Ebury has revealed a raft of changes, including promotions for Jamie Joseph and Yvonne Jacob and the recruitment of Suzanne Connelly from Wellcome, as part of its recent restructure.
Joseph, senior commissioning editor, has been promoted to the newly created role of editorial director at Ebury imprint W H Allen. He will report to incoming Ebury deputy publisher Drummond Moir, who joins on 15th April. Moir’s appointment from Hodder was revealed, along with the launch of two new narrative non-fiction hubs, one for "smart" books and the other for entertainment publishing, in January.
Ebury publisher Andrew Goodfellow said of Joseph’s promotion: "Jamie had a fantastic year in 2018 and continues to develop his knack for spotting and signing incredible talent. He is a crucial part of W H Allen’s future.”
Meanwhile Jacob has been promoted to senior commissioning editor at BBC Books. She continues to report to Albert DePetrillo, publishing director of BBC Books. Good fellow described her as a "hugely energetic commissioner and has played in big part in finding new ways for BBC Books to successfully evolve their publishing”.
Ebury has also welcomed Suzanne Connelly, previously assistant editor at the Wellcome Collection, who will become a editor working across its Smart Hub (WH Allen, Ebury Press narrative non-fiction and Virgin business titles) reporting to Moir.
The Penguin Random House division has also recruited three editorial assistants from The Scheme, its early careers programme which focuses on finding voices from under-represented communities in publishing. Hana Teraie-Wood, who did "great work" at Ebury last year as part of the Scheme will now be working across the newly unveiled Smart Hub, the publisher said. Addy Olutunmogun is already in place on the Vermilion team, while Lydia Ramah will join as an editorial assistant in the Entertainment Hub reporting to Lorna Russell, senior editorial director.
Goodfellow said of the appointments: "As someone who struggled myself to get into publishing in my twenties, I think The Scheme is a brilliant way of bringing new talent into the industry – and that fits with how we like to do things at Ebury."
Ebury is marketed as "the non-fiction specialists" of PRH, spanning memoir, self-help, cookery, sport, business and humour as well as featuring a small commercial fiction list.