stories in data.  He draws from all sources to find compelling narratives that resonate with commercial teams, marketing teams and others around the business. Tony Gallagher, the editor of The Sun (and ex-editor of The Daily Telegraph), wrote about him, “Neil finds a lucid way of separating noise from the data that really matters to any thriving company.”