Quadrille founder Cathie steps down

Quadrille founder Cathie steps down

Quadrille founder and m.d. Alison Cathie is stepping down from her role.

Cathie founded the cookery and craft publisher in 1994 alongside former Conran Octopus colleagues Anne Furniss, Marlis Ironmonger and Mary Evans. It was acquired last year by Australian publisher Hardie Grant for a undisclosed amount.

Though stepping down from the role at the end of August, she will remain formally involved with the business. She will now focus on her role as chair of marine archaeological body, the Honor Frost Foundation.

At the end of July, it was announced that publishing director Jane O'Shea would leave her role in the autumn, with the possibility of remaining an "active onlooker" after completing her current projects.

O'Shea is replaced by Sarah Lavelle, who joins from Ebury.

Current Quadrille directors including Lavelle, production and deputy managing director Vincent Smith, creative director Helen Lewis, UK and export sales director Inez Munsch, head of publicity Ed Griffiths and international sales director Margaux Durigon will now all report to Sandy Grant, chief executive of Hardie Grant. Quadrille finance director Russell Barclay will report to Hardie Grant London m.d. Stephen King.

Grant said: "Alison is generally recognised one of the greats of her publishing generation, having built two highly successful businesses with a reputation for quality and loyalty that have been the hallmarks of her working life. She has worked strenuously to effect a positive transition and will remain formally working with the business on a range of projects for the foreseeable future.

He added: “Both Hardie Grant and the Quadrille team wish to thank her for her years of friendship and commitment. Quadrille now looks forward to an exciting future working to her exacting standards that made it not only a market leader but also an internationally admired company.”