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Each of our Directors has specific, in-depth experience of a key aspect of our business. They are widely known and respected in the spheres of publishing, finance and journalism.
Alan Spence Chief Executive Officer

A politics, philosophy and economics graduate from Nottingham University, Alan Spence joined Reuters in 1973 as a trainee journalist in the company’s rapidly expanding economic services division. He subsequently worked for the company in Brussels, Paris and on the London financial markets.

As a specialist writer on international resource issues, his chief newspaper was the Wall Street Journal before moving to the Financial Times Group, where he held a series of positions covering international trade and foreign affairs.

His involvement with contract publishing commenced in the early 1990s as editor of a range of business-to-business publications. He founded Newsdesk Communications in 1995 and is the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Linn Chief Operating Officer

Educated at Brighton College and the University of Kent, Richard Linn has for the last 14 years worked at the publicly quoted publishing company Highbury House Communications plc.

During those years he graduated from the sales floor to being Managing Director of Contract Publishing, a position he held for four years prior to joining Newsdesk Communications as Chief Operating Officer.

Richard Harwood Finance Director

Richard Harwood graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1972, before joining Comins and Co as an accountant where he stayed for 11 years.

He moved on into the field of international development as Company Secretary of Basra Ltd who were managing a World Bank project in Nigeria, where he handled overseas project procurement tendering, and financial reporting to the World Bank, state and national governments.

Further work in Africa involved project managing a wide range of internationally funded agricultural development schemes for Agricultural Marketing & Export Services Ltd, ranging from groundnut production in Tanzania to setting up a rural credit bank in Ghana. Richard also acted as Company Secretary and a Director of Wilthurst Ltd.

He joined Newsdesk Communications as Finance Director in 1997.

Anthony Hilton Chairman

Now the Financial Editor and senior financial columnist on the London Evening Standard, Anthony Hilton joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a trainee on the Guardian. He served in New York where, for three years, he was Business Correspondent for the Sunday Times before returning to London to become City Editor of The Times in 1981. He then became City Editor of the London Evening Standard in 1984 and in November 1989 became Managing Director of the newspaper, a post he held for six years before returning to the position of City Editor in 1996.

His work as a columnist was most recently recognised when he won the 2003 Wincott Award and the columnist of the year award from the British Venture Capital association.

He became Chairman of Newsdesk Communications in May 2001 and has provided editorial consultancy for a number of publications, including:

  • A Marketplace for the New Millennium, for The London Stock Exchange

  • Derivatives, the annual publication of the Futures & Options Association

Ronald Jacobson Non-Executive Director

Ronald Jacobson is a former leading London stockbroker and has been a non-executive director of Newsdesk Communications since 1997.

Anne van’t Veer Non-Executive Director

Anne van’t Veer studied macro-economics and monetary theory in the Netherlands. After three years with the Ministry of Finance, he became Assistant to the Dutch Executive Director at the IMF.

From 1980 to 1985 he was head of the Foreign Economics Department of AMRO-Bank (Country Risk Analysis). In 1985 he joined Nederlandsche Credietverzekering Maatschappij (NCM), where he became a Member of the Executive Board in 1992.

In February 1998, he was appointed Secretary-General of the International Union of Credit and Investment Insurers (The Berne Union) in London.

In December 2001, Anne van’t Veer became Managing Director of the Amsterdam Trade Bank.

He joined the board of Newsdesk Communications in 2002

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