Global Editor
The Atlantic

Prashant Rao is the Global Editor of The Atlantic, overseeing staff writers and freelance contributors around the world who focus on the decline of confidence in liberal democracy, the drivers and consequences of migration, and the fraying of the post-war order. Prashant was previously Deputy Europe Business Editor at The New York Times, and a correspondent and editor at Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg News. From 2009-2014, Prashant was based in Iraq for AFP, the latter two years of which were spent as the news agency's Baghdad Bureau Chief. A native of New Delhi, he is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and lives in London with his wife.

The Stylist Group

Ella first came to prominence as Group Head of the Mail on Sunday before being promoted to Head of Magazines at the Daily Mail Group. In 2010 she moved to Bauer to publish Grazia during a period of significant growth before being headhunted to join Hearst UK, where she published brands including Cosmopolitan, Red and Esquire, developing a 360 degree publishing approach and scaling the brand platforms.

In 2014, Ella became Group Commercial Director Hearst UK, responsible for all commercial revenues for print and digital and developing new revenue streams across events, commercial content, contract publishing and licensing. Ella was then appointed to the position of CEO at Shortlist Media in September 2016, with a clear brief to deliver growth through new opportunities. Ella recently undertook a major business transformation, pivoting the business to The Stylist Group, focusing entirely on women, at a time when feminism and the united force of women has never been more relevant.

A board member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) and a member of WACL, Ella is passionate about pushing for gender equality in the UK.

Editor and media entrepreneur

James Brown worked on the NME, founded loaded, and was Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. He is a media entrepreneur, journalist and radio host. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of FourFourTwo in March this year, after a break of almost 20 years since his last full-time editing role. His debut book Above Head Height: A Five-a-Side Life, was published in 2017 by Quercus, and achieved positive reviews in the Guardian, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. He is now down to three matches a week.

Head of Editorial

News and features writer, editor and creative with focuses on race, feminism, media, youth culture and social politics.

Charlie is the editor at gal-dem, a writer and editor for Dazed, a columnist at the i newspaper and a Guardian freelancer. She also does regular work for a variety of publications, including VICE and the Financial Times.

She is an experienced panellist and speaker on radio and TV, a Scott Trust Bursary alumnus, and a winner of the 2017 Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism. She is the editor of the book Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, a leading new exploration of the Windrush generation featuring David Lammy, Lenny Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Hannah Lowe, Jamz Supernova, Natasha Gordon and Rikki Beadle-Blair. 

Editor and Publisher
Strong Words

Ed Needham is the award-winning editor of numerous magazines, including the million-selling FHM in its 90s heyday. He also spent a number of years in New York, editing legendary pop culture title Rolling Stone and Maxim, then the biggest men’s title in the world. With a partner he launched and ran Grand Parade, a successful digital publishing and technology company, and also works as a consultant to magazine brands. In early 2018, he launched Strong Words, a literary magazine, published nine times a year by his own De Pentonville Media. He writes all the content himself. 

Art Director
Inside Housing

Sonny Dhamu is the Art Director at Inside Housing magazine. He has worked at title for the past nine years and oversees the design of the magazine and supplements. He is also art director of new (bi-annual) sister title The Developer. He was winner of PPA B2B designer of the year in 2018.

Create & Translate

Margaret Ann has worked in magazines for 25 years across management and publishing roles. Experienced with start-up, PLC and privately-owned companies in the lifestyle and business content arena, her roles at Hearst and Burda saw her responsible for the successful launch and/or management of brands including ELLE, ELLE deco, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, In Style, National Geographic, Playboy and FHM across multiple territories. With innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of her work, she’s launched integrated digital products for ten years and more than 40 Independent media products in the print, online and mobile space.

Create & Translate is focused on easy to deploy multi-lingual content creation solutions, merging the technical capabilities and global reach of the localisation industry with the local knowledge and creativity of the publishing industry. Create & Translate marries artificial intelligence with international development – your voice in multiple languages to take your brand from local to global.

Margaret says: “This parallel industry of Localisation has grown at the pace of Software Publishers. The processes, people and product development in localisation has been designed (despite the fragmented nature of Language Service Providers) to meet the quick-to-deploy needs of technology companies. They design for multi-lingual existence from the start and they imagine their content in hundreds of languages."

Director of International Licensing and Syndication
Immediate Media

Tim Hudson is Director of International Licensing & Syndication for Immediate Media Co, the UK’s leading special interest content and platform company. Immediate is one of the UK’s largest consumer publishers as well as one of the biggest licensors of magazine media content in Europe.

Tim is responsible for devising and implementing Immediate’s international strategy and oversees more than 90 multiplatform licensing deals as well as over 50 syndication deals in 45 territories. Immediate’s market leading brands have significant international reach including Top Gear, BBC Good Food, BBC Focus, Olive, Mollie Makes, BikeRadar and Cycling Plus amongst others.

Prior to Immediate, Tim was International Director at Future publishing as well as having held senior commercial positions at leading UK publishers including Redwood, UTV Media and Time Inc.

Co-founder and Program Coordinator

Nikoleta has worked for ten years in the Serbian media and global advertising agencies Publicis and Saatchi & Saatchi.

In 2009, believing in the power of social enterprise, solidarity and magazines, Nikoleta co-founded Belgrade’s Liceulice (English translation: face-to-face). The magazine is sold by those who have been pushed to the margins of society as a means to earn an income and change their lives.

This year, the group launched a new magazine BLO (Belgrade Less Ordinary), a socially responsible guide to the city.

Nikoleta is a devoted activist, and passionate advocate for the street paper model. In June 2019 she was elected to the board of INSP (the International Network of Street Papers) by street paper colleagues from around the world, with a vision to make street papers more sustainable, visible and influential.


The Big Issue

Paul McNamee was appointed UK editor of The Big Issue in summer 2011, the first time The Big Issue had a single editor across all national and regional and online editions.

He started out on local newspapers in Northern Ireland, before co-founding Irish music magazine Blank with Colin Murray. He moved to the NME in London and following four years there he began working for a number of newspapers and magazines, amongst them the Daily Mirror, The Guardian and The Irish Times.

He has been named Magazine Editor of the Year three times by PPA Scotland and was named British Editor of The Year in 2013 and 2016 by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors). He is a regular voice on BBC radio, particularly in Scotland. From 2017-2018 he was the Chair of PPA Scotland.

Join the Media Voices team for a live recording of their popular podcast. We will be confirming the guests for this special Magfest edition of the show in the run up to the event, but rest assured the hosts’ signature insight into the magazine industry will be out in full force.

Media Voices is the reincarnation of TheMediaBriefing podcast that ran until June 2017, and is still hosted by former TMB colleagues Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Thorpe and Peter Houston. Each weekly episode is 40 minutes long, kicking off with the team's take on the week’s media machinations followed by an interview with a leading light from a notable media organisation. Past guests have been from Allure, The Pool, Empire, Classic Rock, The Week, The Economist, The FT, CNN, Quartz, Mic, Facebook and Twitter.

Listen here.

Media Voices

Join the Media Voices team for a live recording of their popular podcast. We will be confirming the guests for this special Magfest edition of the show in the run up to the event, but rest assured the hosts’ signature insight into the magazine industry will be out in full force.

Media Voices is the reincarnation of TheMediaBriefing podcast that ran until June 2017, and is still hosted by former TMB colleagues Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Thorpe and Peter Houston. Each weekly episode is 40 minutes long, kicking off with the team's take on the week’s media machinations followed by an interview with a leading light from a notable media organisation. Past guests have been from Allure, The Pool, Empire, Classic Rock, The Week, The Economist, The FT, CNN, Quartz, Mic, Facebook and Twitter. 

Listen here.

Creative Director

Jeremy Leslie leads magCulture, dividing his time between designing, writing and retailing. He’s a passionate advocate for editorial design, which he sees as an ever-changing discipline that has always adapted to new contexts. His has written several books about magazine design and the magCulture online Journal is a key source of news and opinion on the subject. He opened the magCulture shop in 2015, selling a unique selection of 450 magazines from across the world. He organises annual conferences in London and New York, championing the very best in editorial creativity. Formerly known as ModMag, the conference will return on 7 November with a brand new name – magCulture Live.


GoldFlakePaint began life as a fledgling music blog back in 2010. Initially launched in the south-west of England by its founder Tom Johnson, GFP moved north of the border in 2013, and is now based in Glasgow where it transitioned from the web to a fully-formed print version, releasing Issue One of A Music Journal in the summer of 2018.

Carefully curated and designed, A Music Journal is a quarterly, seasonal publication that provides an in-depth focus on independent music across the world. Through a series of conversations and profiles the journal combines heartfelt, personable writing with a keen ear for new and interesting music, offering space to both established acts and lesser-known, up-and-coming artists.

Aside from its recommendations, the journal also makes space for a series of personal essay which delve into other aspects of the musical industry, touching upon important issues such as misogyny, disabled access at venues, lone women at gigs, climate change, and various other topics.

A physical journal in an increasingly digital world, A Music Journal is designed to be a quiet corner in the ever-blustery world of music recommendation; a collection of long-form writing that both discovers and celebrates those artists and records that can change the shape of your day.


Scotland’s first, free national lifestyle magazine – Hood – is aimed squarely at Scotland’s savvy professional women. Created by women for women, we don’t just know our reader, we walk in her shoes.

We’re high achievers – but we still think keeping on top of the laundry basket is a laudable success. We care how we look – but we don’t have hours to spend ironing, and we rely on dry shampoo a little more than we’d like to admit.

Our reader loves this emotionally intelligent lifestyle magazine that is cool and contemporary, that recognises the diverse needs and desires of modern women, and that speaks to her the way her friends do over a contraband glass of school night Reisling (even if they all know that two-day hangovers are now a definite reality).

Each month, Hood delivers a unique mix of expertly curated fashion, beauty, interiors, food and drink, travel and wellbeing content, highlighting a lifestyle that is both aspirational and modern, yet affordable, accessible and, most importantly, always rooted in Scotland. Because this is our ‘hood, and we think the cool, accomplished and funny women that make it what it is deserve a magazine that celebrates them.

Available in 80+ M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland.

Bumble is a volunteer-run, biannual magazine that focuses on the beauty of nature whilst highlighting the wonderful wildlife we are surrounded by in the UK.

Bumble looks at particular species that are struggling and gives simple advice on how you can do your bit to help. It delves deep into problems caused by our changing climate and focuses on some of the organisations and individuals fighting to protect our wildlife.

We also feature local and international artists that take inspiration from the natural world. We aspire to create a simple, straight-forward publication that offers viewers of all ages a chance to engage with nature, whilst educating them on the importance of the natural environment. We wanted to allow any reader — regardless of prior ecological knowledge — to read, understand and immerse themselves in the world around them.

Ultimately, it’s for everyone to enjoy, just like nature itself!


Visual Content Editor
It's Freezing in LA!

IFLA! is an independent magazine with a fresh perspective on climate change. It acts as a platform for nuanced, complex and insightful discussions on climate change and environmental issues, drawn together with bold illustrations and beautiful design.

Since inception, the project has drawn writers and illustrators from all over the world. Featuring topics that stretch from guerrilla gardening to rain dances, and theatre lighting to universal basic income, the magazine untangles the diverse intricacies of our relationship with the environment. Illustrators explore the algal blooms filling seas and the shades of green in the Colombian Paramo, poets consider childhood in the face of climate catastrophe, and interviews with pioneers of the green movement reflect on its future.

Shortlisted for Stack’s ‘Launch of the Year 2018’, and listed as one of The Guardian’s top zines about sustainability in 2019, this is a project which pulls the green movement into modern, bright conversations about our future.

The Glasgow Papers

The Glasgow Papers is a new community journalism project, launched in summer 2019, seeking stories about a changing city. Metropolitan metamorphosis, as told through hidden and hard-to-reach tales of migration, settlement, entrepreneurship and regeneration.

Writers and contributors to the site come from across Glasgow; some are new to journalism; some are already in the trade. The idea is to form a collective of compelling voices from all corners of the city, finding and developing new talents.

The project is edited by Natalie Whittle, a Financial Times journalist based in the city. There is also an 'offline' hub for the project at 14 Albert Road, Govanhill, where Natalie runs a writing space and writers' shop (books, biscuits, pens) under the name of her company, The Outwith Agency, which publishes The Glasgow Papers.

Read more here.

freelance writer

Jane Graham was born and grew up in Glasgow. After working for a series of independent television companies she became an arts/music producer & documentary maker at BBC Radios 1, 3 and 4 - highlights included interviews with the Gallagher brothers (a hazardous affair), Zadie Smith (a teenage queen genius) and Ricky Gervais & Steve Merchant (she’s still proud of the line Ricky gave her in an early radio comedy sketch.)

While in London, then afterwards as a freelance journalist /broadcaster in Belfast and Glasgow, she also contributed as an interviewer, critic and columnist to The Guardian, the BBC, Uncut, The LA Review of Books the Glasgow Herald, The Belfast Telegraph & The Big Issue.

She’s the books editor of the Big Issue and a collection of her celebrity interviews for the Big Issue’s Letter to my Younger Self feature will be published by Blink this autumn.

photographer and NUJ Scottish Office Organiser
National Union of Journalists

Nick McGowan-Lowe is an official for the National Union of Journalists, based in Glasgow. Prior to that he spent 21 years as a freelance photographer, beginning his career at The Scotsman newspaper, and going on to work for a wide variety of publications throughout the UK.

Nick is a former director of Editorial Photographers UK, and since 2008 has been on the board of the British Photographic Council. He is a former Chair of the NUJ’s Freelance Industrial Council, which represents the NUJ’s 7,000 freelance members, and sat on two advisory groups at the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

He is co-author of Photojournalists: An Endangered species in Europe? – a major EU-wide study on the future of photojournalism for the European Federation of Journalists, and is the author of the 2009, 2010 and 2015 British Photographic Council Industry Surveys which studied the economics and concerns of the UK photography industry.

Director of Academy & Client Services
MBN Solutions

As Director of Academy & Client Services at MBN Solutions, Rob has spent his career at the sharp end of Talent Acquisition practice for the Data & Technology sectors. Working as Delivery Partner for The Data Lab's MSc. Placement Programme, Rob designed and deployed the highly successful Employability framework that has seen over 200 aspirant Data practitioners placed into Scottish organisations over the last 3 years. In addition to sitting on The University of Glasgow's School of Maths & Stats Industrial Advisory Board and Talent Lead for DMA Scotland, Rob was recently recognised by Data IQ as one of their most influential Data and Analytics practitioners in UK organisations.

Executive Director
Creative Edinburgh

Briana Pegado is the Founder and Director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival , an award-winning enterprise that provides a platform for emerging artists in Scotland. She is also a co-founder of Povo, a process-led consultancy and collective that engages people with the creative process through research and experimentation.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and explores how sustainable development principles can be more widely applied to the creative industries through her freelance work. She has completed projects for the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Drama Training Network among other national art bodies exploring the barriers young people face to the arts and creative industries.

Briana sits on the board of Creative Edinburgh and is a trustee of YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement. In 2017, she was named one of Scotland's 30 Under 30 Inspiring Women.

She now works at Voluntary Arts Scotland's Engagement Officer focusing on mapping and supporting groups that voluntary arts Scotland seeks to better support namely BAME, youth and faith-based groups.

Photo: Katharina Maria Photography

Creative Bridge Programme Lead

Yasmin Sulaiman is an award-winning journalist, editor and creative director. She is the Programme Lead at Creative Bridge, a 10-week accelerator for creative entrepreneurs run by CodeBase and funded by Creative Informatics. Prior to that, Yasmin was the Executive Director at Creative Edinburgh, the city's largest network of creative industries professionals, and the Editor-in-Chief at The List, Scotland's leading arts and culture publication. As a journalist, she has been writing about the Edinburgh Festivals for over 15 years, has worked on arts coverage for the Guardian and the BBC, and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland.

Programme Manager
Creative Informatics

Nicola leads the CI delivery team, working closely with academic and research colleagues, and engaging with creative industry organisations across Edinburgh and South East Scotland. Previously, Nicola managed innovative digital projects and undertook business development activities at EDINA, the University of Edinburgh’s centre for digital expertise Since 2014 Nicola has been Co-investigator (PI: Louise Connelly) on the Managing Your Digital Footprint research and co-tutor of the Digital Footprint MOOC, research that she has published on and disseminated through performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nicola is a member of the Turing Institute Data Science and Digital Humanities Interest Group, the Journal of Open Research Software Editorial Advisory Board and the Association of Internet Researchers.

Business Development Manager
Creative Informatics

Michaela Turner has worked in knowledge exchange and commercialisation at the University of Edinburgh since 2011. She has worked on a range of projects including the development of an SME engagement model that placed Edinburgh top of the UK rankings for industry engagement. Since 2017 Michaela has worked with the School of Design Informatics, translating the commercial benefits of their research and increasing the School’s commercial engagement by 200%.

Graphic Designer
The Skinny

Fiona Hunter is a Glasgow-based freelance designer. Commissions and collaborations include Glasgow Film, Architecture Fringe, Scotland + Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, Risotto Studio, Test Unit, Optimo Music and more. Fiona is also the layout designer for The Skinny Magazine, and has her own creative practice mainly based in research and photography. https://www.fehunter.com/ Profile photo: Devin Clark-Memler