Describe your role
I lead the team at Out of House Publishing working with my excellent colleagues and our customers to make sure we have everything in place to deliver content on time. My responsibilities range from overseeing, resourcing and recruitment to account management and financial control.
What do you like best about your role?
I cherish the variety in my role. I enjoy helping to solve the production challenges faced by publishers while supporting the people I work with in achieving their ambitions.
Which new projects are you working on?
Our business has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years and it’s exciting to see lots of great content in production. In our education business we’re working on a challenging series of revision titles along with course book content for a wide range of ages and subjects. In academic we’re excited to be supporting publishers as they face up to the changes in their businesses—our XML workflows are coming in handy for anyone sending to multiple formats including online and for Open Access circulation.
What skills help at managing director level?
It’s important to be able to step back and see the bigger picture while not being afraid of offering practical support to the team. Over the coming years skills in financial management, leadership and strategic planning will all become increasingly important—skills I’m still working on.
What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Loving books is not enough—real skills and experience are vital. Spending time with publishers, attending events like the London Book Fair will give you a great snapshot of what’s going on and will give you something to talk about. Expand your network.
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