London Committee 2016

Zara Markland | @Zara_Markland

Ben Bisset | @benjaminbisset

Social Media/Special Projects
Rebecca Needes | @RhetoricAlley

Social Media/Book Club
Fran Roberts | @CatwomanFran

Head of Events/PR
Louise Newton | @NewtonLou

Events team
Sophia Althammer | @Sophia_Alt
Emma Clifford | @Emma_Cliffo
Kat Krusch | @ZeKatrin
Phoebe Morgan |  @Phoebe_A_Morgan
Zoe Portway | @Zoeportway

Dasha Miller | @Jeeves__


Vice Chair/Secretary
Emily Finn | @EmzFinn

Susie Bertinshaw | @SusieBee99

Jobs Officer
Chloe Rhys | @chloe_rhys

Student Liaison
Maria Vassilopoulos | @JobsinBooks

Managing Editors
Diane Brincat | @ThisGingerSays
Sarah Minty | @SarahLMinty

Pauline Cuchet | @PowsCorner
Alice Dewing | @alicemaydewing
Laura Pietrobon | @missLpietrobon
Zoe Sharples | @zoesharples
Tahmeed Zaki | @TahmeedZaki




Zara works as a Producer on the children's licensing list for DK UK, based out of their Strand office in London. She has worked in publishing for 3 years since completing her MA in Publishing at OICPS, Oxford Brookes in 2013 and has previously worked at Macmillan Education, also in Production, before moving to DK in September 2015. Zara is a fellow at The Stationers Company, a member of The Galley Club and is a representative for Unite the Union. Personally Zara enjoys being active and alongside the SYP is a volunteer with Girlguiding, a brass player within a London community brass band and a mentor for Manchester University Gold programme. This is Zara's third and final year on the SYP committee, having previously held the roles of Commissioning Editor (2015) and Membership Officer (2014). Her favourite novel is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luiz Zafon .
image Emily is discovering the world of Children's books as Trade Marketing Co-ordinator at Egmont, previously having been in academic publishing. She has been a member of the SYP for nearly 5 years and was on the Inprint team last year before becoming Vice Chair for this year. She's a massive book hoard as well as being keen on gin and going on adventures. Her favourite novel is Laughing as They Chased Us by Sarah Jackman.
 img_20160909_142231_895 Ben studied Biological Sciences at Lancaster University before taking an entirely unrelated job in digital publishing at Cicerone. After two and a half years in Cumbria, Ben moved to Hachette in 2015. He is the treasurer of the SYP and he travels the country playing ultimate (frisbee), which is definitely a real sport.
Susie Bertinshaw Susie works in trade non-fiction sales and marketing. Her favourite novels are Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, or anything magical by J.K.Rowling. In her spare time, Susie loves to read YA, romance, fantasy and historical fiction. This is Susie's first year on the SYP committee.
chloe_rhys Chloe is the Jobs officer for the SYP as well as the Junior Consultant at Inspired Selection. For the SYP, she advertises all the publishing roles to members and at Inspired Selection, she has the wonderful, rewarding job of placing candidates in their first roles in publishing. When she’s not submerged in junior publishing roles, Chloe enjoys creative writing, studying physics and reading. This is Chloe’s first year on the SYP committee. Her favourite novel is The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
B Rebecca is an editor specialising in trade non-fiction, a job she says works for her because she's very good at having opinions about things. Working at a small publisher outside London, she first joined the SYP as a way to meet other publishers her own age, and has been sharpening her ace networking skills ever since (tip: EVERYONE is pretending to be more confident than they really are). In her spare time she reads, dances, and tries to convince the SYP committee to come bouldering with her, although they're less keen since she sprained her ankle falling off the climbing wall. This is Rebecca's third and final year on the SYP committee, having previously served as PR Officer in 2014 and Vice Chair in 2015. Her favourite novel is Watership Down.
Picture Fran is a marketing and publicity manager with five years’ experience in publishing, including at Palgrave Macmillan and I.B.Tauris. She blogs about books, fitness, food, beauty and London life on and is never happier than with a good cup of tea. Her favourite reads include sci-fi and fantasy, dystopian and translated fiction, Margaret Atwood and Ernest Hemingway. She wishes she had written The Shadow of the Wind. An aspiring superhero, she also owns a large collection of dinosaur necklaces and owl mugs. This is Fran's second year on the SYP committee, having previously held the role of social media officer (2015). Her favourite novels are For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.
 The Bookseller (3) I run Jobs in Books for The Bookseller magazine.  Follow me @jobsinbooks or get in for all your publishing Job needs.  I am also a past bookseller and publishing person and teach at UCL on the publishing MA.  I am doing a PhD in publishing history.  I am passionate about opening up the industry to a more diverse workforce and am a member of Equipp, APE and the SYP of course!  I blog on the industry for The Bookseller and at  I like books and cake in equal measure.
1004040_10152937233635072_2278529_n Louise was offered her first work experience placement by Penguin Books. While at university, she continued to gain experience under a variety of Penguin's imprints - from Michael Joseph to Hamish Hamilton. Shortly after graduating, Louise joined York Notes as an Editorial Assistant. She now works as an Audio Assistant for Little, Brown Book Group across all of their audiobooks. Louise also assists at events for the Royal Society of Literature, with the likes of Melvyn Bragg and Ali Smith. She enjoys listening to radio plays, exploring National Trust gardens and drinking cups of tea. This is Louise's second year on the SYP committee, having previously held the role of Events Coordinator (2015). Her favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams, and she also loves the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
sophia-althammer-syp-profile-photo Sophia works as the Foreign Rights Assistant at the Quarto Publishing Group and has just recently finished her MA in Comparative Literature. She discovered her passion for the publishing industry when she studied her BA in Publishing Media at the OICPS, Oxford Brookes University, and has a huge passion for anything bookish. She has a soft spot for dystopian and apocalyptic literature. When she is not reading, you can often find her baking sweet treats which she is more than happy to share with everybody over a nice cup of tea. This is Sophia’s first year on the SYP committee.
 Emma profile picture Emma Clifford is the UK Sales Assistant at Quarto Publishing Group and is on the SYP Events team this year. Emma enjoys reading thrillers, one of her favourites is Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White. It is Emma's first year on the committee, she is excited to be on the events team, particularly to meet new people and to get talking about thought provoking topics within publishing, (also to discover great places to visit within London along the way!). So come along to the events and say hello!
​Kat currently works as Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager ​for IGOs and Social Sciences and Humanities Publishers at Eurospan Group, a Covent Garden-based Sales & Marketing Agency for publishers from North America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Originally from Germany, with a BA in English and History, Kat moved to the UK in 2012 to complete an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.
This is Kat's first year on the SYP committee​. Her favourite novel is Revolutionary Road.
 PhoebeMorgan Phoebe works as an editor at HarperCollins, specialising in commercial crime and women's fiction as part of the Avon team. Previously, she worked in non-fiction at Octopus Publishing Group. This is Phoebe's first year on the SYP committee and she is looking forward to organising lots of exciting events. Her favourite novel is After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell.
   Zoe Zoe P works at Inspired Selection as the Resource Manager and the PA to the Managing Director. Her role mainly involves managing the Resourcing team, coordinating marketing projects and events and serving as PA to the MD. When Zoe is not immersed in the world of publishing, she can be found watching live music, enjoying a weekend brunch or attempting, not always successfully, to whip up a storm in the kitchen! This is Zoe’s second year on the SYP committee, having previously held the roles of Jobs Officer (2015). Her favourite novel currently is The Moth, Collected Stories edited George Dawes Green.
Sarah Minty is a Desk Editor for Rising Stars, project managing the creation of print and digital products for the primary school market. Even after nearly 3 years in the industry she still gets a buzz when the finished product lands on her desk. In her spare time Sarah reads (obviously) and also draws, after making a New Year's Resolution to take an art class this year. This is Sarah's second year on the SYP committee. Having previously worked as an editor on Inprint, she is now at the helm of the magazine and is the managing editor alongside Diane Brincat. 

Most accurately described as a nerd, Dasha works as a production editor by day and designs by night. In her spare time she likes to dance to repetitive music, drink coffee, and take photographs. This is Dasha's first year on the SYP committee, holding the position of Designer. Her favourite novel is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.


pauline cuchet Born and raised on the French Riviera, Pauline moved to Canada to pursue a BA in English Literature from McGill University. After conquering the deathly cold, she chose to move to London to take a try at rain. Pauline is currently completing a MA in Publishing at UCL and working as a Bid Writer for a consultancy. Interested in International Publishing, she writes for InPrint and will be looking to find a place in editorial, international sales or rights, once she defeats her MA dissertation. This is Pauline’s first year on the SYP committee. Her favourite novel is The Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary.
 alice-picture Having graduated in English Literature and travelled the world – including a stint teaching English for two years in Japan – Alice entered the publishing world as a Communications Assistant at FMcM Associates. She’s now moving on to a new role at Pan Macmillan as Fiction Communications Executive, and is almost too excited for this next chapter!  When she’s not busy taking authors to events or chasing journalists for reviews, she works as a pizza chef, studies bookbinding at college, plans adventures and builds things. This is Alice’s second year on the SYP committee and second year as an editor of InPrint. Her favourite novel is One Hundred Years of Solitude.
 laurap_syp Laura moved to London from Australia last year, where she made the swap from working on tourism guides to academic publishing. This is her first year on the SYP committee where she'll be working on some (hopefully) interesting features for InPrint magazine. The best book she read last year was The Star Machine by Jeanine Bassinger, and by the end of the year she hopes to finally sign up for that Baroque-themed dancing class.
ZoeSharples Zoe S is from Cheshire and has been in London three years, briefly studying abroad in California. Zoe is currently on the UCL MA in Publishing and this year plans to travel to Canada and Denmark, learn Spanish and Ruby, and read more books. This is Zoe’s first time on the SYP committee and her favourite novel is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
 581940_10150946464916852_1397752027_n Tahmeed got his first taste of the publishing industry back in 2013 with a work experience placement at DK and has since gone to work for both Penguin Random House and Hachette. This is Tahmeed’s first year on the SYP committee as an editor for Inprint magazine. His favourite novel is Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.