Corporate Secretary team

Ben Maiden  editor

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor of Corporate Secretary, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. He had previously been managing editor of Compliance Reporter since January 2007, covering regulatory and compliance issues affecting broker-dealers and asset management firms. Before that, Ben was editor of International Financial Law Review and IFLR’s Americas editor, working in London and New York.

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Ben Ashwell  digital editor

Ben Ashwell

Ben Ashwell is the digital editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine. In his spare time, Ben writes fiction, poetry and arts and culture reviews. Eyewear Publishing recently named him in their list of the Best New British and Irish Poets.

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Janet Dignan founding editor

Janet DignanJanet Dignan is a graduate of Otago University in New Zealand, where she read philosophy.

From 1979 to1982 she was head of information at Linklaters, with responsibility for internal and external information resources for its offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Brussels.

From 1982 to 1990 Janet was with the Economist Group in London in a range of roles, initially as managing editor of Economist directories, then as commissioning editor of special financial reports. In 1995 she launched and edited City Changes, a newsletter about London’s Big Bang; and in 1997 she launched IR Magazine, which she continued to edit for more than 20 years.

In 1993 Janet and Ian Richman founded Cross Border Publishing (now IR Media Group), to continue publishing IR Magazine and to launch other publications, events, websites and other digital properties.

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Kathleen Hennessy  managing editor & chief copy editor

Kathleen Hennessy

Kathleen Hennessy has been a journalist for the past 29 years. During that time she has commissioned, written and edited for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Observer, MoneyUnlimited.com (a Guardian website), FTYourMoney.com and a host of personal finance, consumer rights and property magazines.

She is a former deputy editor of Moneywise, the UK’s biggest-selling personal finance magazine, where she worked for seven years, and former editor of consumer finance magazine Save Money! She has also been a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours and Channel 5’s Serious Money.

Kathleen has been at IR Media Group for 13 years, originally as chief copy editor and more recently also as managing editor, working across the company’s range of publications and online output.

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Renee Walton publisher

Renee Walton

As Publisher for Corporate Secretary, Renee manages the overall sales, marketing and editorial operations for the brand’s print and digital media as well as events. Prior to joining IR Media Group (formerly Cross Border Publishing), she was the Corporate Marketing Manager for Bowne, a 225-year old international printing company. Renee holds a BS in socio-cultural anthropology, which nicely aids in her quest to become a leading authority on the world’s best street food. Having now enjoyed a career with both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary that spans nearly two decades, Renee remains dedicated to helping industry service providers connect in meaningful ways with their target audience while elevating the level of GRC and IR journalism for readers around the globe.

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