Dr Simon Das is Senior Lecturer in Magazine Publishing at The University for the Creative Arts (UCA). Having developed and taught on media and magazine publishing courses in UK higher and further education for the last 13 years, he was previously managing editor of UK black music monthly Touch magazine, a supplement project editor for TimeOut and freelanced as a journalist for a number of magazines including Arena and i-D in London, el Pais newspaper in Madrid and The Fader in New York. Simon holds a first degree in Business Studies, a Master’s in Higher and Professional Education and a PhD in media management and cultural theory from the University of Westminster, where he researched managing creativity in magazines. Simon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and was the co-founder of the Creative Industries Management Research Hub (CIMRH) at the University of the Arts London (UAL).
David Stam joined Thomson Magazines in 1976 after graduating from the University of Bath. Moving through a succession of roles in advertising, publishing and circulation he was appointed as Managing Director within Reed Business Information in 1993 and of the market leading distributor Marketforce (UK) in 1995. In this role he also served as a Board Director of IPC Media. In 2006 David developed an active consultancy career working for blue chip magazine publishers including TSL Education, The Economist, DC Thomson and The Spectator. He has served as an ABC Council Member and has advised PPA. In 2014 he co-edited Inside Magazine Publishing with Andrew Scott. David is an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London (UAL).
Professor Andrew Blake is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, having taught Cultural Studies and/or Music at the Universities of East London, Winchester and Southampton. He was joint editor of Buy This Book: Studies in Advertising and Consumption (1997) and contributed to the third edition of The Advertising Handbook (2009). Writing on other cultural matters includes contributions to The Cambridge History of 20th Century Music (2004) and The Bloomsbury Companion to Rock Music Research (2020). His book The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter (2002) has been translated five times.