Chair - Louise Newton
Vice Chair - Sarah Minty
Treasurer - Jess Ballance
Partnerships and Special Projects - Nina-Sophia Miralles
Head of Marketing and Communications - Kat Krusch
Kat is a Marketing Manager at Eurospan Group, an international Publishing Sales & Marketing agency. She is responsible for managing the marketing for about 40 academic publishers, primarily in the social sciences, humanities and education. Originally from Germany, with a BA in English and History and the desire to make the land of all her favourite literary heroines her home, Kat moved to the UK in 2012. She completed an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and took her first steps in publishing working at Wiley, Bloomsbury, and Oxford University Press. Outside of work and the SYP Kat is a keen traveler, regular swimmer, avid reader, silent disco enthusiast, gin drinker, lipstick hoarder, Netflixophile, politics debater, on-and-off creative writer, competitive board gamer, theatre lover, and cheese-a-holic. This is Kat's second year on the SYP committee, having previously held the position of Events Coordinator in 2016. Her favourite novels include Revolutionary Road, everything by Sarah Waters, and (of course) Harry Potter.
Head of Events/PR - Zoe Portway
Zoe works at Hodder Education in Digital Marketing as the Data and Website Assistant. 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! Her favourite novel is The Moth, Collected Stories edited George Dawes Green. This is Zoe’s third year on the SYP committee, having previously held the roles of Jobs Officer (2015) and Events Coordinator (2016) in which she took on the role of Project Manger for #sypconf16. She is very excited to be leading the Events team in her final year on the committee and is excited for the exciting plans for the year ahead.
Head of Career Liaisons - Fran Roberts
Fran is a marketing manager with six years’ experience in publishing, including at DK and I.B.Tauris. She blogs about books, fitness, food, beauty and London life on www.houseofblog.co.uk 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 last year on the SYP committee, having previously held the role of social media officer (2015 & 2016). Her favourite books are Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Book Club - Susie Bertinshaw
After catching the reading bug at an early age (thanks, J. K. Rowling!), Susie went on to study a BA in English Literature and an MA in Publishing. She now works in London as a publishing assistant for independent nonfiction publisher Hay House. In her spare time she loves films, dancing and (of course) reading. Her favourite book is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. This is Susie’s second year on the committee, and this year she will be taking on the responsibilities of Book Club Officer and UK Membership Secretary.
The Marketing Team (assisting the Head of Marketing and Communications)
Marketing and PR Coordinator - Sonali Dutta
Sonali currently works at Hodder Education as an International Sales Administrator. Previously, she worked at the Society Authors, Macmillan Cancer Support and did work experience at Pan Macmillan. She studied English and Related Literature at the University of York (tip: definitely go to Betty’s if you ever visit and get the cream tea). She also did a summer school at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, America, in Leadership and Social Action. More recently, last summer Sonali was selected for the marketing summer school at the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing. In her spare time Sonali likes listening to Radio 4 (all the cool kids do), seeing plays and of course reading. She loves dystopian fiction including Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and the classic 1984 by George Orwell. One of the best things she read last year was The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. She is currently learning Japanese and has a secret passion for manga. The way to her heart is a cup of tea (milk no sugar thanks). This is her first year on the committee and her favourite book is Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.
Marketing and PR Coordinator - Jessica Rigby
Marketing Designer - Rachel Neely
Rachel is an Editorial Assistant at Quercus, working on commercial crime and women's fiction. Previously, she was an intern at HarperCollins, assisting the Avon team. Rachel loves design and is a keen photographer. This is Rachel’s first year on the SYP committee. Her favourite novels are Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates and Sadie Jones’s The Outcast.
The Events Team (assisting the Head of Events/PR)
Events Coordinator - Sophia Althammer
Events Coordinator - Ain-Deheb Bensenouci
Events Coordinator - Phoebe Morgan
Events Coordinator - Kimberley Sheehan
Having been a Primary Teacher for six years, Kimberly recently completed a MA in Publishing and Creative Writing from Kingston University to help her transition into the publishing industry. She is currently working for the promotions team at The Reading Agency where she has already learned so much. Kimberly is delighted to be part of the events team and is looking forward to meeting as many SYP members as possible! In her spare time she writes, reads (probably far too many YA books for her age) and binge watches TV series’ (most recently SKAM an amazing Norwegian drama). Her favourite books are The BFG, Emma and And Then There Were None.
The Careers Team (assisting the Head of Career Liaisons)
Student Liaison - Bea Fitzgerald
Bea is studying a BA in English Literature at the University of Reading and has had placements at Anderssen Press, Amber Books, Mills & Boon and Scholastic. She is looking forward to being on committee as it’s hard to stay involved with the publishing world when you’re a student and as we all know: publishing people are the best people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and hanging upside down on some kind of aerial arts apparatus. Right now, she loves reading anything that she doesn’t have to write an essay on and her current favourites are Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.