Chair - Heather Champion

Heather Champion SYP Ireland

Heather has left a trail of words from Sydney to Oxford, Dhaka to Dublin, finally finding a home in Ireland’s lush literary landscape. She has edited for book publishers, NGOs, and her own freelance business at She now works for Lonely Planet.

Twitter: @heathesuarus

Secretary - Joanna Smyth

Joanna Smyth
Originally from the west of Ireland, Joanna Smyth studied at NUI Galway, where she completed a completed a Master's in Literature and Publishing. She joined Hachette Ireland as an editorial assistant in 2010 and is now Editorial and Communications Manager.

Twitter: @joanna_smyth

Treasurer - Imogen McBean

Imogen McBean
Since graduating with a degree in English Literature in 2012 and realising that she wanted to forge a career around books, Imogen has been involved in various aspects of the publishing industry. Amongst other things, she worked for an historical fiction author for over a year. Last year Imogen completed a MSc in Publishing in Edinburgh and is currently working as a children's bookseller in Dublin which she loves!

Twitter: @imogenjanem

Communications Officer – Chris Byrne

Chris Byrne SYP Ireland

After completing his MSc in Publishing in Edinburgh in 2014, Chris worked at a number of publishers in the UK, employed variously in Cambridge and Oxford. Following a brief stint in Dundee, he is now working in his native Dublin where he spends his time editing books and magazines at Messenger Publications.

Twitter: @C_J_P_B