Blog | 14 January 2016

River’s Claire Irvin appointed Chair of BSME

The British Society of Magazine Editors has announced that its 2016 Chair is Claire Irvin, Editorial Content Director at River.

The British Society of Magazine Editors is the only society exclusively for print and digital brand editors and their teams in the UK. Its strapline is: ‘Get connected. Get inspired. Get on.’ Its role is to support, represent and inform editors of all disciplines. It acts as a forum for editors to meet and exchange ideas, via industry functions, events and social gatherings. Events in 2015 included breakfasts with Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of US Cosmopolitan, Glenda Bailey MBE, Editor-in-Chief of US Harper’s Bazaar, and Luke Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed, as well as a forum on indie magazines and other networking events.

The Society celebrates and encourages editorial excellence, and runs two highly respected sets of awards – one for editors and art directors, and another for the industry’s rising stars. Members of the Society include the editors of magazines and websites across the industry, from GQ, Stylist, FT Weekend Magazine, Healthy and The Spectator to Nursing Times, Take a Break, Dezeen and

Claire says: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a society that represents such a dynamic and exciting industry. I’ve been a member throughout my career, from the heady days of half a million monthly sales as Editor of Sugar, through to being Editor-at-Large of Grazia and Editor-in-Chief of SHE, and now in the fast-paced and forward-thinking sector of content marketing at River. Being editor of a magazine brand, whatever the format and channels on which it exists, is the best job in the world. It’s a challenging time for all editors, and my aim for this year and beyond is to ensure we have a relevant and switched-on Society representing and supporting us to the best of its ability.”

Claire will be supported by Catherine Westwood, Group Editor of GoodtoKnow and Essentials at Time Inc (Vice Chair, Consumer), and William Drew, Group Editor, Restaurant and World’s 50 Best Restaurants, at William Reed Business Media  (Vice Chair, Business).

The rest of the committee is as follows:

  • Richard Headland – Editor, Which?
  • Lottie Johansson – Freelance Editor, Editorial Consultant and Blogger
  • Caroline McGinn – Editor, Time Out London
  • Sinead McIntyre – Editor, Fabulous
  • Maria Milano – Head of Editorial and Content,
  • Charlotte Moore – Editor, InStyle
  • Ben Preston – Editor, Radio Times
  • Dickon Ross – Editor-In-Chief, E&T
  • John Smigielski – Editorial Director, Axon Publishing
  • John L Walters – Editor, Eye
  • Guy Woodward – Associate Editor, Harrods Publishing
  • Lucie Cave – Editor-in-Chief, Heat (maternity leave)
  • Jade Beer – Editor, Brides, is an Associate Committee Member
Pares Tailor
Pares Tailor
Director of Digital

Pares is a digital native with two decades of experience. He currently heads the digital department at The River Group and an absolute nerd who loves to play with strategy, content, design, and data; @parestailor.

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