Board members

NZ Marketing | Photo by Robin Charles

Chair

James Frankham 
Director
Kowhai Media 

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.

Deputy Chair

Brendon Hill
Managing Director
Bauer Media 

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. At Bauer NZ Brendon is responsible for 13 magazines and is loving being home and working in the NZ industry.  

Board Members

Lynley Belton
Commercial Director
Lifestyle Magazine Group 


Nicholas Burrowes
General Manager 
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 Fahy
Editorial director/publisher 
Tangible Media

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.


Susana Leitao
Custom Solutions Director
Fairfax Media

Custom Solutions Director for Fairfax Media NZ, Susana is the commercial head of integration and bespoke comms solutions, across all platforms and mastheads, for Fairfax NZ.

With an original background in magazine publishing and sales, Susana has a wealth of media publisher experience across print, magazines, custom publishing and digital.

This has been accrued in senior commercial roles with both Fairfax Media NZ and APN (now NZME), and in the NZ and UK markets.  Recent roles with Fairfax Media have included Strategic National Partnerships Manager and Acting Sales Director.

Cathy Parker
Publisher 
Adrenalin Publishing

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.

MPA Team


Pip Elliott
Executive Director 


Victoria Puxty
Member and Sponsorship Manager