FutureBook Live 2018 Meet the speakers

Rachel Mallender HarperCollins

Sharmaine Lovegrove Dialogue Books


Sharmaine is the publisher of Dialogue Books, an inclusive imprint at Little, Brown, Hachette. She is a former literary editor at

Elle, film and TV adaptations consultant, and Berlin bookshop owner.

Rachel is group audio director at HarperCollins, leading its audio team to deliver the company’s “total audio” policy of publishing every narrative print book in audio. Rachel joined HarperCollins in September 2017, after an award-winning 20-year career at the BBC as editor for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Heather McDaid 404 Ink

Heather is an award- winning freelancer and co-founder of indie publisher 404 Ink. She is books editor at the Skinny, a former co-chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland, and co-ran Scotland’s virtual book festival #ScotLitFest.

Kiera Newmark Department for Education


Kiera is responsible for STEM and digital skills strategy at the Department for Education, covering all ages from pre-school

through to university. She is also responsible for the department’s policy on using education technology in schools, colleges and Higher Education institutions.

Lindsey Mooney Hera Books

M.d. and co-founder of Hera Books, Lindsey was also the first UK employee for Kobo, launching its e-book service in the UK and working closely with publishers to make Kobo the third-largest e-book store in the UK, ahead of Google and other competitors. Most recently, she has been instrumental in launching audiobooks in the UK.

Keshini Naidoo Hera Books

Publishing director and co-founder of Hera Books, Keshini has extensive experience of breaking authors into bestseller status, with her biggest authors selling millions of e-books. Having started her career at HarperCollins UK imprint Avon, she then moved to being associate publisher at Bookouture.

Joseph Noble Oxford University Press

Joseph leads the partnerships and innovation team within OUP’s English Language Teaching business. The team pursues a range of business development projects with small and large companies, bringing innovative digital products to market.

Niels Peter Tomas Springer Nature

Niels is the chief book strategist responsible for defining the future of Springer’s book publishing. He is co-ordinating the business across all its imprints, and the development of its print and electronic books, technical features, business models and workflows.

John Phillips Zuora

John is general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Zuora, a post he has held for more than four years. He has spent more than 25 years in the enterprise software industry at major software vendors, and demonstrated expertise at smaller firms, designing and implement- ing growth strategies.

Alex Reads Mostly Lit

Alex is a writer and actor from north-west London and one of the co-founders of the “Mostly Lit” podcast. He has been working as a journalist for the past three years, and has a great passion for artists and the arts. Currently training part- time as an actor, Alex loves the spoken word.

Dominique Raccah Sourcebooks


Dominique is the publisher and c.e.o. of Sourcebooks, the company she founded from her home in 1987. The publisher has

since created scores of New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of national chart- toppers, and bestselling titles across a number of genres. Sourcebooks is the largest woman-owned book publisher in the US.

Sam Reid TinkSprint

Sam is co-founder of ThinkSprint and has extensive experience in building online problem- solving communities, with outputs featured in BBC2, TechCrunch, the Financial Times, BBC Radio 4 and the Huffington Post.

Alice Revel Ampersand Book Co

Alice is the founder of Ampersand Book Co, which aims to disrupt what reading means today by “reconnecting people with real books and real experiences”. The company’s first launches include book subscription services Books + Beer and Reading in Heels.

Emma Rogers Little Bridge

Emma is co-founder and c.e.o. of Little Bridge, a safe social platform that enables children to chat with international friends online, while learning English. Families and teachers in more than 140 countries trust Little Bridge to teach their chil- dren the world’s language sand help them build posi- tive social-media habits.

John Ruhrmann Bookwire

John is the managing director and co-founder of digital company Bookwire. Previously, he worked for 10 years as a product manager and producer in the music industry, and accom- panied artists through that industry’s digital transformation process.


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