PPA Blog

29 Apr 2020
Industry Voices

Barry McIlheney | CEO | Professional Publishers Association

After 40 years in the industry, editing, publishing and launching magazines followed by 10 years of bringing the industry together as CEO of the PPA, Barry McIlheney looks back on the career that began in Belfast and brought him to London where he instantly made his mark as Editor of Smash Hits at 26-years-old. "I didn't really know it at the time, but this was the big break," he says. "Everything I have done since then stems from that." As he steps down from his official role at the PPA, McIlheney reflects on the highlights, his favourite covers and the striking changes in the industry that have taken place over the last 30 years.