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Rupert Bates - BBQ magazine

Rupert Bates


Rupert is an award-winning journalist and editor, writing mainly on property and sport.

He arrived at Marcus Bawdon’s UK BBQ School 'not able to cook my way out of a wet paper bag, unless microwaveable' and left with the inspiration to launch BBQ magazine.

Kelly Bates - BBQ magazine

Kelly Bates

Design & Production 

Kelly is a graphic designer and creative director with many leading national magazine titles to her name.

An Australian, Kelly hails from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. She claims only Aussies know how to throw a proper barbie. We’ll prove her wrong.

David Taylor - BBQ magazine

David Taylor


Having started his career in the hotel publishing world, David Taylor spent the last 30 years in the business travel world where he was on leadership boards for a number of the most successful event management companies in the industry, as well as non-executive advisory roles with luxury hotel brands, destination management and hospitality companies. 

When not working, David has built a passion for outside cooking and over the past five years has become a Wood Fired Oven enthusiast, loving nothing better than entertaining family, friends and colleagues.

Marcus Bawdon - BBQ magazine

Marcus Bawdon

Consultant Editor

Marcus is one of the most admired names on the BBQ scene, with his popular CountryWoodSmoke brand, providing recipes and videos on cooking outdoors.

He is author of the best-selling books Food and Fire, Skewered, and also brews his own beer.

Brad Francis - The BBQ magazine

Brad Francis

Advertising Sales 

Brad 'the ads' Francis is an award-winning advertising sales veteran spanning 25 years in magazines, specialising in both print and digital media.

A former DJ to the stars of stage and screen, a published author and media volunteer for the Stroke Association, Brad puts his fine, youthful glow down to his love of a cheeky brisket gently smoked and the charred flavours of the grill and loves the social element of fire, food and friendship.

Mark Fesco - BBQ magazine

Mark Fesco


Mark has spent his career working on both local and national print titles heading up teams of digital media professionals and developers. He was a driving force in launching newpaper and magazine websites in the early days of digital publishing - collating a good haul of awards along the way!

Just as passionate about outdoor cooking as he is 'geek stuff', Mark is all about the multi-flavoured 'sides' he can enjoy with his meat!


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