Our Team

We come from all over. We’ve done many things: scientists in the lab, writers on adventures in Tokyo, fishmongers, sales executives for Science magazine and more. Click on the photos below and see our stories.

Abigail Mackrill

Associate Publisher

I’ve been in the ophthalmology field since 2006, so I had the guilty pleasure of watching the unprecedented rise of The Ophthalmologist, before ‘tricking’ the Texere team into hiring me in 2016. Working at Texere is so great because I love the fact that we create something that other people love. And the team is amazing! They’re the best at what they do and it’s a privilege to work (and play a little…) with them.

Aby Bradley

Digital Producer

I work as a Digital Producer at Texere, but my job doesn’t stop there – I’ve edited videos, designed a hardback book, and been lucky enough to visit exhibitions abroad to tell people about what we do! With such a diverse role, I’ve been able to learn so much about creative driving forces at work within Texere. I love working here; each week brings new content and new challenges – and we have such a great office environment. Mondays are now a lot less grey.

Alice Daniels-Wright

Events Manager

After completing my degree, I was a typical ex-student: no job but full of enthusiasm. I’ve always been interested in organizing events, but knew it was a hard field to enter. And so, when an opportunity to join Texere presented itself, I jumped at the chance. One day I could be managing a project in the office the next I could be on a flight to San Diego! Not many people get to say that, and that’s what I love about my job!

Andrew Davies

Chief Executive Officer

My father was a Ford car dealer; I joined him (and managed to sell cars to my old teachers and headmaster!) With a passion for sales, I moved into advertising, starting in newspapers, and then magazines – first, in music (I met Midge Ure, Peter Gabriel and Lemmy!) before entering the pharma field. I then spent 14 years at Science Magazine, launching its European office. Next, I became Publishing Director at The IET before being headhunted by Advanstar as European Group Publisher of scientific magazines, including Pharmaceutical Technology and LCGC. In 2012, I co-founded Texere Publishing.

Charlotte Barker

Associate Editorial Director

After studying biology at Imperial College London, I got my start in biomedical publishing as a commissioning editor for healthcare journals, and I’ve spent my career covering everything from early-stage research to clinical medicine. Attracted by the creativity, talent and passion of the team, I joined Texere Publishing in 2014, where I’m now Associate Editorial Director and Editor of The Analytical Scientist.

Charlotte Brittain

Junior Designer

Texere is where I have started my creative career. Before joining the Texere team I discovered my love for creativity through my degree in Graphic Design. Following my degree I went on to complete a PGCE. Throughout my studies I worked for the well-known fashion retailer Miss Selfridge, where I progressed to Team Leader Supervisor. The year spent completing my PGCE and working in the retail environment helped me to realize that my true passion lies in Graphic Design – something that allows me to be creative all day, every day.  My job at Texere is a dream come true, I have the freedom to be creative whilst working with a friendly team.

Danny Crowe

Business Development Executive North America

I started my career in digital media sales. I am fascinated by the impact and influence that gripping content plays on consumer purchasing power, which has led me to Texere Publishing. Working on projects that help inspire the hidden heroes in health-care for The Pathologist motivates me to continuously seek opportunities and build my knowledge within the field.

Dan Marr

Traffic Assistant

I’m a Digital Marketing specialist, and a freelance Motorsport Commentator and Journalist. I spend most of my life working in some form or another! I’m enjoying the people here at Texere – frantic, fun, all-round entertaining!

David Roberts

Digital Team Lead

In a vain attempt to be David Bowie I went to Arts College after school. It took me another thirty years before I realized I should learn to play an instrument. In between, I went to work. Print or digital, it’s a big world out there. At Texere, we’re doing our best to find it.

Fedra Pavlou

SVP North America & Editorial Director

 

I’ve been in science publishing and communications since 2000, heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. I’ve come to realize that you have to respect your colleagues but also enjoy working with them – and that’s what drew me to Texere. In 2017, we expanded our “empire” across the Atlantic, where I now have the enviable task of heading up Texere Publishing, Inc. Outside of work, you’ll find me exploring the wonderful New York culinary scene and “admiring the city skyline” from Manhattan’s rooftop bars.

Frank Van Geel

Scientific Director

I am the owner of educational website Chromedia and Scientific Director at Texere Publishing. I studied analytical chemistry in the Netherlands and was a post-doc with Jim Winefordner at the University of Florida. I then became a science teacher and, later, a publisher. I strongly support the Texere mission; building strong communities is the road to take. We need to strengthen the quality of analytical chemistry and we need to strengthen the community by sharing know-how but also opinions, vision, and view of the future.

Hannah Ennis

Designer

At Texere, I’ve found the first role in my career where I have true creative freedom and can explore different ideas while developing my skills as a designer. And that’s why I love it. Before starting my journey at Texere, I gained valuable experience working in other creative businesses with a particular focus on graphic design, production and marketing. But it also highlights what a brilliant opportunity it is to work at Texere, with its friendly team, promising career progression and enjoyable working environment.

Hayley Atiz

Traffic & Audience Database Coordinator

Since leaving school I have worked with horses, I have always had a passion for horses since a young age so this was the perfect first job for me. I also worked for Texere on a part time temporary basis from home, Working for Texere made me realize this was the kind of career that suits me, I have been working at Texere in the office for 1 Year now and love everything about it, the people and the work, I wake up every day happy to come to work and am so grateful I can say I am part of the Texere team

Helen Conyngham

Sales Manager

I have 17 years consultative account management experience and developing intelligent solutions for my clients has always been a real passion. Working at Texere is wonderful because of the people! It is truly a joy to part of the fantastic team of first-class media professionals – they are incredibly passionate about what they do. And there isn’t a day that passes by without a laugh!

James Strachan

Deputy Editor

Over the course of my biomedical sciences degree it dawned on me that my goal of becoming a scientist didn’t quite mesh with my lack of affinity for lab work. I wondered whether I made the wrong decision to pursue biology rather than my best subject, English, at age 15; but I realized that science writing would combine what I loved with what I was good at – which Texere accommodates.

Jessica Lines

Event Co-Ordinator

I graduated with a degree in events management and have had lots of experience in events from organizing sports days in South Africa to wedding planning here in the UK. I'm lucky to have landed a career in what I enjoy and studied for. It’s a bonus I get to work with a great bunch of people! Here at Texere, it’s so easy to get on with everyone!

Joanna Cummings

Editor

After getting my MSc in Publishing, I worked as a freelance writer and content creator, writing on fashion, food, tourism, photography – and, only once, the history of Roman toilets... Now, I enjoy working with the wonderfully warm and hilariously funny Texere team as Deputy Editor of The Analytical Scientist, where we find the ‘human angle’ to cutting-edge science stories.

Jody Fryett

Traffic Manager

I’ve had a varied career – security for high-street banks, fishmonger, supermarket stock control – but I found my true calling at Texere Publishing. The best thing about working here? The wonderful relationship between staff members, which creates a relaxed but also productive working environment.

Joey Relton

Social Media Coordinator

While I loved studying Microbiology, I realized that I enjoyed other aspects of my degree outside of laboratory work more. I was lucky enough to land myself an internship with Texere working on The Pathologist and The Ophthalmologist.  One MSc in Science Communication and a brief stint in the video games industry later, and I've returned to Texere in a slightly different, but just as enjoyable role!

Katy Pearson

Marketing Manager

I graduated with a degree in Marketing, Spanish & French and headed to The Big Smoke to start my working life. A life in sales wasn’t for me, so I focused my efforts on developing my marketing career. That was back in 2001, and I’ve never looked back, building up a lot of marketing experience on the way before joining Texere Publishing, where I get to work with great people. No two days are the same here – and there is a real opportunity to grow and make your mark.

Kerri Benson

Accounts Assistant

I started out in administration, before stumbling into accounts. I had never had an interest in numbers but picked up my abacus and gave it a go. Many years on, I am still number crunching and even gained an accounting qualification (I invested in a calculator). In 2017, I joined Texere, working with the financial controller – we are a force to be reckoned with! Office life is busy but never boring – whether discussing Jody’s ‘wonderful’ lunches or laughing at the many faux pas dropped by certain team members (mentioning no names).

Lee Noyes

Publishing Director

I started on the sales floor at Trinity Mirror newspapers, but joined Advanstar a few years later, initially working within the pharma and medical markets, but finding my true calling in the world of analytical chemistry in 2000. I held roles from senior sales executive through to associate publisher, and launched successful print and digital products along the way. As Publishing Director of The Analytical Scientist, I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team; together, we have created a portfolio of innovative products that spark discussion, engage readers, and generate real value for the analytical community.

Lindsey Vickers

Project Manager - Webinars

After school, I joined the Knutsford Secretarial Bureau, which was followed by an interesting 18 years as a PA, in the property rental and vehicle leasing space. I took on an exciting new role and fresh challenge at Texere – and the experience has been nothing but positive. There is always an upbeat atmosphere and the great people ensure there is never a dull moment. I am looking forward to being part of the Texere team as the company goes from strength to strength.

Luke Turner

Associate Editor

While completing my undergraduate degree in Biology, I soon discovered that my passion and strength was for writing about science rather than working in the lab. My master’s degree in Science Communication allowed me to develop my science writing skills and I was lucky enough to come to Texere Publishing straight from University. Here I am given the opportunity to write about cutting edge research and engage with leading scientists, while also being part of a fantastic team!

Marc Bird

Head of Design

I’ve been a professional magazine designer since 2003. I spent several years at London lifestyle magazine Dazed & Confused, before moving to Grand Designs Magazine – the accompaniment to the TV series. After relocating to the North West, I worked for a classical music publisher, Live Nation (theatre division), and took on other freelance projects and ran my own community interest company. There are many great things about working for Texere, but the best probably has to be the freedom to be creative on some fantastic magazines – and the people, of course.

Michael Schubert

Editor

I covered every biological science from paleontology to experimental oncology during my undergraduate and doctoral studies. My inability to zero in on a single research focus served me well – not only as a freelance writer, but also as a science consultant and designer, helping the entertainment industry create plausible aliens and (semi)realistic superheroes. Now at Texere, I love that my work still allows me to explore every corner of biomedical science – and help spread the word about every fascinating new thing I learn

Neil Hanley

Publishing Director

I started out in media in the 1990s, and I really can’t imagine doing anything else. The opportunity to start with a completely blank piece of paper and build up a business like Texere from scratch has been the most intense and enriching experience of my professional life. The lessons I have learnt at Texere from clients and colleagues alike will stay with me for the rest of my career.

Paul Longley

Business Development Executive

With a strong background in retail sales, I wanted to challenge myself to something totally new that I have always had an interest in. Publishing and advertising has always been a keen interest of mine, with the new wave of social media and online marketing bringing a huge change in the way that people consume media. The medical industry is one that I have a keen interest in too and how it can really benefit people to not only live longer lives and have an overall better quality of life. This led me to Texere Publishing, a forward thinking innovative and new company with a great team and fantastic atmosphere.  

Peter Bartley

Digital Producer

I've had a varied career within the print and graphics industry since the late 1980s. I started out designing champagne and wine labels, moved to magazine production and then progressed into reprographics – initially for gravure print and then with a global packaging company producing press-ready files for blue-chip accounts. I returned to magazine print production for a few years but have now ‘gone digital’ at Texere, working on innovative online content.

Peter Phippen

Chairman

I’ve been working in the media since the 1980s in the UK, US, India and Australia – but Knutsford is the most glamorous, so far. For many years, I was a Board Director of BBC Worldwide Ltd, where I developed and ran BBC Magazines. I was also President and CEO of BBC Worldwide Americas Inc., launching a number of TV channels. In 2011, I received the Marcus Morris Award – the highest accolade in magazine publishing. Now, I’m a Director of Immediate Media Co and Chairman of Sift, among other roles. I also founded East West Relations Ltd. to help western media companies identify and secure opportunities in India, where I was born.

Phil Dale

Financial Controller

I studied computer science at university, followed by a master’s degree in maths, before obtaining an accountancy training contract with a large UK firm. I remained in practice for nearly nine years, before making my first move into industry, joining Texere Publishing in August 2014. Working at Texere has really widened my business knowledge; in a vibrant start-up company, I’ve had to get involved in all aspects of the business – not just finance.

Phoebe Harkin

Associate Editor

I’ve always loved telling stories. So much so, I decided to make a job of it. I finished a Masters in Magazine Journalism and spent three years working as a creative copywriter before itchy feet sent me (back)packing. It took seven months and 13 countries, but I’m now happily settled on The Ophthalmologist, where I’m busy getting stuck into all things eyeballs.

Rich Whitworth

Content Director

I completed my studies in medical biochemistry in 1998. To cut a long story very short, I escaped to Tokyo and spent five years working for the largest English language publisher in Japan. Carving a career (and simply surviving) in the megalopolis that is Tokyo changed my outlook forever. Back in the UK, I combined an aptitude for words with a fascination for science. I joined Texere on day one in 2012, where I initially spearheaded the launch of The Analytical Scientist. Today, I am proud to have the responsibility of ensuring quality and style of all content across all brands within Texere’s portfolio.

Richard Hodson

Publisher

I have worked in scientific publishing since the early 2000s. Before Texere, I was Sales Director at UBM Advanstar, managing Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharm International brands within Europe. At Texere, I developed and launched The Medicine Maker, using the collective experience within our team to create a refreshingly modern take on media in the pharma industry. I am proud to see what we have achieved in three short years; we’re influencing debate among a rapidly expanding international community, and inspiring creative methods of communication for clients.

Roisin McGuigan

Deputy Editor

I studied forensic biology at the University of Strathclyde before going to the University of Glasgow to complete a master’s degree in medical genetics. I joined Texere after a short stint in my local supermarket – essential for every ex-student. Texere gives me the opportunity to learn and write about science – two things that I love.

Sally Loftus

Business Development Executive

I love football – and started my career in the football industry, spending 12 years learning my trade in sales and marketing. Next, I decided to make the leap into business development, latterly in private healthcare, which lead me to Texere and The Pathologist. At Texere, everyone’s passion for work and a little social life meld into a fun, productive office machine that provides me with a great opportunity to learn more. They’re a fantastic team with a driven work ethic – and did I mention they’re all lovely, too?

Sam Blacklock

Business Development Manager

I started my career working within the veterinary industry before moving into publishing with the UKs leading agricultural newspaper. After nearly six years of learning the ‘ins and outs’ of marketing and advertising, an opportunity arose to join an exciting young company; the quality of the products produced and the growth achieved by Texere in just a short time proved too good an opportunity to miss.

Sarah Botha

Marketing Executive

With a degree in Journalism and Sociology, I’ve always been fascinated with the power of narrative in shaping how we communicate and tell stories to understand the world. This fascination led me to a career in PR and marketing, working with a wide variety of organisations and brands, helping them to tell their stories to different audiences. I’ve now found my place at Texere Publishing, tackling the exciting world of publishing and content marketing. While I’m new to the role, I’m inspired by the team’s desire to share knowledge in an innovative and fun way.

Sarah Griffith

Business Development Executive North America

My fascination for the biomedical sciences has grown throughout my academic and professional career. For several years, I conducted research in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma and Smooth Muscle physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, before realizing  I wanted to contribute to the biomedical science field beyond the lab bench. Working with Texere as a Business Development Executive is an exciting way for me to apply my passion for research in a new angle, while engaging in the personable, creative, and dynamic environment that Texere provides.

Simone Virani

Business Development Executive North America

Over the course of seven years, I completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical biology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Here, amongst the beakers and pipettes, my love for the ever-evolving scientific world grew. At some point, I began to realize I no longer saw myself as a scientist, though my passion for the topic never faded. Joining Texere has been a breath of fresh air. I am excited to be working on The Analytical Scientist as the first sales executive in the USA office. When I’m not working, you’ll find me sipping a refreshing gin & tonic, planning out my next adventure.

Stephanie Sutton

Editor

I always wanted to be a novelist and never planned to use my skills in the world of pharma, but I soon found that writing about science and medicine is fascinating and incredibly rewarding. And there’s no better place to enjoy and hone that skill than at Texere, where I work with talented folk I’ve known for a decade. We work very hard, we make cracking magazines, and we have a lot of fun and games along the way.

Tracey Nicholls

Audience Insight Manager

Working within audience development over the years has thrown me into the wonderful world of magazines, events and BPA audits. With industry knowledge ranging from brand licensing and automotive through to 3D printing, ophthalmology and analytical science, who wouldn’t want to be stranded on a desert island with me?! Texere has brought a breath of fresh air to my career – we are a family and I love my job.

Tracey Peers

Chief Operating Officer

I started out at Terry Blood records, which gave me my love of music (I once did a sound check with Motörhead’s Lemmy – he can really sing!). Next, I moved into fashion with Adidas and M&S – both fun and fast paced, but I missed sales and entered the electronics industry, gaining a love of gadgets and fast company cars! Since then, I’ve worked for some of the best journals and magazines in the industry, but now love my role at the fastest-growing STM publisher in the world working with extremely talented and like-minded people. My fellow Texerians are really like family to me!