PPA creates ‘Next Gen board’ to develop future leaders


The UK’s Professional Publishers Association, the PPA, has today announced a plan to launch a stand-alone Next Gen board to help shape the future of the industry.

This is part of the PPA’s strategy to encourage more inclusivity of younger voices across the special interest media sector.

Designed to be reflective of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills working across the sector, the PPA Next Gen board will be made up of 15 members aged under 30, and with a minimum of three years’ industry experience.
The appointment will be for 18 months and offers access to senior leaders across the publishing industry.

Working in tandem and collaboratively with the main PPA board, Next Gen members will be able to share their experiences, knowledge and voices to champion the sector, what it means to be part of it and help to shape future solutions.

PPA Next Gen Board members will be supported by several industry mentors, who will provide an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of operating at board level.

Applications are open to PPA member businesses from Thursday 16 March 2023 via a dedicated microsite www.ppanextgen.co.uk/board and close 28 April 2023. Selection will be by a panel of industry executives, with successful candidates announced by 21st June 2023.

Sajeeda Merali, CEO, PPA said: “This is a great opportunity for young and aspiring talent to gain real life board experience and work alongside some of the best in our business, so I encourage people to apply.

“We see the PPA Next Gen board as a conduit for new ideas and energy to feed into the overall industry agenda, helping to champion the sector’s ‘People, Products and Audience’.

“It’s important the Next Gen Board reflects all jobs and the diversity of our member businesses, and I’m excited to see how both boards will work in tandem for the benefit of all our members.”