On Demand Webinar: Survive and Thrive: The Specialist Media Playbook

About the webinar

A panel discussion with specialist media business owners.

Chaired by Andrea Davies, B2C and Specialist Consumer Practice Lead, Collingwood Advisory

Panel Guests:

Elliot Wellsteed-Crook, COO, Wanderlust

Jon Bickley, Co-Founder & CEO, Anthem Publishing

As the global economy heads into recession, independent publishers have to navigate a fine line between cutting back costs and making the right investment decisions to survive and thrive in the current economic storm. 

Business owners cannot cut their way to greatness. It will be founders who are focussed on creating value, sharpening governance (over cash), upping sales monitoring and staying close to their customers who will emerge as winners.   

Andrea Davies lead this fascinating discussion with specialist media business owners and covered the following topics

  • How downturns are the right time to sharpen portfolio management
  • How to know your indispensable talent and support them to rise to the challenge
  • Why downturns don’t have to be just about cost savings
  • Why you shouldn’t hide bad news
  • Downturns don’t last forever. Be ready for signs of recovery and growth. Make sure you understand your customer and competitor landscape to be first out of the blocks

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Andrea Davies, Practice Leader, Specialist and Consumer Media (Moderator)

Andrea has held executive board positions at IPC Media, Time Inc. UK, TI Media and Future plc, leading strategy, M&A and running significant business units. She played a key role in the sale of Time Inc. UK to private equity in 2018. She set the strategic direction for growth, diversification and value creation, playing a hands-on role expanding brands including Marie Claire, Decanter, Wallpaper and Country Life digitally, internationally and into recurring subscription and membership models. Andrea began her career at Arthur Andersen and gained her ACA qualification before pursuing her passion for media and strategy.

Elliot Wellsteed-CrookElliot Wellsteed-Crook, COO, Wanderlust

Elliot Wellsteed-Crook is the Chief Operating Officer at Wanderlust, the UK’s leading independent travel magazine. Now in its 30th anniversary year, Wanderlust has a distinct focus on off-the-beaten-path experiences and bringing to life the world’s most exciting destinations. Having joined Wanderlust in January 2021, alongside the new owner and Editor in Chief, Elliot has supported the rapid transformation of the publication which earned the PPA’s Magazine/Brand of the Year in 2022. Prior to Wanderlust, Elliot held senior roles across B2B technology media, including at Forbes, London Tech Week and AI Business.

Jon Bickley headshot black and whiteJon Bickley, Co-Founder & CEO, Anthem Publishing

Jon is Co-Founder and CEO of Anthem Publishing Ltd, publisher of specialist consumer food and music magazines and websites. Jon has worked in publishing since 1993, setting up Anthem with Simon Lewis and Paul Pettengale in 2002.