The Emerald Group leadership team brings years of skills and experience to help drive growth.
Richard Bevan: Group CEO and Executive Chairman
Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited. His career in retailing included a broad range of commercial, operational and financial roles. An economist and FCMA by training, his real passion is for driving genuine business improvement and sustainable growth, underpinned always by a customer first mentality.
In recent years, Emerald has extended its niche through a combination of organic developments and acquisitions, positioning itself assertively as a global knowledge business that brings research to life. This remains the strategic focus of the Group.
He is married to Liz and together they have two grown-up children, Harriet and George, who are following their respective passions for rock music and marine conservation. Home is in Ilkley, with an abundance of good dog walking and healthy living, including the gym and relaxing to music with a good read.
Vicky Williams: Emerald Publishing CEO
Vicky has held a variety of senior roles at Emerald in her 18 years at Emerald, including Head of Publishing Development, Director of Business and Development and, most recently, Director of People (HR) and CEO of Emerald’s creative agency business, Research Media.
This range and level of experience - spanning editorial, new product and digital development, business intelligence, HR and global marketing communications - gives Vicky unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing academic publishing, and makes her ideally placed to take Emerald Publishing forward to meet them.
Vicky - a Cambridge graduate with an MA in International Business from Leeds Beckett - is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in academic publishing, launching Emerald’s workplace gender diversity programme, Stride, and appearing as a panellist on the issue at international academic conferences and events.
Simon Cox: Group Finance Director
Peter Casebow: GoodPractice CEO