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John BarnesJohn Barnes, AOP ChairmanJohn Barnes, AOP Chairman and MD of Digital & Tech at Incisive Media

John Barnes joined Incisive Media in February 2007 following its acquisition of VNU Business Publications where John was Managing Director. He started his career in 1985 in editorial and has edited numerous weeklies and monthlies. John was director of VNU's European Media Strategy from 2000 - 2003.

In his current role John is responsible for the direction and delivery of Incisive Media's digital strategy. He manages over 600 web sites, within Incisive Media's core market places in UK, US and Asia.

John is chair and an executive board member of AOP, also previously chairing its B2B group. He is also a member of the BPA European advisory board and the Princes Trust Technology leadership group. He has a degree in English from London University.

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Patrick Fuller
Patrick Fuller, Group Director, Haymarket

Patrick Fuller is responsible for Haymarket’s motoring and motorsport businesses. The two divisions’ award-winning brands include What Car?, Autocar, PistonHeads, Autosport, Classic & Sports Car, F1 Racing and CAT, and generate a global print and online audience of more than eight million readers a month.

Patrick has been a publisher for eight years, working in the group’s motoring and motorsport businesses. He joined Haymarket as a journalist in 1993, working as a sub-editor on Autocar and then moving to What Car? as deputy editor. In 1997 he became editor of Autocar and produced 175 issues before becoming publisher.

Patrick graduated with an English degree from Cambridge University and spent six months selling classified advertising space before training as a journalist at a local newspaper in Kent, where he gained his NCTJ qualification and met his future wife. They now have six children. His interests include cars, football… and arguing with teenagers. Neil RobinsonNeil Robinson, Digital Director, IPC Media Neil started at IPC Media in 1994, a year after graduating.  He worked initially in magazine circulation sales before moving into publishing, focusing on music and lifestyle brands, including NME, Loaded, Uncut and In 1999 Neil was appointed Commercial Director focussing solely on the internationally award-winning, overseeing its initial expansion. In 2002 he took overall responsibility for the whole IPC Ignite music portfolio as Publishing Director – winning the PPA Publisher of the Year award in 2004 for his work repositioning the NME brand. In 2005 Neil took up the role of Publishing Director at IPC TX, re-launching TV Times, one of the UK's best-loved TV weekly brands and developing IPC's TV web launch He was named IPC Media Digital Director in September 2006 and most recently has overseen the growth of IPC’s broader digital agenda, with new launches into the women’s market –,, and, as well as the acquisition of both (technology reviews site) and (the UK’s no. 1 casual games site).Neil was appointed to the IPC Media board in April 2007.

Graeme Finneberg, Digital Commercial Director, ESI Media

Graeme is responsible for all digital commercial revenues across the Evening Standard, The Independent and i portfolio of sites. ESI Media are growing their digital footprint fast, The Independent currently being the fastest growing national paper online, with a combined reach of over 30 million unique users a month. With the upcoming launch of the London TV channel in early 2014 the digital side of the business and commercial opportunities will grow considerably with a focus on delivering cross platform, targeted audience campaigns. Prior to joining ESI Media Graeme spent 6 years as Advertising Director at the DMGT owned & During his time there he restructured the advertising department creating new partnerships and display opportunities for estate agents as well as third party advertisers.  Before moving into digital, Graeme spent 5 years at Primesight Outdoor, launching their lifestyles poster offering within health clubs and cinemas. This followed an extended period of working in print for various sales roles across different titles, the highlight being the launch of a film title called Inside Film. Since leaving college Graeme still has a love of painting and art as well as a passion for all things motoring. However, very little time is now left to indulge these hobbies as he is now a father of two very young and energetic children.

AOP Staff

Tim Cain
Tim Cain, AOP Managing Director Tim joined AOP in December 2008, bringing 15 years' experience in originating, managing and applying consumer and customer research and insight within the consumer publishing industry working on both magazines and websites. He built his research career at EMAP, most recently as the Head of Research and Business Development at EMAP Consumer Specialist Media, where he helped reshape and redefine the research team of EMAP Automotive. Tim manages AOP's research output, including its monthly Digital Landscape Reports, Census and other original research projects, such as the New Rules of Engagement. He is also in charge of our Research and B2B member groups. Email: tim.cain [at] Nadia Vagnerova, AOP Operations Manager Nadia joined AOP in 2009, having previously worked at Bauer and Reed Elsevier. At AOP, she manages operations, accounts, also working across AOP groups outputs and events. Email: nadia.vagnerova [at]

Zoe Blackmore, AOP Head of Events Zoe joined AOP in December 2011, having previously managed events for Tesco where she worked in their UK commercial operation for 5 years. At AOP Zoe is responsible for the events calendar including the annual awards and summit and all events marketing.  Email: zoe.blackmore [at] Tasneem Rasani, AOP Digital Research Assistant Tasneem joined AOP in May 2013, having graduated with the degree in English. 

At AOP she's assists with managing research outputs, group meetings and events ad hoc.
Email: tasneem.rasani [at]

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