Mark Blezard- Chief Executive Officer
Mark started his first publishing venture aged 18, launching a tourism magazine for Cornwall. After moving to London and selling directory advertising to retailers for 2 years, he joined an American publishing house, Aster Publishing where he worked as Sales Manager and then Associate Publisher for various life science titles. In 1992 Mark established Rapid News Communications Group which today has a turnover of in excess of £4M
Duncan Wood - Chief Operating Officer
Duncan has over 17 years experience in publishing starting with Miller Freeman (now UBM) in 1996, He joined Rapid News originally in 1997 as a Sales Manager on Rapid News Magazine, taking a lead role on the magazine and the TCT show through to 2002. Between 2002-2005 he worked with Nottingham based QMJ Publishing and as Sales Manager for then start-up Pure Insight, a provider of professional development solutions to help Innovation. In 2005 after a successful stint in this role he returned to Rapid News to take up the role of Director of Sales across the TCT portfolio. He was appointed to board in 2008, taking the role of Managing Director of the Events Division in 2010 and in early 2012 was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Duncan holds a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from the University of Portsmouth.
Nigel Burney - Chairman & Financial Director
Sir Nigel was at the vanguard of the desktop publishing revolution, running one of the very first "DTP" operations in London in the mid-eighties. He has a diverse publishing background that has included B2B magazines as well as consumer & retail directory sectors. In the late 1990's Nigel helped establish a forward thinking business for the self-management of internet sites as well as playing a key role in developing the online strategy for Rapid News. Nigel is now best described as a serial entrepreneur and professional investor, specialising in financing microcap businesses in the publishing, mining, biotechnology and waste management sectors.
Sir Nigel holds a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge.