Duncan has extensive experience in general management/online business development in the UK and across Europe, and wide experience within online travel and internet start-ups. Duncan has detailed knowledge of high volume e-commerce and search engine marketing across all global channels, and has a gift for digital transformation and innovation.
Duncan’s digital media career started in 1996 when he joined holiday autos. Following the acquisition of holiday autos by lastminute.com, Duncan’s flair for digital growth helped steer their 36 websites to global dominance. Upon exiting lastminute.com in 2006 Duncan set about scaling the online classified business freeads.co.uk propelling it to become the largest site of its type in the UK.
Duncan was appointed chief executive of Travel Weekly Group in 2011, and led a process of transformation, taking Travel Weekly from a traditional B2B magazine business and turning it into a forward-looking multimedia business, encompassing the market leading brands of Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly Business, Aspire, Travelanswerz, TravelGBI and Travolution. In 2012, the business completed the acquisition of The Caterer, the UK’s leading B2B media brand for hospitality. Today, under Duncan’s leadership, the newly formed parent group Jacobs Media Group uniquely connects the travel and hospitality industries with a portfolio of brands and products, which expand across print, digital media and face-to-face events. It now publishes in excess of 150 print products per year, in addition to hosting seven content-driven websites and 130 events including a portfolio of international buyer and seller-led events, collectively known as Connections. Jacobs Media Group is now Europe’s largest travel and hospitality B2B media group.