Reason for being a fellow:
"It is exciting to be working with the S8F; the practice is a hotbed of creativity, allied to a sense of regeneration of architectural space for a greener and more inclusive world.
I hope to help the team fulfil their ambitions on a sustainable commercial basis, choosing partners and projects with care and delivering them to the highest standards."
In 1986 he co-founded Headline Publishing Group, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991 and was voted publisher of the year in 1992. In 1993 Headline bought the long-established firm of Hodder & Stoughton, creating Hodder Headline PLC, the fourth largest British publisher at that time. Hodder Headline was the subject of an agreed bid of £185 million 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.
His policies of industry-leading service to authors and involvement for every member of staff were successful and the company regularly published around one in four of all British bestsellers. Hachette UK’s author list included Martina Cole, Cressida Cowell, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Stephen King and J. K. Rowling.
Hely Hutchinson was appointed a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2018 (investiture 2019) for the promotion of international literature and Anglo-French relations. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to publishing and literature.