Judges

  • Alistair Burtenshaw

    Director, The Charleston Trust & Chair, Arvon

    Alistair is Director of The Charleston Trust, which runs Charleston, the internationally acclaimed Bloomsbury group home and two leading literary festivals. He is also Chair of Arvon, the leading creative writing charity and Director of Publishing Connections Ltd, a consultancy serving the books sector.
    Alistair was previously Chair of Booktrust, President of Honour of Paris Cookbook Fair, Director of Books and Publishing (Worldwide) at Reed Exhibitions and Director of The London Book Fair.

    Twitter: @A_Burtenshaw

  • Lisa Campbell

    Deputy News Editor, The Bookseller

    Lisa began working as a regional news journalist at the Keighley News in West Yorkshire before moving to London to work as part of the BBC Journalism Talent Pool. She worked as an entertainment reporter for Cover Media for a short time before joining The Bookseller in February 2011 as a reporter, and was promoted to senior reporter, specialising in retail, in 2013 before being promoted to Deputy News Editor in June 2014.

  • Joe Haddow

    Producer, Radio 2 Book Club

    Joe is the Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club and is responsible for overseeing all book content on the UK's most popular radio station. He chairs the committee that choose the Radio 2 Book Club titles, which are featured every two weeks on Simon Mayo's Drivetime programme and also produces and presents special book content for the Radio 2 Arts Show.

    Joe has worked with many iconic broadcasters during his time at the BBC and has produced a number of special programmes for the network, including the Paper Cuts series with Kate Thornton and several special music programmes.

    During his time running the Radio 2 Book Club, Joe has been responsible for championing many award-winning novels, including Nathan Filer's "The Shock Of The Fall", Terry Hayes' "I Am Pilgrim" and Emma Healey's "Elizabeth Is Missing"

  • Matt Haig

    Author

    Matt Haig is the author of five adult novels including the bestselling The Humans, a World Book Night title in 2014, and The Radleys, which was selected for Channel 4's TV Book Club and was voted winner of the series in 2011. He also writes for children and young adults and his work has been translated into thirty languages.

  • Alex Hardy

    Publishing Lawyer, Harbottle & Lewis

    Alex Hardy is a publishing lawyer with Harbottle & Lewis LLP. She worked in the publishing industry as an editor and in-house lawyer before joining Harbottle & Lewis in 2011. Alex now works with publishers, authors, agents, retailers and publishing technology providers on cutting-edge legal and commercial issues. She was named one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars in 2013.

  • Philip Jones

    Editor, The Bookseller

    Philip is editor of The Bookseller, a position he took up in August 2012. Before that he was deputy editor, having first joined the magazine in 1996. He was its web editor for 10 years, having helped launch thebookseller.com in 1998. He is a regular commentator on book trade matters on radio, TV and in the broadsheet newspapers. 

  • Henry Mance

    Media Correspondent, Financial Times

    Henry Mance is the Financial Times's media correspondent. He writes about the publishing, newspaper and TV industries, and occasionally even gets an on-the-record quote from Amazon. Before joining the FT in 2010, he was based in Colombia where he set up a local equivalent of the Big Issue.

  • Jim Parks

    Creative Director, Guildford Book Festival

    As the Creative Director of Guildford Book Festival Jim’s passion for books is shared each October when he presents a broad line up of author events for public enjoyment. A marketer at heart, he has previously held international Marketing Directorships at world renowned companies including Universal Studios and Sega. Jim has 20 years’ experience of creating memorable events and campaigns throughout the entire entertainment industry, including publishing, film, music and video games.

  • Non Pratt

    Author

    Non Pratt is the author of teen novel Trouble, one of the titles shortlisted for the inaugural YA Book Prize and long listed for the Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase Award. Before becoming a full-time author, Non started out as a writer/editor at Usborne Publishing working on prize-winning and bestselling non-fiction, then moved to Catnip Publishing as Commissioning Editor.

  • Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Associate Editor, Bookseller, Project Director, Quick Reads

    Cathy is associate editor of The Bookseller and project director of the adult literacy charity Quick Reads. She speaks and writes regularly on literacy, literature and everything in between on TV, radio and in print, and runs the BBC Radio London book club. Prior to this, Cathy worked for 10 years at Waterstones. She is probably too active on Twitter as @cathyreadsbooks.

  • Liz Sich

    Former Managing Director, Four Colman Getty

    Liz Sich was Managing Director of Four Colman Getty, the leading arts and campaigning PR agency, where she worked on the launch of World Book Day, the opening of the Library of Birmingham and many high profile book campaigns including Charles Moore’s bestselling biography of Mrs Thatcher.   Prior to joining Colman Getty, she was Group Publicity Director at Random House where she worked with a range of authors including Robert Harris and Sebastian Faulks.

  • Tom Tivnan

    Features & Insight Editor, The Bookseller

    Tom has worked as a bookseller for Barnes & Noble in the US, and for James Thin and Blackwell’s in the UK, and as a sales rep for Scottish distributor Bookspeed. A long-time freelance writer, he switched to full- time journalism in January 2007 and was promoted to features and insight editor in 2013. 

  • Sue Wilkinson

    Chief Executive, The Reading Agency

    Sue Wilkinson joined The Reading Agency in January of this year taking over from Founding Director Miranda McKearney. Before joining The Reading Agency Sue was Director of Government and Academic Liaison at Elsevier and Director of Policy at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). Sue read history at Cambridge and trained as a teacher and as a Museum Education Officer. She taught for 3 years and then moved to work as Head of Education at the Tower of London for 5 years. She left there to set up and run the South Eastern Museums Education Unit which is when she first began to work with library colleagues to develop high quality cultural learning experience for people of all ages in London and the South East. As Director of Policy at the MLA she was responsible for creating the Inspiring Learning for All framework; for setting up the Renaissance in the Regions programme and or overseeing delivery of the DCMS library investment programme Framework for the Future.