James Phillips

Multi-award-winning B2B deputy editor and journalist

My career

Professional Pensions, Incisive Media

Deputy Editor
August 2019 to Present - 2 years, 3 months, 28 days

Professional Pensions is a monthly B2B magazine, with a daily newsletter, for the UK occupational pension scheme sector, including scheme trustees and their advisers, regulators and politicians. The brand also runs in-person and online conferences, seminars and awards programmes. As deputy editor, my key tasks include:

  • Writing news, features and interviews for the daily email newsletter and monthly print publication
  • Commissioning and editing contributed features and guest comments
  • Supporting the editorial team to secure the best exclusive stories and high-profile interviews
  • Developing the monthly flatplan while coordinating features and interviews
  • Chairing in-person and virtual conferences, webinars and awards presentations
  • Pitching commercial ideas to key organisational stakeholders
  • Representing the title at external events
News Editor
January 2019 to August 2019 - 7 months, 4 days

As News Editor, I oversaw the production of the daily email newsletter, ensuring coverage of the main stories of the day while seeking exclusive news. I would also work with other staff to provide broader analytical coverage of key events, preparing the editorial diary to secure rounded and detailed write-ups for our audience. I also chaired conferences and webinars, edited in-house and freelance copy.

Senior Correspondent
January 2018 to January 2019 - 1 year
Correspondent
June 2016 to January 2018 - 1 year, 6 months, 19 days

BusinessGreen, Incisive Media

Junior Reporter
June 2015 to September 2015 - 2 months, 27 days

BusinessGreen is an online B2B publication specialising in sustainable business news, features and interviews for business leaders, politicians and policymakers across the globe. As part of this three-month editorial internship, my coverage included renewable energy technology and developments, green finance initiatives, and environmental policy in the lead up the Paris Agreement at COP 21. My key achievements in this role include interviewing Mayor of London candidate Zac Goldsmith and former Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan.

The Times

Work Experience
February 2015 to March 2015 - 11 days

The Independent and i

Work Experience
February 2015 - 11 days

My education

City, University of London

MA Newspaper Journalism
September 2015 to June 2016

University of Birmingham

BA (Hons) Political Science and Philosophy
September 2012 to June 2015

MidKent College

4 A-Levels & Students' Union President
September 2009 to June 2012

Rainham Mark Grammar School

10.5 GCSEs & 1 AS Level
September 2004 to June 2009