Penny Ladkin-Brand

Penny Ladkin-Brand

Chairwoman

Appointed July 2017

As a Non-Executive Director of Next 15, Penny chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Skills and Experience

Penny is also Chief Financial Officer at Future plc, a global platform for specialist media. She was previously Commercial Director at Auto Trader Group plc responsible for digital monetisation. Penny brings considerable experience of digital disruption and transformation to the Board. Penny qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC before moving into corporate finance, gaining experience of M&A in both public and private markets.

Tim Dyson

Tim Dyson

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed August 1988

Tim joined the Group in 1984 straight from Loughborough University and became CEO in 1992.

Skills and Experience

As one of the early pioneers of tech PR, he has worked on major corporate and product campaigns with such companies as Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Sun and Intel. Tim moved from London to set up the Group’s first US business in 1995 in Seattle and is now based in Palo Alto. Tim oversaw the flotation of the Company on the London Stock Exchange and has managed a string of successful acquisitions by the Group including The OutCast Agency, M Booth, Activate and The Blueshirt Group in the US as well as Morar, Elvis, Velocity, Planning-Inc and Publitek in the UK.

Outside Next 15, Tim has served on advisory boards of a number of emerging technology companies. Tim was named an Emerging Power Player by PR Week US and subsequently in PR Week's Power Book. Tim was also recognised on the Holmes Report’s In2’s Innovator 25, which recognises individuals who have contributed ideas that set the bar for the industry.

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed March 2014

Peter Harris joined Next 15 as its Chief Financial Officer in November 2013 and was appointed as Executive Director in March 2014.

Skills and Experience

Peter’s financial experience spans 30 years and he has extensive media experience, having spent the last 20 years in finance roles in the media sector. Peter is a director of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA), the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-size quoted companies. From July 2013 until December 2018, he was a Non-Executive Director of Communisis plc and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He was previously the Interim Finance Director at Centaur Media plc, Interim CFO of Bell Pottinger LLP, CFO of the Engine Group, and CFO of 19 Entertainment. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director of Capital Radio plc. Peter has considerable experience in UK and US listed companies, with international exposure.

Helen Hunter

Helen Hunter

Non-Executive Director

Appointed June 2019

As a Non-Executive Director of Next 15, Helen chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Skills and Experience

Helen is also Chief Data Officer at J Sainsbury plc where her remit is to maximise the value of the Group’s data assets: democratising access and finding creative ways to unlock its insight potential in support of Sainsbury’s strategy. Over the last 9 years at Sainsbury’s in roles including Director of Innovation, Director of Marketing Strategy & Innovation, and Director of Customer Data & Relationships, she has developed products and propositions such as Sainsbury’s Brand Match and new Nectar. Helen is also currently a Governor of Lancing College. Before joining Sainsbury’s, she held roles at emnos, Home Retail Group, Woolworths Group, and Kingfisher.

Robyn Perriss

Robyn Perriss

Non-Executive Director

Appointed December 2020

As a Non-Executive Director of Next 15, Robyn is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. From 1 February 2021, Robyn will be appointed as chair of the Audit Committee.

Robyn is also a Non-Executive director of Softcat PLC. Robyn was Finance Director at Rightmove plc, the UK’s largest property portal until 30 June 2020. Prior to being FD, Robyn also held senior roles as Financial Controller and Company Secretary. Before joining Rightmove, Robyn was Group Financial Controller at the online media business Auto Trader. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa with KPMG and worked in both audit and transaction services.

Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Appointed February 2021

Having qualified as a solicitor at Eversheds, Mark worked in their Corporate team before moving to his first in-house role at Premier Farnell plc. Mark first joined Next 15 in 2003 as General Counsel and Company Secretary. In 2009 he set up his own boutique law firm Baker Sanford LLP while continuing to provide an outsourced legal and company secretarial function to Next 15. In 2017 Mark became General Counsel and Company Secretary of Ebiquity plc, an AIM-listed media consultancy business. He re-joined Next 15 in February 2021.

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