Penguin Random House UK Children’s today (6th May) announced it is creating one editorial team in what it described as "the next chapter in the evolution of the PRH UK Children’s division".
Under the new structure, RHCP editors and Puffin editors will continue to work on their respective titles but will start acquiring new books as one team. They will also continue to be based at the two offices in the Strand and Ealing.
Amanda Punter [pictured], currently publishing director of Puffin Fiction at Penguin, will lead the new editorial unit, taking on responsibility for picture books as publishing director of PRH Children’s. She will work closely with publisher Annie Eaton across fiction publishing, PRH said.
M.d of PRH Children's Francesca Dow said Punter brought “great expertise” to the role. "Together, we will be investing in picture books; they are the stories for our very youngest audience which help them to become our readers of the future and provide a rich source of great characters and stories for IP investment," she said. "We will also be investing in brilliant fiction and wonderful stories which will capture the hearts and minds of our readers.”
Alice Blacker, executive for picture books at Puffin, and Andrea MacDonald, executive editor for picture books at RHCP, will now report to Amanda.
PRH Children’s is also promoting fiction editor Natalie Doherty to commissioning editor, who will report to editorial director RuthKnowles, and Carmen McCullough will take up her role of assistant editor on a permanent basis, reporting to Punter.
Laura Squire has returned from maternity leave to her role as assistant editor, and Mainga Bhima, Anthea Towsend and Tig Wallace are confirmed in their roles as editorial assistant, commissioining editor and assistant editor, respectively.
No jobs will be cut from the editorial team as a result of the move, the company said.
PRH announced its plans to merge the two children’s divisions in April last year.