London Committee 2017

Chair - Louise Newton


Louise works in audio across all twelve of Little, Brown Book Group’s imprints with the likes of Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), Clare Mackintosh and David Sedaris. During university Louise built a strong body of experience under a variety of Penguin's imprints – from Michael Joseph to Hamish Hamilton – and shortly after graduating joined York Notes as an Editorial Assistant. She loves short stories, listening to podcasts and casting audiobooks. Alongside the SYP, Louise assists the Royal Society of Literature at their events. This is Louise’s final year on the committee, having previously held the roles of Events Coordinator (2015) and Head of Events/PR (2016) during the SYP Conference 2016. Her favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams; she’ll also happily leaf through anything by Katherine Mansfield.

Vice Chair - Sarah Minty


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Sarah is a Desk Editor for Rising Stars, project managing the creation of print and digital products for the primary school market. Even after nearly three years in the industry she still gets a buzz when a finished product lands on her desk. In her spare time Sarah reads (obviously) and also draws, after making a New Year's Resolution last year to take an art class. This is Sarah's third and final year on the SYP committee. Having previously worked as a Managing Editor on Inprint she is now Vice Chair. Her favourite novel varies, depending on mood, today it's Atonement by Ian McEwan.

Treasurer - Jess Ballance


Jess moved to London from Manchester after graduating from Cambridge University with an English BA, a caffeine addiction, and writer’s cramp. Foregoing unpaid internships, she joined Daunt Books as a full-time bookseller and, with time, branch manager. There, she experienced the industry from the frontline, managed their Children’s Short Story Competition, and gradually read her way around the world. She now works in digital publishing at Nosy Crow, and moonlights as an Associate Editor for Dodo Ink. Jess also volunteers for the Royal Society of Literature, is learning German (slowly), and is (even more slowly) mixing up her basic html skills with a bit of CSS and Ruby. She likes disappearing into a great book, staring lasciviously at photos in cookery books, and wandering along the Thames Path with a very large coffee. She wishes she had written The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss — and the Harry Potter series, because, £££.

Partnerships and Special Projects - Nina-Sophia Miralles


Nina-Sophia is a moody writer turned social butterfly, who felt lonely sitting around penning stories and turned to publishing other people's wonderful work. Last year she won The Hospital Club's h.100 Rising Star Award for co-founding Londnr Magazine, where she currently holds the position of editor in chief and head of events. Londnr is a platform focused on the arts, culture and lifestyle in our capital with their ethos firmly rooted in supporting writers. This is her first year on the committee and her favourite novel is Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh.

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 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


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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


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Jessica is a Marketing Executive at Macmillan Children's Books, which means she gets to work on marketing their 6+ and Heritage titles. This role has given her the opportunity to work on various exciting projects, and also revealed a previously unknown love of putting foil onto as many materials as possible. In her spare time, Jess likes to read YA fiction, make the most of her housemate's Netflix account and create art using colourful inks, although it's still a work in progress. This is Jess' first year on the SYP committee and she's really excited to be a part of it.

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


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 second year on the SYP committee. Her favourite book currently is Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut for its satirical, brilliant and thought-provoking contemplation of the worth of humanity's survival on earth.

Events Coordinator - Ain-Deheb Bensenouci


Ain works in International Sales at Penguin Random House. After completing her MA in Publishing at UCL, she joined Ubiquity Press, a small academic publisher, as publishing assistant only to discover that her real interest was in trade publishing. True to her Italian origins, she loves good food and is keen to explore every foodie bit of London. Second only to her love for books, it's her passion for events, which she's looking forward to share as Events Coordinator. This is Ain's first year on the SYP committee. Her favourite book is The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner.

Events Coordinator - Phoebe Morgan


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 second year on the SYP committee; in her first year she helped organise the London Conference along with many other successful events. Her favourite novel is After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell.

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.