Chief Data Architect, EDItEUR
Graham joined EDItEUR, the global standards body for the book, e-book and serials supply chains, in 2010. He is focussed on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR standards for the book and serials sectors.
Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK where he was Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books and print-on-demand programmes. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for Books. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry.
Executive Director, EDItEUR
Mark Bide is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains which also provides a management service to the International ISBN Agency. EDItEUR is the maintenance agency for the ONIX metadata standards which are used all over the world. He is also the Project Director for the ACAP Project, and a Director of Rightscom, the specialist media consultancy based in London. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, and has a long-established interest and expertise in identifiers and metadata. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts London.
Publishers Lunch and PublishersMarketplace.com
Michael Cader is the creator of Publishers Lunch, the largest-circulation book publishing industry publication in the world, and its companion website PublishersMarketplace.com, which offers comprehensive news, databases, tools and more for book publishing professionals. For 15 years he created and produced over 300 books through his book packaging company, Cader Books.
Agent, Ed Victor Ltd.
Charlie Campbell has worked at Ed Victor Ltd for six and a half years, both as a literary agent and handling film, TV and serial rights for the agency’s authors. He is a partner in the speakers bureau there and is also involved in the new publishing imprint, Bedford Square Books. Previously, he worked at Johnson & Alcock, and before that he was deputy editor at Literary Review. He is the author of Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People, which Duckworth will publish in September and Overlook next year in the US.
Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing
Richard Charkin is Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. He is responsible for Bloomsbury’s adult publishing activities in UK, USA, Australia and Germany (through Berlin Verlag). He is also a non-executive director of the Institute of Physics Publishing. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals in Doha. He is a member of the Institute of English Studies Advisory Board; Chairman of the Centre for Manuscript Studies at the University of London; a member of the UK’s Literary Heritage Group; a Trustee and former Chairman of Common Purpose International; Council member and former President of the Publishers Association; UK representative to the Federation of European Publishers and the International Publishers association; and Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London. He was formerly Chair of the Trustees of the Whitechapel Art Gallery; Chair of the Society of Bookmen; Chairman of xrefer.com; a director of the Centre for Creative Business at the London Business School; Adviser to World Health Organisation, Copenhagen; and non-executive director of Melbourne University Publishing.
Managing Director, Redhammer
Peter Cox runs Redhammer Management, a boutique literary agency, and also founded the net’s oldest writing community, Litopia Writers’ Colony. He hosts “Litopia After Dark” every Friday on Radio Litopia.
CEO, Publishers Licensing Society (PLS)
Sarah Faulder was appointed Chief Executive of PLS in October 2010. She began her career as a solicitor specialising in copyright and was a partner at city law firm, Taylor Joynson Garrett, for 10 years. She moved into the music industry in 1997 when she was appointed Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association.
Her later roles as Chargée de Mission at BIEM and CISAC, the Paris based umbrella organisations for collecting societies from all over the world, and as Public Affairs Director for PRS for Music, enabled her to build on her experience of collective management of rights.
Digital Editor, Random House Group UK
Dan Franklin is digital editor at the Random House Group where he is responsible for direct-to-digital commissioning, cross-group digital publishing initiatives, and consultation to its publishing divisions on various digital projects. He was previously digital editor at independent publisher Canongate Books where he oversaw its digital and audio programme, and had his own list of titles.
Agent and Managing Director of the books division, Curtis Brown
Jonny Geller has been a literary agent for fifteen years, and is managing director of Curtis Brown’s books division, representing numerous best-selling and prize-winning authors, journalists and writers. Jonny started as an agent’s assistant in 1993, and worked his way to the top – he has made a name for himself by unearthing successful new talent and he spends his days talking to authors, selling new work to publishers and negotiating film deals with Hollywood.
Managing Director, Maverick House Publishers and President, Publishing Ireland
Jean Harrington founded Maverick House Publishers in 2002, publishing non-fiction trade books for an Irish and international audience. Maverick opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006 to great success. It is the only Irish publisher to have taken this international approach.
She is the president of Publishing Ireland, the trade association for Irish publishers, and is also the Irish representative to the Federation of European Publishers.
Editor, Angry Robot
Lee Harris is the Editor at Angry Robot – an independent global genre imprint, garnering a solid reputation for great (and award-winning) books. He is also the publisher of the online electronic short fiction magazine, Hub, which he founded in 2006. Lee has seen a number of his co-written genre theatre scripts performed professionally across Great Britain, and he regularly blogs for a number of sites.
Publishing Search Consultant, Mosaic Search & Selection
Jo specialises in executive search in publishing and media and also runs a consulting practice in leadership development and executive coaching. Earlier in her career she led strategy development for W H Smith Retail and was previously with Waterstone’s as commercial director and supply chain director. Until recently, Jo chaired the Book Marketing Society, was formerly chair of World Book Day and a non-executive director of Bertrams.
Deputy Editor of The Bookseller and Co-Founder of FutureBook
Director of Publisher Business Development, Ingram Content Group
Ruth Jones is Director of Publisher Business Development at Ingram Content Group, a leader in distribution, print-on-demand and digital solutions. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in the publishing, library and electronic information industries. She joined Ingram from the British Library where she was Head of Product Development, responsible for the development of information products and services. Prior to that, Ruth was General Manager of Extenza e-Publishing, and has extensive sales, marketing and editorial experience gained predominantly in the academic and business education markets.
Chief Marketing Officer, Perseus Book Group
Rick is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Perseus Books Group, involved in growth and digital strategy development. Rick is a co-creator of Constellation, the industry leading one-stop digital solution for independent publishers. He was the force behind the Book:The Sequel at BEA 2009, the pioneering transmedia sensation Cathy’s Book, and enhanced projects like JFK:50 Days and Roots: The Enhanced Edition. Rick is a veteran of 20+ years in media, as a partner at Accenture, VP of Marketing at ASCAP, and a consultant at Booz Allen. Rick has a Dartmouth BA, a Columbia MBA, a New School MFA, and 5 children.
Managing Director, Kogan Page
Helen is Managing Director of Kogan Page, one of Europe’s leading independent business and management book publishers. She is a member of the Publisher’s Association Council and the London Book Fair Executive Committee. Kogan Page publishers over 120 titles a year and has offices in Philadelphia and New Delhi.
Digital Director, Pan Macmillan
Sara Lloyd is Digital Director for the UK trade publishing house, Pan Macmillan. She is responsible for developing the company’s digital strategy and publishing programme, management of Pan’s Web platform, applications and tools and leading the organisational, cultural and operational change to enable Pan Macmillan to position itself for an increasingly digital future. Sara’s career over the last 15 years has spanned newspaper, academic, reference, STM and trade publishing and she has played a key role in transforming many publishing businesses from print to digital. She is a regular presenter and writer on all matters digital, and recently made waves in the global publishing scene with her article ‘A Book Publisher’s Manifesto for the Twenty First Century’, originally written for the US journal, Library Trends.
Editorial Director, Digital, Pan Macmillan
James leads ebook publishing and web development at Pan Macmillan. He is responsible for integration of the digital publishing workflow and the creation of a web platform that delivers a new experience for consumers and new a new online capability for the business.
Director Digital Product & Consumer Technology, Pearson
Juan Lopez-Valcarcel leads mobile and tablet product development across Pearson and is responsible for business development with consumer technology companies. Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, home to the Financial Times Group, Penguin Books and the world’s largest education business.
Juan has 15 years of international experience as an entrepreneur, manager and advisor to digital media and telecom companies. He started his career by launching one of the first Internet portals in Spain. Most recently, Juan was VP Digital Media at NBC Universal in New York and Engagement Manager at strategy consulting firm Booz Allen, where he worked on more than 40 digital and venture capital projects.
Digital & Data Supply Chain Manager, Penguin Group (UK)
Karina has worked at Penguin for 11 of her 18 years in the publishing industry. She has spent the last 3 years managing their digital & data supply chain, and has been focussed on digital transition.
Karina is passionate about all things operational, specifically metadata and the digital supply chain and she brings experience from previous roles to her current position. Previous roles have included international sales/rights, customer operations, stock management and the physical supply chain.
She’s excited about being part of the digital revolution, seeing the opportunities and changes this will bring to the world of publishing.
Chairman and Chief Executive, The Penguin Group
John Makinson was appointed CEO of the Penguin Group in July 2002, and has been the company’s Chairman since May 2001. Prior to that he was the Pearson group finance director from April 1996 to July 2002. John’s career has included journalism and investor relations both in London and abroad.
Director, Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd.
David Miller has worked at the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White since 1990. He has served on the committee of the Association of Author’s Agents and was awarded the Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year Award. His clients include Nicola Barker, John Burnside, Nigel Farndale, Victoria Hislop and Kate Summerdscale has been an advisor to the Literature Department of the British Council as well as the Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University and is the author of a short novel, TODAY, published earlier this year.
Chief Executive, The Publishers Association
Richard Mollet became Chief Executive of the Publishers Association in October 2010. Prior to this he was Director of Public Affairs at the BPI (the representative body of the UK recorded music industry) where he was closely involved in the Digital Economy Act, the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, and the wider debates around the value of copyright and the creative industries. Before joining the BPI Richard had ten years experience as a political communications consultant, working across a range of political and media sectors.
He studied PPE at Worcester College, Oxford University. Richard is a visiting lecturer for the Hansard Scholars Programme at the London School of Economics.
CEO, Atlantic Books
Publisher and CEO, Faber and Faber Ltd.
Stephen Page began his career in bookselling before moving into publishing. In 1994 he joined Fourth Estate, becoming Managing Director in 2000. In 2001 he joined Faber as CEO and in 2006 Faber was named Publisher of the Year followed by Indpendent Publisher of the Year in 2011. He has been President of the Publishers’ Association and gave the keynote address for World Book Day in 2007. He frequently writes and speaks on industry issues, especially the effects of fast-moving technological developments on authors and publishing.
Founder and Principal, Green Lamp Media
Eoin Purcell lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. He is a publishing industry analyst and commentator. He edits Irish Publishing News and runs Green Lamp Media a publishing consultancy for authors and publishers.
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins Publishers
Charlie Redmayne is the Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer of HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation. He is responsible for the overall strategy, development and management of all digital initiatives aimed directly at the consumer across all of HarperCollins divisions. He reports to Brian Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, and sits on the company’s executive committee. He was appointed to this newly created position in October, 2009.
Group Digital Director and Publisher, HarperCollins Publishers
David was named Group Digital Director and Publisher for HarperCollins UK in 2010. He is responsible for HarperCollins’ digital strategy and publishing initiatives across its divisions including ebooks, apps, audiobooks, e-commerce sites, and social media.
His publishing background includes positions as the editor-in-chief of Quality Paperback Bookclub, an editorship at Scribner, and a position at the literary agency International Creative Management.
Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company
Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry. In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and how it accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.
Managing Director, Osprey Group
Rebecca Smart is Managing Director 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. Osprey Group publishes under three brands: Osprey Publishing, Shire and Angry Robot. What defines the company is not what it creates but for whom it creates. 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 history of the Great Western Railway or an edgy genre novel set in near-future South Africa.
CEO, Midas Public Relations
Jacks Thomas has worked in the corporate and arts public relations sectors for over 20 years, joining Midas as a full partner in 2004. A corporate communications and damage limitation specialist, Jacks runs the corporate division at Midas, in addition to new business development initiatives. She has also successfully introduced a growing number of international clients to the company.
François von Hurter
Founder, Bitter Lemon Press
Founder and partner of Bitter Lemon Press, London based, founded 2004. Independent publisher specialised in translated fiction, mostly crime novels. MA Theology King’s College-London, MBA Wharton-Philadelphia, LLB-Fribourg. Swiss National, London resident, one wife, four children.
Head of Digital, Hachette UK
George Walkley is Head of Digital for Hachette UK. His first role in the book trade was as a bookseller. He moved over to the publishing side in 2005, and has held various positions in marketing, business management and digital strategy at Time Warner Book Group and latterly Little, Brown Book Group, prior to moving to Hachette’s group management in July 2009. He is responsible for enabling and driving implementation of digital initiatives and strategy across the Hachette UK group, and represents the business on a number of industry groups including the operating board of the trade standards body BIC.
Product Development Director, Nielsen Book Services
Jon is Operations Director for Nielsen Book, the leading provider of product information, sales measurement and supply chain solutions to the book trade. At Nielsen, Jon has overall responsibiity for metadata operations and product and service development.
Jon has worked in senior roles in information publishing for 20 years and has overseen the conception, development and production of a wide range of print directories, CD ROMs and web sites (from Netscape 2.0 and IE 3 onwards) as well as various web service APIs for Nielsen bibliographic data.
Jon is active in various BIC groups and chairs their Metadata Futures group.