Crowdfunding publisher Unbound has appointed publicist Rina Gill to be its new head of communications.
Reporting to John Mitchinson, co-founder and publisher, Gill will immediately become a member of the management team in her newly created role, helping to frame and implement business strategy.
As head of communications, Gill will lead on creating new ideas and opportunities for Unbound authors, as well as increasing the company’s profile in the UK and the US in its tenth anniversary year. She will head Unbound’s publicity team from 14th June alongside publicist Anna Galbraith and freelance Debbie Elliot.
Gill began her career at Century, Penguin Random House, working on titles by authors including Eric Clapton, Dawn French, Boy George, Paul Weller, Banksy, Tina Brown, Tim Waterstone, Roger McGough, Valentino Rossi, Joe Calzaghe and Andy Murray. She was promoted to deputy group publicity director of Cornerstone before joining Anthony Cheetham to launch the Corvus imprint at Atlantic Books. She launched the London office of Australian independent publisher Scribe as well as the first Australian and New Zealand Literature & Arts Festival.
During her career in the publishing industry, she was twice shortlisted for a Nibbie for Best Publicity Campaign of the Year, winning for Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Corvus) and three times shortlisted for the Publishers Publicity Circle’s annual Silver Trophy for hardback non-fiction, winning it for Shake Hands With the Devil by General Romeo Dallaire (Arrow).
In 2012, Gill co-founded her own theatre production company RGM Productions to manage and produce world rights to various international productions including "Priscilla Queen of the Desert", the musical, the Olivier nominated West End hit "Songs For Nobodies", "The Hunting of the Snark" and Jean Paul Gaultier’s "Fashion Freak Show" at the Southbank Centre.
She said: “Unbound represents the future of publishing and I’m so excited to be joining the company at this highly charged moment in their tenth year. Unbound is all about new thinking — a new way of publishing books and a new deal for authors. It’s a company I’ve long admired and I hope that I will bring fresh energy and my own new thinking to the role. I’m looking forward to bringing a PR and marketing perspective coloured by my detour in theatre. It’s wonderful to be coming home for what promises to be a wild adventure.”
Mitchinson added: "I have long been an admirer of Rina’s and always felt publishing lost one of its most articulate and effective champions when she moved into theatre, so I’m beyond thrilled that she has decided to return and oversee Unbound’s communications team. She brings exactly the depth of experience, passion for books and unstoppable creative energy that Unbound needs to grow and flourish. Her arrival is the perfect way to kick off our second decade.”