The Editor-in-Chief of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s E&T magazine has been elected Chairman of the British Society of Magazine Editors.
Dickon Ross is an award-winning journalist and is the first Chairman of the Society to come from the business and professional magazine sector since the position was held by the Editor of Autocar in 1981. The Chairmanship is usually held by someone from the consumer magazine sector. Previous holders of the post have included the editors of Radio Times, Cosmopolitan and Top Gear.
On his appointment, Ross said: “It is a great honour to chair such a prestigious organisation. I am particularly proud to be the first business-to-business editor for such a long time to hold the post. I want to attract more members from business-to-business magazines and to build on the great work that the BSME does to celebrate editorial excellence.”
Dickon Ross has been a science and technology journalist for over 25 years in both consumer and trade magazines, ranging from the weekly Electronics Times to Focus magazine (now BBC Focus). He joined the IET in 2002, where he launched the Flipside magazine for young teenagers, which ran for nearly ten years up to 2014 and in that time was enjoyed by millions. He became Editor-in-Chief for the IET’s magazines in 2004. In 2008 he won BSME Editor of the Year (Business and Professional) for E&T and again in 2011, as well as 2011 Editor of the Year (Youth magazines) for Flipside.