We are Future plc, a global multi-platform media company. We’re the name behind successful brands in specialist consumer and B2B sectors including technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, home interest, education and television. We connect with an audience reach of over 260+ million worldwide with their passions, through our expert content, world-class events and cutting-edge proprietary technology.
Shared and enduring values are at the heart of any successful organisation, and that’s why our core values underlie everything we do:
Our passion for our products and brands makes us part of the community we engage with – an incredible privilege which we treat with the utmost respect.
Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today Future boasts a portfolio of over 80 brands and so whilst we celebrate our heritage, we remain focused on the future.
Everyone at Future has a part to play and a contribution to make because together, we’re stronger.
We have a bias for action, taking the best decisions we can and following through on our decisions.
We make sure we have the right team for right now, supporting each other, challenging each other and having fun along the way.
We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.
Chief Executive Officer
Zillah was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2014, having joined Future in November 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Before this, she was CFO of Trader Media Group (2009-2012) and interim CEO of Trader Media (2012-2013), having previously been Commercial Director and CFO at Fitness First Limited and Chief Financial Officer of the Thresher Group. Zillah is currently a non-executive Director of Paddy Power Betfair plc and Gocompare.com Group plc. She is also a qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, and has an MSc in behavioural change and an MA in Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Penny was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in August 2015, having joined the business as interim Chief Financial Officer in June 2015. Prior to this she was Commercial Director at AutoTrader Group plc. Penny is a chartered accountant with a background in digital media and expertise in digital monetisation models.
Chief Operating Officer
Claire is Chief Operating Officer, having joined Future back in March 2016 as Strategy and Product Director. Prior to joining Future, Claire was at Fitness First for 10 years, where she was responsible for the Group’s strategy along with international business development. During this time, Claire developed a highly successful regional franchising model for Fitness First in the MENA region, alongside leading the turnaround and expansion of Fitness First India. Claire has a wealth of knowledge of running businesses internationally, both via partnerships and owner operated.
Chief Marketing Officer
Simon Jackson joined Future in March 2019 and is Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Future, Simon was CMO at Gamesys, a leading online casino operator with consumer facing brands across Europe and the US. Simon has 15 years’ experience in TMT (technology, media & telecom) including 8 years at Sky TV, mainly focussed on driving subscriber growth. Previous roles include Chief Commercial Officer at NetNames, European Marketing Director at Avis Budget Group and Head of Partnerships at BT. Simon started his career in corporate finance with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.
Chief Technology Officer
Kevin was appointed Chief Technology Officer in April 2016. Previously, he was Chief Technical Architect, leading all aspects of systems and software engineering as well as all infrastructure operations across the group. During that time, Kevin’s key achievements included the delivery of the Hawk technology – Future’s proprietary eCommerce platform and the backbone of the group’s newest revenue stream. Before this, he was Web Development Director for Future UK. Kevin is originally from Mauritius, holds a BSc with honours, speaks three languages and is an ex badminton champion.
Senior Vice President, Operations & IT
Jason joined Future as Senior Vice President, Operations & IT in May 2019. Before Future, Jason spent three years as Chief Information Officer at an innovative NHS trust where he led all aspects of information technology and programme delivery. Prior to this, Jason was the Global Head of IT Delivery at Fitness First for five years, where he was responsible for software development and business intelligence. At the start of his career Jason spent 11 years as an IT consultant at PA Consulting delivering digital solutions for clients as a technical lead and solutions architect.
Chief Content Officer
Aaron joined Future in October 2016 following the acquisition of Imagine Publishing where he was an executive board member and Publishing Director. Aaron oversaw Future’s magazine division, leading the creation, delivery and global retail sales for all print brands. In September 2018, Aaron was appointed Chief Content Officer, charged with developing content operations and efficacy across the company.
eCommerce Director & Radar.com
Jason has a background as a consulting and technology entrepreneur and joined Future as Director of eCommerce in January 2017. In the 15 years prior to joining Future he ran a successful management consultancy and was fortunate enough to have consulted at C-level for some of the world’s largest retailers and biggest brands. In September 2018 Jason was appointed Commercial MD of Future. Jason has also been involved in successfully launching a number of tech start-ups in the retail and affiliate marketing sectors. He is seen as an industry expert in retail and affiliate marketing and has spoken at leading industry events and fashion weeks.
Managing Director, Australia
Neville qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he worked in UK and New Zealand offices before joining Future plc in May 2001 as Financial Controller. In 2008 Neville worked on the launch of Future’s Australian business, and was made Managing Director in 2010. Since then he has overseen organic growth and acquisitions in print and digital channels for Future’s business in the APAC region.
Richard joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the board, he is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. With over 30 years’ experience in the media sector, Richard has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles, including Chairman of Wireless Group plc (formerly UTV Media plc), founder of Heart FM; CEO of Chrysalis plc, Chairman of Virgin Radio, Boomerang Plus plc and Creston plc and Non-Executive Director of Virgin Mobile plc.
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Alan joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Alan has worked as a Partner at both Ernst and Young and KPMG, served as a Chief Financial Officer for YouGov and been Managing Director for Newlawns Limited. His main focus is on the media, technology and business service sectors.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Hugo is the Senior Independent non-executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Hugo has led InSkin Media from start-up to a profitable, international business. Under his leadership, the company’s expansion across Europe, APAC and MENA has been recognised by multiple high-growth awards, including the European Business Awards, Sunday Times Tech Track 100, Media Momentum Awards, and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Previously, Hugo held MD roles at The Telegraph Group, Advertising.com and Phorm. At The Telegraph, he launched the UK’s first national newspaper website. Huge is also a Trustee of the British Skin Foundation, and a regular contributor to trade press and media conferences.
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