Much like Mission Impossible, Real Response Media has assembled an extraordinarily experienced and talented team from across all areas of media, editorial, design, marketing and events. Together they create our magazines, websites, events and help us to grow our portfolio. Unlike Mission impossible however, this message won’t begin to self-destruct in 5 seconds (phew)
Chris Pitchford: Founder & Managing Director
Chris started at Timothy Benn Publishing in 1993 after selling his paper recycling business. He worked through the sales ranks, becoming Group Ad Manager after just 36 months. He then joined Haymarket Publishing in 1997 as Advertising Manager, later rising to Publisher. During his time at Haymarket, Chris helped launch numerous products, from magazines and newsletters to live events, as well as consistently driving revenues across a wide range of sectors. In 2007 Chris moved to EuroDirect which soon became CallCredit, the second largest credit checking agency in the UK. It was there that he honed his understanding of data and its importance in publishing and he launched the real time leads division. He then joined an independent data company as Managing Director collecting information from product warranty cards and building databases for major brands. In January 2011, Chris decided it was time to branch out on his own and he founded Real Response Media using his deep experience in data and publishing to launch a media business that generates consistent leads for its clients – as well as creating a rewarding environment for the staff.
As MD Chris is responsible for all aspects of the company but also takes a personal lead in driving sales across the Group.
Peter Grant: RRM Director and Publisher, World of Cruising
Peter started his career at Haymarket Media in 1993 and has occupied senior roles in sales, publishing and marketing across multiple brands and industry sectors. After 15 years with Haymarket, Peter joined the executive management team at Emap in 2008 shortly after its acquisition by the Guardian Media Group. As marketing director of both Haymarket and Emap, Peter developed particular expertise in building consumer and business reader databases and oversaw significant subscription growth and new digital product development across multiple brands within the media, retail, healthcare construction and public sectors. Peter joined Real Response Media in a joint sales and marketing role and became a board director of the company in 2017.
As Publisher of World of Cruising, Peter has a special responsibility for driving performance on that particular brand, but he is also tasked with building and exploiting reader databases across the Group, as well as ensuring full compliance with existing and incoming data protection laws.
Ian Westwood: Non-Executive Director
Ian has over 30 years experience in publishing. Having begun his career at VNU Business Publications he moved to Dennis Publishing where he held senior positions in advertising, publishing and marketing. He was promoted to the company’s board and became Group Managing Director in 2010, helping the executive team to drive the transformation of the business from traditional print publisher to one of the most successful, profitable and admired multi-media businesses in the UK.
He has significant experience of launch, acquisition and brand development and has recruited, coached, trained and mentored some of the brightest talents in UK publishing. At RRM he advises the Board at a strategic level and provides hands-on guidance and support to the management team and he has been charged to drive RRM digital strategy.
William Pecover: Non-Executive Chairman
William has 30 years’ experience in media and finance. After starting his career at JP Morgan he switched to publishing at Haymarket where he became Managing Director, Business Publishing Group, before moving to the USA in 2001. As Chairman & CEO of Haymarket Media Inc he built a substantial company across six states in the marketing, compliance, information security and healthcare sectors. In 2011 he moved to Manhattan Media where, as Operating Partner, he ran a group of regional and political newspapers, digital newsletters, luxury and family magazines and events. Over the course of his career William has launched, acquired and managed media businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada across a very wide range of sectors.
Now settled back in the UK he advises RRM on its strategy to become a major specialist media company – an ambition he believes the company will achieve given the platform it has already established.
Peter Greene: Finance Director
Peter is a chartered certified accountant with many years of experience working within publishing. During his career he has worked for Titan Publishing (2000AD & Vertigo Comics), World Market Intelligence, Metropolis International and Haymarket’s B2B titles where he worked alongside Chris Pitchford and Peter Grant.
A sports enthusiast, Peter enjoys playing golf, football and is an FA-qualified coach who runs his son’s local youth team. When not at home, he and his family can often be found travelling around the Dordogne region in France where they camp, fish, explore and enjoy the local produce.
Vicky Mayer: Editor, World of Cruising
Vicky began her magazine career in women’s glossies before moving swiftly on to the fast-paced world of showbiz weeklies. Over the years she has worked on a wide range of titles including TV Times, Now, Woman’s Own and Cheshire Life. She also launched and edited two weekly titles, Inside Soap and Real People, which are still going strong.
Her work has taken her to Australia and back and she still loves travelling whenever she can. As a magazine junkie, you’ll find her at airports around the world spending the last of her travel money on foreign titles she can’t read but still loves to look at. She also loves social media for its instant hit, and after Portuguese custard tarts, thinks Instagram is one of the world’s best inventions.
Colette Doyle: Editor, Cruise Trade News
Colette Doyle is an award-winning magazine editor who has worked on publications in both London and the Gulf in a career spanning almost three decades. Her background as a linguist has led her to be involved with titles that have an international focus. Starting out in the 1990s covering the pharmaceutical sector, Colette moved into business travel nearly 20 years ago when she was employed at the UK’s largest privately owned publishing house, Haymarket.
She was based in Dubai for six years, during which time she helmed Business Traveller Middle East, the regional edition of the renowned London franchise, as well as being responsible for relaunching Dubai Voyager, the customer publication for leading airport retailer Dubai Duty Free. Immediately prior to joining Real Response Media, Colette worked at Metropolis International where she headed up the travel retail channel’s longest-established title and was later appointed as managing editor across both Frontier and sister title Duty-Free News International.
Olivia Sharpe: Digital Content Editor
Olivia began her career working for a luxury lifestyle print publication specialising in fashion, beauty, interiors and travel. She worked there for six years, working her up to the position of Editor of the Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, just one of the company’s many established London-based print titles.
Keen to enter into the fast-paced and dynamic world of digital, she moved to luxury beauty brand By Terry, where she worked as the Digital Content and Communications Manager, responsible for developing the brand’s content strategy across its platforms. She has since consulted on brand strategy and content development for leading lifestyle and luxury brands, before joining Real Response Media in 2019 as the Digital Content Editor. Olivia is passionate about the travel sector, and is forever planning her next trip to somewhere new and of the beaten track, preferably journeying there on a luxury cruise.
Gary Peters: Deputy Editor, Cruise Trade News
Gary Peters is an experienced journalist and editor who has a written for a range of publications spanning a diverse set of subjects. Garyworked as co-editor on the official magazine for the Isle of Wight music festival and as an online sports reporter.
Prior to joining Real Response Media as deputy editor on Cruise Trade News, Gary was features editor at a monthly engineering magazine, managing a team of in-house and freelance writers.
Rochelle Streater: Commercial Director, World of Cruising
Rochelle started her career 10 years ago at Zest Media, where she helped grow the business from one London publication to 27 international print titles, recognising gaps in the market and potential revenue streams. Through the years, she worked her way up to eventually becoming Commercial Manager and then Director. During this time, she developed a passion for sales and business development.
As Zest Media embraced the world of digital, Rochelle worked on developing digital campaigns which worked in harmony with her clients’ print campaigns. She has loved working in the lifestyle, baby, education and interior sectors, but wanted to embark on a new adventure and so decided to enter the dynamic world of cruising and travel. Rochelle joined Real Response Media in 2019 as the Commercial Director.
Barnaby Moore: Production Manager, Real Response Media
Barnaby started at Haymarket Publishing in 1986 as an office junior and then moved into the production department after six months working across the motoring titles. He moved to Haymarket Media at Lancaster Gate in 1994 as the Production Controller for Marketing magazine and various other titles.
Barnaby next joined Emap Fashion as Production Manager for Drapers Record magazine in 1995, and shortly after took on Menswear and Fashion Weekly and oversaw the merger of Emap Fashion and Retail. He joined The Clear Agency (a fashion sales and marketing company) in 2006 as the Logistics and Office manager where he helped to grow the company for 12 years. Barnaby joined Real Response Media in 2019 as Production Manager.
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