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These are our people

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas
Chairman
 
Andrew joined the family business in 1982 as a director and
by 1985 was managing director of Newhall Publications Limited.
In 1989 he became Managing Director of the Newhall Group,
which embraces publications, marketing, commercial properties and investments. Andrew oversees the running of the successful and profitable business, which since 1962, is proud to have donated in 
excess of £55.5 million to various health charities and community
projects. Andrew maintains a day-to-day, hands on, role and is at the forefront of developing the Newhall business.

Likes: The theatre, current affairs, chess and tai chi.
Christine Blackford

Christine Blackford

Christine Blackford
Managing Director

Christine ensures we all keep our feet on the ground – which is no
mean feat with so much enthusiasm coming from all quarters. For the last 15 years, first as finance director and then managing director, Christine has safeguarded the Newhall business and, working with the other directors, maintained profitability, ensuring the business remains true to the Company’s values.

Likes: Walking the West Pennine Moors, live music and teamwork.
Richard Woolliams

Richard Woolliams

Richard Woolliams
Commercial Director

An accomplished marketing and business development director,
Richard has more than 25 years experience driving profitable marketing initiatives, business development and promotional event co-ordination for clients and membership organisations. Richard has that rare ability to build lasting partnerships with clients who recognise and appreciate his outstanding interpersonal and influencing skills, his boundless creativity and his refreshing, no-nonsense approach.

Likes: The detail, getting it right, his family, horse riding, food and drink.
Anita Comerford

Anita Comerford

Anita Comerford
Publishing Director

Anita is a highly experienced editor, scheduling magazines and managing the production process from sourcing and overseeing printers, negotiating prices and creating production schedules to keep us on track to meet deadlines. With a real eye for detail, Anita edits and proofreads all pages through the several stages of production. She is also the managing editor of Boughton's Coffee House magazine, a revamped trade magazine for the coffee industry produced by Newhall Publishing.

Likes: Eating out, cooking (especially if I can spend the whole day in the kitchen) and the perfect gin and tonic.
Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans
Creative Director

Calm and unflappable, Gareth has 13 years of experience creating stunning designs for clients – whatever the specialised subject matter.

He has a keen eye for detail, is a fantastic creative talent when it comes to redesigning magazines and is hugely experienced at ensuring consistency across individual titles. 


Likes: Exploring the UK with his VW Campervan, family BBQs and cycling.
Andy Phelan

Andy Phelan

Andy Phelan
Commercial Manager
 
An engaging commercial leader with over 25 years experience in print and online publishing. Andy has a range of marketing and events skills but specialises in print and online advertising having worked at Director level with leading magazine and newspaper brands. Andy enjoys building lasting client relationships and has a wealth of knowledge in advising businesses with their specific requirements, helping them to deliver top and bottom-line commercial improvement.
 
Likes:  A challenge, golf, football, travel, eating out
 
andy.phelan@newhallpublishing.com
0151 632 7616
Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy
Operations and Fulfilment Manager

To deliver successful campaigns requires attention to detail across all client activities. Alex runs Newhall’s fulfilment and handling services and is experienced in minimising delivery times to customers in conjunction with other campaign planning. Having this facility in-house adds real value to clients and Alex specialises in ensuring all aspects of each campaign delivers closely controlled quality targets.

Likes: Sunny days, Chinese food and organisation and efficiency.
Helen Etheridge

Helen Etheridge

Helen Etheridge
Managing Editor
 
An award-winning journalist, Helen has more than two decades’ experience in news and feature writing for national press, digital media, major commercial brands and charities. Having played an integral part in the launch of several successful new national titles she is skilled in producing relevant, accurate and engaging content in an ever-changing industry.
Helen has a track record in securing exclusive interviews and has had the pleasure of putting questions to a long list of inspiring and extraordinary people from all walks of life.
Likes: Family time, yoga, comedy, chocolate and Corsica.
Fergus McShane

Fergus McShane

Fergus McShane
Managing Editor

Fergus is an editor and writer with more than 12 years’ experience managing newsstand, B2B and B2C publications and websites.

An excellent communicator, he works with clients to ensure expectations are consistently met and exceeded in all formats.

Likes: Film and TV, playing squash and baking with my daughter.

Robyn Barr

Robyn Barr

Robyn Barr
Digital Media Manager

Seven years ago Robyn joined Newhall as an apprentice on the digital marketing team. Since then she has also worked on the picture desk, presenting creative solutions to image challenges. She creates digital media campaigns around all Newhall titles, building social engagement before, during and after events to promote the event and any associated publications. She also works on regular digital communications for certain clients.

Likes: Spending time with family, bike rides and a good night out.


robyn.barr@newhallpublishing.com
0151 632 7653
Heather Borrett

Heather Borrett

Heather Borrett
Media Sales Consultant

Since joining Newhall in the autumn of 2014, Heather has worked on a number of high-end publications and is a talented, award winning, multimedia advertising executive selling across a wide range of sectors. She is a passionate and driven individual who consistently hits targets and her professional yet friendly approach regularly receives glowing testimonials from advertisers delighted with her quality customer service. 

Likes: Singing, eating out and movie nights with the family!

Gayle Grisdale

Gayle Grisdale

Gayle Grisdale 
Media Sales Consultant 

Gayle has over 24 years multimedia and digital marketing experience and is an engaging, professional and enthusiastic marketing specialist. Gayle excels at building client relationships and always strives to exceed expectations and results.
 
Likes: The outdoors, music, spending time with family & friends, sunshine
 
Alison Wigg

Alison Wigg

Alison Wigg
Media Sales Consultant 

A media-sales consultant with 4 years’ experience, Alison has a background in generating high advertising revenue for respected companies and brands. A skilled and effective communicator with a warm, genuine and good-humoured approach, Alison enjoys building relationships with clients based on a common interest in business development. Key areas of experience include, but are not limited to, the education sector and food and drink market.
 
Likes: creative projects, outdoor sports, comedy, good food & company.
Angela Thornby-Burt

Angela Thornby-Burt

Angela Thornby-Burt
Media Sales Consultant

Angela has 18 years experience in telemarketing and advertising.
Having worked across manufacturing, renewable energy, hygiene and content marketing sectors.
Most recently, effectively leading a prestigious car marque’s monthly member’s magazine. 
Target and task driven, a positive team member with excellent communication skills.

Likes: Gardening, music and dancing, health, reading and spending time with family and friends.
 
Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson
Client Services Manager

Sue oversees the daily operation of all customer service activity, managing over 7,000 calls each month. With exceptional attention
to detail, Sue’s team is praised for their interpersonal skills and consistently high level of customer feedback. Sue has also been
central to the development and running of Newhall’s subscription systems for more than 10 years. Her detailed understanding of customer campaigns and data handling, working on campaigns both large and small, are integral to delivering value to clients from their customer base.

Likes: Family, travel and the odd glass of wine.
Amanda Sherratt

Amanda Sherratt

Amanda Sherratt
Customer Relationship Team Leader and Payment Administrator

Amanda manages our Customer Relationship Team, as well as our customers and clients emails and telephone calls. She also collects and sends payments through our CRM System Myriad.

Likes: She is a big fan of DIY, family and friends are a must in her life as is a large chilled glass of Pinot! 
Steve Hatch

Steve Hatch

Steve Hatch
Event Sales Manager

An experienced Sales Management Professional with a proven track record of success in developing the performance of large sales teams. Strong and pro-active Sales Manager, providing coaching, training and mentoring to build teams of highly successful sales professionals working as a unit to achieve individual targets, team and company objectives. Experienced in setting targets, monitoring KPIs, performance management, developing sales & marketing strategies, reviewing current market and economic trends to identify & capitalise on new opportunities.
 
Likes:  Dining out, holidaying in sunny climates and family time.
Tracey Pocock

Tracey Pocock

Tracey Pocock
Picture Editor

Tracey’s experience comes from many years as a picture and commissioning editor. With a bubbly, can-do attitude, Tracey commissions photographers and sets up and oversees all
photographic shots for magazines and digital. From initial briefs,
she researches all images and photography for each client project, negotiating all reproduction rights and working to agreed budgets.

Likes: Cats, gin and tonic and Desert Island Discs.
Gaynor Whorton

Gaynor Whorton

Gaynor Whorton
Payroll and HR Manager

Gaynor has been overseeing and running payroll for the last 28 years and she took on the role of HR and Payroll Manager in 2003. It is imperative for her to work with good organisation to ensure staff are paid correctly and on time each month. As HR Manager, Gaynor aims to ensure all of Newhall’s staff are happy within their working environment which leads to a well motivated and productive team.
 
Likes: My new caravan, time with my family & close friends whenever possible and has become a convert to a Gin and Tonic .
Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw
Management Accountant

Julie is responsible for all management accounts for the board of directors and the day-to-day running of the finance departments, working to both month end and year end deadlines.

Likes: My Classic VW Beetle, going to festivals with my partner and friends, as well as spending time with family and friends. A lover of rosé wine! 
Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley
IT Support Manager

As a data handling and analysis specialist, Peter has more than
20 years' experience within the industry, constructing and managing CRM membership and subscription databases with transaction volumes exceeding 8 million each year. Peter's in-depth knowledge allows him
to manage the technical requirements of implementations ranging from small scale projects to monthly 300,000+ fulfilment exercises. Peter also plays a key part in investigating new technological breakthroughs that may advance or add value to our service range.

Likes: Spending time with family, cold weather and bubble wrap.
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