Electric Word supports continuous learning for professional communities working in the education, healthcare and sports sectors. We provide specialist information and professional development in a wide range of formats, including websites, magazines, books, training, conferences and consultancy services. Our products and services help people who manage schools, hospitals and sorts organisations to share best practice, extend their expertise, keep up to date with their legal and other responsibilities and make the most of their careers. We believe in lifelong learning, both for ourselves and for our customers, and we do our best to enable that to happen in ways that are interesting, practical and effective.
Peter Rigby, aged 55, joined Metal Box after qualifying as an accountant. In 1981 be moved into the media industry joining Book Club Associates, a joint venture between WH Smith and Doubleday. In 1983 he joined Stonehart Publications which was acquired by International Business Communications (later renamed IBC) in 1986. After two years as Finance Director of IBC he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive and later its Chief Executive, leading IBC's substantila geotraphic expansion. Since the merger of IBC and LLP in 1998, by which Informa plc was created, he has been Executive Chairman or Chief Executive. Peter was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Electric Word in March 2004
Stephen Routledge, Chairman
Stephen Routledge, aged 47, is an investment banker in the media industry. After a career at Lazard and HSBC he founded Trillium Partners in 2003. Trillium Partners is a specialist media industry advisory house which acts for public and private clients on a range of corporate finance transactions. Stephen is a law graduate and a chartered accountant. Stephen joined the Electric Word board of directors in September 2006
Julian Turner, CEO
Julian Turner, aged 49, led the flotation of Electric Word plc as Chief Executive in March 2000. He was previously the Director of Marketing of Euromoney Institutional Investor plc for three years. This followed five years at Guardian Newspapers Limited, where he had commercial mangement roles in the Product Development Unit, Guardian Magazines and Wired Magazine (UK). Before starting his career in subscription-based publishing he spent four years in postgraduate research in medievalnglish political history.
Quentin Brocklebank, FD
Quentin Brocklebank, aged 40, joined Electric Word as Finance Director on 2 July 2007 and was appointed to the board with effect from the same date. He joined from Dr Foster Intelligence, the leading health information business. He previously worked at Informa plc for over seven years in several senior financial positions. These included Group Financial Controller, Divisional Finance Director and CFO of a US subsidiary. He is a chartered accountant and worked at KMPG Audit Plc in London.