Industry Advisory Board

Our Industry Advisory Board provides the Centre with professional support from senior members of the publishing industry

Jonathan Glasspool

Industry Advisory Board Chair

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Jonathan Glasspool is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Academic & Professional and President of Bloomsbury USA. He was formerly Product Director in Bloomsbury’s Electronic Media Division. 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 2014.  It was awarded both Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic & Professional Publisher … More...

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

Taylor & Francis

Ian Bannerman is Managing Director, Journals at Taylor & Francis Group, part of Informa PLC. He began his career in academic publishing with Blackwell in 1988, and has held a variety of management roles in Production, Marketing, Sales and Online Product Development. He was one of the pioneers in developing online sales models and platforms for the academic library market. Taylor & Francis is a leading academic publisher, with over … More...

Al Bertrand

Princeton University Press

Al Bertrand is Editor in Chief and Associate Publishing Director at Princeton University Press.  From 2010-2013 he was European Publishing Director at PUP.  Previous roles include Editorial Director, Social Science and Humanities Books at Wiley-Blackwell and Publisher at Blackwell Publishing. 

Philip Blackwell


Philip Blackwell is currently CEO of Blackwell Ventures, a new media investment fund, and a director of Blackwell Publishing. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Blackwell’s, the international book distributor and retailer. He began his career with B. Dalton Booksellers in the USA before returning to the UK to work in a number of roles in bookselling and publishing with HarperCollins, HodderHeadline and Blackwell Publishing. Immediately prior to joining … More...

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

Felicity Bryan

Literary Agent

Felicity Bryan worked as a journalist with the Financial Times and the Economist before joining Curtis Brown where she trained as an agent and became a director. In 1988 she left to start her own agency. Her authors include a wide range of writers, including leading historians, biographers and science writers, novelists -both literary and popular- and established writers on gardening, health and cookery. 


Alistair Burtenshaw

Publishing Connections Ltd

Alistair Burtenshaw is Director of Publishing Connections Ltd (, a specialist consultancy that provides strategy and project management support to publishers, literary festivals, book fairs, cultural relations organizations and government departments operating in the global books and publishing sector.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Bookmen, Alistair is also Chair of the Trustees of Booktrust (, the UK’s largest independent … More...

Mary Cannam

Faber and Faber

Mary is the Finance Director at Faber and Faber, and has been at Faber since 2003.

Before coming to Faber Mary spend 9 years with Waterstone’s in a variety of roles, including Branch Manager of the Dundee branch and a role in the Operations Department, at Head Office. She then worked at HarperCollins before moving to Faber.

She has been a Board member since 2009.

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...

Richard Fisher

Cambridge University Press

Richard Fisher is Managing Director, Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press.

Sophie Goldsworthy

Oxford University Press

Sophie Goldsworthy is the Editorial Director for Academic and Trade publishing at Oxford University Press, publishing academic books and journals across the humanities and social sciences, and the trade books and sheet music programmes, and devising and developing a range of online products. Before joining OUP, in 1995, she freelanced as an editor, copy-writer, and project manager for a range of institutions. She also represents OUP on the Publishers Association’s … More...

Steven Hall

IOP Publishing

Steven Hall is managing director of IOP Publishing.  He has worked in academic publishing since 1978, holding senior positions at Chadwyck-Healey, ProQuest, Blackwell and Wiley-Blackwell before joining IOP Publishing in 2010.

He has served on the boards of Crossref and the International Association of STM Publishers, including as chair of the latter.  He is a member of the UUK Open Access Coordination Group and chairs its working group on the … More...

Mandy Hill

Cambridge University Press

As Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, Mandy is responsible to Press Syndicate for the quality, performance and strategic direction of publishing worldwide across the breadth of the Press’ academic portfolio. She is a member of the Press Board, and of the Academic Publishing Committee of the Press Syndicate. She is also currently a member of the Publishing Board of the Royal Society, a Director on the … More...

Jamie Hodder-Williams

Hodder & Stoughton

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 Marketing Director of Hodder & Stoughton in 1994.  He has been the Managing Director of Hodder & Stoughton since 2002, managing a division that includes General Fiction, publishing major brands like Stephen King, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult and … More...

Emma House

Publishers Association

Emma House is the Trade & International Director for the Publishers Association. She graduated in 1995 with a BA (hons) in Spanish and Business Studies and spent the first 7 years of her career in magazine publishing with EMAP, IIR and Reed Business International. She joined The London Book Fair in 2001 and spent 7 years in the organisation of the fair latterly as Head of International Development before leaving … More...

Anne Kitson


Anne Kitson is Executive Vice President for Physical Sciences, STM Journals at ELSEVIER

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...

Nigel Roby

The Bookseller Group

Nigel Roby is the Managing Director and Owner of The Bookseller Group which encompasses the UK’s leading business-to-business media for the book trade – The Bookseller and, its conference and blog sub-brand Futurebook blog and its new consumer counterparts, We Love This Book.

Nigel joined Nielsen, the then owners of The Bookseller, in 2008 and bought the magazine out in May 2010, as Nielsen took a strategic … More...

Rebecca Smart

Ebury Publishing

Rebecca Smart is Managing Director of Ebury Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House UK. Ebury Publishing includes the BBC Books, Virgin Books and Vermilion imprints and is the UK’s largest food and drink publisher. Bestselling Ebury authors include Mary Berry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Rick Stein, Caitlin Moran, Sheryl Sandberg and Harry Redknapp.

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...

Liz Tyler


Learning Services Director at Pearson

Lucy Vanderbilt

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Lucy is the Group Rights Director at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, and is also responsible for Harper 360 in the US market, committed to providing HarperCollins authors with the widest possible distribution of their books.  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 … More...

Suzanne Wilson-Higgins

Lion Hudson

Suzanne Wilson-Higgins has 27 years’ experience in publishing, bookselling, print-on-demand and ebooks. 

She is Managing Director of Lion Hudson Limited, Isle of Man, a member of the AFD Group of companies with parent company Zip Address limited, Isle of Man since August 2017, and a director of Lion Hudson IP Limited, England & Wales. Lion Hudson Limited is an independent book publisher of books by Christian authors for a broad readership, including high … 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).