Elle's celebrity chief swaps cover stars for charity

Elle magazine is seeking a new executive editor after its current imcumbent leaves to work for a charity.

The magazine’s executive editor and celebrity director, Christopher Hemblade, is leaving to work for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Hemblade, who has been with Elle for three and a half years, will take up the position of VIP and celebrity executive for MacMillan, and will also be penning a novel based on his dealings with celebrities throughout his career.

He joined Elle in 2005 from Time Out, and had the task of securing high profile celebrities for the cover and attract them to Elle’s events including the Elle Style Awards – a role which editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy said she is keen to fill.

She said: ‘I have enjoyed working closely with Chris for many years and we will miss him greatly at Elle. He has provided a great foundation for us to move forward with at Elle and he will still be part of the Elle family in the future. Our successful cover formula will remain unchanged and we will fill his shoes with someone of equal stature and experience, suitable for a magazine with such great relationships here and in the US.”

Hemblade also worked with Candy on the recent redesign of the magazine, which saw it distance itself from lifestyle glossies and move into fashion monthly Vogue’s territory.

On life after Elle, Hemblade commented: ‘Having done 15 years of celebrity wrangling for various magazines, I now felt I wanted to deploy those skills for a charitable concern that is close to my heart – which Macmillan is. I am also writing a novel about my experiences in Hollywood, so there is certainly going to be no let up!”

Hemblade was deputy editor and acting editor at Time Out, and before this was contributing editor of Scene magazine and editor of youth-lifestyle magazine Sky. He has also worked at Empire and Marie Claire.

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