Trish Halpin and Justine Southall to leave Marie Claire

TI Media yesterday announced that Marie Claire UK editor-in-chief Trish Halpin and managing director Justine Southall are to both step down as the brand pursues its digital-first future.

Trish Halpin and Justine Southall to leave Marie Claire
Justine Southall (on the left) and Trish Halpin.

Marcus Rich, TI Media CEO, says: “Under Trish and Justine’s leadership, Marie Claire has continually set the agenda through its award-winning content, trailblazing campaigns and innovative brand extensions. Together with the Marie Claire UK team, they have shaped a legacy that will continue to inform this famous brand’s digital-first strategy. I would like to thank them both for the significant part they have played in the Marie Claire UK story and wish them all the very best with their future plans.”

Trish Halpin was appointed editor of Marie Claire in 2009 and Justine Southall joined the brand in 2011. Standout campaigns, franchises and extensions during their tenure include Not My Job, challenging gender inequality in the workplace; Take a Good Look, calling for better regulation in cosmetic interventions; The Future Shapers Awards and conferences, which shine a spotlight on women who are redefining what it means to be successful; glossy bi-annual Marie Claire Runway; and Start Somewhere, encouraging conscious consumerism and everyday sustainability goals. Justine and Trish also saw the launch of beauty retail business Fabled by Marie Claire in partnership with Next and fashion aggregate shopping platform Marie Claire Edit.

Justine says: “I feel incredibly proud to have been one of the custodians of this powerful brand and to have worked with such a talented and passionate team across the Marie Claire business. Marie Claire has been championing, challenging and entertaining women in the UK for 31 years and continues to be a voice for women's equality and empowerment in a world where these values are increasingly under threat. The inclusive global philosophy of the Marie Claire brand extends beyond fashion and zeitgeist, it stands for something that is timeless and still urgently relevant.”

Trish adds: “It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to have edited Marie Claire for the past 10 years and work with so many talented and creative contributors as well as commercial partners who have shared and supported our vision. Marie Claire has been at the forefront of so many vital conversations and I know it will continue to do so in its digital-first future. I wish all the team well in continuing Marie Claire’s incredible legacy.”

Trish will leave TI Media at the end of September and Justine on 31 October. New leadership for Marie Claire UK’s digital business will be announced in due course, says TI Media.