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

Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific. Subsequently he worked for Barclays plc as a Corporate Director, managing a diverse team with over £600m of assets under management, and with Emerald Group as a client where he first got to know the business.
Simon has direct responsibility for group functions including Customer Operations, Finance, Legal and Property & Services.
Simon's focus at Emerald is to provide the appropriate governance framework to support the continued global expansion of Emerald, and to influence the Group’s execution of strategy. In this role, Simon is also the director responsible for leading the Group’s merger & acquisition activity.
Outside of work, Simon has three young (and energetic) children to keep him occupied. He also enjoys mountain biking, watching cricket & rugby and playing music, when he gets the chance!

Peter CasebowPeter Casebow: GoodPractice CEO

Peter joined Emerald when GoodPractice was acquired by the Group in 2015. Peter helped found GoodPractice in 2000 and led the business as CEO from 2003. He is now CEO of Emerald’s learning business with a focus on developing a leading international learning and development company that reflects Emerald’s values of being research and evidence led and providing outstanding customer service.
He writes and speaks internationally on leadership and management and the development of high impact learning and development solutions.
His successful track record includes 20 years in banking, training, HR and communication. Formerly, Head of Strategic Communication at the Royal Bank of Scotland he was there at the right time to be able to introduce the bank’s initial internet and intranet websites, business television, and virtual classrooms.
Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Chartered Banker, a Member of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA from Heriot Watt University. He is a qualified mountain leader and volunteers as an outdoor activities instructor.
His passions are his family (and dog, Belle!), rugby, mountaineering, running, cycling and single cask malt whisky. He’s married to Carolyn with three grown up children.