M&A Media Services - Prism Consult

Meet the Prism Consult team


Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

Managing Director and co-founder

Robert Palmer works on all sale and acquisition mandates. Before setting up Prism Consult in 1999 Robert had already owned and managed several successful businesses, publishing newspapers and magazines and advising publishing organisations on corporate strategy and product development. His client list included media giants Bertelsmann and Reed Elsevier. He has also run training courses on launching new magazines, brand extensions and publishing management for the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA). Robert began his career at advertising agencies Young & Rubican and Lintas, before a move client-side with marketing roles at General Foods, Sterling Health and Book Club Associates. A graduate of Bristol University, Robert has a masters degree in international management and a Sloan Fellowship from the London Business School.




Advisory Board

Prism Consult advisory board members work with Robert on M&A and consulting projects.


David Westgarth

David Westgarth

David has twenty years’ experience with magazines, exhibitions, conferences and online information services. He is a former business development director at Emap Communications, where he was responsible for M&A and portfolio management. He was also a member of the investment committee and the Executive Board, working closely with the CEO and CFO. During his time at Emap, and in the face of digital developments, the company effected a strategic profit re-balancing (by acquisition and product development), from advertising to subscriptions and face-to-face fees. David has over 15 years’ experience of price and contract negotiation. He is a Cambridge graduate, and attended the London Business School under the aegis of Emap.




John Sanderson


John Sanderson

John Sanderson has long and wide experience in the creative sector. He was a leading leisure and media investment analyst for 10 years before becoming a director of Hydra, partly owned by the marketing and strategy consultancy SRU, focusing on business development in the electronic media sector. Clients included EMI, BSkyB and Channel 4. John has been principal of JFWS Ltd since 1999, where he combines advisory work with directorships and investment. In addition he advises on fundraising — he is registered with the FSA through Enterprise Corporate Finance; he consults as a director of Whetstone Group on new business development and projects — including currently the establishment of the V&A at Dundee; and he advises funds — currently the LDA’s Creative Capital Fund, the North East Creative Content Fund where the fundholder is Northern Film and Media, and the Big Issue Social Enterprise Investment Fund. He has been chairman of three AIM-listed companies in music administration, TV channels and digital technology support for business, and is currently a non-executive director of several businesses including Somethin’ Else Sound Directions (the top independent radio and digital production business), Audio Network (a library of music for film and TV) and Screen Digest (the international publisher of subscription services covering all the digital and screen-based markets). He has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a Certificate in Political Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.


Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

UK and international search and recruitment specialist for online, digital, mobile, media and marketing services. Specific specialisation in working with start-up businesses since 1995. Non-executive director and consultant for young, ambitious recruitment consultancies. Management mentoring, strategy, growing the business in the UK and internationally, internal structure and processes and staff training. Launched Price Jamieson in 1982 which grew to be one of the UK’s leading recruitment businesses. Founded Aravati Global Search Network in 1999, now operating in four continents. Has helped over 150 start-ups and businesses launching into the UK and European markets.


Richard Flaye

Richard Flaye

Richard is the former CEO of Quantum Business Media, set up by him in 1989 following his purchase of The Publican trade newspaper from EMAP. Over the following twelve years Richard built the company into one of the UK´s principal B2B publishing groups, before selling to a management buy-out in 2001. He is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard Business School.






David Garratt

David Garratt

Since leaving university David has spent his entire working life in the newspaper and magazine publishing industries. He started at International Thomson before joining magazine distribution company COMAG. There for twenty-two years, he spent the last sixteen as group managing director. In 1999 he received the ACE Lifetime Achiever Award.





David Garratt

Chris Satchwill

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in B2B media, across a range of delivery channels, in senior finance roles such as FD and CFO. He has worked for both large international businesses, such as Reed Elsevier and UBM, as well as smaller entrepreneurial private equity-backed businesses, such as Quantum Business Media and Nexus Business Media.
Chris has a significant amount of experience in business turnaround and rationalisation projects, identifying where the true value is and developing it to create shareholder value. He also has a lot of M&A expertise, right down to the practicalities of executing the transaction within the business. Chris is a Chartered Accountant and is a BSc graduate from London University.




David Garratt

Simon Marquis

Simon has worked for over 35 years in the media, marketing and communications business. He has a history degree from Cambridge university, and began his career in media buying at the Benton & Bowles advertising agency in 1975. He spent five years as editorial director of Haymarket’s marketing business titles before becoming MD, CEO and then Chairman of one of the UK’s largest media agencies, ZenithOptimedia, part of the Publicis Groupe. For the last ten years, Simon has built a portfolio of non-executive and consultancy roles across a range of media-related businesses from small independents to large PLCs and industry owned joint ventures. He also served as a non-executive director of government communications agency the COI.
He has written on advertising and marketing in Campaign and Marketing magazines and for the Media Guardian, and has chaired and spoken at many industry conferences and events. Simon is well-connected in the advertising, media and marketing world and is a member of the prestigious Thirty Club and the Marketing Group of Great Britain.




David Garratt

Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison is a former journalist who has been CEO in the UK, Europe and AsiaPacific, for media companies including: Australian Consolidated Press, EMAP, Reed Elsevier, Hearst, Future, and Axel Springer. He is a non-executive director of companies in B2B, TV production and education, and is chairman of the Royal National Children's Foundation. He writes the MediaBlog FlashesandFlames.com .

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