We pay our tribute to emap’s Richard Winfrey

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We are saddened to hear that Richard Winfrey sadly passed away at the age of 91 at Peterborough City Hospital on May 31st.

Richard Winfrey’s grandfather, Sir Richard Winfrey, founded emap in 1887 as a collection of newspaper and magazine titles in the Midlands, initially named ‘East Midlands Allied Press’. A distinguished history, the next thirty years would see the brand encompass media brands from across the UK, and the name ‘emap’ adopted in 1947.

Richard Winfrey outside the offices of emap in Peterborough.

Richard Winfrey was Managing Director of the family business from 1962 up until his retirement in 1996. During his tenure Richard led emap through significant growth, identifying new methods of printing, and innovating within a competitive news environment. His leadership ensured emap was incredibly well known and respected in publishing around the world and that the brand was prepared to take on the age of digital.

Richard Winfrey, back right, watches the newspapers coming of the printing line at emap in 1962.

In 2017 Metropolis Group acquired a group of heritage brands alongside the emap name. We have continued to use the name, giving long-term futures to great brands, many of which Richard would have overseen during his time at the helm, and serving niche audiences with insightful journalism, great events, and information, intelligence, and networking connections. We are proud that our B2B brands today bear the emap name across our paid content, print, digital and events.

We send our deepest condolences to Richard’s family; His wife Jean, and four children Ian, Peter, Sarah and Ben as well as his ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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