SPEAKERS: WHO’S WHO
Peter Meyers is a content strategist and reader advocate. He has advised many companies on digital content strategies, including HarperCollins and Penguin. Author of Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon and the Village Voice.
Anna Rafferty oversees the creation of product and content for Pottermore on its digital and physical platforms, overseeing creative, product, editorial and technology teams. Previously, she was m.d., digital at Penguin Books. Anna is on the BAFTA Children’s and Young Games Designer Steering Committees and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Simon Scarrow is one of the UK’s leading historical fiction authors. His Eagles series first hit bookshops in 2000 and Simon continues to write one new adult Roman novel each year. Simon has many other literary projects in hand, and his Roman soldier heroes were transformed into a Brothers in Blood gaming app.
Richard Mollet is chief executive of the UK Publishers Association. He is responsible for leading political engagement with government and parliament at a national and EU level, and representing the publishing sector in the media. He is also tasked with co-ordinating the work of the PA in its main areas of activity,, including promoting reading for pleasure, workforce development and anti-piracy.
Caroline Raphael is editorial director of audio at Penguin Random House UK. She is a former BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor. She now leads a team of audio experts in shaping Penguin Random House UK’s ambitious audio growth strategy; and working with authors, performance and production talent to commission and publish tomorrow’s bestsellers.
Maureen Scott is the c.e.o. of social commerce publishing platform Ether Books. Her career is defined by mobile; Maureen ran one of the world’s first mobile developer programmes for Silicon Valley mobile pioneer Openwave and, as such, has a deep understanding of the global mobile landscape and the technology that is driving consumer behaviour on smartphones.
Kiren Shoman is executive director of editorial at SAGE, where she has worked since 1995. Kiren has played an instrumental role in building both traditional and digital platforms for content dissemination. As strategic lead for SAGE’s book market, Kiren is instrumental in new product innovations within print and digital publishing, and content development within emerging digital streams.
Hannah Telfer is group director, consumer and digital development at Penguin Random House, responsible for consumer insight, group marketing, audience development, digital product development and the group’s audio business, and works closely with Penguin Random House’s publishing and marketing teams.
Kieron Smith, digital director at Blackwell’s, is a professional bookseller with more than 19 years’ trade experience, most of which is in the online sphere. Kieron has worked for W H Smith, Ottakar’s and Bertelsmann, and spent three years outside the publishing industry running GAME.co.uk
Georgina Moore is communications director for Headline and Tinder Press, and runs the press office at Headline. She won the 2015 PPC Award for Second Edition Paperback for her campaign for The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh, and was also highly commended for the same campaign in The Bookseller Industry Awards’ Publicity Campaign of the Year category in 2015.
Samantha Rayner is the principal investigator on the Arts & Humanities Research Council/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, as well as chair of the Association for Publishing Education. She is the director for the Centre for Publishing at UCL, having previously worked as a bookseller, teacher and research and development manager.
Mark Searle is a publisher for Quintet and RotoVision, two coedition publishing divisions of The Quarto Group. In 2015 Mark co-founded This is Your Cookbook, an innovative new personalised cookbook business using Quarto assets.
Stephen Page’s career began in bookselling. In 1994 he joined Fourth Estate, and became managing director in 2000. In 2001 he joined Faber & Faber as chief executive officer. He is interested in the issue of independence in the industry and the effects of technology on libraries, authors and publishing. In 2012 he was named as FutureBook’s Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person.
Charlie Redmayne is c.e.o. of HarperCollins UK, overseeing all areas of the business—both publishing and operational— and is responsible for defining and implementing the strategy for HarperCollins UK. In 2015 he led the UK business during unprecedented global expansion for HarperCollins Publishers.
Asi Sharabi is the co-founder of Lost My Name. He started the company as a DIY project with some friends, yet it changed from being a labour of love into a funded tech and storytelling start-up with the ambition of making millions of children around the world curious, clever and kind.
Lara Speicher is publishing manager of the recently re-established UCL Press, an Open Access publisher issuing scholarly monographs, textbooks, edited collections, books about UCL’s museums and collections, academic journals and journals for students in both digital and print forms. Prior to joining UCL in 2013, Lara worked as commissioning editor at British Library Publishing.
Annette Thomas was appointed chief scientific officer of Springer Nature in May 2015, following the merger between the majority of Macmillan Science & Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Previously she was c.e.o. of Macmillan Science & Education, responsible for its global portfolio of science, scholarly and education business.
Tom Whitwell is a senior consultant at London- based innovation agency Fluxx. He works with global companies—from banks to comics, from insurance groups to start- ups— to help them grow and launch new products. Before working at Fluxx, he was head of digital for the Times, introducing its groundbreaking paywall model and hugely popular iPad app.
Morten Strunge is c.e.o. and founder of e-book and audiobook subscription service Mofibo. Mofibo is a pay-per-book model to the publisher but a flat-rate monthly subscription service to its users. The company attracts 15,000 new users per month and looks to attract new readers by partnering with media and telecoms outfits.
Julia Wilde is the director of business development and marketing for Agatha Christie Limited (ACL). Primarily her role encompasses the exploitation of all of Christie’s books, short stories and plays across publishing, digital production, merchandise and live events, as well as leading on brand and digital strategy. Prior to her appointment at ACL, Julia ran the digital and marketing team at Four Colman Getty.
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