Barton joins Macmillan Children’s

Barton joins Macmillan Children’s

Macmillan Children’s Books has appointed Stephanie Barton to the new position of pre-school publishing director, with Barton to join the company on 1st May.

Since 2010, Barton founded and ran Barton-Welby, an independent consultancy business specialising in children's publishing and media. Barton was previously managing director of Penguin Children's Books, and has also held further senior positions at DK and Penguin where she was responsible for the publishing and IP brand-management for Penguin Children's imprints.

She will report into Macmillan Children's Books publisher Belinda Rasmussen, who said: "Stephanie's breadth of experience, creative vision, experience with branded IP and passion for digital innovation will enable us to strengthen our already market-leading position in colour publishing."

Barton added she was "thrilled to be joining the team at this important time of growth for them".

The appointment follows that of Venetia Gosling joining MCB as fiction publishing director from Simon & Schuster, and Alyx Price joining as communications director from Scholastic, covering Katharine Smales’ maternity leave, with both starting their roles last month.