Lawrance to leave Piatkus

Lawrance to leave Piatkus

Anne Lawrance will step down from her role as senior commissioning editor of Piatkus, an imprint of Little, Brown, in January 2016.

Lawrance will leave the company in order to concentrate on the final year of her training towards becoming a qualified counsellor.

Described as the "heart and soul of Piaktus", Lawrance started working at the company in the 1990s and returned 10 years ago when Little, Brown bought the company. She has commissioned and championed a number of major books and authors from Dr Daniel Amen to Jon Kabbat-Zinn and from Sarah Ockwell-Smith to Kim Noble.

According to Tim Whiting, publisher at Piatkus Constable Robinson, Lawrance's "greatest achievement" has been the publication of Mindfulness by Mark Williams and Danny Penman and the follow-up books Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Creativity . "These have all been exceptional successes by any standard and amount to a really significant legacy to our business," he said.

In Lawrance's absence, editorial director Claudia Connal will continue to focus on Piatkus' health and diet, popular psychology, and relationships publishing and will commission a few books a year for the Little, Brown list. Zoe Bohm will return to Piatkus as editorial director for business and personal development after leaving to work at Penguin last year. Commissioning editor, Meri Pentikainen will report to Bohm.

Bohm said: "Working with the Portfolio Penguin team has been a fantastic experience but the opportunity to return to Little, Brown was too good to miss. I am hugely excited to be coming back in this new role and working with the team to build on existing successes and make Piatkus a destination imprint for the very best in business and personal development publishing."