About us

Centaur is an international provider of market intelligence and specialist consultancy that inspires and enables people to excel at what they do. We provide the insight, advice and connections that legal and marketing professionals need to stand apart from their peers.

We have a deep understanding of our clients, based on our heritage, reputation and track record for providing essential content.

Our range of products and services is unrivalled, offering customers business intelligence and expertise, consultancy and training, and lead generation and events. From our digital media and iconic print brands to our award-winning events and cutting-edge data products, we enable and inspire the very best performance in a range of selected markets.

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Neil Johnson

Chairman

Neil joined Centaur as Chairman in January 2018. Neil is currently Chairman of Synthomer plc, Motability Operations Group plc, Electra Private Equity plc and the senior independent non-executive director of the Business Growth Fund.

Neil has considerable experience as an independent non-executive director and public company chairman gained in multiple sectors and geographies having overseen as chairman the successful organic and acquired growth strategies of Umeco, Cybit and most recently e2v Technologies.

Neil also held senior executive positions at British Aerospace and in the UK motor manufacturing industry before becoming Chief Executive of RAC Holdings from 1995-1999.

William Eccleshare

Senior Non-Executive Director

William is Chairman & CEO of Clear Channel International. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Hays plc from 2004-2014, has been a board member of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre since 2013 and is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Britvic plc.

William was a Partner and Leader of European Branding Practice at McKinsey & Co. He has also previously served in international leadership roles at major advertising agencies, including as European Chairman & CEO of BBDO (Omnicom); European Chairman of Young and Rubicam (WPP Group); Chairman & CEO of Ammirati Puris Lintas Northern Europe (Interpublic Group); Global Strategic Planning Director of J. Walter Thompson Worldwide; and CEO, PPGH/JWT Amsterdam.

Robert Boyle

Non-Executive Director

Robert, a qualified chartered accountant, was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was chairman of the PWC European Entertainment and Media Practice for twelve years retiring in 2006.

 

Rebecca Miskin

Non-Executive Director

Rebecca joined Centaur as Non-Executive Director in 2011. She began her career in media at Reed Elsevier launching telecom-based information services across Europe. She has since worked across the USA and UK at Time Inc, NBC Universal and most recently at Hearst Corporation. In 2015 she founded Gloo Networks Plc, a digital transformation company.  Rebecca helps re-align media organisations through a data driven, customer-centric and collaborative operational approach.

Colin Jones

Non-Executive Director

Colin was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2018. Until mid-June 2018, Colin was Finance Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”), where he worked in leadership roles for 22 years. He is also a non-executive director and trustee of City Lit.

During his time at Euromoney, Colin contributed to the group’s growth to become a global, multi-brand information business that has successfully transformed itself from its traditional media origins into a company that is more customer-centric and subscription-based. He has extensive M&A expertise through Euromoney’s many successful transactions.

Andria Vidler

Chief Executive Officer

Andria joined Centaur as Chief Executive in November 2013. In May 2018 she became a non-executive director for JPJ Group plc and recently joined the MediaTrust as a board trustee.

She served as a Trustee for the Roundhouse from 2010- 2016 and Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain in 2014/15. Andria has considerable experience in transforming content businesses through driving consumer focus, digital innovation and the growth of new sales channels.

She was Chief Executive of EMI, UK and Ireland, from 2009 to 2013, and prior to this held senior roles in marketing and commerce for Bauer Media, Capital Radio and the BBC.

Swag Mukerji

Chief Financial Officer

Swag joined Centaur in July 2016 and has held senior finance and general management positions with several blue chip FMCG companies, including United Biscuits plc, Guinness plc and Virgin, where he operated as a trouble-shooter, value creator and change agent. As Group Finance Director of Biocompatibles International plc, he co-led the commercialisation and growth of the company with the CEO, increasing the share price from 59p to 267p in a falling market.

Since then he has been CFO of three private equity backed businesses where he increased profits by renegotiating key customer contracts, rationalising costs and making substantial procurement savings. Swag is a Chartered Accountant and a Warwick MBA.

Steve Newbold

Divisional Managing Director

Steve is the Group Managing Director of Centaur’s Marcomms Division. He oversees brands including Marketing Week, Festival of Marketing, Creative Review, Econsultancy, Influencer Intelligance, Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Oystercatchers, MarketMakers and Really.

Prior to this Steve was responsible for Centaur’s Media & Events portfolios and Home Interest Division. Before joining Centaur in 2015 Steve has held Managing Director roles at WGSN, i2i Events, Emap Communications (now Ascential) and Emap Consumer Media (now Bauer). He has experience of running multi-media, international businesses in key sectors across both B2B and Consumer markets.

Linda Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Linda was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2016 and manages the professional portfolios inclusive of Financial Services, Legal, HR , Engineering, Travel and Meetings alongside Centaur’s centralised expert hubs of exhibitions and events, digital product development, DATA, CRM, Research , client delivery operations, IT and Building Services.

Linda has worked at several media companies including ITV, StarcomMediaVest, Capital Radio, RadioCentre and most recently Bauer Media. She was a commercial consultant to Centaur in 2014. Through her previous roles, Linda has developed broad operational experience including M&A, commercial and general management across broadcasting, publishing and digital platforms.

Suki Thompson

CEO and Founding Partner of Oystercatchers

Suki joined Centaur in October 2016 as a result of the acquisition of Oystercatchers and joined the Executive Committee. Suki started her career agency-side with companies such as DDB, WWAV, Publicis, TBWA and Y&R in London and Asia before founding Haystack Consultancy, which created a framework for the modern pitch intermediary.

As well as her work at Oystercatchers, Suki has been the Chair of The Marketing Society, a long-standing member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London) and is on The Board of Trustees for Macmillan Cancer Support and Touraid. She is a regular contributor to the national and marketing press and speaker at industry conferences.

In 2012 Suki was made a Freeman of the City of London and given an honorary Doctorate by Coventry University for her services to International Business.