Here you can find out more about this year's speakers in preparation for the big day.

Keynote Address

 

Katie Espiner

Katie Espiner is Managing Director of the Orion Publishing Group. Prior to joining Orion in September 2015, she worked as an editor and publisher at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. At HarperCollins she founded The Borough Press, and she has been fortunate enough to work with writers including Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Curtis Sittenfeld, Joanna Cannon and Susie Steiner. 
 

 
 
 

Closing Panel: A brave new world - disrupt to innovate

What are the big disruptors currently in play in the publishing industry? What is going to change the landscape of print and digital publishing over the next 10 years? Our three panelists will be providing their viewpoints on the key developments to watch out for in their areas of expertise.

 

Martin Collyer

Martin Collyer is UK Head of Digital for CPI Group, Europe’s largest book printer. He manages leading short run book business CPI Antony Rowe, which next year celebrates three decades of innovation in digital printing. Martin has held other senior roles within CPI UK, including Commercial Manager, Chief Operating Officer of the commercial division and General Manager of CPI Antony Rowe Eastbourne – the group’s specialist print on demand business.

Martin began his career with an apprenticeship as a colour film planner, moving into customer service and then operations, working for Butler and Tanner and Bath Press. More recently, his main focus has been the successful installation of CPI Quantum – which combines HP T350/T410 digital inkjet printing with Magnum Flexbook finishing to deliver high quality, cost effective short run colour and monochrome books.


 

 
 
 

 

 Joseph Noble

Joseph Noble leads the Partnerships and Innovation team within Oxford University Press’ English Language Teaching business. The team pursues a range of business development projects with small and large companies, bringing innovative digital products to market, particularly in the mobile sphere, and developing new scalable business models. Prior to this, Joseph held roles responsible for managing IP assets, content licensing, and in dictionary product development. Joseph studied English and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he qualified and practised as an attorney, specialising in IT and IP contracts.


 

 
 
 

 

Rebecca Smart

Rebecca is Managing Director of Ebury Publishing, one of Penguin Random House UK's publishing houses. Ebury is the UK’s largest publisher of non-fiction, and the leader in categories including food and drink, personal development and parenting. Its imprints include BBC Books, Virgin Books, Ebury Press, Vermilion and Rider, and among its roster of authors are Mary Berry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Rick Stein, Guy Martin, Caitlin Moran, Marie Kondo and Dr Steve Peters. Ebury also has a small but perfectly formed fiction list and published Andy Weir’s bestselling novel The Martian.


 

 
 
 

Panelists

Euan Adie

Panel: New frontiers of scholarly publishing

Euan Adie founded Altmetric in 2011 and remains its CEO. Originally a medical genetics researcher, he got into science communication by way of academic publishing in product manager and then senior product manager roles at Nature Publishing Group, where amongst other things he worked on blog aggregation, online commenting and the Connotea online reference manager. He remains passionate about how science is practiced and communicated online.

 

Suzy Astbury

Panel: Climbing the ladder

Suzy started working in publishing in 2003 in London, where she worked for The Quarto Group and the moved to Michael O’Mara publishing across a variety of roles including sales, marketing and latterly Foreign Rights. In 2008, she then moved into publishing recruitment and is now Managing Director & Owner of Inspired Selection. Inspired Selection works with all publishers to introduce candidates for their vacancies from entry level all the way up to the top in roles such as MD and CEO. Suzy has worked across all levels of roles and can offer excellent advise and support for candidates looking to move into the publishing industry at the start of their career as well as move into higher level positions throughout their careers.

 

Will Atkinson

Panel: The importance of being independent

Will joined Waterstones when there were 5 stores in 1985. Having worked there for 9 years, including a stint as manager of the Hampstead branch, Will joined Faber as Paperback Product Manager in 1994. Having done a number of publishing, sales and marketing roles, his final job was Sales and Marketing director, combining it with Director for Independent Services. He moved to Atlantic Books as Publisher and MD in late 2014. 

Heavily identified with the independent sector, Will was awarded the industry Achievement Award in 2008 for the success of the Independent Alliance, set up in 2005, and was also on the board of the IPG for ten years, being chair in 2009 – 10. He was on the board of the Edinburgh Book festival for five years, and on the advisory body of the publishing course at the University of Stirling. 

Sophia Blackwell

Panel: Women in publishing

Sophia Blackwell's career has spanned academic, trade and professional publishing. Starting out as Publicity Officer for the Oxford SYP, Sophia was the London SYP's Marketing and Publicity mentor for two consecutive years. Formerly Marketing and Publicity Manager at Bloomsbury and head of marketing at The Bookseller, she currently works on lifestyle magazines and live events for a media company. Sophia is the author of three books, runs a monthly literary salon in Soho and volunteers for the charity Diversity Role Models, working with young people in schools throughout the UK to combat homophobic and transphobic attitudes. Her speaking engagements in 2017 include two Oxford colleges, Villiers Park Educational Trust, and various London companies including Havas Media, Savills and Residential Land. Sophia’s interests include coffee, vintage fashion, social mobility and anything to do with publishing.

 

Alan Booth

Panel: Keeping it green

Alan has spent twenty-five years in print publishing, first, within trade magazines in London before moving to Brussels to head-up the news design team at the Wall Street Journal Europe.

At the Wall Street Journal Europe in 1999, Alan led the European Journal’s “Millennium” redesign project, alongside world-renowned newspaper designer, and professor at Columbia University, Dr Mario Garcia.

In 2002, back in London, Alan spent time in news design at the Sunday Times and a few years with a communications agency in Canary Wharf. In 2006, he was headhunted to lead the design for US-based Crain Communication’s first launch full newspaper launch, Business Insurance Europe.

From 2010 onwards, Alan had a rewarding period in consultancy for various publishers and businesses such as Swiss Re, Qatar Re, Austrian law firm Wolf Theis, international charity SOS Children’s Villages among others. During this period he also helped found business information risk publishers, Rubicon Media.

Alan is a graduate of the University of Cardiff and the University of Law and joined Century One Publishing as its Senior Designer at Easter 2017.

In June 2017, Alan was the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in the Amersham and Chesham constituency – in a five-way contest he finished fourth.

 

Adrian Bullock

Panel: Keeping it green

Adrian Bullock teaches publishing at Oxford Brookes University, specialising in production and project management. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in modern languages, Adrian worked for OUP for the next 16 years, five of them in India.

Adrian also works as a consultant on primary education projects for NGOs like the World Bank, USAID, Save the Children, and UNICEF, work which has taken him round the world from South America to Africa and Central Asia. Adrian has written two books on publishing, Book Production and The Green Design and Print Production Handbook, and is currently working on a dictionary of publishing terms due out in Autumn 2018.

 

Sarah Caro

Panel: Translated voices

Sarah Caro has been Publisher for Social Sciences in Europe at Princeton University Press since 2014. She has over twenty years' experience in publishing including previous roles as Senior Commissioning Editor for Psychology and Sociology at Cambridge University Press, Publisher for Economics and Finance at Oxford University Press, Senior Editor for Non Fiction at Profile Books and most recently Publisher for Economics and Management journals at John Wiley & Sons. She is also a Non- executive Director of David Fickling Books.

 

Candice Carty-Williams

Panel: An inclusive industry

Candice Carty-Williams began her career in publishing with a short stint in the editorial department of Vintage Books. It was too quiet for her, so she took herself to the 4th Estate and William Collins marketing department where she worked on a number of campaigns and created and launched the 4th Estate and Guardian BAME Short Story Prize. Candice made the move to Vintage marketing a year ago where she has worked on a range of campaigns including The GirlsBluetsKumukanda and Bridget Jones’s Baby. Candice is also a member of the Penguin Random House Inclusion Committee, as well as a WriteNow representative and reader. She has just sold her debut novel, which will be published in 2019.

 

Katrina Clark

Panel: Kickstart your career

Katrina Clark is the Early in Career Recruiter for Academic Publisher Wiley. She has worked within Graduate and Early in Careers recruitment for over 15 years, supporting some of the UK’s largest recruiters of graduates, interns and apprentices with their attraction campaigns. Katrina is very excited to now be working for Wiley who are embarking on changing the way they attract early in careers talent into the organisation. She is working on a project which will see them launching a new look internship Scheme and, for the first time, a Graduate Scheme in 2018/2019.

 

Philip Cotterell

Panel: The importance of being independent

I have spent most of my career spanning five decades in Independent Publishing. My first job, aged 17, was Assistant Receptionist at the, then independent, Bodley Head. I was a part of building Piatkus Books, a leading independent publisher of the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s from a loft in Loughton to Central London offices with a turnover of £10 million before selling to Little Brown. I’ve spent the last five years building Icon, another self-financing independent with an eclectic non-fiction list with recent successes ranging from 5000-1: The Leicester City Story, Queer and Fucking Apostrophes last year to Testosterone Rex which won the Royal Society Science Book of the Year a few weeks ago. We are a team of 12 with around half the staff being in their first or second jobs and everyone has an input into the creative side of the company.

 

Alice Curry

Panel: The importance of being independent

Alice Curry is the Founder and Publisher of Lantana Publishing, a London-based independent publishing company shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2017. A former academic lecturer and freelance editor, Alice holds a PhD in children’s literature, has published regularly in international journals, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences across Europe. Passionate about diverse and inclusive children’s literature and the accessibility of relevant, representative stories for children, Alice has commissioned award-winning titles from authors and illustrators in almost twenty countries. Recently, she has overseen Lantana’s entry into the US market by means of a sales and distribution partnership with Lerner Publishing Group. Alice is this year’s winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing.

 

Ben Doyle

Panel: Breaking boundaries

Ben Doyle holds a BA and an MA in Literature and Contemporary Literature respectively from Lancaster University. He joined Palgrave Macmillan in 2009 as an Editorial Assistant on the Literature and Theatre Studies lists and is now Publisher and Global Head of Literature for Palgrave Macmillan’s Scholarly division. Ben heads up a small team of six people which, between them, publish c. 200 books per year.

 

Richard Foreman

Panel: Breaking boundaries

Richard Foreman is the co-founder of Endeavour Press, the UK's largest independent digital publishers. Before founding Endeavour Press Richard worked as a bookseller and also a freelance publicist and literary consultant. His clients included Simon Sebag Montefiore, William Dalrymple and Kate Williams. Richard is also a bestselling historical novelist.

 

Domiziana Francescon

Panel: Social responsibility 

Domiziana Francescon serves as the Elsevier Foundation’s Program Officer and is a strong supporter of the company’s Corporate Responsibility program. Domiziana obtained a master’s degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Publishing Studies.

 

Guy Gadney

Panel: Beyond the standard

Guy has worked in digital media for just over 20 years. He was first head of digital for Penguin Books in the mid-nineties and has lead digital strategies and production for television, telco and online companies in both the UK and Australia.

To Play For is his third start-up company, focused on new forms of storytelling used character-based chatbot technologies powered by artificial intelligence.

His previous productions include the current official app for the BBC drama Sherlock, transmedia projects for RTL Group, Network Ten, Channel Seven, and over 200 websites, games and apps across multiple media brands. His most recent project was the chatbot-based thriller The Suspect at www.thesuspect.com. He has a regular digital trends column for The Bookseller, and mentors student entrepreneurs at The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

 

Jo Glanville

Panel: Freedom of expression

Jo Glanville has been an advocate for freedom of expression in the UK and internationally for a decade. She was director of English PEN and an award-winning editor of Index on Censorship. She was previously a news and documentary producer at the BBC and has written for many publications, including the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Independent, the TLS and the Bookseller. She is currently a visiting fellow at Giessen University.

 

Jacquelyn Guderley

Panel: Women in publishing

Jacquelyn is a gender equality advocate and social entrepreneur, and listed as one of the UK's most influential Women in Tech in 2017 by Computer Weekly and one of the top 50 champions of women in business 2017 by the Financial Times & HERoes. She began her career as a management consultant in the technology sector, at Accenture, where she played a key role in company-wide gender initiatives, including piloting and launching Accenture's Girls in Tech programme. She went on to become co-founder of Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise that inspires girls and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM), working with over 10,000 girls and young women over three years to change their perceptions of the STEM industries. She is now Founder and CEO of Salomé, the literary magazine for emerging female writers, a platform that aims to tackle gender inequality in publishing. Jacquelyn is also on the steering committee for the Tech Talent Charter, which brings together industries and organisations to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles.

Emma Hayley

Panel: Beyond the standard

Emma launched the independent graphic novel publishing house SelfMadeHero in 2007, after spotting a gap in the market for high quality graphic novels. Her background in publishing, following a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University, London, has seen her work as a journalist, a film PR and as an editorial director for several small publishers. Since launching her own company, her focus has shifted to the business and entrepreneurial face of book publishing, while she remains hands-on in commissioning new titles.

She was named UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year, as part of the British Book Industry Awards 2008. SelfMadeHero has become one of the leading graphic novel publishing houses, and it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Mads Holmen

Panel: New frontiers of scholarly publishing

Mads is the founder of Bibblio, a content recommendation platform for publishers. The company uses machine learning to provide users with more engaging and trustworthy content suggestions. Bibblio works with platforms such as Canadian Electronic Library, Business of Fashion, Open Learn and Afar.

Prior to Bibblio, Mads spent 10 years in online media in a variety of planning and strategy roles. He started his career at goviral, where he worked closely with the founding team throughout the company’s rapid growth and sale to AOL for $96.7m.

 

Peter Hughes

Panel: Social responsibility 

Peter Hughes is Director of Sustainability for Pearson, the world's leading learning company. He has overall responsibility to lead on corporate responsibility work at Pearson including environmental and supply chain management issues. As well as being the Director of Sustainability for Pearson, Peter Hughes is chair of the Publishers Association Environment Review Group, which spreads awareness within the book industry of the environmental impact of publishing.

 

Alison Jones

Panel: Climbing the ladder

Alison Jones is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, helping businesses with something to say create superb books that are deeply integrated with their wider platform. A veteran of the publishing industry, she worked for 25 years with leading companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan (she was Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan until she left to set up her pioneering new partnership publishing company in 2014). She also provides executive coaching, consultancy and training services to publishers and regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild, and hosts The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books. She has written and edited several books, most recently This Book Means Business (publishing 2017).

 

Alison Jones 

Panel: Open Access – what’s it all about?

Alison Jones is Managing Editor for Open Access Books at Oxford University Press. She works with colleagues from all different areas of the business, from editorial to production, legal and marketing to launch new book titles which are free to read and share online. OA is a big change in the way publishers work and to be successful we have to communicate well with authors, researcher funders and librarians to deliver what they need. OA is exciting and challenging but a great area to work in if you like to feel at the forefront of change.

Prior to working at OUP, Alison worked for the University of Edinburgh as Open Access Publishing Assistant helping busy academics submit their papers to the library’s research repository and promoting OA publishing options. She graduated in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester.

Theo Jones 

Panel: Freedom of expression

Theo Jones is a Publishing Contracts Advisor at the Society of Authors where he works to support the organisation’s mission to protect the rights and further the interests of writers: from novelists to translators, playwrights to children’s book illustrators and academics to ghost-writers. Prior to joining the staff at the Society in January 2017 Theo worked in various roles at Oxford University Press, including across sales, marketing and rights licensing – latterly holding the position of Global Business Development Manager. Here he held responsibility for the onward licensing of OUP’s academic and trade portfolio into translation across Turkey, Germany, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He also held a remit for the onward licensing of English- language rights across a variety of formats including book-club and film. Theo graduated from Oxford University in 2008 with a BA(Oxon) in Music and subsequently completed both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice based at Oxford Brookes University.

Zainab Juma

Panel: An inclusive industry

Zainab started her career in publishing at The Folio Society and is now Creative Manager at Penguin Random House UK. She looks after Penguin brand campaigns, and spends her time thinking up ways to connect books to audiences, whether that’s an Instagram book club for Black History Month or a performance night for Pride.  

Marcel Knöchelmann

Panel: Open Access – what’s it all about?

Marcel Knöchelmann is a doctoral student at the Department of Information Studies at University College London. He has extensive scholarly communication experience from various publishing projects at Wiley, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, and Knowledge Unlatched, among others. Marcel received a 2016 SSP International Fellowship, was the 2015 John Wiley & Sons scholar, and is an alumnus of the German National Merit Foundation. His research is funded by the AHRC UK through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. He publishes articles on Open Access and the economics of publishing on lepublikateur.de.

Ashley Lodge

Panel: An inclusive industry

Ashley Lodge is a Senior Publisher at Pearson in their Schools Division. He is currently on a secondment to lead their mindfulness programme across their UK business. He is an active member of Spectrum, Pearson’s LGBT Network, and has been working with Stonewall on their LGBT Inclusive Curriculum for Secondary Schools which is being released this autumn and is sponsored by Pearson. Prior to joining Pearson Ashley was a Commissioning Editor and then the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at HarperCollins UK where he oversaw the company’s environmental and charitable initiatives. He holds a degree in Philosophy from Southampton University and a PGCE from Cambridge University.

Stephen Lotinga

Panel: A post-truth era

Stephen Lotinga is Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, joining in January 2016.

His career before publishing spanned the private and public sectors. This included working in government as Director of Communications to the Deputy Prime Minister, Executive Director of External Affairs and Strategy at PHSO and Managing Director at two large communications consultancies.

Earlier in his career he worked for the Liberal Democrats as a Senior Policy Advisor, including leading the team of advisers in 2010 who successfully guided the Party into the first coalition government in half a century. Before that he worked as DCMS Policy Adviser to Lord Foster of Bath where he was originally introduced to the world of publishing, intellectual property and the wider creative industries.

Rebecca Marsh

Panel: Keeping it green

Rebecca is the Senior Editor of the Greenleaf Publishing list at Routledge. She was previously the Publishing Director at Greenleaf Publishing, where she developed and grew the list of titles and products in the fields of sustainability, responsible business and governance. Prior to this, she worked at Emerald Group Publishing. She started as a Publisher at Emerald in 1997, became Head of Editorial in 2003, Publishing Director in 2006 and Director of External Relations and Services in 2012. Prior to joining Emerald, she worked at Smith Settle Publishers and the British Journal of Radiology.

Manisha Matharu

Panel: The truth about internships

Manisha Matharu joined Penguin Random House as Resourcing Advisor just over a year ago. Her first step into publishing was a Creative Access internship with Little, Brown, which turned into a permanent Key Accounts Assistant role. A big part of her Resourcing Advisor role is championing Penguin Random House’s creative responsibility and inclusivity goals.

Jason Mitchell

Panel: Climbing the ladder

Jason Mitchell is Acquisitions Editor, Serials and Handbooks, at Elsevier responsible for Chemistry, Physics and Economics content. Prior to this he was Publishing Services Manager heading up the Engineering, Finance, Food Science, Forensics and Chinese publishing partnership project management team. Jason has 16 years’ experience in the academic / STM publishing sectors after completing an M.Phil in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. He has worked in editorial, sales and production roles for Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan and Elsevier in England, Scotland and Ireland. Jason is Chair of the STM Early Careers sub-committee Mentoring Scheme, now in its third year facilitating continued cross-company learning and development in publishing, and founded the SYP Mentoring Scheme in 2009. He is a committee member of Oxford Publishing Society (OPuS) and has written articles for LOGOS, the quarterly journal of the world publishing community.

Aimee Nixon

Panel: Open Access - what's it all about?

Aimee has worked in academic journals publishing for over 12 years. She has worked at Emerald Publishing since 2009, and in 2016 was appointed Head of Open Access. Aimee started her career at Taylor & Francis, where she worked across a number of subject disciplines, predominantly in the social sciences. In her current role as Head of Open Access, she is responsible for developing Emerald’s strategy for engaging with the new open research environment, and recently led the launch of Emerald’s new open access brand, Emerald Reach.

Alice Revel

Panel: Breaking boundaries

Alice Revel is the co-founder of Reading in Heels: a monthly subscription service for intelligent, stylish, modern women, allowing members to discover the latest in contemporary literary fiction, alongside an Expert Edit of beauty and lifestyle treats from curated independent and luxury brands. Launched in July 2017, Reading in Heels aims to promote female writers and women in business - at least 50% of the brands featured in every box are female-founded. Alice also runs online magazine Running in Heels, and does occasionally wear trainers.

Chloë Rose

Panel: The truth about internships

Chloë Rose is a Publicity Assistant at W.W.Norton & Company, and came on board with PubInterns in August 2016 when she was still job hunting. PubInterns was founded in early 2016 as a Twitter and blog to help source entry level jobs and internships, provide advice, and generally be a tool for support for those seeking a career in publishing. Now she has a slightly busier schedule and is becoming adept at juggling many things, however she always has time for job seekers and advice as she vividly remembers how hard it is. Outside of work and publishing, she enjoys eating (but not cooking), musicals, and perfecting her GIF game.

Sarah Savitt

Panel: Women in publishing

Sarah Savitt is Publisher of Virago and previously worked at Headline, Faber and David Godwin Associates. On the fiction side, she has edited and published bestselling and prize-winning authors including Louise Doughty, Kate Hamer, Hanif Kureishi, Karen Rose, Sarah Schmidt and Chibundu Onuzo. In non-fiction, she has worked with authors including Lauren Graham, Sara Pascoe, Adharanand Finn and Kat Banyard. She has taught editing for Arvon, Faber Academy and Guardian Masterclasses. She is also the Chair of the Board for the feminist campaign group UK Feminista.

She can be found on Twitter @sarahsavitt.

Veruschka Selbach

Panel: A post-truth era

Veruschka Selbach is Managing Director of Pluto Press. She has worked internationally in academic and professional publishing for 20 years – OUP, Berg, Earthscan, Pickering & Chatto, and ebooks.com. She has varied experience in sales, marketing, management, consultancy, and most things digital. Veruschka founded Dō Sustainability in 2012, a digital professional publisher, which was nominated for the IPG Newcomer of the Year Award in 2014 and is now part of Routledge. In May 2017, she became MD of Pluto Press, embarking on an ambitious programme of growth through new and exciting initiatives. She is a fellow at the RSA.

Nick Sheerin

Panel: Translated voices

Nick Sheerin is an editor at Serpent’s Tail, an imprint of award-winning independent publisher Profile Books, where he publishes literary fiction and non-fiction. He studied languages, literature and translation at the universities of Bristol, Bologna and Vic.

James Spackman

Panel: The truth about internships

James Spackman is a publisher and consultant. He works with Profile Books as publisher of Pursuit, a new cycling imprint. Alongside this, he runs workshops on presentation and copywriting and is founder of The Spare Room Project.

A regular speaker at publishing conferences, he has given influential talks on trade marketing, cover copy and Reader Experience among other topics. His publishing career started at Bloomsbury (in the post room), then progressed with roles at John Murray, Hodder and Osprey Group. His career has involved sales, marketing, management and, most recently, editorial.

He can be found on Twitter @Blackpooltower.

Jemimah Steinfeld

Panel: Freedom of expression

Jemimah Steinfeld has lived and worked in both Shanghai and Beijing where she has written on a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on youth culture, gender and censorship. She is the author of the book Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China, which was described by the FT as “meticulously researched and highly readable”. Jemimah has freelanced for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Vice, CNN, Time Out and the Huffington Post. She has a degree in history from Bristol University and went on to study an MA in Chinese Studies at SOAS. She can be found tweeting @JFSteinfeld.

Miles Stevens-Hoare

Panel: Beyond the standard

Miles Stevens-Hoare joined WF Howes as GM – UK and Australia in February of this year. WF Howes are part of RB Media, a PE backed audiobook publisher and technology company. They publish an extensive range of best selling fiction and nonfiction for the consumer and library market. They also have their own Consumer platform, www.audiobooks.com which recently launched in the UK and Australia, after experiencing phenomenal growth in North America. Miles has spent most of his career in publishing, originally in Product Management with EMAP Magazines, then his first MD role at Panini (children’s stickers and Comics). He subsequently spent nearly 6 years with Scholastic running Book Clubs and Fairs and then after a short VC adventure, 7 years running Capstones International business in Oxford. Consequently, Miles has a range of experience across many publishing segments and formats.

Jacques Testard

Panel: Translated voices

Jacques Testard is a co-founder of The White Review and publisher of Fitzcarraldo Editions. His authors include Svetlana Alexievich, Claire-Louise Bennett and Mathias Enard.

Hannah Watson

Panel: Social responsibility 

Hannah Watson is Head of Fundraising and Development at Book Aid International, responsible for leading all of the charity's fundraising activities. Book Aid International receives no support from the government and all income is raised through the generosity of trusts and foundations, corporate and community organisations, schools and individuals. Following an MA in Egyptology and two years with Blackwell’s Academic Bookshops, Hannah began her career as an individual giving fundraiser in UK and international organisations including Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, and RedR UK. Hannah has nearly 10 years’ experience in the charity sector and was awarded her Diploma in Fundraising in 2013. From 2008 – 2011, Hannah was Individual Giving Manager at Book Aid International. She returned as Head of Fundraising and Development in February 2015.

Helen Youngs

Panel: Kickstart your career

Helen Youngs is a Senior Consultant at Inspired Selection focussing on roles in Trade publishing. Passionate about the industry, she has previously worked with both mainstream and independent publishers, including Titan and Penguin Random House. She was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2014 after working on their events team for two years and is still waving the SYP flag! Helen relishes connecting the right candidates with our clients and building her network of contacts in the industry. She is a vivacious bibliophile with a love of the arts and sunny people.