UBM corporate management

Executive Chairmanship: Dame Helen Alexander became Executive Chairman following the departure of David Levin as UBM's CEO on 1 March 2014. Helen will be Executive Chairman until Tim Cobbold takes up his position as UBM's CEO on 6 May 2014, whereupon Dame Helen will revert to her non-executive role.

Skills and experience: Dame Helen Alexander was appointed as Chairman of the Board at the 2012 AGM. She began her publishing career at Gerald Duckworth and Faber & Faber, moving to The Economist in 1985 as Marketing Manager. She became Managing Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit in 1993 and in 1997 became Chief Executive of The Economist Group. Dame Helen was Chief Executive for 11 years until she stepped down in June 2008. In addition to her experience at the helm of an international business, Dame Helen also has extensive board experience across a range of sectors. She was a non-executive director at Northern Foods plc from 1994 to 2002, at BT plc from 1998 to 2002 and at Centrica plc from 2003 to 2011 and was President of the confederation of British Industry (CBI) 2009-2011. Dame Helen is involved in other not-for-profit organizations in education, media, the internet and the arts and has an MBA from INSEAD.

External appointments: Chairman of the Port of London Authority, non-executive director at Rolls-Royce Group plc, Senior Adviser to Bain Capital, Chancellor of the University of Southampton and Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Robert Gray joined UBM’s Board as Chief Financial Officer in September 2009 having previously been at Codere S.A. for five years where he was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. Before joining Codere, Mr Gray enjoyed a successful 24 year career in investment and commercial banking. From 1999 he was Managing Director, Latin American Investment Banking for Deutsche Bank, based in New York. Prior to his role at Deutsche Bank, Mr Gray spent almost twenty years in a variety of roles at J.P. Morgan Co. with a particular focus on building and managing banking businesses in international markets, notably Latin America. Robert is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School.

Peter joined UBM in 2006 as Director of Communications to take responsibility for UBM's corporate communications.

Before joining UBM, Peter spent ten years in the mobile communications and technology industry with Psion PLC and Symbian Ltd, working in a range of communications and marketing communications roles. Previously he worked in academia and in public affairs consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol and holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics.

Adrian was appointed Chief Content Officer of UBM in November 2012. He was previously Chief Executive of UBM Built Environment for four years. Earlier, Adrian was Group Director of Property & Construction winning PPA business publisher of the year and PPA business website of the year in 2007. He started his career as a journalist, spending eight years as editor of Building, during which time the title won PPA business magazine of the year three times.  Adrian has an honours degree in history from Warwick University.

Philip was appointed Group Chief Representative for UBM in China in early 2010.

He joined the company in 1987 as Editor-in-Chief of Al Expert Magazine and has held a wide variety of editorial, publishing and management positions. As Group Chief Representative he is responsible for working with all of UBM’s businesses in China to grow UBM’s overall business presence in China.

Philip is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. With Deloitte and subsequently Coopers & Lybrand he undertook a wide range of advisory and consultancy roles for major clients, focusing on the retail and leisure sectors. Andrew joined UBM in 1997 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2001. In 2010, he was appointed as Group Operations Director. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics; he also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

James joined UBM in 2011 as Head of Strategic Finance to lead the provision of high quality transparent information. Since November 2011, James has also taken on the role of acting Head of Investor Relations whilst Kate Postans is on maternity leave.

James gained his ACA qualification at Deloitte in 1998 prior to starting a thirteen year career in Corporate Finance. Initially within the Technology team at the independent advisory firm Close Brothers and more recently within the M&A team at Deutsche Bank. James graduated from Warwick University with a degree in financial analysis.

Corrin joined UBM in February 2013 as Group Reward Director and was appointed as Interim Group Director of People & Culture in March 2014. Corrin focuses on executive talent management and organisational development across UBM.  She works with UBM’s divisional leadership teams to ensure a positive culture is embedded and thriving across UBM to support profitable growth.

With a Masters degree in Occupational Psychology, Corrin's background is in both International Reward and Human Resources.  Her early career was centred on financial services, with Human Resources (HR) roles at UBS and Barclays Global Investors, followed by the management of International Compensation at Merrill Lynch. Corrin then moved into the professional services industry as HR Director for AXA Insurance, and later International Reward Director at Towers Watson.


Neil was appointed Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax on 1 January 2009. He joined UBM in 1998 as Head of Tax having previously worked at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (which became PwC) corporate tax department where he specialised in both International Tax and Corporate Restructuring. Neil is a graduate from Warwick University with an Honours Degree in Economics. Neil qualified as an accountant in 1987.

Kate joined UBM in December 2010 to take responsibility for UBM’s Investor Relations which had previously been managed by the Chief and Deputy Financial Officers.

Kate spent the previous three years as Head of Investor Relations for Ladbrokes plc. She managed Ladbrokes’ investor relations through a period in which the company undertook a Rights Issue and Chief Executive Officer stepped down and his successor was appointed. Previously, Kate was Investor Relations Manager at Invensys plc.

Kate’s first career after leaving university was in Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank. She has an MA (Hons) in Economics from Edinburgh University.

Jane was promoted to Global EVP, Events in June 2010, having previously been CEO of UBM Live. Jane has been with previous iterations of the company (Blenheim, Miller Freeman, CMP) for 17 years and previously worked for Haymarket and VNU.

Jane is responsible for driving UBM's accelerated event strategy and chairs the GEM (Global Events Momentum) initiative of best practice devolution and growth innovation.  She also sits on the AEO Board.

Jane has a B.A (Hons) and Post Graduate from the University of Leeds.

Anne joined UBM in June 1997 from House of Fraser plc where she was Company Secretary. A solicitor by training, Anne spent several years in private practice in the City specialising in media and intellectual property law before joining the TVS group, where she spent six years first as in-house lawyer and subsequently as Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services. Anne graduated from Leeds University with an honours degree in Spanish and Portuguese and qualified as a solicitor in 1979.