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austin-laura copy 2Laura Austin
Co-founder of BookMachine and Marketing Manager, YUDU Media

Laura has been working in publishing for 7 years and in that time has co-founded the social publishing community, BookMachine and is responsible for Marketing, PR and Business Development for the site. BookMachine organise informal events for publishers globally, including New York, London, Oxford and Toronto. In 2013, Laura was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, picked as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars and BookMachine’s newest project, BookMachine.me (an online tool for publishers to find people to work with) was shortlisted for the Tools of Change Startup Showcase. It's been a busy year, and she's delighted to be finishing it off by presenting at and supporting the SYP Conference. Laura previously worked at Pearson, OUP and Cengage Learning; and is currently Marketing Manager at YUDU Media, where she heads up Marketing across the business.

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begg-jenniferJennifer Begg
Digital obsessive and trainer by day; campaigner, knitter and Buffy fan by night.

Jennifer is an engaging public speaker and presents regularly. From social good at Cybher 2012 to this year’s Brighton SEO, Jennifer’s friendly and open style both informs and entertains the room. She is enormously passionate about her work whether it’s technology, fundraising or personal development.

All of Jennifer’s public presentations are available on her SlideShare.

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canty-nickNick Canty
Lecturer in Publishing, University College London

Nick Canty worked in publishing for the better part of 15 years before joining academia in 2010. Having held editorial roles at Pearson, Thomson and a large professional institution he now lectures on UCL’s MA in Publishing programme, where he leads on various modules including one on publishing skills. Nick’s research interests include how publishers are using social media and how organisations adopt new technologies. You can find him on Twitter at @nickpublisher.

catton-charlesCharles Catton
Publishing Manager, Amber Books Ltd

Charles Catton has worked in book publishing since 1996, and on digital projects since 2009. He is Publishing Manager at Amber Books Ltd, an independent London-based publisher and book packager that specializes in creating illustrated non-fiction titles in print and digital formats for adults and children. He is responsible for editorial, design, marketing and all things digital, from Amber’s print and e-book publishing programme to apps and now partworks…you can often find him on Twitter at @crgc.

chi-ysYS Chi

Youngsuk “YS” Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and Reed Elsevier in several different capacities. In his primary role as Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and Asia strategy for Elsevier’s parent company. As non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and in industry associations worldwide. Mr. Chi serves as the President of the International Publishers Association, a global organization that represents the interests of more than 50 publishing industry association members from countries around the world.

Early in his career, as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, he founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House. He has also earned widespread respect for his ability to work across cultures. As founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea.

Mr. Chi has served on numerous charitable, educational and industry boards, including Princeton University, Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the boards of Association of American Publishers and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers.

collier-suzanneSuzanne Collier
Suzanne is an industry expert in book publishing and careers.

Suzanne Collier has been in the book business for 30 years and has worked in every department, in both trade and academic publishing, and is the founder of bookcareers.com. It has been said that her Filofax reads like a Who’s Who of publishing. Fully qualified in careers guidance, Suzanne is listed as a registered practitioner of the Career Professional Alliance and winner of Women in Publishing’s Pandora Award. She sees private clients for Career Development and works with everyone from Managing Directors downwards to ensure they find career success; she also volunteers her time to run a job club for unemployed publishers. Suzanne's SYP connections are well known too: she holds the record of being the youngest person ever to Chair the SYP; and the only person to Chair SYP London more than once (5 times in 10 years).

coveney-nickNick Coveney
Editor for Consumer, Audio and Digital at Hodder Children’s Books (part of Hachette UK)

Working for one of the UK’s leading publishing groups, Nick’s role encompasses new product development, digitisation, and digital strategy across the imprint as well as creating a new list. Recently he acted as a consultant on the #1 bestselling Educational iOS app Cloudspotter. Nick previously worked at Hodder & Stoughton Ltd for 2 ½ years and was responsible for their Audio and Digital Publishing lists, working with a number of bestselling authors including Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver, David Mitchell, George R. R. Martin, Miranda Hart and Sir Michael Caine. He can often be found on Twitter: @nmjcoveney

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degler-beckyBecky Degler
Web Publishing Manager, Wiley

Becky Degler is Web Publishing Manager at John Wiley & Sons. She has worked as a website product manager for Wiley’s publishing partners, mainly focusing on academic societies. Prior to her work in publishing, she completed a PhD in literature at the University of Essex. She’s been a gamer since the early 1980s when she was introduced to her first Atari, and is delighted that logging all those hours of gaming is transferable to her work with academic communities.

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edwards-lisaLisa Edwards
Publisher, Carlton Publishing Group

Lisa Edwards has worked in children's publishing for 17 years and only recently transitioned into a new role as Publisher for the adult list at Carlton Publishing Group. In her 12-year career at Scholastic Children's Books, latterly as Publishing Director, she was responsible for the publishing, both print and digital, and the licensing of the company's brands in the UK, across fiction, non-fiction and picture-book divisions, including His Dark Materials, The Hunger Games, Horrible Histories, Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, and Liz Pichon's Tom Gates series. Now at Carlton, Edwards manages the international publishing of high-profile non-fiction titles across sport, music, lifestyle and reference divisions, including the Liberty of London Treasures, the FIFA World Cup programme and Gered Mankowitz's 50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography.

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hawes-emmaEmma Hawes
Senior Production Editor, Oxford University Press

Emma joined OUP in 2009 as an Assistant Production Editor, and since then has progressed to Senior Production Editor. Her role involves overseeing the production of a variety of Academic, Police, and Practitioner Law texts, in addition to managing key Law titles. Prior to working at OUP, Emma completed a joint honours degree at Oxford Brookes University, studying Publishing with Communication, Media, and Culture.

horne-alastairAlastair Horne
Social Media and Communities Manager, Cambridge University Press

Alastair Horne is Social Media and Communities Manager at Cambridge University Press, where he has worked for the past nine years, in a variety of roles. As Innovations Manager, he was responsible for prototyping new types of product, exploring new business models, and keeping the Press up to date with developments in the rapidly-changing industry. One of the highlights of this period was collaborating with the Williams Formula One team on the award-winning software for primary school children, Race to Learn, during which time he not only taught classes of nine to eleven year olds, but also regularly wore racing overalls.

Alastair has taught classes on many publishing degree courses, and spoken at a great many conferences and book fairs, including London and Frankfurt. Two years ago, he spoke here at the SYP conference, on the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire and its relevance to the publishing industry.

The author of the Media Futures report on the Future of Publishing, he writes regularly on the future of publishing, blogs at pressfuturist.com, and tweets as @pressfuturist. He's also currently working on a novel set in a Parisian cemetery.

huang-eric copyEric Huang
Development Director at Made in Me, an award winning digital agency specialising in children's entertainment and brand development.

Starting out at Disney Publishing in Los Angeles, USA, Eric moved to Melbourne, Australia, as Managing Editor at Penguin Australia. He then joined Aussie toy company Funtastic's new book division as Publisher, after which he re-located to the UK as Head of Licensing at Parragon. In 2007,Eric took up the role of Publishing Director at Penguin UK's Media and Entertainment division where he looked after Penguin's Intellectual Property and co-production businesses. After six years at Penguin Eric moved on to become Development Director at Mind Candy before joining Made in Me. Eric lives in London and is always on the lookout for creative partnerships and ways to tell stories via new media platforms.

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johnson-deanDean Johnson
Vice President, Brandwidth Innovation Lab

As an accomplished design leader, writer, presenter, tech pundit, Dean is shaping the future for clients including Lexus, Disney, the BBC, Warner Music, Apple Computers and Smithsonian Enterprises. Dean is a Fellow and the former VP of The Chartered Society of Designers and has held lead design roles at large and small agencies, Virgin Media and Fijit (his own creative agency). Publishing has been part of Dean’s life for nearly 30 years (yes, he started that early!) and he’s changing the business, rather than letting it change him!

He can be often found on Twitter at @activrightbrain. More about his work can be found here, www.brandwidthgroup.com and his personal site www.activrightbrain.com.

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kemp-claire louiseClaire Louise Kemp
Publishing Recruitment Specialist, Atwood Tate

Claire Louise Kemp (aka CLK) manages the Oxford office of Atwood Tate. She is a digital guru (with an MSc in Computer Applications she should know what she’s talking about!), and is passionate about diversity and getting children reading. Her publishing experience comes from three years at Oxford University Press in Children’s Rights. CLK’s previous work experience includes time spent helping disadvantaged people get back into training and education, as well as customer care training, and Archaeology.

 

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lafaye-vanessaVanessa Lafaye
Publisher for New Initiatives, Wiley

Vanessa’s role involves devising new and innovative products and services for use in academic and professional communities, across all disciplines. Vanessa has worked in academic publishing for 26 years, in and around Oxford, starting with IRL Press in Eynsham as a journals Production Editor. She then spent 10 years at Oxford University Press as a books Commissioning Editor, first in molecular biology and then in psychology/neuroscience. She came to Blackwell in 1999 to work on psychology journals, and then move into a role focused on online innovation for social sciences. She has a history of launching new and unusual electronic products, most recently in 2012 with TEDStudies.

luke-karinaKarina Luke
Executive Director, Book Industry Communication (BiC)

Karina has over 20 years publishing industry experience, including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley, followed by 12 years at Penguin where she was the Digital and Data Supply Chain Manager. She joined Book Industry Communication Ltd (BIC) as its new Executive Director in February 2012 and has since been restructuring and re-energising the organisation in addition to growing its remit and international focus. Previous publishing industry roles have included international sales/rights, customer operations, and stock and data management. She has a wealth of operational and data experience in both the physical and digital supply chains and is passionate about training, metadata and process improvement.

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mason-joanneJoanne Mason
Production Manager, Oxford University Press

Jo has worked for OUP in journals publishing for over 18 years. She has held a variety of roles mainly within production and is now heads up a team specialising in setting-up new journals and transitioning journals into the production department. Her role includes ensuring journals are set up correctly and that the launch process runs smoothly. In addition to these roles, Jo also manages offshore and UK-based suppliers, monitoring production costs and budgets.

mcveigh-chrisChris McVeigh
Founder, FourFiftyOne

Chris spent more than a decade working in major publishing corporations before establishing FourFiftyOne - a consultancy which assists publishers on marketing issues and emerging technologies. He currently splits his time between Europe and Los Angeles where he advises media and technology companies on opportunities in the publishing sector.

millar-kellieKellie Millar
Publishing Temps Recruitment Consultant, Atwood Tate

Kellie Millar manages the Atwood Tate temps division, and brings a wealth of experience in recruitment, having spent the past six years placing candidates within media and publishing, into a variety of roles, including both print and digital. She is also very customer service focused with both candidates and clients alike and is used to responding quickly to urgent requests. Before recruitment, Kellie worked in the film and television industry and was educated in Fine Art and Photography.

mooney-lindseyLindsey Mooney
UK Vendor Manager, Kobo

Responsible for content acquisition and publisher relations for one of the fastest growing e-book vendors, Lindsey has also worked in a number of digital roles across publishing and retail before joining Kobo including Random House, The Book Depository and Little, Brown Book Group.

murrary-padmini rayPadmini Ray Murray
Lecturer in Publishing, Stirling University

Dr Padmini Ray Murray has been a lecturer in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling since 2010. Her industry experience includes Canongate Books, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Seagull Books, Edinburgh University Press and Ottakars. Padmini’s research interests are wide-ranging, and one of her current fascinations is how technology is altering the way we tell stories and disseminate them. Her recent research on the publishing communications circuit, conducted with her colleague Claire Squires, has been published in The Bookseller and Book 2.0. She will be speaking about an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project which took her to India to create a video game.

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phibbs-sarah-loresSarah Phibbs
Journals Publishing Director (Social Science & Humanities), Wiley

Over the last 20 years Sarah has played a major role in developing strategies and publishing solutions for academic societies and learned institutions. Her programme spans economics, finance, business, psychology, social science and humanities. Sarah has a BA from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in English Literature and Psychology.

phillips-angusAngus Phillips
Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University

As a leading academic and author in the area of publishing studies, with many years experience of working in and with the publishing industry, Angus will be chairing our seminar on advancing your career in academic publishing. His books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark) and the forthcoming Turning the Page: The evolution of the book (Routledge, 2014). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos. Angus holds degrees from both Oxford and Warwick universities and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He was most recently a judge for the 2013 Bookseller industry awards.

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semple-euanEuan Semple
International Speaker, helping others make sense of the Web. Author of Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do

Euan Semple is one of the few people in the world who can turn the complex world of the social web into something we can understand. And, at the same time, learn how to get the most from it. Twelve years ago, while working in a senior position at the BBC, Euan was one of the first to introduce what have since become known as social media tools into a large, successful organisation. He has subsequently had seven years of unique experience working with organisation such as KPMG, Nokia, The World Bank and NATO. This world is changing fast, but he makes sense of it because he understands that the core basics remain the same: community, learning, and interaction. he is a master story–teller who offers a host of practical tales about how this new world can work for real people in the real world.

sheehan-markMark Sheehan
Director of E-Content, Elsevier

Mark is Director of E-Content for Global Book Production at Elsevier, and has worked in a variety of jobs in books and journal publishing for the last 15 years. Mark’s role consists of defining the book production digital strategy, acting as a bridge between the books business and the technical divisions within Elsevier Operations and making sure that the correct amount of time and resources are prioritised on a small number of key projects. In his time at Elsevier (and before at Academic Press), Mark helped move the book programme to SGML and then XML-first production. He remains heavily involved in putting together the operational structures, tools and systems to support the ongoing shift to digital.

smart-rebeccaRebecca Smart
What defines the company is not what it creates but for whom it creates

Rebecca Smart is CEO of Osprey Group, a UK-based international publishing company focused on producing the best content for enthusiasts across a broad range of specialist areas including military history, heritage and nostalgia, transport history, crafts, antiques, science fiction and fantasy, and mind, body and spirit. Osprey Group publishes in four divisions: Osprey, Shire, Angry Robot and Watkins. Osprey Group publishes books and content based on subject enthusiasms and passions, whether it be authoritative technical data on the military technology of World War II, a positive psychology guide, a history of the Great Western Railway or an edgy genre novel set in near-future South Africa.

IMG_1295.CR2Paul Squires
Founder of Perera Media and Publisher at Imperica Magazine

Paul is the Publisher of digital arts and culture magazine Imperica (www.imperica.com / @imperica), based in the centre of Oxford. He has been in digital for the past 6,000 years! He is also a well-known speaker and commentator on digital and social media to outlets including The Media Briefing and BBC Radio.

stevenson-iainIain Stevenson
Professor of Publishing and Director Emeritus, University College London

Since gaining a PhD at UCL in 1981, Dr Stevenson has had extensive publishing industry experience, having previously worked with Longman (now Pearson-Longman), Macmillan, Pinter Publishing, Wiley, Leicester University Press and The Stationery Office. As a consultant to the British Library and London Transport Users’ Committee, International IDEA and the Australian Sustainable Tourism Publishing Company, Iain’s knowledge of areas in-and-around publishing is considerable. Founder of the MA in Publishing Studies programme at City University London, Iain was their first Professor of Publishing Studies in the Department of Journalism and Publishing at City, between 1999 and 2006. Iain then came ‘home’ to UCL in 2006 and is active on the governing and advisory boards of the Publishers Association and the Royal Geographical Society.

His current research focusses on the application of new technology in publishing, especially e-books and alternatives to the printed monograph in academic and scholarly communication. In addition to publishing in Canada, Open Access, intellectual property and copyright law.

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volans-henryHenry Volans
Head of Faber Digital, Faber & Faber

Henry Volans lives and breathes digital publishing. As founder of Faber Digital, this division within Faber & Faber ensures the company’s push into digital publishing goes beyond the confines of the conventional e-book. Faber Digital’s successes include The Waste Land for iPad and Malcom Tucker: The Missing Phone, and most recently, www.dramaonlinelibrary.com and The Animator’s Survival Kit for iPad.

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wagstaff-annaAnna Wagstaff
Assistant Editor and Writer, Cancer World, and Secretary for National Union of Journalists, Oxford Branch

Anna Wagstaff is Assistant Editor and writer for Cancer World, and Secretary of the Oxford branch of the NUJ, which represents people working in books and journals as well as in newspapers and magazines, broadcasting, new media and public relations.

Anna got her start copy-editing for Robert Maxwell’s Pergamon Press nearly 25 years ago before moving on to freelance medical copy-editing and various roles in journalism and magazines. Over the past 12 years Anna has been Production Editor and writer for Cancer World. During this period of rapid change, as the industry is trying to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the Internet and new digital technologies, Anna has been actively involved – both in her professional capacity and as an active member of the NUJ – in trying to ensure that the publishing models that emerge value and invest in creativity, diversity and quality. This means, amongst other things, investing in staff, treating them with respect and giving them the opportunity to build careers doing what they do best.

williamson-douglasDouglas Williamson
Design Manager at Macmillian and Father of the combined Unite/National Union of Journalists Chapel

Douglas Williamson started life in publishing in 1977 as a designer at Butterworths Law Publishers. Since then, he has worked for Longman (now Pearson Education), William Collins (now HarperCollins), Heinemann Education (now extinct) and Macmillan, where he is a Design Manager in the ELT department. For most of this time, he has been a union workplace representative, first in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and since 1982, in Unite and its predecessors. Currently, he is the Father of the combined Unite/NUJ Chapel at Macmillan Oxford, Chair of Oxford Publishing Branch, and a member of the Unite National Industrial Council for the Graphical, Paper and Media (GPM) sector. He has been an advisor and regular contributor to LOGOS, the Journal of the International Publishing Community, and has edited and produced several memoirs by World War II veterans.

woodhead-martinMartin Woodhead
Managing Director and Publisher, Woodhead Publishing Limited

Martin entered the publishing industry in 1966 as a van driver for Macmillan. From there he went on reach great heights and became their sales representative for East Anglia. In 1969 he joined the fledgling Gower Press as Sales Manager and left in 1972 to start his first business, Woodhead-Faulkner (Publishers) Ltd in Cambridge, specialising initially in sponsored books. Woodhead-Faulkner was later acquired by Simon & Schuster in 1987, for whom Martin worked for until leaving in 1989 to start Woodhead Publishing Ltd., also based in Cambridge.

After 24 years of steady growth in publishing books and journals on science and technology, primarily in the fields of materials science, engineering, food science and textiles, including the acquisition of Chandos Publishing in 2009 which publishes in library and information science, Woodhead Publishing was acquired by Elsevier in August 2013. Martin is now officially a retired person with a wealth of publishing experience to share.

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