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Brian Freeman

As Chief Operating Officer of Haymarket Media Group, Brian oversees the company’s divisions in Germany, India and Asia, as well as supporting the Chief Executive with business in the UK and US. Brian is also responsible for all internal financial reporting, working in collaboration with every division across the Group.

Following his graduation from the University of Exeter, Brian began his career at KPMG. He then joined Haymarket as a management accountant in 1989.

Brian became a director of Consumer Media in 1995 and joined the board of Haymarket Media Group in 2000 and the Haymarket Group board in 2012.

Brian has played an important part in setting up Haymarket’s international divisions, having been involved at the start of the company's international expansion in 1998, and is a board director for every overseas subsidiary.

Brian is also a director of Frontline, the UK’s leading magazine sales and distribution company, and is Chairman of Seymour International, the subsidiary of Frontline responsible for export magazine sales.
Rupert Heseltine

Rupert Heseltine is executive chairman of Haymarket Media Group.

He began his publishing career in Australia in 1989, working for Peter Isaacson Publications. On his return to the UK he joined Maxwell Business Communications.

In 1994, Rupert joined Haymarket, first working on BBC Gardeners’ World Live, then going on to Car Hi-Fi in the consumer magazines division. He followed the title to Wilmington where he went on to work with Wine & Spirit International before returning to Haymarket for the launch of SkySports.

He worked on the launch of Revolution, then became advertising director for PRWeek. He was one of the launch team for the US edition of the title, spending a year and a half in New York before returning to the UK as associate publisher of the newly acquired Gramophone.

Rupert was appointed publisher of What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision and oversaw the launch of the Daily Telegraph’s Your Money magazine.

In 2001, he became a director of Haymarket Group, the shareholders’ company chaired by Lord Heseltine, and joined the boards of Haymarket Magazines and Haymarket Business.

In 2004, he was appointed deputy chairman of Haymarket Exhibitions. In 2005 he was made deputy chairman of Haymarket Group. He was appointed to the management board of the Federation of Periodical Publishers (FIPP) in 2009.

In recent years Rupert’s primary focus has been the development of the Indian business and Haymarket’s digital presence.

The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

Michael Heseltine was born in 1933. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read politics, philosophy and economics.

In 1957, Michael founded Haymarket, which is now one of the largest independent magazine companies in the country with extensive interests overseas.

He was a Member of the Parliament in Britain from 1966 to 2001, and a Cabinet Minister in various departments between 1979 and 1986 and between 1990 and 1997. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997.

Lord Heseltine then rejoined the Haymarket Board of Directors on leaving Government in 1997, and became chairman of the Haymarket Group in March 1999 on the retirement of Lindsay Masters.

His first book, Where There’s a Will, was published in March 1987 and his second, The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain Win?, in May 1989. His political autobiography, Life in the Jungle, appeared in September 2000.

Among other awards, he has been presented with the Publicity Club of London Cup (2005), National Business Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), and the PPA Marcus Morris Award, which recognises an exceptional career and outstanding contribution to the UK magazine industry (2003).

He is also a Fellow of the 48 Group Club, in recognition of outstanding contribution to relations with China (2003), Gold Medallist of the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering (1999) and the Institute of Public Relations’ Presidents Medal (1998). He was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1991.

Lord Heseltine is also an enthusiastic gardener.

Kevin Costello

As Chief Executive of Haymarket Media Group, Kevin oversees the company’s divisions in the UK, Germany, India, Hong Kong and the US.

Kevin began his career in publishing as a graduate entrant at Reed Business Information. and then moved into advertising where he spent fours years in a range of different roles including account management, media buying and planning and new business development. 
Kevin joined Haymarket as a temporary consultant in 1994 and 19 years later, he's still here. Kevin has enjoyed a wide and varied range of roles across the Group, including Business and Consumer Media, live events and overseeing the growth of Haymarket Network. 
As Chief Executive, Kevin is responsible for driving the growth of Haymarket Media Group internationally. He is also responsible for leading Haymarket's engagement with the Richmond Education and Enterprise Partnership.
Kevin is chairman of the PPA (Professional Publishers Association), the magazine industry body that represents more than 200 companies. He is also on the board of Frontline, the UK’s leading magazine sales and distribution company.

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Jeremy Duckworth

Jeremy Duckworth joined Haymarket in 2005 as group finance director.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, Jeremy gained considerable experience of the media world in investment banking roles over 13 years with both BZW and UBS.

He joined Haymarket from the Williams F1 Racing Team, where he was responsible for improving the financial performance of the company as it faced the challenges of the F1 industry.

Jeremy is married and has three children. His interests include golf and sailing.

David Fraser

David Fraser is a non executive director of Haymarket Group Limited and the main operating boards throughout the group.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant, David’s early career was with KPMG and the International Publishing Corporation (IPC).

In 1968, he joined Michael Heseltine as Haymarket’s financial controller, rapidly joining the board as finance director.

Since that time, the company’s turnover has risen from £2 million to £200 million.

He remained one of the three core directors responsible for Haymarket’s growth while Michael Heseltine served in Government, and oversaw the company’s financial development for 37 years, playing a key role in all aspects of the Group’s expansion.

David retired as group finance director in February 2005 with the appointment of Jeremy Duckworth as his successor.

David Prasher

As Managing Director of the Consumer Media division, David is responsible for a portfolio that contains some of the best known and widely read specialist consumer multimedia brands in the UK and overseas, including WhatCar?, FourFourTwo, PistonHeads, Stuff, Autosport, Classic & Sports Car, WhatHiFi, Autocar and F1Racing.

David joined Haymarket fresh out of the London School of Economics in 1991 as a classified sales executive for Autocar magazine and went on to hold a number of senior sales, publishing and commercial roles across the business, culminating in his appointment as Sales Director in 2005.

Since 2000 David has been closely involved in the growth of the Consumer Media division’s digital footprint, which now accounts for approximately 10 million unique users per month across all channels.

David was appointed Managing Director in 2010. He’s also Chair of Haymarket Connect, a recently launched joint venture focussing on data monetisation and represents Haymarket on a number of industry bodies.

David is married with three children, and spends his spare time coaching, bag carrying and taxi driving for their various sports teams and clubs.

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Lee Maniscalco

Lee joined Haymarket in February 2001 as CEO of the US medical division, after 17 years with Thomson’s Medical Economics Company.

Within a seven-year period Lee transformed the Haymarket US medical business from a $5 million, 16-person operation to a $48 million, 110-person enterprise, the result of a growth plan combining strategic acquisitions, organic development, and enhancements in operational management.

After successfully completing the acquisitions of three publishing titles, Lee was the catalyst behind the launch of a new business unit, providing a wide range of continuing medical education and custom communications programs for healthcare professionals. This business has become the fastest growing segment of Haymarket’s US operations, with 30 unique product offerings reaching 10 therapeutic categories representing all top-tier pharmaceutical companies.

Lee has also orchestrated the growth of the Monthly Prescribing Reference, Haymarket’s flagship publication in the US, from $5 million to $18 million in annual revenues, introducing brand extensions and branching out with digital, handheld, web, and desktop offerings.

In July 2011 Lee was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Haymarket operations throughout the US, responsible for all activities in the medical and business media industries. These publications encompass 12 brands with titles ranging from PRWeek (US) and Direct Marketing News to SC (Secure Computing). In addition, Lee heads up all global medical publishing initiatives.

Lee was appointed to the Haymarket Media Group Board in 2008. He is an active member of many industry associations, including the Association of Business Media (ABM) and the Association of Medical Media (AMM).

Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, coaching youth sports, playing golf, and reading.

Bob McDowell

As director of strategy, planning and change, Bob is responsible for planning and development throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Bob focusses on how Haymarket can make the most of growth opportunities as trends develop

Bob began his career at Haymarket in 1988 as a classified sales executive for Autocar. Bob became Publisher of What Car? and Autocar in 1997 and subsequently published a wide range of Haymarket’s consumer brands including Stuff, What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision?, Classic & Sports Car, Practical Caravan and FourFourTwo. 

In January 2007 Bob became Haymarket Consumer Media’s strategy and planning director and in December 2011 was promoted to his current role as director of strategy, planning and change at Haymarket Media Group.

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