SPCK Group has appointed Wendy Grisham to the newly created role of group publishing director, part of a wider restructure that sees a pair of promotions and two departures.
Grisham is currently head of content for teaching and worship event Spring Harvest at Essential Christian, and prior to that was publisher and vice president of Jericho Books, publishing director of Hodder Faith in London, and regional publishing director of Alpha International.
Her new role has been created following SPCK’s acquisition of Lion Hudson’s publishing, and she will oversee all commissioning activity within the group’s imprints which includes Inter-Varsity Press, SPCK Publishing, Lion, Monarch, Candle and the new Form imprint.
She said: “I am thrilled to be joining the SPCK Group at this exciting time in the history of such an illustrious organisation. I have long admired the heritage of SPCK and the work that Sam Richardson and the team have done over the last seven years. As they enter this new phase with the acquisition of Lion Hudson and the restructure, I am delighted to join that team.”
“As the vision for the future rolls out and SPCK moves further into the global space and the digital space, I can’t wait to contribute my experience, insight and relationships to this new role. To be part of the vision to acquire the best and biggest books from the leading authors and work with agents and publishers, both here in the UK and internationally, is a dream come true.”
James Catford, chair of SPCK, said: “With her wisdom, experience and extensive connections, Wendy Grisham brings to SPCK an enviable reputation for publishing the very best books for Christians and the wider general market. I have admired her work over many years and I’m thrilled that she will be leading our highly talented team of editors to seize the many new opportunities that are emerging both domestically and globally.”
As part of the restructure following the acquisition of Lion Hudson, the SPCK Group has appointed its m.d. Suzanne Wilson-Higgins as deputy chief executive, and IT director John Hotham as operations director.
SPCK commercial director Alexandra McDonald and Lion Hudson's finance and shared services director Caroline Gregory will be leaving the organisation following the restructure.
McDonald said: “I have spent 11 stimulating and happy years at SPCK looking after the rights, sales, marketing, publicity and most recently the fundraising teams and whilst I am sad to depart, I know that I leave behind a truly amazing department that will continue to step up to the challenges ahead as the organisation continues to evolve.”
SPCK c.e.o. Sam Richardson added: “I am grateful for the outstanding contributions that Alexandra and Caroline have made to SPCK and Lion Hudson and I look forward to see them thrive in their next roles.”