Alexandra McNicoll, currently joint head of translation rights at C+W, is joining A M Heath as director of foreign rights from 3rd January 2018.
Jennifer Custer, who has been with A M Heath for 14 years - 10 of them as director of foreign rights - is meanwhile leaving "to pursue a long-held dream" and walk the 3,500k Appalachian Trail.
Clare Conville said of McNicoll's departure from C+W she was "incredibly sad to see her go" and "hopeful that A M Heath understand how lucky they are that she is joining them"; Bill Hamilton, managing director of A M Heath, welcomed McNicoll by praising her "glowing reputation at the forefront of foreign rights".
In bidding Custer farewell from A M Heath, Hamilton added: "We have been so lucky to be the beneficiaries of Jennifer’s razor sharp skills as an agent, her tremendous commitment to the job and the writers, and her infectious energy and enthusiasm; I’m sure these qualities will sustain her along her epic walk, and into her next glittering career."
Custer said: "I’ve known Alexandra for years and been impressed with her dynamism and ingenuity, as well as her irresistible humour. I can’t wait to work with her as we handle the transition, and it’s hugely comforting to know the writers that I have so loved working with for all these years will be in her hands."
McNicoll said: "After nine very happy years at C+W, I will miss dear colleagues, authors and friends enormously. However, I am thrilled at the prospect of this new challenge at A M Heath, an agency that I admire for its incredible authors and international reputation, and of course for its wonderful team. Jennifer will leave behind some very big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to building on her success in the foreign rights department."