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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Colin Jones

Chairman

Colin became Chairman on 30 June 2019 having joined the Company as a Non Exec in 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.

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.

Swag Mukerji

Chief Executive 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.

Simon Longfield

Chief Financial Officer

Simon joined the Board on 6 November 2019. He has spent the past 10 years as CFO of BMI Research, a leading provider of macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, which was acquired by Fitch Group in 2014. During his time at BMI Research, revenues more than doubled as the company expanded internationally with Simon’s support.

Prior to this, Simon was CFO of Newfound, an AIM-listed property and leisure group. Simon began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant and spent time in London and Australia.

Linda Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Linda was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2016 and manages Centaur’s centralised expert hubs of exhibitions and events, digital product development, DATA, CRM, Research, client delivery operations, HR, IT and Building Services. She also leads on the practicalities of TSA’s and migration planning and execution for divestments and acquisitions.

Linda has worked at C-Suite level for several media companies including ITV, Publicis Media agencies, 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, events, exhibitions, publishing and digital platforms.

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.

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.

Andy Baker

Divisional Managing Director

Andy is Managing Director of Centaur’s Legal Division. He joined the company  in 2017 with over 20 years experience of running B2B and B2C online businesses, including Managing Director positions in online acquisitions and start-ups at ITV, Trinity Mirror and Guardian Media Group.

Prior to joining Centaur, he was Managing Director of Public Sector at EMAP, part of Ascential plc, where he successfully transformed the market-leading Health Service Journal from print to digital-only, and from advertising to subscriptions. At Centaur he has led The Lawyer, successfully delivering substantial new digital products and accelerated growth in subscriptions.  Andy holds a first class degree from Oxford and an MBA from IMD Business School, Switzerland.