Gill Coleridge to chair RCW

Gill Coleridge to chair RCW

Rogers, Coleridge and White has appointed Gill Coleridge as its new chair, following the death of Deborah Rogers last month.

Coleridge was one of the founding members of the literary agency, invited by Rogers to join her in 1987.

Coleridge said: “Deb was a wonderful colleague and a very close friend. Pat [White], Deb and I worked together for 27 very happy years and shared a vision for the agency that bears our names. Our particular strength lies in the exceptional writers we represent and the wonderful people who work here.

“Deborah’s loss is totally heart-breaking and she is irreplaceable but I am thankful that together we had the foresight to put in place our very fine team who will take the agency forward. I am extremely proud to be asked to oversee that.”

Peter Straus continues as m.d., supported by the board members Peter Robinson, Georgia Garrett, David Miller, Zoe Waldie, Laurence Laluyaux, Margaret Halton, Pat White and Stephen Edwards. Straus said: “I am delighted that the vision of the agency as defined by Deborah and Gill will continue under Gill’s wise guidance.”

Meanwhile in a recent piece in The Guardian Ian McEwan, one of Rogers’ authors, said her friends and family were still “reeling at their loss”. McEwan, who was represented by Rogers for almost 40 years, described her as “heroic and bountiful in her tidiness”, as having a “special talent for accidents” and being “hopeless at holidays, at lazing about” because she “wouldn’t stop working”.