James Hanbury

Former Director of Incisive Media


James Hanbury co founded Incisive Media in 1994, with 8 staff and £275k of funding. Since then, the company has grown from being the launch publisher of one specialist magazine, to a global media business employing c1000 staff on 3 continents.

Having served as an officer in the British Army, James worked in advertising sales and marketing services before setting up his own business in 1994. An entrepreneur at heart, James has experienced every aspect of growing a business, through good times and bad, launching product, nurturing talent and understanding where effort and reward are best aligned.

Under his leadership, Incisive Media transformed itself from a legacy print publisher to also being a significant force in digital and face to face communication.

In 2014 James left Incisive Media and is now Chairman of Imagine Publishing, a specialist consumer information publisher. He also advises several other companies across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

James is passionate about recruiting talent at grass roots level, providing a working environment where talented and motivated staff can be trained and given the freedom to successfully further their careers.

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