Former publicist Clare Hall-Craggs is joining Book Trust to look after laureate Chris Riddell, as Katherine Woodfine is leaving her role as arts project manager at the charity.
Hall-Craggs is joining Book Trust on an “ongoing basis” and will take on responsibility for looking after Riddell, who took on the laureateship in June.
She was previously publicity director at RandomHouse Children’s, where she worked for 15 years before being made redundant after the merger with Penguin Children’s.
Woodfine is leaving Book Trust to pursue new career opportunities, said the charity.
In a statement, Book Trust said: "We’re really sorry to see Katherine go – she has contributed a huge amount to Book Trust and we wish her every success in the future. We are delighted that Clare Hall-Craggs, who has a huge amount of experience in children’s books and publishing, is going to be joining us to work with the Laureate Committee, Macmillan and Chris Riddell himself. I know she is going to be absolutely brilliant in this role – she’s super knowledgeable, passionate about children’s books and full of common sense. Claire Shanahan, our head of arts, has oversight of the Laureate Programme and will, of course, continue to be very involved."
As well as managing the laureates, Woodfine also organised the first Young Adult Literature Convention with Malorie Blackman during her time at Book Trust.
Her debut children’s novel, The Clockwork Sparrow, was published by Egmont earlier this year.