Garnons-Williams, Killingbeck and Kelly step up at 4th Estate and William Collins

Garnons-Williams, Killingbeck and Kelly step up at 4th Estate and William Collins

A round of promotions has been revealed across 4th Estate and William Collins with Helen Garnons-Williams promoted to associate publisher across the two HarperCollins imprints and Tom Killingbeck appointed to William Colllins' editorial director, while Anna Kelly will become editorial director for 4th Estate and HarperVia.

Garnons-Williams will become associate publisher across the HarperCollins imprints with marketing, publicity and design reporting into her. She joined 4th Estate in 2015 as publishing director and has commissioned a range of prize-winning and bestselling books. She will also continue in her role as publishing director for 4th Estate, publishing authors including Jon McGregor, Elizabeth Day, Naomi Alderman and Sarah Winman.

David Roth-Ey, executive publisher for 4th Estate and William Collins, said: "Helen’s editorial acumen is exquisite and her publishing experience and natural gifts with her authors make Helen perfectly positioned to take on this added responsibility at 4th Estate and William Collins, supporting our strategy of continued growth and expansion into new markets and new publishing lines."

Additionally, Killingbeck has been promoted to editorial director at William Collins after "making a huge contribution to the imprint since joining in 2013," according to HarperCollins. He has published books such as Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom, Bella Mackie’s Jog On and film tie-in Dunkirk, as well as The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr, amongst others.


Helen Garnons-Williams, Tom Killingbeck and Anna Kelly

Arabella Pike, publishing director of the non-fiction imprint, said: "Tom hit the ground running from the moment he joined William Collins as a commissioning editor. He inherited complex projects such as the Dunkirk film tie-in and Jog On, publishing both to be bestsellers with skill and passion. He’s commissioned some wonderful books for us and brings to everything he does brilliant editorial judgement, creativity and great dedication to his authors."

Finally, Kelly has been promoted to editorial director across both 4th Estate and HarperVia, HarperCollins’s new translation imprint. She joined 4th Estate in 2015 and "quickly established herself as an invaluable member of the editorial team," the publisher said. She has published books including The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, Future Popes of Ireland by Darragh Martin with upcoming books including Unicorn, the memoir of Muslim drag queen Glamrou and Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut novel My Dark Vanessa. Kelly has also been both a judge on the BAME short story prize since its inception.

"Anna quickly established herself as an essential part of the 4th Estate editorial team from the moment she arrived," Nicholas Pearson, publishing director at 4th Estate said. "These past four years she has been publishing a range of exceptional books, brilliantly edited and powerfully championed, so we are extremely happy that she has accepted this new role within the department."