James Frankham has served on the Magazine Publishers Association board since May 2014, and has been deputy chair for the past year. Now publisher of New Zealand Geographic and director of Kōwhai Media Ltd, he has nearly 20 years’ experience in the media industry, largely in editorial roles across print, broadcast television, web and social channels. As the New Zealand Geographic print product continues to grow, Frankham is developing the performance and reach of NZGeo.com and a range of projects in the virtual reality space.
Brendon was brought up in the Manawatu, attending school in Feilding and Palmerston North, before going to Victoria University where he completed a double degree: a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration (Accounting and Commercial Law major’s) and a Bachelor of Arts (History major).Upon graduating in 1999 he headed off on his OE for a couple of years and got a bit delayed, returning to NZ and as a Publisher for Bauer Media in 2015. He spent two years in Tokyo teaching business English to executives, then 5 years in London in a variety of Management Accounting roles: a Property Investment Company; an Insurance Company; a College; and his favourite, The Royal College of Music which was linked to the Royal Albert Hall. He also studied his post graduate CIMA (chartered institute of management accountants) and qualified as an ACMA, while also getting in a fair bit of backpacking around the world. He started work in Australia at ACP Magazines in 2006 as a business manager, did his publishing apprenticeship under the Managing Director, and absolutely fell in love with media.
His first full publishing role was to manage the six titles in the Home & Food portfolio, and the BBC joint venture of three magazines and a website. Titles were consistently added to his portfolio and he set up the separate Specialist Division of 35 magazine and 10 websites in 2011. These were great times: setting up an autonomous team of 300+ staff in a separate building to Park Street; launched 6 magazines and many websites and apps; and thrived on developing a culture of a customer first approach and innovation. However, Brendon and his wife had two boys while in Sydney and they jumped at an opportunity to work at Bauer NZ when it arose.
Brendon took over as Managing Director in August 2017 with full responsibility for the consumer print and digital businesses as well as the Property Press and Trader divisions. He has a fantastic executive team whom are committed to smart storytelling and growing new revenue streams. Brendon also recently completed the week long Institute of Directors course.
Lifestyle Magazine Group
The Pluto Group
Nicholas Burrowes is GM of The Pluto Group Ltd, and has led the growth of their key title of homestyle at retail and commercially. With over a decade of home-category experience, homestyle has become a specialist in creating content that modern readers and brands love and engage with. Nicholas is an ardent magazine follower of both domestic and international titles, in print and online, and thrives on banter around the future of media in New Zealand – and the magazine brands that will help shape it.
Ben spent six successful years as Editor of NZ Marketing Magazine and StopPress, focusing heavily on evolving media trends and the emerging area of content marketing. Named Editor of the Year at the Magazine Media Awards in 2015, Ben is a self-styled ‘optimistic cynic’ who recently took over as Publisher and Editorial Director of Tangible Media’s business titles – Idealog, NZ Marketing Magazine, StopPress, NZ Retail Magazine and The Register.
A leading voice in the magazine industry, Ben has built a huge following working across multiple platforms in daily news, magazine features, bespoke events and data journalism. Additionally, he continues to demonstrate considerable commercial nous, driving profit via carefully crafted content distributed through carefully considered channels.
Editor & Home Channel Director
Cathy is the owner and publisher at Adrenalin Publishing Ltd, Adrenalin publishes seven business and specialist magazine titles. Adrenalin was formed in 1992 when Cathy fled the corporate world and purchased two magazines, NZWindsurfer and NZCompany Vehicle. Prior to publishing she obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree and worked in engineering, sales and management roles in a variety of industries including alternative fuels and car leasing. She has two teenage daughters and is a keen basketball player and coach.
Member and Sponsorship Manager