Publishing Advisory Board

Our Publishing Advisory Board provides the Centre with professional support from senior members of the publishing industry, including our alumni

Jonathan Glasspool

Industry Advisory Board Chair

Bonhill PLC

Jonathan Glasspool is Chair of Bonhill PLC; Non-executive Director, Edinburgh University Press; Chair of Governors at Bath Spa University; Chair of Trustees at Mall Galleries and Econscia Ltd.  He was formerly Managing Director at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.  Previous jobs include Publisher with Reed Elsevier in Singapore, Melbourne and Oxford. Bloomsbury Academic & Professional was awarded Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in Bookseller Industry Awards for both 2013 and … More...

Kasim Ali

Amazon Publishing

Kasim Ali works as an editor at Amazon Publishing. He has previously worked at Penguin Random House. He was longlisted for the B4ME Short Story Prize (hosted by his now UK publisher Fourth Estate), and Good Intentions, his debut novel, was shortlisted for the Mo Siewcherran Prize. He has also had a short story published in The Good Journal.

Mark Allin

Mark Allin has over 30 years experience in the publishing industry. He has worked in Asia, the United States and Europe across educational, academic and trade publishing. He has worked as an entrepreneur and for large global players. He spent 17 years at John Wiley & Sons, latterly as COO and then CEO.

Now back in the UK, he is working as a mentor, advisor and consultant while pursuing interests … More...

Ian Bannerman

Ian Bannerman is an advisor to a range of digital businesses, with a focus on online learning and education. He has broad experience in Academic Publishing, most recently as Managing Director at Taylor & Francis, part of Informa PLC, and previously as Sales Director at Blackwell Publishing.

Al Bertrand

Georgetown University Press

Al Bertrand is Director of Georgetown University Press.  Previously, he was Editor in Chief and Associate Publishing Director at Princeton University Press.  His other roles include Editorial Director, Social Science and Humanities Books at Wiley-Blackwell and Publisher at Blackwell Publishing in Oxford.

Emma Bourne

Macmillan Education

Emma Bourne is the Managing Director of the Schools Division, Macmillan Education. She has worked in a variety of roles in the international educational publishing sector for Heinemann, Nelson Thornes  as International Director, and Board member and Oxford University Press as International Development Director, ELT before joining Macmillan in December 2013. Prior to that she worked for a company specialising in supply to the International Schools market.  She is the current … More...

Andre Breedt

Nielsen Book Research International

Andre Breedt is Managing Director at Nielsen Book Research International

Margaret Busby

President of English Pen

Margaret Busby CBE, Hon. FRSL (Nana Akua Ackon) is a much respected cultural figure internationally. Born in Ghana and educated in the UK, she graduated from Bedford College, London University, before becoming Britain’s then youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s. At A&B, she published notable authors including Buchi Emecheta, Nuruddin Farah, Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Geoffrey Grigson, Michael … More...

Mary Cannam

Faber and Faber

Mary is Managing Director of Faber and Faber, and has been at Faber since 2003. Prior roles at Faber include Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director. She is also a Trustee of New Writing North.

Before Faber Mary spent 9 years with Waterstone’s in a variety of roles, including Branch Manager and roles in the Operations Department, at Head Office. She also worked at HarperCollins for a year. She was … More...

Catherine Clarke

Literary Agent

Catherine Clarke was Publishing Director of the Trade Books Department at OUP for several years before she joined Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2001. She represents a broad range of writers of serious non-fiction, including biography, philosophy, science, and history. She also represents a number of bestselling and prizewinning writers for children and young adults. She became Managing Director of Felicity Bryan Associates in 2010. In 2017 she was … More...

Liz Ferguson


Liz Ferguson is VP for Publishing Development at Wiley

David Fickling

David Fickling Books

David Fickling is a children’s book editor and publisher. He started his career with Oxford University Press in 1977, moving on to Transworld and then to Scholastic UK. In 1999, David formed his own imprint in Oxford, David Fickling Books.  The imprint is now based with Random House and publishes about a dozen titles per year in the US, Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK.  Recent titles … More...

Jamie Hodder-Williams

Bedford Square Publishers

Jamie started his career working for a small chain of Scottish booksellers, before joining Hodder & Stoughton as a Management trainee, working in a variety of roles in editorial and sales before becoming Managing Director of Hodder & Stoughton publishing major brands like Stephen King, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult and prize-winners including David Mitchell and David Nicholls, and Non-Fiction, where for the Hodder & Stoughton have published the biggest books of … More...

Emma House

Emma House is an international publishing consultant, advising clients on international business development, event curation, project management and research. Previously she was Deputy CEO for the Publishers Association where she worked for 11 years, and held senior positions at the London Book Fair. Emma has a BA (Hons) degree in Spanish and Business Studies and is also a trustee of the Publishing Training Centre and a Board member of the … More...

Helen Jennings


Helen is Head of Content Strategy and Vendor Management at Pearson. She started her publishing career in journals at Springer/Oxford University before moving to Oxford University Press in 2006. She has led multiple successful teams from across production, digital, and manufacturing in different geographies. In her current role at Pearson she leads a team of cross-functional experts in supplier management, creative design and media, and workflow and process improvement for … More...

Anne Kitson


Anne Kitson is currently Managing Director of The Lancet and Cell Press, based in London and Cambridge, MA and part of RELX plc.  With over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, Anne has been at Elsevier for 21 years.  Previous roles have been across editorial, marketing, production and sales, and included products from academic books, trade and reference, B2B newsletters and scholarly journals.  Before joining Elsevier Anne worked … More...

Michael A Mabe

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers

Michael Mabe is Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (known as STM) and has thirty-five years’ experience of academic publishing. After growing up on the Sussex coast of England, he read chemistry and did research into Carbon Dating at Oxford University, joining Oxford University Press in 1980. Prior to leading STM, he held a number of senior publishing and management positions at the … More...

Iain MacGregor

Iain MacGregor has worked in the publishing industry for twenty-five years. He has led successful non-fiction teams that have published a variety of both domestic and international bestselling authors, delivering bestsellers for Bruce Springsteen, Hillary Clinton, Professor Brian Cox, Bob Woodward, Simon Schama, John Nichol, Benjamin Zephaniah and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is the author of To Hell on a Bike (2014) and Checkpoint Charlie (2019).

Miriam Maus

IOP Publishing

Miriam Maus is Chief Publishing Officer at IOP Publishing (IOPP). As one of the world’s leading learned society publishers, IOPP has a portfolio of journals, books, conference proceedings and science news resources in the physical sciences. Prior to joining IOPP in 2021 Miriam worked for Wiley, and before that Blackwell Publishing, across a variety of operational and editorial roles, most recently as Vice President & Managing Director, Editorial Management. Miriam is a … More...

Jeremy North

Taylor & Francis

Jeremy North is the British-born managing director of book publishing at Taylor & Francis Group, which includes the prestigious Routledge imprint. Based in London, he is responsible for book publishing activities in the UK, US, China, India, and other global locations. He has over 25 years’ publishing experience in roles in Sales, Editorial, Finance & Accounting, and general management. He has overseen the acquisition of more than 15 other publishing … More...

Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards has a deep connection to Oxford and read English Literature at Lady Margaret Hall in the early noughties.  She is the author of over 15 books for children including the middle-grade novel The Unmorrow Curse being published in 2022 and Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door series published under a pen name. She is a former publisher who has worked at Puffin and OUP children’s books and she has edited hundreds … More...

Jenny Ridout

Jenny Ridout is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Non-Consumer publishing, which includes Academic, Professional, Special Interest and Bloomsbury Digital Resources. Prior to this role Jenny had global responsibility as head of Bloomsbury’s academic publishing where she oversaw the integration of several acquisitions. She has many years of experience in digital resource publishing, being responsible for the creation and rapid growth of Drama Online as Project Director, for which she … More...

David Taylor

Lightning Source

Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group

Group Managing Director, Lightning Source UK Ltd

David Taylor was named Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group and Group Managing Director, Lightning Source UK in February 2010. Mr. Taylor joined Lightning Source UK Ltd. in 2003 as Business Development Director and was named Managing Director at the end of 2003. In 2006, he took on the newly created role … More...

Jacks Thomas

Reed Exhibitions

Jacks Thomas joined Reed Exhibitions in 2013 as Director, The London Book Fair, having worked in the corporate and arts public relations sectors for over 20 years.  At The London Book Fair, the world’s leading spring book event, Thomas’ role includes the ongoing development of the Fair as the leading marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content for one of the world’s most creative industries, at … More...

Claire Thomas

Penguin Random House

Claire Thomas has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She is the Organisational Development and Talent Director for Penguin Random House UK, the UK’s leading publisher and home to some of the world’s most brilliant authors: from bestselling writers and bold illustrators, to big thinkers and political commentators, trailblazing entrepreneurs and wellbeing experts. Claire leads the recruitment and learning and development teams at Penguin Random House, who facilitate the company’s goals … More...

Sanphy Thomas

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Sanphy is Managing Director of Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Director of Specialist Publishing for John Murray Press where she oversees the global publishing strategy for Sheldon Press, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Hodder Faith and John Murray Languages. She joined JKP in 2018, during which time the publisher twice won Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards (2020 and 2022). Prior to working at Hachette, Sanphy … More...

Hannah Trevarthen

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Hannah Trevarthen is Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, committed to the vision of building futures with words. Previously Hannah was Events and Partnerships Manager at English PEN, one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations. Hannah led Common Currency, English PEN’s centenary celebration, a multi-partner project funded by Arts Council England; highlights include commissioning a new digital piece from Ai Weiwei which was projected on the Southbank Centre. In … More...

Lucy Vanderbilt

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Lucy is the Group Rights Director at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. In 2009, Lucy was named the Frankfurt Book Fair Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards.  She joined HarperCollins Publishers UK in 1998 from HarperCollins in New York, where she had worked in international rights in the Trade Division for two years.  Prior to that, Lucy worked at Sterling Lord Literistic in rights, and at Writers … More...

Nicola Wilson

Oxford University Press

Nic is Head of Acquisition for Medical Publishing at Oxford University Press, and an Oxford Brookes alumna. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in medical publishing. She started her publishing career at Blackwell Publishing, and moved to Oxford University Press in 2004.

Nic has acquired clinical, academic, and popular health titles across many specialties, including Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Oncology, and Surgery.

She … More...

Simon Winder

Penguin Press

Simon Winder is Publishing Director at Penguin Press and the author of The Man who saved Britain (2006), Germania (2010), and Danubia (2013).