Creating loyal communities

Connecting audiences to their passions

We give people a place they want to spend their time and meet their needs.

Our content reaches 1 in 3 people in the US and UK

  • Over 200 brands and titles with 21 #1 market positions
  • Online users grown by compound annual growth rate of 54%
  • 127m social media followers

We leverage our data and analytics to drive innovation and execution of our strategy. We expand our global reach through organic growth, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

Our business model

Our model enables us to create and optimise multiple additional revenue streams for each brand, including; digital advertising, eCommerce, paid content, subscriptions, media sales and ticket sales.

  • 80% of revenue now outside of print vs 70% in FY19
  • eCommerce at 89% YoY underpinned by proprietary tech
  • US & Canada now account for 48% of global online users

Core to our business model is the scalable operating platform. Whilst content sits at the heart of the business, it’s our proprietary technology stack and processes that enables scalability.

Our media stack

The technology stack consists of various underlying technologies that together manage our IP assets, facilitate the growth of websites and enable magazines to be published on time. Additionally, it supports the growth of  monetisation model while crucially ensuring audiences get the user experience they want. Find out more about stack below.

Vanilla: our web platform

Through Vanilla we can build a new website for a brand from scratch or migrate content from an existing website onto the Vanilla platform to grow the existing brand’s digital presence. Vanilla has been built to be device agnostic, while ensuring that content will appear local in each market (internationalisation). Vanilla has an automated content tagging functionality which allows us to build rich first party audience segments for better content, advertising and eCommerce product offering.

Hybrid: our digital advertising tech

Hybrid is our smart unified digital advertising platform that has two key principal features. The enablement of the best ad format for our users deployed alongside Vanilla, makes it a best of breed advertising technology solution which identifies the optimum placement of advertising slots online, all whilst maintaining a great experience for the user. Secondly our Ad trading platform makes it easier for ad agency and buyers to trade with us programmatically while also dynamically adjusting pricing based on demand and seasonality.

Hawk: eCommerce tech

Hawk is our proprietary eCommerce technology which we have developed to help customers find the right product for them online. This allows us to seamlessly integrate millions of product prices from thousands of retailers across our various consumer news and reviews websites’ content.

Falcon: lead generation

Falcon is a cutting-edge lead generation software as a service tool that enables us to generate traceable customer leads for companies through our website. This can provide a ‘matchmaking’ service for companies, putting them in touch with customers who are expressly interested in their services.

SmartBrief: Email Tech

SmartBrief is leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief delivers highly targeted & relevant industry news – curated daily from thousands of sources – in partnership with trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporations (Vertical Dedicated Sends). Smartbrief technology continues in its evolution now capable to target audience profiles (Horizontal Dedicated Sends).

Source & Studio: Editorial Systems

Source and Studio are complimentary software to the industry standard commercial Desktop Publishing tools, which manage the workflow around all aspects of print magazine production. This includes commissioning content, print deadline management, planning the layout of an issue, managing the status of features, handling intellectual property rights, creating PDFs suitable for commercial production, organising the issue to be put on digital platforms, such as iPad, enabling licensees around the world to access this content and maintain a searchable archive of all this content.

Our brands span three core verticals

Future Passion

Future Living

B2B

Our values

The way we behave underpins our results

We are part of the audience and their community.

Our passion for our products and brands makes us part of the community we engage with – an incredible privilege which we treat with the utmost respect.

We all row the boat.

Everyone at Future has a part to play and a contribution to make because together, we’re stronger.

Results matter, success feels good.

We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.

We are proud of our past and excited about our future.

Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we boast a portfolio of over 200 brands and so whilst we celebrate our heritage, we remain focused on the future.

It’s the people in the boat that matter.

We make sure we have the right team for right now, supporting each other, challenging each other and having fun along the way.

Let’s do this.

We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.

Our Board

Our leadership team bring a wealth of experience to their roles. As an organisation, commitment to culture and values has helped us thrive and we embrace the breadth of experience that a truly diverse workforce can offer. We’re proud of our 50/50 gender split and high colleague retention levels, with an average length of service of just under five years.

Richard Huntingford
Chair

Richard joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the board, he is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. With over 30 years’ experience in the media sector, Richard has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles, including Chairman of Wireless Group plc (formerly UTV Media plc), founder of Heart FM; CEO of Chrysalis plc, Chairman of Virgin Radio, Boomerang Plus plc and Creston plc and Non-Executive Director of Virgin Mobile plc.

Zillah Byng-Thorne
Chief Executive Officer

Zillah was appointed as CEO in April 2014, after joining Future in November 2013 as CFO and Company Secretary. Before this, she was CFO the interim CEO of Trader Media Group, and held roles as Commercial Director and CFO at Fitness First Limited, and CFO of The Thresher Group. She is a Non-Executive Director of Gocompare.com Group plc, Flutter and THG. She is a qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, and has an MSc in behavioural change and an MA in Management.

Rachel Addison
Chief Financial Officer

Rachel was appointed as CFO in June 2020 following the TI merger, where she had held the role since June 2018. Rachel has held positions as MD of Trinity Mirror’s Regional Media division and CFO/COO and executive board member of Local World Limited, a regional media publisher of 100-plus print titles and local websites. She has a proven track record in developing and delivering profits through new revenue growth, business transformation, restructuring, and mergers & acquisitions. 

Meredith Amdur
Non Executive Director

Meredith joined the Board in February 2020 as an independent non-executive Director. Meredith is currently Chief Executive Officer of Rhetorik, a leading data supplier to technology vendors. She was previously President and CEO of Wanted Technologies, a Canadian listed recruitment data analytics provider, and has held executive roles with Microsoft, Deloitte and DirecTV.

Hugo Drayton
Senior Independent Director

Hugo is Senior Independent non-executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. He as led InSkin Media from a start-up to a profitable, international business. . Previously, Hugo held MD roles at The Telegraph Group, Advertising.com and Phorm.

Rob Hattrell
Non Executive Director

Rob was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in October 2018. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Rob is a member of the executive team of eBay, Inc and VP United Kingdom, where he leads one of eBay’s strongest markets worldwide. Previously at Tesco, Rob was most recently responsible for the supermarket’s General Merchandise business across the UK and Central Europe.

Alan Newman
Non Executive Director

Alan joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Alan has worked as a Partner at both Ernst and Young and KPMG, served as a Chief Financial Officer for YouGov and been Managing Director for Newlawns Limited. His main focus is on the media, technology and business service sectors.

Mark Brooker
Non Executive Director

Mark joined Future in October 2020. He has held positions as Chief Operating Officer at Betfair and at Trainline, providing strong management and operations experience. Prior to his executive roles, Mark worked in the financial services sector, latterly as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, gaining significant equity capital raising and M&A experience.

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