Brenda Gardner, publisher at Piccadilly Press, is stepping down from her role after 43 years in the industry.
Gardner set up Piccadilly Press in 1983 and has published many well-known children’s authors, including Anne Fine, Helen Cresswell, Malorie Blackman and Louise Rennison.
The publisher was acquired by Bonnier Publishing in 2013.
Bonnier c.e.o. Richard Johnson said Gardner’s “contribution to children’s publishing has provided thousands of children with great stories that are still being read today”. Bonnier is “currently reviewing” how to replace her.
Gardner will leave the company in July when Bonnier will host a party to celebrate her career.
“We wish Brenda well for the future and look forward to joining her in celebrating what has been a magnificent career,” said Johnson.