Biteback managing director Iain Dale is stepping down in June after a decade with company "to concentrate on his broadcasting career", while author and former SAS soldier Andy McNab is taking on an advisory role to "guide Biteback into its next stage of growth".
According to Biteback, bestselling Bravo Two Zero author McNab will be "leading the Biteback team to grow and expand the company’s publishing programme". This is a consultancy role providing advice, contacts and ideas to take Biteback onwards into a new publishing programme whilst providing an experienced and stablising influence to help continuity, a spokesperson said, with McNab "working with the existing respected and experienced Biteback team to facilitate new commissions as well as existing projects".
McNab commented that the opportunity was too good to resist, calling the political and current affairs publisher "a great company with huge potential".
Dale, who presents LBC radio's "Drive" programme, said of stepping down after 10 years with Biteback: "I’m very proud of the independent publishing brand we have created at Biteback, and of the reputation we enjoy in the sector, but now is the right time to hand over the baton whilst I concentrate on my radio and TV work and do more writing.
"I am delighted that Andy McNab has accepted the role and that Biteback’s further growth and development will be supported by Andy’s considerable talents and experience."
McNab said: "When I was approached to become involved in Biteback, the opportunity to make Biteback’s range of books more accessible to a wider audience was irresistible. It is a great company with huge potential, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together."
Biteback's publications include Betting the House: The Inside Story of the General Election by Tim Ross & Tom McTague, Rude by Katie Hopkins and the latest edition of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries while forthcoming titles include The Briefing by Donald Trump’s former spokesman Sean Spicer and a biography of Ruth Davidson by Andrew Liddle.