Applewhite made Nick Hern Books m.d.

Matt Applewhite has been promoted to m.d. of Nick Hern Books (NHB), as the company celebrates its 25th birthday.

Applewhite, currently commissioning editor at the company, started at the theatre book publishing company in 2003 as an editorial assistant.

Nick Hern, who founded the company as an imprint of Walker Books in 1988, will remain at the business, taking the title of publisher.

He said: "It is vital that our authors, their agents and the publishing and theatre worlds know that NHB is prepared for the future. I am not stepping down – or even aside – as I will remain actively involved for as long as it is sensible for me to do so. But Matt, who has been with NHB for over ten years, will take over the running of the firm – something he has increasingly been doing for the last few years – aided as always by our seven-strong full-time staff."

NHB, which became an independent business in 1993, specialises in publishing plays and books about the theatre. It marked its 25th anniversary with a party at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury this week, and will also publish a new book, My First Play: An Anthology go Theatrical Beginnings with contributions from more than 60 writers on their list, including Simon Callow, Howard Brenton and Antony Sher.

Applewhite said: "The world of publishing is going through a period of immense change with unprecedented challenges. So too is the theatre industry, which enriches, nourishes and inspires our publishing. I look forward to working within both industries, embracing the opportunities of the future, whilst building on a quarter of a century of successes."