Oxford Committee

Co-chair - Rebecca Bengoechea

Rebecca is a History graduate from the University of Sheffield. After several months studying Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca, her first foray into publishing was with children’s books in the co-editions department of Igloo Books. Rebecca is now an International Rights Executive for Princeton University Press following time in both their Publicity and Editorial departments. After an enjoyable year as Speaker Events Coordinator, Rebecca is now Co-Chair of the Oxford branch of the SYP with Franca and is looking forward to a fantastic 2017 with the rest of the committee!

Co-chair - Franca Driessen

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Franca graduated from the University of Exeter with a Masters in Classics & Ancient History. She started work in publishing at University of Exeter Press as a marketing assistant, but working in all areas of the press. She currently works as a Senior Marketing Executive in Academic Science at Oxford University Press. Follow Franca on Twitter at @francadriess.

Treasurer - Michelle Fisher

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Michelle is currently a Content Development Manager within the STM Journals department at Elsevier. Prior to this she gained experience working with Bodleian Library Publishing and Signal Books. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Study of Religions from Bath Spa University, a Masters in Creative Writing and a Masters in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Michelle enjoys writing in her spare time and has enough books at home to start a small library.

Speaker Events Coordinator - Christie Anderson

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Christie is a recent French graduate from the University of Oxford. She ventured down the road to Oxford University Press and works as a Rights Assistant, having completed the Press’ summer scheme as an editorial intern. She is new to the publishing world and is looking forward to organising some exciting speaker events with Daisy this year! Follow Christie on Twitter @ChristieA_1

Speaker Events Coordinator - Daisy Simonis



Following ducks seems to be Daisy's path at the moment, having recently completed a degree in Marketing from Edge Hill University where the campus is full of ducks, to now working as a Publicity Assistant as Oxford University Press where there are even more ducks! New to publishing, she is happiest when her desk is covered in books and enjoys organizing book launches and events. Follow her on Twitter @daisysimonis 

 Social Events Coordinator - Georgina Leighton

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Georgie currently works at Oxford University Press as an Assistant Commissioning Editor, having initially stumbled across the Press’ summer internship scheme after completing a BA in Philosophy and German at the University of Oxford. She and Kate will be dreaming up some exciting SYP Oxford social events and looking forward to seeing you there!

Social Events Coordinator - Kate McNamara


Kate is a graduate of English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. She has worked at McGraw-Hill Education and Oxford University Press and is now Assistant Marketing Manager at Wiley. She loves Seamus Heaney, Meg Cabot, and Disney, and enjoys hoarding blank journals. She is excited for a fun-filled year with SYP Oxford. Follow Kate on Twitter @McNamaraKate

Marketing Coordinator - Laura Holliday


Laura is a graduate of Publishing from Edinburgh Napier, and Design with English Language from Kingston University, who now works as an Associate Marketing Manager on Medical books at Taylor & Francis. Whilst studying her publishing master’s degree in Edinburgh she was a member of the SYP there and thoroughly enjoyed the events they held and found them to be not only fun but extremely useful for networking too! Laura is looking forward to having an amazing 2017 working on marketing the SYP with Karen and the rest of the amazing committee! It’s going to be a great year!

Marketing Coordinator - Karen Raith

Karen is a graduate of English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh and MLitt in Publishing at the University of Stirling. Since graduating from Stirling, she has been an Editorial Assistant at John Wiley and Sons, Development Editor at Kogan Page, and is currently Senior Assistant Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press (aka Hogwarts).

Conference Coordinator - Hannah Charters

Hannah is a Literature graduate from the University of Warwick. She started her life in publishing doing internships in London, before settling down in Oxford at Oxford University Press, where she is now a Marketing Manager for the academic list of online resources. She is looking forward to helping organise SYP Oxford’s forthcoming conference this year.

Oxford Brookes Student Liaison - Siân Heap


Siân recently graduated with a degree in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews. She misses the permanent grey sky and sandy beaches with all of her heart. She is now studying the MA Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes and can also be found working at Blackwell's. She is looking forward to raising awareness of the SYP's amazing events and opportunities.

Oxford Brookes Student Liaison - Amy Maidment

Amy is currently studying on the MA Publishing Course at Brookes, and is primarily interested in marketing. Before that she worked at Waterstones Oxford, and has a BA in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Nottingham. Other than book related things, she loves music and songwriting, evenings in the pub, and is currently learning Hebrew for fun. Find her on twitter: @AmyTellsStories

Oxford University Student Liaison - Maddie Pollard

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Madeleine is a second year undergraduate at Oxford University, studying English Literature. She is hoping to spread word of SYP’s exciting speaker events and valuable networking evenings across her university, encouraging attendance and engagement. With a passion for journalism and the arts, she currently works for The ISIS magazine and spent the summer of 2016 interning in South America with Bolivian Express. Madeleine also enjoys competing in her university’s cheerleading team.

Oxford University Student Liaison - Emma Woodcock


Emma is in her second year studying English Language and Literature at Oxford. She's the current president of the University's English Society, has worked for Cherwell and The Oxford Student and does a tiny bit of college rowing. Having previously undertaken work experience in the National Trust's publishing department and another small publishing company, she's looking forward to attending and publicising the SYP's events to students across the university.