Oxfordshire Publishing Group Summer Conference 2015

Creating Value in an Age of Disruption

Taking place:

St Catherine’s College, Oxford

June 23rd 2015 | Coffee and registration 9am, for a 9.30am start until 5pm, with a drinks reception

We are delighted to announce the first annual conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group.  This inaugural event includes talks by Philip Pullman Charlie Redmayne, James Daunt and Eric Huang, leading figures in the publishing world who are at the forefront of some of the most exciting and innovative work that is being done, challenging conventional ways of working and changing the face of publishing as we know it.
In addition to the talks, there will be four breakout sessions for delegates to choose from, and a panel discussion on the theme of the conference with a team of distinguished publishers.
The conference fee includes refreshments and lunch. and a drinks reception at the end of the day.
Tickets are £95, or £75 for bookings received by 31st May 2015*

Keynote speakers: 

  • Philip Pullman, author
  • Charlie Redmayne, CEO HarperCollins
  • James Daunt, MD Waterstones
  • Eric Huang, Development Director, Made in Me



  • James Daunt, Managing Director, Waterstones: 'The Value of Booksellers in a Changing World'
  • Eric Huang, Development Director, Made In Me: 'Branding and IP: Enhancing the Value of What you Have'

Breakout sessions: choose between:

  1. Is your brand as important as your product? -  Convenor: Eric Huang, Made In Me
  2. Does corporate social responsibility add value to your business? - Convenor: Ashley Lodge, Pearson
  3. What can different publishing sectors learn from each other? - Convenor: Antony Cond, Liverpool University Press, with Emma Barnes and David Barker, Publishing Director at Bloomsbury Academic and Alessandro Gallenzi, Publisher and Managing Director, Alma Books.
  4. Experimentation and Risk: Going Digital without Going Bankrupt - Convenor: Michael Baskhar


  • Charlie Redmayne, CEO HarperCollins: 'Amplifying the author’s voice in an age of disruption'
  • Panel discussion on 'Creating Value in an Age of Disruption' - Nigel Portwood, OUP and Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins and Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, Ebury Publishing Chaired by Angus Phillips, OICPS
  • Philip Pullman, author: 'Authorship in a Time of Intolerance'
  • Drinks Reception sponsored by Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis