Born and lived: Born in Oxford, spent four years at University of St Andrews in Scotland as an undergraduate, studying English Lit and Art History, then spent two years in the Czech Republic before moving to London.
Professional career and activities: I started at Macmillan as a Sales Rep for Eastern and Central Europe, then became Regional Manager, setting up local offices for the company. After a couple of years as UK Sales Director, in 2000 I moved into business development, working on the Dictionaries of Art and Music and other early digital works. Thereafter, for ten years, I was Publishing Director of Palgrave Macmillan, growing our editorial teams and lists in the UK and US, and became Managing Director of the company in 2012.
Family: I have one gorgeous nine-year-old girl.
Favorite books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and our Complete Works of Shakespeare, developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Pet peeves: Grey skies, procrastination.
Philosophy: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Can be a struggle to have that wisdom, but I try..
Most memorable career achievement: Creating innovative, useful, beautiful things with a small team of inspiring colleagues, authors, and other collaborators: Palgrave Pivot (what it is and what it will become), and the RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare, are two which spring to mind.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: Happiness and continued knowledge and satisfaction from work.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Clever, faster, more adaptable. Publishing will be about tools and services as well as continuing to be about great content. When considering how we make lives easier, get research out quicker, make it more efficient to sort through the mass of information… I ask, why wait five years?.