Simon Wait appointed Head of Editorial for bodyshop magazine

Plenham Limited, publisher of three leading magazines for the aftermarket collision repair industry, is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Wait as Head of Editorial working across its bodyshop, bodyshop Middle East and The Assessor titles.

Simon brings with him more than 20 years of international journalism experience including spells as motoring correspondent and motoring editor for three UK newspapers. He joins bodyshop magazine after an extended period in Hong Kong where he most recently headed up Asiawide Media’s print and digital operations for three years before being appointed Head of Editorial for the firm’s publishing services in London.

With full responsibility for editorial and the development of Plenham’s industry leading publications, Simon will play a key role in meeting the company’s aggressive growth goals as well as building on its outstanding reputation for delivering relevant print and digital content and world-class global conferences through the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS).

Jason Moseley, Chief Executive Officer for IBIS Worldwide and bodyshop magazine, said: “Simon’s track record, international experience, and enthusiasm for our industry are second to none and we are thrilled to have him on board. Attracting someone of Simon’s calibre into the business is a great endorsement of our strategy and ambition. He brings with him incredibly strong knowledge and experience which will be vital as we continue our ambitious plans to grow and develop bodyshop magazine and our international IBIS conferences.”

Simon Wait added: “Plenham has a deserved reputation as the leading publisher and international conference organiser in the industry. We have a tremendous opportunity to grow the business further and to deliver relevant content and world-class events for companies operating in the aftermarket crash repair sector. Plenham’s brand, values and proven delivery models are facets I have long respected and I am excited to be on board and part of a great team that will take the company to the next level.”

For more information, please contact:
Email: info@bodyshopmag.com | Tel: 01296 642800

About Plenham Limited:
Founded in 1988, Plenham Limited is the publisher of the aftermarket crash repair industry’s leading magazine, bodyshop, and its sister publications bodyshop Middle East and The Assessor. Through its international conference division IBIS (International Bodyshop Industry Symposium), Plenham delivers world-class conferences and forums around the globe with events staged annually in Europe, USA, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The Plenham team has more than 200 years combined experience in the crash repair sector and has a deserved reputation as a thought leader in the industry. 

About bodyshop magazine:
bodyshop is the aftermarket crash repair industry’s leading monthly independent publication. It is mailed direct to a closely monitored ABC audited circulation of industry leaders and decision makers. Alongside bodyshop sits an ever-increasing portfolio of publications, including bodyshop Middle East; The Assessor; IBIS Global Focus; and the VDA Manual. bodyshop’s digital offerings include bodyshopmag.com, bodyshopmag.ae and  ibisworldwide.com.

About IBIS:
Since its inception in 2001, the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has become the world’s leading collision repair conference provider with an enviable reputation as a source of key information and market analysis; a forum for high-level debate; a melting pot for industry innovation; and incomparable networking opportunities. Through world-class conference content and speakers, IBIS consistently delivers ground-breaking, thought-leading presentations on a wide range of industry issues. Upcoming events include IBIS Turkey (Istanbul, 23 October) and IBIS China (Shanghai, 4 December), while next year IBIS returns to the Middle East in February, Florida, USA in April, Sout Africa in May, with the 2020 Global Summit taking place in Monaco from 8 to 10 June.