2015 Speakers

  • Laura Bijelic

    Senior consumer insight manager Penguin Platform

    Laura manages a programme of research assisting the business in making consumer-focused decisions, working across all eight publishing divisions on topics including brand positioning, new product development and design and copy testing.  Laura most recently worked at the BBC before joining Penguin Random House two years ago.

  • Katie Bond

    Publisher, National Trust

    Katie Bond joined the National Trust as Publisher in May 2014 and now publishes fifty books a year including guidebooks,  illustrated books with Pavilion, narrative non-fiction with Faber and a new children’s book list with Nosy Crow launching in 2016. Previously she was Marketing and Publicity Director at Bloomsbury, responsible for the adult and children’s  trade lists. She worked with authors including Margaret Atwood, Sheila Hancock, Khaled Hosseini and JK Rowling and won the PPC Publicity Campaign of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards for Susannah Clarke’s ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’. An avid reader, she loves books and publishing.


  • Helen Boyle

    Literary scout, Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting agency

    Helen Boyle is a literary scout at Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting agency.  Specialising in the children’s and YA market she reports on the UK market for foreign publishers. Clients includes S. Fischer Verlag (Germany), Alfabeta (Sweden), Salamandra (Spain) and Gummerus (Finland). Helen also edits WRD –a magazine about children’s books – for library suppliers Peters, and works as a freelance editor and consultant. 

  • Jenny Broom

    Editorial Director, Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Jenny Broom studied at the Slade before taking up a career children’s publishing. In 2014 she moved to Quarto Publishing to help create new non-fiction imprint Wide Eyed Editions, and subsequently also became Editorial Director of Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. She has written several books for children, including the best-selling Animalium, and in 2015 was named one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars. 

  • Dylan Calder

    Founder, Pop-up projects

    Dylan Calder is founder of Pop Up Projects CIC, a not-for-profit organisation that engages children through immersive literature and literacy programmes. Since 1999, Dylan has worked with 100s of schools and organisations across the UK including Camden LEA, Waltham Forest and Hounslow EAZ, Shoreditch Trust, City of London Youth Services, National Youth Theatre, Heritage Lottery, and The Ideas Foundation. 

  • Dylan Collins

    CEO, SuperAwesome

    Dylan Collins  is one of the most experienced digital media executives in Europe. 

    He is CEO of SuperAwesome, the leading digital kids platform that reaches an audience of almost half a billion kids worldwide every month. SuperAwesome works with the biggest kids entertainment brands in the world including LEGO, Hasbro, Warner Bros and Disney to safely enable engagement with this audience. 

    An active investor and advisor across both kids media and technology companies, he is Venture Partner with Hoxton Ventures and sits on the board of the UK’s top-rated web development agency, Potato as well as Brown Bag Films, Europe’s leading kids animation studio. 
    Previously Collins founded Jolt Online Gaming which became one of the pioneering social games publishers in Europe. Jolt was acquired by GameStop (NYSE: GME), the largest video games retailer in the world in 2009 to spearhead their digital media strategy.

    As founder and CEO of DemonWare in 2003, he led the company to become the leading online games technology firm in the global console games market. In 2007, DemonWare was acquired by Activision Blizzard (NYSE: ATVI), the world’s biggest video games publisher and is now the multiplayer backbone of the billion-dollar Call of Duty franchise


  • Barry Cunningham

    Managing Director, Chicken House

    Barry Cunningham has had an impressive career in publishing. Along with working with many great names in children’s books including Roald Dahl, Cornelia Funke and James Dashner, he is also responsible for signing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He has worked at Penguin, Random House and Bloomsbury, and is now the MD of Chicken House. 


  • CJ Daugherty


    CJ Daugherty is a former investigative reporter, crime writer and counter-terrorism communications consultant. Her Night School series is an international number 1 bestseller with 22 translation deals. Her new series, The Secret Fire, launches this autumn. 


  • Laura Bethany Main Ellen

    Lead Children's Bookseller, Waterstones Piccadilly

    Lead children's bookseller at Waterstones Piccadilly with seven years' children's bookselling experience. Particularly passionate about picture books and recently set up Plugging Pictures, a video blog dedicated to illustrated children's books.


  • Tom Fickling

    Editor in chief, The Phoenix Comic

    Tom Fickling has worked at The Phoenix Comic since 2012 and currently holds the position of Editor in Chief. He also writes for the comic and edits for David Fickling Books Ltd. After university he spent a decade working in film as a script editor, development executive and assistant to a succession of producers before making the move into publishing. 

  • Clementine Gaisman

    Children’s and YA Rights Manager, Intercontinental Literary Agency

    Clementine handles translation rights throughout the world for ILA’s children’s and young adult titles, including The Hunger Games and Paddington Bear. She previously worked in the rights departments at Puffin and Walker Books, and has been at ILA since 2013.

    Twitter handle: @ilalondon

  • Jack Jewers

    Film producer

    Jack Jewers is a BAFTA-nominated director and founder of Trailermade Films, a leading producer of book trailers and other short-form content. In 2014 he produced and directed Night School: the Web Series, the first ever web series based on a young adult book outside the USA.



  • Jill Kidson

    Head of Consumer Marketing, Walker Books

    Jill oversees consumer marketing at Walker, running campaigns for their authors, illustrators and brands, setting up third party partnerships and undertaking consumer insight. Prior to joining Walker Books Jill worked in marketing roles at Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Puffin, and Random House.

  • Tamara MacFarlane

    Independent bookseller

    Tamara Macfarlane is the owner of Tales on Moon Lane childrens' Bookshop and author of the Amazing Esme series published by Hodder and co author of the Dylan's Amazing Dinosaur series published by Simon and Schuster. 


  • Luke Mitchell

    Digital Strategist

    Luke has 15 years' experience working with the youth audience in digital marketing and research roles. He was recently Head of Insight at Voxburner where he authored reports including the Youth 100: The UK's Top Brands According to 18-24s and YouthTech: Young People And Technology.


  • Kiera O'Brien

    Charts and Data Analyst, The Bookseller

    Kiera O’Brien is The Bookseller’s Charts and Data Analyst. She also writes children’s books and her debut Millie Versus The Machines is published by Quercus in August.


  • Louise O'Neill

    Author and Winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize

    Louise O’Neill was born in west Cork in 1985. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for the senior style director of American Elle magazine. While in New York, she also worked as an assistant stylist on a number of high-profile campaigns. She won Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Irish Book Awards.

    Louise is author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It, both published by Quercus. Only Ever Yours was the winner of The Bookseller's inaugural YA Book Prize.


  • Cally Poplak

    Managing Director, Egmont
  • Katie Price

    Licensing Director, Hachette Children’s Group

    Katie started her career in licensed character publishing at HIT Entertainment (now Mattel) in 2001 working on well know pre-school classic brands such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu. She held the position of Global Publishing Director for the last 2 years working across both the HIT and Mattel portfolios. Katie recently joined Hachette Children’s Group in August of this year as their newly appointed Licensing Director and is responsible for growing their licensing business and looking for opportunities both in and out.

  • Ed Ripley

    Sales and Marketing Director, Walker Books

    Ed Ripley joined Walker Books in February 2013 as UK Sales and Marketing Director & Walker Group Export Sales Director. Since then he has worked on brands such as Cassandra Clare, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Guess How Much I Love You and most recently Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun. 

  • Jessamy Hunter

    Programme Manager, The Renaissance School Partnership, Renaissance Learning

    Jessamy Hunter is a Programme Manager of The Renaissance School Partnership (RSP)— a professional services programme designed to raise attainment in reading. The programme takes a multi-faceted approach, tailored to meet each individual school’s expectations and needs, in order to help close the gap between reading age and chronological age by utilising data insights and formative assessment available from Accelerated Reader. Jessamy joined the programme after spending three years working with schools across Europe to implement literacy assessment and interventions.

  • Catherine Stokes

    Head of Sales and Marketing, Nosy Crow

    Catherine Stokes is head of sales and marketing at Nosy Crow. She has 22 years’ experience in publishing sales, marketing and bookselling, and has worked for WHS, OUP and, while travelling in Europe with her family, as a sales and marketing consultant, before becoming, on her return to the UK, sales and marketing director of Bounce Marketing, which is where she got to know the Nosy Crow list.

  • John Styring

    Co-founder and CEO of IglooBooks

    John Styring is co-founder and CEO of IglooBooks. John has over 15 years’ publishing experience working for some of the UK’s largest publishers. He started his career as a journalist on local papers in the North East, before moving into publishing with Dorling Kindersley and then Parragon. In 2003, John co-founded IglooBooks, one of Britain’s fastest-growing publishers, which in 2014 was acquired by Bonnier Publishing.

  • Rachel Williams

    Publisher, Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Rachel began her book career at Lonely Planet, commissioning illustrated armchair travel books. In the UK, she has worked for Phaidon Press, and later as Publisher at Templar, where she initiated the Big Picture Press imprint. In 2014 Rachel moved to The Quarto Group to start Wide Eyed Editions, and subsequently also became Publisher of Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 

    Instagram: wideeyededitions 

  • Kate Wilson

    Founder and Managing Director, Nosy Crow

    Kate Wilson is the founder and managing director of Nosy Crow, a multi-award-winning publisher of children’s books, ebooks and apps. She ran Scholastic UK Ltd and Macmillan Children’s Books after beginning her career selling rights for a company that became Egmont and for Faber and Faber.

  • Emma Worrollo

    Managing Director, Pineapple Lounge

    Emma has 8 years pure qualitative research experience working in numerous agencies in the UK and overseas. In 2011 she set up The Pineapple Lounge in partnership with Firefish. Within 3 years she grew the business to a team of 10 and opened a secondary office in New York. She has helped global companies such as Sony Playstation, Ella’s Kitchen, Britvic, McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, Penguin and Unilever grow their brands by placing them at the front line of family life in order to meet the demands and expectations of today’s modern families.


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