Tim Hely Hutchinson

The Honourable Timothy Mark 'Tim' Hely Hutchinson (born 26 October 1953) is a British publisher, group CEO of the second largest British publisher, Hachette UK.


Hely Hutchinson is the younger son of The 8th Earl of Donoughmore and Sheila Parsons, daughter of Frank Frederick Parsons. Educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford,[1] where he edited the student magazine Isis, he worked for Macmillan Publishers in Britain and Australia before working for Robert Maxwell as Managing Director of Macdonald Futura in 1982. In 1986 he co-founded Headline Publishing Group, which floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1992 and was voted publisher of the year in 1993. In 1993 Headline bought the long-established firm of Hodder & Stoughton, creating Hodder Headline PLC which was the subject of an agreed bid from W. H. Smith in 1999. Having been a director of W.H. Smith and Chairman of W.H.Smith News, he engineered the sale of W. H. Smith's publishing business to Hachette Livre in 2004, staying on to run Hachette UK, which became Britain's biggest publisher when it acquired Little, Brown in 2006.[2]

He was listed at fourth place in a 2006 Observer list of the top people in the British books industry,[3] and at fifth place in a 2011 Guardian version of the list.[4]


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