International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP)
55-56 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ
|Tel:||+44 (0) 20 7404 4169|
|Fax:||+44 (0) 20 7404 4170|
Nearest Tube: Holborn (Central and Picadilly Lines)
When leaving Holborn Station by the main entrance on Kingsway, turn left. Continue down Kingsway and turn left at the first cross roads and then right into Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Queens House is number 55-56 on your right.
The faces behind FIPP
|Donald D. Kummerfeld, President & CEO, don”at”fipp.com
Don is the President and CEO of FIPP, responsible for all policy matters and major decisions. Reporting to the FIPP Management Board, he travels a great deal representing FIPP around the world, and visiting new and existing members. Don is only in the London office part-time and in the New York office occasionally. Sometimes he’s not sure where he is…
Place of birth: Gilroy, California, USA (garlic capital of America, becoming part of Silicon Valley)
Favourite magazines: The Economist, The New Yorker, Newsweek and National Geographic
Special interests: Golf, tennis, gardening and philosophy
|Helen Bland, Vice President, helen”at”fipp.com
Helen is the Vice President and second in command after the President. She manages the London office and staff and is therefore able to deal with all FIPP matters normally handled by the other staff or by the President. She is also Secretary of the FIPP Management Board of Directors and is responsible for all administrative matters relating to the Board, FIPP finance and governance. As the longest serving staff member, she is our historical memory and she has a wide circle of relationships with members around the world.
Helen speaks French, can communicate in Spanish, can order drinks in German and identify the nationality of most global names or phone codes at a glance.
Place of birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Favourite magazine: National Geographic (and even though she bought a subscription for her parents, she has sadly not subscribed herself yet).
Special interests: Drinking, eating, skiing, wildlife viewing and travelling to drink, eat, ski and view wildlife…
|Christine Scott, General Manager, christine”at”fipp.com
You can’t keep this member of staff away for very long. She originally joined FIPP in 2000 as Membership Services Administrator, but quickly learnt the ropes and became Business Development Manager. During this stint she published four members’ directories, was involved in four WMM’s, three regional conferences and two congresses!
In 2005 she decided that it was time to experience something new and went off for three years. But alas in 2008 she returned to FIPP as General Manager. She will temporarily fill Helen’s shoes – while she embarks on a new project (motherhood) – but will remain on when she returns to continue to keep the FIPP flag held high.
She is fluent in Spanish and can just about remember how to speak some French.
Place of birth: Middlesex, UK
Favourite magazine: Good Food
Special interests: Travelling, photography, cooking (and, of course, eating it afterwards!!)
|Laurie Alpern, Editorial & Communications Manager, laurie”at”fipp.com
The Canadian among us, Laurie joined FIPP in February 2007 as the Editorial and Communications Manager. With over eight years of experience in the communications field – including a couple at Magazines Canada – Laurie has taken over the reigns of Magazine World and the FIPP website. Want to have your print launch, digital initiative or company news covered? Then take her to lunch! Seriously, just send her an email and make sure to maintain regular contact.
Fluent in French and Spanish, and passable in German, Laurie loves the opportunity to speak a foreign language. Convenient, since she is still learning new words and expressions in London every day.
Place of birth: Montreal, Canada
Favourite Magazine: Les Canadiens (the official magazine of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team)
Special interests: Ice hockey (surprise!), playing tennis, reading books (sorry!), dogs (even though she doesn’t have one), Mexican soap operas (don’t ask!) and travelling
|Claire Jones, Events & Business Development Manager, claire”at”fipp.com
With almost eight years experience in b2b and customer publishing, Claire is the Events and Business Development Manager at FIPP. From marketing and exhibition floor plans to creative sponsorship packages and budgets, Claire ensures that FIPP events meet the high standard our members expect.
As the first point of contact for all event attendees and potential partners of FIPP, Claire delivers a friendly, personal and efficient level of service that is second to none. In fact, such is her resolve to ensure our members are happy that she gallantly remains in the bar at events and conferences until the last attendee has left (all in the name of duty of course!).
Place of birth: Essex, UK
Favourite magazine: Take a Break
Special interests: Secretly a big country music fan
|Rolf Rohwer, Marketing, Membership & Research Manager, rolf”at”fipp.com
If you ever want to know anything about international publishing, Rolf is your man. Rolf joined FIPP in 2005 and, as the Marketing and Research Manager, is affectionately known around the office as the walking, talking FIPP directory. From world market trends and the top titles around the world to the portfolio of any member, Rolf has the information you need. As well as being the first point of contact for new members, Rolf is responsible for the FIPP International Research Committee and research related events, compiling the annual FIPP World Magazine Trends publication, and ensuring the company and magazine information of each member is kept up to date on the members-only area of the website.
With no end to his talents, Rolf can relay his encyclopedic knowledge of the magazine industry in fluent Spanish or reasonable French, so if you have a question, speak to Rolf he will be happy to help (although not recommended for dinner parties).
Place of birth: North Yorkshire, UK (and raised in Barcelona)
Favorite magazine: A tough call between The Economist, National Geographic andWallpaper
Special interests: Travelling, food & wine, and manly stuff like hunting and fishing
|Andrew Chidgey, Business Development Executive, andrew”at”fipp.com
They say money makes the world go around and Business Development Executive Andrew Chidgey would agree. Andrew joined FIPP in November 2006 and is responsible for on and offline advertising and collecting membership dues. With multi-platform, innovative and cost effective advertising packages at the ready for Magazine World, World Magazine Trends, fipp.com or our events, the FIPP piggy bank is never far from Andrew’s thoughts.
A keen traveller Andrew spent a year teaching English in Argentina and welcomes any opportunity to practice his Spanish. Known for his individual style, Andrew is instantly likeable and happy to help with any FIPP queries you may have. (Be quick though; time is money!)
Place of birth: Hertfordshire, UK
Favourite magazine: Dazed & Confused
Special interests: Japanese food, foreign films and travel to new places
|Guy Consterdine, Research Consultant, guy”at”fipp.com
Guy has been FIPP’s research consultant since 2001. With many years of experience in media planning, research and marketing, Guy runs his own magazine research consultancy. Once billed “Mr Magazine Research” at a speaking engagement, Guy is your best hope at finding an answer if you have a question about magazine research. If he doesn’t know, then either you’re out of luck or he’ll be kind enough to point you in the right direction! He also runs FIPP’s Research Committee and helps plan events like our International Research Forum and the Ad Sales Workshops. Responsible for the research content on this website, Guy is always interested to hear of your research studies.
Place of birth: Manchester, UK
Favourite magazine: Empire
Special interests: Reading, cinema, theatre, photography, music, Sussex county cricket
|Rebecca Winfield, Finance Director, accounts”at”fipp.com
Affectionately known as Bex around the office, Rebecca makes the world go round at FIPP. Well, at least she makes us want to be her best friends since she’s in charge of the finances! She maintains all of our accounts and deals with any finance-related queries. You won’t see much of her since she keeps a low profile, but it goes without saying that Rebecca’s contribution to FIPP is an invaluable one.
Fluent in Spanish, Rebecca can not only buy a ski pass and order food and drink in French, but she can also count her extensive shoe collection in German and greet people in Hindi.
Place of birth: Hampshire, UK
Favourite magazine: Fast Bikes
Special interests: Running, skiing and fast bikes
|Geraldine Pace, Training Consultant, geraldine”at”fipp.com
With over 30 years experience in magazine publishing and training Geraldine is by far the most grey haired at FIPP and the one who, along with Don and Helen, launched and now manages the FIPP Magazine Management Certificate training programme. Geraldine is responsible for selecting and briefing the course leaders, setting the content and agenda with them, and evaluating the outcome. Most importantly, she is at the centre of each participant group, helping them get the most out of each programme, assessing their overall contribution and cheering loudly at the graduation ceremony!
Originally from Malta, she speaks Maltese with compatriots, French whenever the opportunity arises and Italian when angry and needs to get things off her chest!
Place of birth: Valletta, Malta
Favourite magazine: The Week, Vogue, House and Garden, Vanity Fair and on and on…
Special interests: Reading, plenty of talking to anyone who will listen, cooking, eating pasta and drinking prosecco, and walking and swimming in the sea
|Jenny Stubbs, Training Coordinator, jenny”at”fipp.com
Place of birth: Ridgenor, UK
Favourite magazine: heat
Special interests: Cinema, theatre, fine dining, holidays (especially at water parks so she can feel like a kid again!)