Terry Mansfield, a renowned figure in the UK’s glossy magazine publishing realm and former chairman of Graduate Fashion Week, has sadly passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. With a career spanning nearly six decades, Mansfield made a significant impact as the CEO of the National Magazine Company (now Hearst UK), the publisher behind prestigious titles like Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. His notable contributions to the magazine industry earned him a CBE in 2002, and he made history as the first non-American to join Hearst’s board.
Hearst CEO Steven R Swartz lauded him as a «brilliant global strategist,» highlighting his pivotal role in expanding the Hearst brand on an international scale. Gilbert C Maurer, former Hearst COO, also acknowledged Mansfield’s extraordinary talent for identifying and nurturing editorial talent, a contribution that led to the success of Hearst UK’s magazine titles.
Beyond his accomplishments in publishing, Mansfield played crucial roles in various organizations, including serving as chairman of the Mobo Awards for five years, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week for a decade, and chairman of Arts Thread, a platform dedicated to emerging creative talents.
Mansfield’s remarkable journey, from his beginnings in the RAF and advertising sales to the world of magazines, exemplified his diverse career path. Even after retiring in 2003, he remained actively engaged in the industry, nurturing emerging talent and leaving an enduring legacy in magazine publishing and talent development.