2017 Speakers

FutureBook 2017

  • Richard Johnson

    C.e.o., Bonnier Publishing

    Richard has led the transformation of Bonnier Publishing for the last seven years, growing revenue from £45m to £128m. He joined the company with a background in finance and in 2010 and was asked by its owners, Bonnier AB in Sweden, to "hold the fort" as CEO while they found somebody "who knew something about books". Originally dubbed "Richard Who?" by industry stalwarts, he went to university for a day and can't tell his Dickens from his Dostoevsky. He doesn't fit the publishing mould, but then Bonnier Publishing isn't a traditional publisher. Under Richard's leadership, the group has built a reputation for challenging the status quo and for thinking differently. You will either love him or you will hate him and he is quite happy with that.

  • Chantal Restivo-Alessi

    Chief digital officer and executive vice president, HarperCollins Publishers

    Chantal Restivo-Alessi is Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, International for HarperCollins Publishers, leading the overall global digital strategy and foreign language publishing program for the company. She works with each division around the world to manage commercial relationships with new and existing digital partners, grow digital revenues, and oversee the company’s developing foreign language publishing program. She is also a member of the company’s executive committee. She was appointed Chief Digital Officer in May 2012, and expanded her role to Executive Vice President, International in April 2015.

    Since joining HarperCollins, Restivo-Alessi has pioneered the use of new digital sales channels, signing numerous deals with new distributors, such as subscription services Scribd and Oyster. In addition, she led the launch of the company’s e-commerce platform on www.HC.com.

    Restivo-Alessi has extensive expertise in strategy development and execution, has held numerous senior strategy positions and has more than 20 years of international media management experience.

  • Asi Sharabi

    Co-founder, Wonderbly

    Asi Sharabi started Lost My Name as a DIY project with some friends. Pretty soon the project changed from being a labour of love and went on to become a funded tech + storytelling startup with the ambition of making millions of kids around the world more curious, clever and kind.  Recently rebranded to Wonderbly, they are a unique, award winning startup that lives on the intersection of storytelling, engineering, digital and print on a mission to help grownups inspire boundless self belief in every child. 

     

  • Sara Lloyd

    Digital and communications director, Pan Macmillan

    Sara is Digital and Communications Director for the UK trade publishing house, Pan Macmillan, responsible for the group's digital and communications teams and strategy, covering marketing, publicity, digital media, consumer insight and corporate communications. She works on envisioning the way in which book, author, company and brand communications will evolve as readers change the way they consume content, exchange views, make choices and engage with brands. Operationally, Sara is responsible for the group's entire communications output across both adult and children's divisions of Pan Macmillan, including promotions of all types through paid-for, earned and owned channels and platforms. In addition, Sara holds a strategic leadership role, responsible for advising on the company's digital strategy and associated business model, channel, workflow, product and marketing innovation, as well as the necessary people and skills change to accompany this.

    Sara is an experienced publishing professional and company director with many years working in the areas of digital innovation, strategic planning, change management, marketing, PR and communications. Her career over the last 25 years has spanned newspaper, academic, reference, STM and trade publishing and she has played a key role in transforming many publishing businesses from print to digital. Originally an arts journalist for The Times, Sara is a regular presenter and writer on all matters digital and communications, looking to share and inspire others. She is particularly well known for her call to arms 'A Book Publisher's Manifesto for the Twenty First Century' which set out in 2008 her vision for how the publishing industry should respond to the digital changes that were then yet to come, but which still holds a great deal of relevance today. Downloaded over 10,000 times and translated into multiple languages, it continues to be referenced around the world, and she has continued to campaign for publishers to embrace change and work against complacency ever since.

    Sara has been selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Publishing by The Bookseller for the last seven years, recognised for her ability to inspire innovation, her leadership of the award winning comms team at Pan Macmillan and her engagement in the debate to drive this industry's future. She was awarded the Digital Leader of the Year award at last year's Futurebook conference. 

  • Vikki Chowney

    Chief content strategist, H+K

    Vikki joined H+K in January 2015 to shape its approach to content + publishing strategy, embedding this across the agency, and with clients including Intel, HSBC & Amazon Web Services. She also leads social strategy globally for Huawei and is global CSD for Campari.

    In 2016 she formed the agency’s data + Insights team and built Sherlock, H+K’s proprietary approach to mapping influencers, in collaboration with social listening experts Brandwatch. Now, she’s working on ContentNEXT, which helps clients explore next generation content formats through a series of technology partnerships.

    Prior to H+K Vikki held two roles at Creston Unlimited group; Head of Agency for social content agency Things Unlimited and Head of Social for digital creative agency TMW Unlimited. Her teams worked across over 45 major brands including Haagen Dazs, Sony Pictures, Activision, McCain Foods, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Virgin Trains, Infiniti, Canon & more.

    Vikki is a former journalist, having been News Editor for Econsultancy and written for Contagious, The Guardian, Marketing, Marketing Week and as a G20Voice blogger for Oxfam at the London & Pittsburgh Summits in 2009. She also worked in-house as Content Editor for the Jaguar Future project, created by Jaguar to tell the stories behind the C-X16 concept car.

    She was awarded a place on PR Week’s Power Book 2017, featured in the first EMEA version of The Holmes Report’s Innovator 25 list, BIMA’s Hot 100 for 2015 & The Drum’s Social Buzz Top 50.

  • Arifa Akbar

    Head of content, Unbound

    Arifa Akbar is Head of Content at the publisher, Unbound, where she is launch editor of online literary website 'Boundless'. She is also a freelance reviewer for the Financial Times, the London Evening Standard and Sky News. She is the former Literary Editor for The Independent, where she worked for fifteen years, until April 2016, in various roles including arts correspondent and news reporter. She is a trustee on the board of the Orwell Foundation and is on the advisory committee for English PEN’s writing in translation programme. She is currently a Costa Prize judge for the biography category.

  • Nicola Solomon

    Chief executive, the Society of Authors

    Nicola is chief executive at the Society of Authors, a role which encompasses protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment.

  • Nick Barreto

    Co-founder, Canelo

    Nick Barreto works where books and technology intersect. He’s managed and built apps, is as an expert on ebook formats, metadata and workflows. Nick is one of the co-founders of Canelo and works as their Technology Director.

  • Sharmaine Lovegrove

    Publisher, Dialogue Books

    Sharmaine Lovegrove is the publisher of Dialogue Books – inclusive imprint of Little, Brown, Hachette. She is a former literary editor at Elle, Film & TV Adaptations consultant and owner of a bookshop in Berlin.

  • Gordon Wise

    Senior literary agent, Curtis Brown
  • Roger Warner

    Chief solutions officer, Squiz

    Roger is Chief Solutions Officer at global technology company, Squiz - helping leading publishing brands like Hachette Book Group, Oxford University Press, Elsevier and LexisNexis to exploit new product and service opportunities in digital. In his spare time he writes YA novels in his secret bunker in East Sussex. 

  • Albert Hogan

    Director, Group Marketing & Audience, Penguin Random House

    Albert has extensive experience of the entertainment sector having worked in film, music and publishing. Albert joined Penguin Random House UK in February of this year to head up Group Marketing and Audience Development, where he is responsible for the audience strategy for core brands Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird and interest brands Dead Good and The Happy Foodie. Previously, as head of digital strategy at Universal Pictures, he worked on film franchises including Despicable Me, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious and Jurassic World. 

  • Thad Woodman

    Chief product officer, Inkshares

    Thad's background is in product development and economics. He handles all things product, design, code, and accounting at Inkshares.

  • Annie Stone

    International account manager, BookBub

    Annie Stone is the international account manager at BookBub, where she partners with publishers in the UK, Canada, and Australia to promote books across all genres and categories. Previously, Annie worked as an editor at Alloy Entertainment, Harlequin TEEN, and HarperCollins Children’s Books, and was a Publisher's Weekly Star Watch honoree in 2015. She lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusets.

  • Sophie Rochester

    C.e.o. and founder, Yodomo

    Sophie set up Yodomo in Jan 2017 as a new online destination for creative learning. Yodomo is now working with publishers, retailers and arts organisations to produce online video courses around lifestyle skills and techniques for the growing generation of creative upskillers. Previously she worked at Random House, 4th Estate and Good Technology, and consulted clients on content marketing, digital communications and digital product development at Pan Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin Random House, Nesta, British Council and Royal Society of Literature with The Literary Platform. 

  • Preethi Mavahalli

    Executive producer, Mammoth Screen

    Preethi joined Mammoth in 2011. During that time, she has Executive Produced Tripped for E4 and NW for BBC2. NW was recently nominated for two 2017 BAFTA British Academy Television Awards in the Leading Actress and Single Drama categories.
    Upcoming shows include The City & The City written by Tony Grisoni and directed by Tom Shankland for BBC2 and Next of Kin written by Paul Rutman and Natasha Narayan for ITV.
    Also coming soon are adaptations of The War of the Worlds and Noughts & Crosses for BBC One and The Serpent, the true story of Charles Sobhraj and how he was brought to justice by Herman Knippenberg.
    Prior to joining Mammoth, Preethi worked in development at Film4, and at Film London on the micro-budget feature film scheme Microwave, where she worked across the slate of films from development through to exhibition – including the BAFTA-nominated Shifty and Ben Drew’s directorial debut Ill Manors.
    She also made a number of short films including a Random Act for Channel 4 directed by The Streets’ Mike Skinner. She read History at the University of Oxford.

  • Jeff Norton

    Founder, Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd

    Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome, a creative incubator.
    He is the author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars (Orchard), the comedic Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie (Faber), and the upcoming picture book Stomp School (Little Tiger Press). He’s also the creator and co-writer of the best-selling Princess Ponies series (Bloomsbury).
     
    Jeff is currently Executive Producer on the hit pre-school show Trucktown (Nelvana) based on the best-selling books by Jon Scieszka.  He is also in development on Stomp School as a new pre-school show, and is presently writing Alienated as a feature film.
     
    As a filmmaker, Jeff has written and directed short films and music videos, and is developing a slate of high-concept TV drama projects.


    Previously, Jeff ran the Enid Blyton literary estate and before moving to the UK, he worked in creative development in Hollywood and produced the award-winning Choose Your Own Adventure interactive movie featuring William H. Macy and Frankie Muniz.  Originally from Canada, Jeff now lives in London, UK.

  • Emily Hayward Whitlock

    Head of book to film, The Artists Partnership

    Emily Hayward-Whitlock is a Literary Agent representing screenwriters, playwrights, directors and Book Rights for Film, Television and Theatre. She joined The Artists Partnership as their head of book to film in 2015.

    Recent deals include VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS to Alaska/ Channel 4, PURE by Rose Bretecher to Channel 4/Drama Republic, SOLDIER SPY by Tom Marcus to Kudos, THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury to Little Island Pictures, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETLEY FINE to Reese Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine and EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS by Balli Kaur Jaswal to Film Four/ Scott Free.

  • Siôn Hamilton

    Change agent

    Siôn is a coach, problem solver and change agent, with over 15 years’ experience in bookselling. He was the Trading Director at Foyles, and has extensive operational experience – from shop floor to director level. He used this knowledge, along with his love of research and writing, when working on projects such as the transformation of Foyles’ flagship store. He also has a passion for authentic customer service, and how the interactions we have with others, combined with the physical space they happen in, help shape who we are. 

  • Miranda West

    Publisher, Do Books

    Miranda West is the founder and publisher of The Do Book Company. Launched in 2013 with five books and no investor, there are now 16 books in the collection with distribution in the UK, North America, Australia and Singapore. Books are available in print and digital, with audiobooks coming later this year. In 2014, Miranda was selected as one of ten ‘Creative Entrepreneurs’ in the UK by the Hospital Club/ British Council. In 2015, the Do Books collection was shortlisted for the British Book Design & Production Awards in the Best Brand/ Series Identity category. 

  • Dr Eliza Filby

    Writer and visiting lecturer, King's College London

    Dr Eliza Filby is a writer, broadcaster and academic specialising in contemporary values.  Her current research project focuses on the next generation and the complex intergenerational landscape now dominating politics, the work space and marketplace. Eliza acts as a speaker and consultant helping companies market and manage Generations Y and Z. Past clients include financial services such as Pictet Bank and RGM International; digital design company, JustSoLondon, communications specialist, DRP and leading manufacturer, Procter and Gamble. She has recently completed an extensive six-month project with Toni & Guy and their global wing, Label M. 

     

    Eliza received her PhD from the University of Warwick in contemporary British history after which she published her first book, God and Mrs Thatcher (Biteback, 2015) which explored the religious origins of Margaret Thatcher’s politics. Between 2011-2014, Eliza lectured at Warwick University, King‘s College London and Remnin University Beijing. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College, London. In 2014, Eliza founded GradTrain which is now the UK‘s leading training organisation working with universities to deliver public speaking and communications coaching for its Gen Z graduates. Eliza draws on her academic research as well as her business experience of employing and teaching Millennials and Gen Z to help companies understand how to ‘speak to them’ as  citizens, consumers and employees.  


    Eliza has lectured to a wide range of audiences including the universities of Cambridge and Harvard. She has debated at the Oxford Union, sparred at the Conservative Party Conference and led management workshops for the Church of England. She is also a prolific writer and has written for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and the Spectator and has reviewed for the Financial Times amongst others.  She has acted as a commentator for BBC News, Radio 4, Radio 3, BBC World Service, Sky News, LBC and BBC's Daily Politics as well as broadcasting in Russia, Spain, China and North America. She is currently a regular panellist on the Sky News' Evening Paper review show. 

  • Dr Sue Black

    Technology evangelist and digital skills expert

    Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy. 


    Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. 


    Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name. She was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services

  • Julia Porter

    Board director and business advisor
  • Jamie Byng

    C.e.o., Canongate
  • Sam Reid

    Co-founder, ThinkSprint
  • Scott Morrison

    Co-founder, ThinkSprint
  • Nick Coveney

    Digital innovation director, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Gus Swan

    Digital technologies director, HarperCollins
  • David Varela

    Narrative designer, Criterion Games
  • Rebecca Davies

    Junior buyer - tech and media, Urban Outfitters
  • Molly Barton

    C.e.o. and co-founder, Serial Box

    Molly is the c.e.o. and co-founder of Serial Box, called “the HBO of reading” by NPR. She is also the Executive Producer of The Genius Dialogues podcast with MacArthur Fellows hosted by Bob Garfield (On the Media). Previously the Global Digital Director at Penguin, she reported to the worldwide CEO and led the ebook and audio business, digital product innovation and content strategy including partnerships with NBC and Starz Television. She served on the board of Pearson’s start-up investments in New York, London and Melbourne. Awarded Innovation Funding from Pearson, Barton founded Book Country, the collaboration and self-publishing platform for genre fiction writers. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she recently served as a faculty member in the Writing Program. @MolBarton

  • Justin Small

    The BIO Agency and Future Strategy Club
  • Nicolas Lovell

    Founder, GAMESbrief/author

    Nicholas Lovell is an author and game design consultant. He is a shareholder in Supersaurs and designed the game that accompanies Supersaurs: Raptors of Paradise. (Bonnier Zaffre, 2017). The Curve (Portfolio Penguin, 2013) explains how to make money in the digital age. The Pyramid of Game Design (Focal Press, 2018) is a guide to designing, producing and launching service games. Games clients have included Rovio (Angry Birds Go, Angry Birds Transformers), CCP (Eve Online) and Firefly Studios (Stronghold Kingdoms).

  • Rebecca Smart

    M.d., Ebury Publishing

    Rebecca is managing director of Ebury Publishing, one of Penguin Random House UK’s publishing houses and the group’s non-fiction specialist. The leading publisher across many non-fiction categories, Ebury's roster of authors includes Mary Berry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Chris Packham, Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson and Caitlin Moran. Ebury has recently announced the creation of Pop Press, a gift and stationery list aimed at finding non-trade channels to market; and has also launched Penguin Living.

  • Sarah Jones

    BCU Media, head of the Birmingham School of Media

    Sarah Jones is the Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University. Sarah is an immersive storyteller, using 360 degree technology and virtual reality to bring together new forms of narrative. Sarah explores immersive experiential films as an art form to understand an environment and culture through being someone else in a virtual world. Sarah is a Google Jump Start creator, listed as a global influencer in VR and co-founded VRGirlsUK. Previously, Sarah worked for ITV as a correspondent and news anchor.

  • Mark Dawson

    Author

    Mark Dawson is the author of the million-selling John Milton, Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose series. He is a multiple USA Today, Amazon and Audible bestseller, and is presently involved in developing his series for the television. He is also the founder of selfpublishingformula.com, an online resource for authors looking to master the modern methods of promotion that he has deployed to further his own career.

AudioBook Revolution 2017

  • Rebecca Herrmann

    Founder and co-c.e.o., Bolinda audio

    Rebecca is an Australian entrepreneur, businesswoman, and one of the first unabridged audiobook publishers in the world.

    Publisher, Co-CEO and joint shareholder of Bolinda, the world’s largest independent audiobook company, Rebecca is widely recognised as a pioneer and innovator of the audiobook category.

    Rebecca founded Bolinda audiobooks in 1990 and today is recognised as the world’s leading audiobook publisher and evangelist. She has dedicated her life to telling big local stories to the world.

    In 2010, Bolinda launched Borrowbox – your library in one app. BorrowBox enables Public libraries and schools to lend eAudiobooks and eBooks to their customers by way of digital loans.

    BorrowBox is the world’s leading digital lending app renowned for delivering the best user experience and since launching has achieved two world firsts - the first and only device neutral audiobook solution in the world, and the first app that contains both eBooks and eAudiobooks together.

    The BorrowBox app is the number 1 download solution across libraries in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the Republic of Ireland.

    Rebecca’s unwavering commitment to the audiobook category and its future has ensured Bolinda has unparalleled pathways to market for audiobooks and unrivalled consumer loyalty and recognition of the Bolinda brand across the globe.

  • Ian Small

    General manager, AudioBooks.com

    Ian has more than 10 years of leadership experience in the audiobook industry, guiding the successful launch, growth and recent acquisition of Audiobooks.com by RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Audiobooks.com is a subscription-style audiobook service app with a catalogue of 100,000 titles from 360 publishing partners, and a customer base that is growing on a global scale thanks to recent official service launches in the United Kingdom and Australia. Ian was educated at Sheridan College and lives with his wife and two sons near Toronto, Canada, where he is involved in the Young Presidents Organization and various economic development initiatives.

  • Niclas Sandin

    C.e.o., Bookbeat

    Niclas has been c.e.o. of BookBeat since its founding in 2015. BookBeat, a start-up under Bonnier Books, is one of Bonnier Group’s biggest digital transformation ventures. BookBeat has offered unlimited listening audiobooks for a fixed fee in Sweden and Finland since 2016 and is now one of the leading audiobook services in the Nordics. During 2017 BookBeat launched in Germany and the UK. Before joining Bonnier in 2012, Niclas was a data analyst and consultant working with growth companies at EY. 

  • Kurt Thielen

    Managing director, Zebralution

    Kurt Thielen is the founder and Managing Director of Zebralution, one of the biggest Digital Distributors for music and audiobooks in the World. Thielen started his career working in a record shop in 1979 and was the Head of Rough Trade Records and later Zomba Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for more than 20 years, working with a wide range of acts from New Order to Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake. After the company had been sold he founded Zebralution. It soon became one of the leading distributors of digital media content and mobile entertainment products. Since 2010 digital audiobooks and especially streaming has become an important factor in Zebralution’s portfolio; acquiring the entire catalogue of 4 out of 5 high profile German publishers subsequently increasing their digital revenue income by 40 % by introducing spoken word to 120 million strong streaming audience. Zebralution is now rolling out their successful model globally. Thielen was a member of the Board of the German IFPI for 7 years. 

  • Michael Tamblyn

    President and c.e.o., Kobo

    Michael Tamblyn is the Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and The New York Times. 

  • Fionnuala Barrett

    Senior audio editor, HarperCollins Publishers

    Fionnuala joined HarperCollins in 2016, after cutting her teeth at Penguin Random House. She oversees the audio publishing programme for HarperCollins’ mass-market adult fiction and non-fiction titles. She was instrumental in setting up the #loveaudio campaign, the first industry-wide celebration of audiobooks in the UK.

  • Paul Martinovic

    Non-fiction communications manager, Pan Macmillan

    Paul Martinovic has worked in publishing for six years, in that time working variously in digital, marketing and publicity. He's managed campaigns for some of the biggest brands in publishing, including John le Carre, Zadie Smith, and Antony Beevor. Currently at Pan Macmillan, earlier in the year he launched the Shaun Keaveny's Not So Simple podcast, and currently works across non-fiction marketing and publicity campaigns with a focus on sport, smart thinking and literary non-fiction. He also recently launched a podcast of his own, The 90s Movie Pod. 

  • Jennifer McMenemy

    Marketing manager, Orion Books

    Jennifer is a marketing manager at the Orion Publishing Group. Jennifer works across all of Orion’s imprints with a focus on Audio and SF and Fantasy. She is the Orion Marketing Audio Champion and works closely with the audio editorial and sales teams to look at ways to maximize promotions, awareness and drive sales of audio titles. She is also the co-creator of the award-winning Gollancz Festival, the UK’s first ever bookshop and digital festival (now in it’s 4th year).  She has been nominated for the Futurebook Awards once and Marketing Strategy of the Year twice. Originally from New York, she joined the Orion Publishing Group in 2008. 

  • Alice Lutyens

    Agent, Curtis Brown

    Alice Lutyens is an agent at Curtis Brown in London, and has been the audio manager for more than 10 years. She was responsible for growing the company’s audio business by over 20 times in that time. She may also be the world’s first profoundly deaf audio advocate! She represents mainly fiction authors, including Sunday Times bestseller authors Kate Hamer and Jane Harper. She was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2014 and Unsung Hero of Publishing 2016.

  • David Roper

    Founder and m.d., Heavy Entertainment

    David Roper founded Heavy Entertainment in 1992, and is an author himself who teaches an MA in writing skills at the University of London. He was for five years a presenter/producer at Kaleidoscope and Night Waves before becoming BBC radio’s arts reporter. He left the BBC to take on the same role at Channel 4 news (ITN). He holds an unchallenged record in terms of audiobook production, having delivered over 2,200 titles. That expertise has earned him the respect of agents, publishers, editors and authors, particularly John le Carré, Dawn French and David Mitchell, who all value his contribution to their work at final ms stage. He upholds the highest standards of grammar, vocabulary, copy-editing and audio production, and has pioneered various techniques to bring the printed word to more vivid life, whether it be multiple-voiced narrative, telephone effects, acoustic treatment (echo/loudspeakers/interior monologues) and has brought many new voices to the medium. His work has earned him a wide range of industry awards including Audiobook and Readings Producer of the Year in 2016.

  • Dominic White

    Head of publishing and commerce, W F Howes/Wavesound

    Dominic White has 17 years' audio and digital publishing experience and currently leads the UK and Australian publishing activity for W F Howes Ltd. During his tenure he has grown the annual list from 100 titles at start-up to over 1,000 in 2018 making W F Howes the largest independent digital audiobook publisher. Highlights have included key acquisitions such as Dan Brown, creating new eLending rights models, and launching successful new imprints for retail (Whole Story Audiobooks) and Australia (Wavesound).

  • Ivan Mulcahy

    Literary agent, Mulcahy Associates

    Ivan Mulcahy’s first career was largely spent with media giant Reuters, until 2002 when he set up his London-based literary agency, Mulcahy Associates. He has represented bestselling and award-winning titles by Clare Balding, Ha-Joon Chang, David Mitchell, Robert Webb, and Dame Vivienne Westwood. His interest in finding new Irish writing talent, such as Baileys Prize Winner Lisa McInerney, has created a core agency strength. In 2016 Mulcahy Associates joined with Milburn Browning talent agency to form MMB Creative and have since created a dramatic rights division and voiceover sister agency, Fuller Voices.

  • Jo Forshaw

    Audiobook publishing consultant

    Having previously tinkered with audio as an agent, a retailer and then programmer for a wee radio station, Jo ran the audio publishing team at HarperCollins until Spring 2017. Taking it from 80 titles a year to audio editions of pretty much every print title across HC, she's overseen thousands of audiobooks,  created partnerships with retailers and publishers and driven revenue up massively. Now a freelance consultant, she advises on everything audio, from strategy and programme planning and  to casting and recording.

  • Joanna Lord

    Audio and online sales manager, Canongate

    As audio and online sales manager at Canongate Books, Jo is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s audio publishing, from commissioning audio editions of forthcoming titles through to identifying backlist opportunities and developing new sales relationships. She also manages Canongate’s online retail accounts across all formats.Before joining Canongate as online key accounts executive in December 2014, Jo worked for the Guardian Media Group, where she ran the Guardian Bookshop and worked on books published by the newspaper’s own imprint.

  • Kevin Addley

    Vice-president of marketing, Audible.co.uk

    Having worked for the company for more than five years, Kevin leads Audible UK’s customer strategy; overseeing audience insight, customer acquisition, engagement and retention, communications and product marketing across Amazon and Audible websites, devices and apps. Most recently, Kevin led the launch of Audible’s “Feel every word” and “Life’s more interesting when you listen” campaigns – multi-vertical advertising initiatives which focused on the enriching power of listening and the intimacy of one-on-one storytelling . He is also responsible for marketing of Audible Original titles in the UK including Alien: Out Of The Shadows, Alien: River Of Pain, X-Files: Cold Cases and Jon Ronson’s The Butterfly Effect amongst others.

  • Kiera O'Brien

    Charts and data editor, The Bookseller

    Kiera O’Brien is The Bookseller’s charts and data editor and is the author of two children’s books, published by Quercus.

  • Matthew Hammersley

    C.e.o., Novel Effect

    Matt Hammersley is a father, husband, and all around family man who loves to tell great stories. He’s co-founder and c.e.o. of Novel Effect, which was recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, South by South West (SXSW), funded by Amazon’s Alexa Fund, and a finalists for last year’s BookTech Company of the Year award. The Novel Effect platform creates voice interactive stories, where voice is used to blend books and audiobooks into one medium. As a former patent attorney and engineer, he’s a constant creator and innovator.

  • Nathan Hull

    Chief commercial and content officer, Bookchoice

    Nathan is chief commercial and content officer at Bookchoice - a curated digital book boutique offering 8 ebooks and audiobooks per month for an affordable flat rate; all skillfully curated in-house to attract new readers via brand partnerships. Nathan manages the company’s international expansion with a focus on the platform’s content and commercial partnership deals. Previously, Nathan was chief business development officer at Mofibo, Scandinavia’s leading e-book subscription model, prior to its acquisition. Most notably Nathan was Penguin Random House’s digital product director, with strategic responsibility for its digital portfolio and innovation strategy working closely with the likes of Stephen Fry, Jamie Oliver and Roald Dahl’s estate. Prior to publishing, Nathan managed international bands and was Universal Music’s senior digital marketing manager executing the original deals and partnerships with the likes of Spotify, Sky and Playstation for acts ranging from the Rolling Stones to U2.

  • Nicky Birch

    Founder/director, Rosina Sound

    Nicky Birch is an award winning creative producer and consultant working in audio and technology. Nicky began her career making radio for BBC networks and commercial platforms. Subsequently she produced a number of binaural audio iPhone games and though her company Rosina Sound has recently consulted on audiobooks for Pan Macmillan and The British Library, and created an interactive radio drama for Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

  • Patrick McQuaid

    Director, ID Audio

    The owner of ID Audio - recording studios based in West London responsible for the production of over 3000 audiobooks to date. Embracing the dramatic changes in the industry over the last 30 years, Patch started out at Sony Music before becoming audio manager at Dorling Kindersley Multimedia. He founded ID Audio in 2000. Recent and notable productions include Bad Dad by David Walliams, What Does This Button Do by Bruce Dickinson and This Boy by Alan Johnson.

  • Ravina Bajwa

    Senior commissioning editor, Pottermore

    Ravina is responsible for global audio product development at Pottermore, managing foreign language production of Harry Potter audiobooks. Ravina has worked in audiobook publishing for a decade as a creative consultant and senior editor. She was formerly editor of Penguin Audiobooks leading audio publishing and production strategy across multiple literary brands including Roald Dahl, Stephen Fry, Peppa Pig, and Ladybird Books, and launched the Penguin Studio - the first fully-fledged audiobook recording studio at a UK trade publishing house.

  • Sarah Shrubb

    Audio publisher, Hachette Audio

    Sarah joined Little, Brown in 1994 as a book editor before taking on start-up imprint Time Warner AudioBooks in 2003. Initially it published abridged CDs and cassettes, but downloads rapidly became the format of choice for the audiobook industry and the imprint is now called Hachette Audio and is a digital-only list. To date Hachette Audio has published nearly 1,400 titles across all genres, from authors as diverse as JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Donna Tartt, Ozzy Osbourne, Carol Ann Duffy, Mark Billingham, Evan Davis, John Steinbeck, Walter Isaacson and Evelyn Waugh. Sarah manages a small but highly integrated team that forms an essential part of Little, Brown's publishing as audiobooks become an increasingly important format. Little Brown's ethos is that its titles have three formats: book, e-book and audiobook. 

  • Susio Warhurst

    Content director, Acast UK

    Susie Warhurst is director of content at Acast UK - the country's leading podcast platform. Acast hosts, distributes and monetises podcasts for media houses, publishers and independent producers including The Guardian, GLEAM Futures, BBC Worldwide, The Economist, Penguin, Little, Brown, Adam Buxton, My Dad Wrote a Porno and many others. A former speech radio producer she helps partners to launch new shows, grow an engaged audience and develop new revenue streams.

  • Rachel Mallender

    Group audio director, HarperCollins UK

    Rachel Mallender is group audio director at HarperCollins Publishers. She leads the audio team to deliver the company’s ‘total audio’ policy; a commitment to publishing audio editions as front list print books. Rachel joined HarperCollins Publishers in September, after a successful 20-year career at the BBC. She has a reputation as an experienced and award winning creative leader who has worked extensively in leading creative and innovative broadcasts, programming and products. Rachel was at the cutting edge of the first podcasts, social media and digital audio content.  

  • Sam Halstead

    Senior commissioning editor, Penguin
  • Patti Pirooz

    Audio publishing consultant and advisor

    Patti is the former audio publisher at Penguin (USA), where she ran the department for 15 years.  She has been a pioneer in the industry since 1999, since which time she transformed a small department into a $22 million business. She has published over 2,000 adult and children’s audio titles, including bestsellers such as The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, each selling more than half a million audio units.  

    Patti is a Grammy-award winning producer and director, overseeing titles by John le Carré, Roald Dahl, Zadie Smith and Thomas Pynchon and personally directing high-profile titles with Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers and Jim Dale, to name just a few. Before her recent relocation to the UK she was the global digital publishing manager at Mattel. She is currently an audio publishing consultant and advisor.

  • Stacy Rowe

    Manager, RNIB Bookshare

    Stacy is manager of RNIB Bookshare. She has been involved in the visually impaired education sector since 2003 - working in the UK, Africa, Bangladesh and India.

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  • Edwin Scholte

    Chief operating officer and chief financial officer, McGraw-Hill Education

    Edwin is chief operating officer and chief financial officer for McGraw-Hill’s global education businesses.  He was hired as part of the private equity backed team to deliver on the operating plan post acquisition by Apollo Global Management in 2013.  Edwin is a Board Member of busuu, the world’s largest social online language learning community, where he works with management and other investors in developing and executing the company’s growth strategy.

  • Lis Tribe

    Group managing director, Hodder Education

    Lis Tribe is group managing director of Hodder Education, one of the largest providers of curriculum and assessment materials in the UK. Hodder Education was the winner of the British Book Industry’s Educational Publisher of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016.

    Lis started her career in academic publishing at Routledge and has worked at Hodder Education for over 20 years.  She recently joined the Executive Committee of Hachette UK and is currently President of the Publishers Association.

  • Richard Connor

    Managing partner & head of research, C3 Education

    Richard has been conducting market research exclusively in the schools’ sector for over 25 years. To enable robust and representative survey data on the UK marketplace, the National Education Research Panel (NERP) was founded in 2005. Most recently, the International Education Research Panel (IERP) has been launched in association with ISC Research to cover English-medium international schools.


    Building on his experience running several educational software/content companies, Richard has generated a wide range of research projects using innovative methodologies and insight to support publishers and the edtech sector. 

  • Rose Luckin

    Professor of learner centred design, UCL

    Rose Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Her research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). She has a particular interest in using AI to open up the ‘black box’ of learning to show teachers and students the detail of their progress intellectually, emotionally and socially. Rose is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-based Educational Technology. Rose is lead author of Nesta’s influential ‘Decoding Learning’ report published in 2012 and Pearson’s Unleashing Intelligence, published in 2016. She is a UFI charity trustee, a governor and trustee of St Paul’s school in London and a governor of the Self-Managed Learning College in Brighton. She has taught in the state secondary, Further Education and Higher Education sectors, and she was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University of Sussex.  Rose was recognised as one of the most important 20 figures in British education in The Sunday Times’ Seldon List 2017, being described as the ‘Dr Who of AI’.

  • Richard Stagg

    V.p., Portfolio Management, Higher Education Courseware UK

    Richard leads Pearson's higher education product group in the UK, developing a portfolio of print and digital resources designed to support more effective teaching and personalized learning.  Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Pearson currently reaches 75 million students of all ages around the world in its mission is to help people make progress in their lives through better learning.  

  • Kiren Shoman

    Editorial director, SAGE London

    Kiren is responsible for SAGE London’s textbook and reference program, and the strategic lead of SAGE Video.  

    At SAGE since 1995, Kiren has played an instrumental role in the development of both traditional and digital platforms for disseminating SAGE’s book and textbook content. Kiren works closely with colleagues across SAGE to further explore new product innovations within print and digital publishing, and content development within emerging digital streams.  

    Kiren holds an MA in Gender and Internal Development from Warwick University and a BA in Sociology with Development Studies from the University of Sussex.

  • Joshua Perry

    Director, Assembly

    Joshua leads Assembly, an education data platform that is part of the Ark family of ventures. Assembly helps the education sector to use data more effectively by integrating systems and providing management analytics to schools. Prior to Assembly, Josh was part of the leadership team of Ark Schools, a highly-regarded Multi Academy Trust. He also founded Unlocked Guides, a children’s publishing company selling travels books and apps.

  • Mads Holmen

    Founder, Bibblio

    Mads is the founder of Bibblio, a content recommendation platform for publishers. The company uses machine learning to provide users with more engaging and trustworthy content suggestions. Bibblio works with platforms such as Canadian Electronic Library, Business of Fashion, Open Learn and Afar. 

    Prior to Bibblio, Mads spent 10 years in online media in a variety of planning and strategy roles. He started his career at goviral, where he worked closely with the founding team throughout the company’s rapid growth and sale to AOL for $96.7m 

  • Ed Barton

    C.e.o., Curiscope

    Ed has a background as a filmmaker (primarily in advertising) and as a web developer. At the age of 15 he founded one of the largest teen forums in the UK with close to 100 thousand members. Ed entered filmmaking as he believed it was a medium with which he could make a mark on the world but moved into the technology and VR industry as the potential impact felt greater. In 2016 Ed was named a Wired Innovation Fellow and was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017. 

  • David Millican

    Lead data scientist, BridgeU

    Dave studied mathematics and natural sciences at the University of Cambridge before going on to complete an MPhil in economics at the University of Oxford. From here, he moved to Italy to work as a mathematical modeller for the Ferrari F1 Team, developing computer simulations for race strategy and applying machine learning to interpret aerodynamic data. He joined BridgeU after realising the potential of using AI in edtech, hoping to improve how crucial life decisions are made.

  • Tushar Sharma

    Commercial director, education and enterprise, Blippar

    Tushar Sharma is heading all activities related to education at Blippar, the world's leading visual discovery platform. Since launching in September 2015, Blippar Education has built a dedicated product suite for a community of over 20,000 schools worldwide and is partnering with major international content providers to enhance the delivery of educational material with Blippar. Blippar Education is now expanding the concept to vocational and workplace training space. Before joining Blippar, Tushar was a founding member of an incubator in a telecom firm tasked to launch edtech startups from ground-up in Africa and Latin America. In 2016, EduMe successfully spun-off from Millicom as a corporate training app for dispersed salesforce. He has also spent 2 years in automotive industry as well as 5 years in strategy consulting for tech clients.

  • Paul Butcher

    Co-founder and chief technical officer, English Language iTutoring

    Paul has held senior technical roles at several high-tech start-ups. Most recently before co-founding English Language iTutoring, he was chief software architect of SwiftKey, the mobile phone keyboard that uses natural language processing and machine learning to make text entry painless. SwiftKey was the best-selling Android application worldwide for several years and was recently acquired by Microsoft. Paul is the author of two well-regarded books on software engineering, and is currently working on a third.

  • Kirsten Campbell-Howes

    Head of education, busuu

    Kirsten started out as an English teacher in China, and moved over into designing and building edtech products nearly 20 years ago. Currently she runs the education department at busuu, working on content and product design for its 70 million language learners. She is an advocate of intelligent blends of traditional teaching methodologies with cutting edge technologies and feels privileged to work in such an interesting and rewarding industry. Recently busuu has developed partnerships which explore the cutting edge of technology for language learning. These include voice-activated language learning apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home, and 'The Hacienda', a Virtual Reality game for Beginner-level Spanish learners which utilises Oculus' Gear VR headset and Google's voice recognition software.

  • Junaid Mubeen

    Director of education, Whizz Education

    Dr Junaid Mubeen is a research mathematician turned educator working at the nexus of education, innovation and technology. As director of education at Whizz Education, Junaid oversees development and implementation of the Maths-Whizz virtual tutoring service, which has delivered personalised learning to over half a million primary and early secondary students worldwide. Junaid writes and speaks on a range of edtech topics.

  • Colum Elliott-Kelly

    Director, Filament Ventures

    Colum is director of Filament Ventures, an artificial intelligence startup studio. Previously, he founded and ran Blippar Education and before that co-founded an e-learning start-up called Massolit. Alongside his work at Filament Ventures, he is an angel investor and a pro bono consultant to social enterprises. He started his career at a political communications consultancy in Paris and then as an investment banker in London.

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