The Emerald Group leadership team brings years of skills and experience to help drive growth.

Dr Keith Howard OBE: Group Chairman

Founder and Group Board Chairman Dr Keith Howard remains actively involved with the company's strategy and direction. Keith was for a number of years Chair of Europe's largest Doctoral programme in business and management at Bradford University's School of Management.

Richard Bevan: Group CEO

Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited. His career in retailing included a broad range of commercial, operational and financial roles. An economist and FCMA by training, his real passion is for driving genuine business improvement and sustainable growth, underpinned always by a customer first mentality.

In recent years, Emerald has extended its niche through a combination of organic developments and acquisitions, positioning itself assertively as a global knowledge business that brings research to life. This remains the strategic focus of the Group.

He is married to Liz and together they have two grown-up children, Harriet and George, who are following their respective passions for rock music and marine conservation. Home is in Ilkley, with an abundance of good dog walking and healthy living, including the gym and relaxing to music with a good read.

Vicky Williams: Group HR Director and CEO Research Media

Vicky has over 15 years' industry experience in scholarly publishing, and has worked across a wide range of functions – from editorial roles through to new product development, acquisition, business development, and most recently, HR. Since 2013, she has also headed up Research Media, the Group’s creative agency which works with universities on their outreach strategies.
Vicky studied English and History at Cambridge University, and her Masters in International Business at Leeds Beckett. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, and the arts. She also champions the Group’s gender diversity initiative, STRIDE, and mentors young women in business both inside and outside of the organization.

Simon Cox: Group Finance Director

Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific. Subsequently he worked for Barclays plc as a Corporate Director, managing a diverse team with over £600m of assets under management, and with Emerald Group as a client where he first got to know the business.
Simon has direct responsibility for group functions including Customer Operations, Finance, Legal and Property & Services.
Simon's focus at Emerald is to provide the appropriate governance framework to support the continued global expansion of Emerald, and to influence the Group’s execution of strategy. In this role, Simon is also the director responsible for leading the Group’s merger & acquisition activity.
Outside of work, Simon has three young (and energetic) children to keep him occupied. He also enjoys mountain biking, watching cricket & rugby and playing music, when he gets the chance!