Who we are

Matt Sanger, Associate Director Newspress Creative
With considerable experience in both automotive PR, communications and events, as well as motoring journalism and the automotive retail sector, Matt started in corporate communications and publishing.

The move to the automotive industry in 2002 allowed Matt to indulge his passion for motoring, and he worked for both HR Owen and Stratstone in the retail sector covering Jaguar Land Rover product. However, a move to Haymarket publishing in 2005 allowed to incorporate his education in communications, publishing and journalism: starting as consumer reporter and ending as used car editor for What Car?. He moved to the PR sector in 2011 and has worked as a senior team member with key clients including Bosch, Chevron, DAF, Lotus, Ferrari and Vauxhall.

Mal Hay, Associate Director

Mal started his career in regional journalism, working on newspapers across the UK for number of years, before moving into automotive PR. Since then, he hasn’t looked back, working with many of the biggest brands in the industry – including FCA Group, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and SEAT – on everything from internal communications and dealer PR to full-blown multi-channel campaigns and media launches. Outside work, Mal is a keen photographer, big football fan and lifelong Tottenham supporter.

Ian Wallace, Senior Account Manager, Newspress Creative

A Senior Account Manager, Ian has a strong background in automotive communications, marketing and events. Having worked across a diverse range of projects and brands, his previous roles include Head of Marketing at Bristol Cars and Global Marketing Manager at Overfinch. This has given him broad experience in brand and digital strategy, consumer and investor relations, as well as product launches and campaign management.

A committed petrol head in his spare time, Ian participants in both classic and pre-war motoring events and has even founded a car club. This means that if he’s not to be found behind the wheel of an old car, he can be found underneath one.

Hannah Burgess, Account Manager Newspress Creative
Hannah has been working in PR for around six years focusing on luxury lifestyle, motorsport, events, social media and traditional automotive comms. She has worked with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Citroen, Lotus, Brabham, David Brown Automotive, RM Sotheby’s and Salon Prive. She is a real car enthusiast and the proof of the pudding is in the eating – she runs a monthly classic car event in London called Classics and Cake. it is highly likely that if you are at major show you will bump into Hannah too.

Tim Bowdler, Content Director, Newspress
Tim has a long, established career in journalism. He started out as a local newspaper journalist and then moved to national newspapers, magazines and websites. Prior to appointment at Newspress he was National Publications Manager for hibu, deputy editor at Parkers.co.uk, editor of 4Car.co.uk, deputy editor at What Car? magazine and editor of Motorsport News.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and a total of 12 years as an editorial manager in motoring and motorsport, he brings considerable expertise and knowledge to Newspress and supports the Newspress Creative division with editorial consultancy, writing and re-writing assistance. As chairman of the judging panel for the Automotive section of the CIPR awards for 2016, 2017 and 2018, he will be an arbiter of quality for all Newspress Creative content.

Tim Barfoot, Managing Director, Newspress
Tim has served as Managing Director of Newspress for eight years, following a successful career in journalism and automotive PR. He has a broad sweep of automotive industry sector PR experience having held senior roles with both Hyundai UK and the IM Group. Tim oversees the operation of the entire Newspress and Newspress Creative business globally.

Jackie Allard, Operations Manager, Newspress Creative
Jackie is the grease that keeps the wheels moving for Newspress Creative with a particular emphasis on event organisation. Alongside Newspress’ Content Director, Jackie is pivotal to the smooth running of the annual Newspress Awards and also with launch events for all Newspress Creative clients. She has a background in PR with significant industry sector experience with Daewoo, Chrysler and Saab.