Annabel Merullo is stepping down from her role as head of books at Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), to be replaced by Tim Bates, while Rebecca Wearmouth (right) has been promoted.
After 10 years leading the books department, Merullo will step down from her role to spend more time working with her clients continuing in her role as senior agent. Bates, who has been at the agency for the last four years since joining as part of its acquisition of Pollinger Limited and is also senior agent, will take over her role next month.
Meanwhile, former associate agent Wearmouth, who has worked in the rights department for four years, has been promoted to rights agent. She will take on the management of the Asian markets, alongside her existing territories, which include Italy, Portugal, Brazil and Poland.
Bates’ clients include bestselling novelists, Lesley Pearse and Kimberley Chambers, as well as celebrities such as actor Brian Blessed and the world’s strongest man Eddie Hall, along with writers in the areas of sport, history, pop culture, nature and food, such as Angela Hartnett and Valentine Warner.
The agency’s c.e.o. Caroline Michel said: “Annabel has been a guiding light and a strong supporter of all the agents at PFD. We have all benefited from her wise council and great humour and cannot thank her enough for the last ten years.
“I am delighted that Tim Bates is now taking on the role as head of books. His insights and strategy for the management and future of PFD will be invaluable.”