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Jane Friedman is the co-founder and c.e.o. of Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company. She was previously president and c.e.o. of HarperCollins and executive vice-president at Random House and Knopf Publishing Group. She has been named as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.

Laurence Howell has been director of content at Audible since July 2011, with responsibility for merchandising, production and editorial content. He has been passionately involved in all areas of the audiobook and book industry during his career, which has encompassed key positions at Waterstones, W H Smith, Book Club Associates and Amazon.

Suzanne Kavanagh has overall responsibility for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) profile, brand and communications, and works with its team to drive member satisfaction and growth. Collaborative industry-wide initiatives are a particular passion of Suzanne’s, with Academic Book Week featuring prominently on her list of favourite projects.

James Luscombe has worked in digital marketing for over 10 years; the last four of which have been spent at Pan Macmillan, where he is marketing technology director. He previously worked for several digital marketing agencies on everything from mobile content to web development, with clients including Bauer Media, Dennis Publishing, Reckitt Benckiser and Winkreative.

Perminder Mann is managing director of Kings Road Publishing, a division of Bonnier Publishing. She started her career at Pan Macmillan and Transworld before working for international independent publishers. She spent four years outside the book business, working in the toy industry, but was lured back into publishing by her love of books.

Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson co-founded Visual Editions, a list that focuses on books as cultural objects, building digital literary landscapes and creating events that are all, in some way, about making great-looking stories.

Tom Hall is editorial director at Lonely Planet. He is a contributor to dozens of Lonely Planet titles, including its annual Best in Travel publication and Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. He also writes for the Guardian and Independent and is a regular commentator covering travel on CNN, BBC News, Sky News and many other broadcasters globally.

Anna Jean Hughes has worked in publishing for more than a decade. There was a brief fling with the Erotic Review, a minor assignation with Condé Nast, and a long and complicated relationship with Random House. She then set up digital publisher The Pigeonhole—even though she is actually rather disgusted by pigeons—and was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2015.

Dan Kieran is the c.e.o. and co-founder of award-winning publishing platform Unbound. He is also the author of 10 books, including The Idle Traveller, and is a travel writer contributing to the likes of the Guardian, the Times and Die Zeit in Germany.

Alison Jones is a business and executive coach, content consultant and publisher. After a 23-year career in trade and scholarly publishing, she set up Alison Jones Business Services and the Practical Inspiration Publishing imprint in 2014. She is a publishing partner for businesses and organisations and provides coaching, consultancy and training services to a number of publishers.

Emily Labram, HarperCollins’ product manager, helps to turn books into thoughtfully designed products that adapt its authors’ content to meet users’ real needs. Emily managed and launched an app iteration of George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones series, which is shortlisted in the Digital Book of the Year category at this year’s Futurebook Awards (see pp30–31).

Hannah MacDonald launched September Publishing in 2014. Its non-fiction imprint publishes writers, artists, poets and comedians. The company’s story is one of economy, small lists, dedicated teams, active authors and long-term marketing. Hannah is a novelist herself and a Betty Trask Award winner.

Sandeep Mahal was director of The Space, responsible for encouraging artists to further their artistic engagement with digital technology. A librarian by training, she has worked in public libraries and was formerly programme manager for partnerships at The Reading Agency. A Bookseller Rising Star in 2012, Sandeep was awarded a fellowship from the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme in 2013.

Douglas McCabe is a leading expert on print and digital publishing. He analyses supplier strategies and forecasts consumption, revenue and advertising. He is a former director of online advertising portal Fish4, and was director of sales development and market insights at the HMV Group. Douglas holds a degree from Stirling University.


Sarah McConville is vice- president of marketing for Harvard Business Review Group and publisher of Harvard Business Review Press. In her role as publisher, Sarah leads the commercial side, as well as print and digital product development. Before joining the company, McConville was publicity director at MIT Press.

Jo Henry leads the Nielsen Book Research (NBR) service, which it recently acquired from Bowker. NBR monitors the US and UK book markets through Books & Consumers, the premier resource for understanding book consumers and their buying behaviour.

Susan Jurevics is the chief executive officer of Pottermore, the award- winning digital commerce and community experience built around J K Rowling’s Harry Potter stories. Before Pottermore, Susan worked for the Sony Corporation of America, where she pioneered its cross-company, entertainment marketing function.

Sara Lloyd leads Pan Macmillan’s digital strategy and associated business model, channel, workflow and product innovation, and as well as the people and skills changes that accompany this. She is also responsible for the group’s communications teams and strategy, covering marketing, publicity and corporate communications.

Crystal Mahey-Morgan left Penguin Random House in October 2014 to set up Own It!, a storytelling lifestyle brand covering books, music, fashion and film. She is also a director at Zed Books. She has contributed to the Guardian and The Face magazine on a freelance basis and held the position of marketing manager for the Raindance Film Festival.

Ian Metcalfe is director of publishing at Hodder Faith, managing departments, building key author relationships and ensuring the NIV Bible remains the leading translation in the UK. Ian has vast experience publishing Bibles and Christian titles, including across reference, music and liturgy. Prior to this, he was editorial director of Collins Bibles.

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