Wayne Davies and Alex Allan will take up new roles at the recently unveiled Welbeck Publishing Group as group publishers in its Carlton Books division.
Publishers Mark Smith and Marcus Leaver launched Welbeck earlier this month to focus on illustrated non-fiction and children’s books for the co-edition market alongside commercial fiction and non-fiction, as well as buying Carlton Books.
The two new roles have been created in the wake of Carlton publishing director Kirsty Bradbury leaving the company. She is due to start at HarperCollins later this spring as children’s UK sales director.
Davies will join as group publisher for non-fiction. He was co-founder and non-fiction publisher at Quercus and will start next week. Meanwhile Allan will be joining Welbeck as interim group publisher overseeing children’s from today (24th April). She previously led the publishing team for DK and has worked in various roles within editorial and licensing teams before that.
Dean Chance, m.d. of Carlton, said: “I have been looking to make some positive changes to how we structure and lead our publishing teams moving forward. We are committed to maximising and growing the opportunities in children’s and adult’s non-fiction by giving more individual focus to the respective teams. As a result, we will be splitting the leadership role that Kirsty is vacating into two distinct senior roles."
He added: "We are incredibly excited about adding talent to our group which will undoubtedly help support and grow the respective teams."
“I’m really excited to be joining Mark, Marcus and the team at Welbeck," Davies said of the new role. "With our combined experience and the Carlton list as a strong foundation, I’m confident we’ll be able to grow rapidly and successfully Welbeck’s narrative and illustrated non-fiction publishing.”
Allan said: “I'm really delighted to be joining Welbeck as it begins this new chapter and believe my experience in non-fiction children's books and licensing will bring something to the team.”