Chair of the Penguin Random House UK Board
Born in London in 1952, Gail Rebuck was educated at the Lycée Français de Londres and took a degree in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex in 1974. Gail started her publishing career as a Production Assistant, moving on to become an Editor and, in 1979, joined the Hamlyn Group as non-fiction Publisher to launch a new mass-market paperback list.
In 1982 she was one of the founder directors of Century Publishing and, as a Publishing Director of their non-fiction list, was instrumental in the rapid growth of the company. Century merged with Hutchinson in 1985 and was acquired in 1989 by Random House Inc, the world’s largest English language trade publishing group. In 1991, Gail was appointed Chair and Chief Executive of Random House UK with overall responsibility for the publishing company, its three distribution centres and overseas subsidiaries. In 1998, Random House was acquired by the Bertelsmann international media group, uniting all the Random House imprints with those of Transworld Publishers to create The Random House Group Ltd with Gail as Chair and Chief Executive.
For 10 years, Gail was a Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a Trustee of The Work Foundation and also a member of the UK Government's Creative Industries Task Force. Gail is a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust, Patron of Skillset (Sector Skills for Creative Media), and sits on the Council of the Royal College of Art.
Gail co-launched the World Book Day charity in 1998 and is currently chairing the Steering Committee of Quick Reads, the UK adult literacy initiative launched on World Book Day 2006. Gail has a diploma from The Wharton Business School, honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and Oxford Brookes and she is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.
In 2008, Gail became the second woman to deliver the Stationers' Company Annual Lecture in London, after Eiluned Rees in 1992. In 2009 she was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year and was also presented with the Gerry Davies Award for services to the book trade at the British Book Industry Awards, with special reference to her work with World Book Day and Quick Reads. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 New Years Honours List and was made a Dame (DBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours List.
CEO, Penguin Random House UK
Tom Weldon was brought up in London. After studying history at Oxford University, he was a graduate trainee with Macmillan. After three years as a non-fiction commissioning editor, he joined William Heinemann, then owned by Reed Elsevier. He spent nine years there as an Executive Editor, American Editorial Director based in New York, and then Publisher of the imprint.
In 1997 he moved to Penguin as Publishing Director of Michael Joseph. In 2001 he became Managing Director of the Penguin General division (then comprising of the Michael Joseph, Viking, Hamish Hamilton, Fig Tree and Penguin Ireland imprints). He was made Deputy CEO of Penguin UK in 2009 and CEO in January 2011.
In July 2013 he was appointed the first CEO of Penguin Random House UK.
Tom has also attended London Business School. From the age of nine, Tom has had a passion for horse racing. In his view, gambling is very important to publishing as well. He does not find it surprising therefore that he fell in love with publishing on his first day at Macmillan and that love has never gone away.
CEO Penguin Random House International (English language)
Deputy CEO, Penguin Random House UK
Ian began his publishing career in 1988, joining magazine publisher Marshall Cavendish as Financial Controller. In 1990 he became European Director, successfully restructuring the publishing businesses and returning them to profitability. Ian joined Random House UK in 1992, and played a leading role in its financial turnaround. In 1996 he was appointed to the Board as Group Commercial Director and simultaneously held the role of Managing Director of Random House Children's Books. In 1998, after the acquisition by Bertelsmann, he was appointed Group Managing Director of the enlarged group and led its financial and operational integration. He became Deputy Group Chief Executive in 2005 and has spearheaded the Group's growth strategy, including leading the acquisitions of controlling stakes in BBC Books and Virgin Books and masterminding the Group's digital transition.
Ian was elected a member of the Supervisory Board of parent company Bertelsmann in November 2008, was founder Chair of the Bertelsmann Operations Group and is the current Chair of the Bertelsmann Management Representation Council. Ian is a former President of the Publishers Association. He is also a former Chair of the Publishers Association and Booksellers Association Liaison Group, the Trade Publishers Council and a former member of the Government's Information Age Partnership (IAP). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). Ian was part of the team which successfully completed the deal to merge Penguin and Random House in July 2013.
Group Communications Director
Penguin Random House UK and International
A former journalist turned communications professional, Maureen was appointed as Group Communications Director Penguin Random House UK & International in July 2013, having previously been Group Communications Director, The Random House Group. Prior to joining Random House in 2008, Maureen spent seven years at Emap plc (now Bauer Media), rising to the position of Communications Director for the Broadcast, Music and New Media Divisions. She led all aspects of the communications mix during a period of growth and business transformation as Emap pioneered multi-platform brand extensions in the burgeoning digital age. She was responsible for a varied portfolio including a UK-wide network of 40 radio stations including the flagship Kiss 100 and Magic 105.4 in London; the UK's 2nd biggest music TV channel network and the UK's biggest music and film magazines. Prior to this Maureen worked for the Publicity Department of the BBC both in Birmingham and London publicising networked radio and TV programmes. She spent the first ten years of her career as a journalist and business editor on some of the UK's biggest regional newspapers.
Group Human Resources Director
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After starting his working life as a lecturer in Psychology, Neil took his first role in HR management in 1996. For the next 12 years he worked in a variety of specialist and generalist HR roles in FTSE100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which latterly became Home Retail Group). Neil joined the Random House Group in September 2008 taking responsibility for Human Resources, Learning and Development and Facilities. In November 2010 Neil was appointed to the main board.
Neil is a regular commentator on Human Resources and workplace issues and has written for a number of trade and generalist publications and websites on a range of topics.
After graduating from UEA having studied English and American Studies, Richard started his career as a bookseller in Cambridge before embarking on a long line of positions in publishing. He worked in Sales at Sphere Books before a ten year stint at Penguin. Then followed a move to Random House, at first within Sales and then wider management roles before becoming Managing Director of CHA (now Cornerstone) in 2002 and the Random House Division. In 2007, Richard took the position of Managing Director CCV, how better known as Vintage Publishing.
Richard is a member of the Man Booker Advisory Committee, The World Book Night Steering committee and the Reading Partners Founding Members Group.
Deputy Managing Director
Faye started her publishing career at Hodder & Stoughton in the UK sales department, before arriving at Random House in 2002. Joining as Sales Director, she became Deputy Group Sales Director before moving into Vintage Publishing as the Deputy Managing Director in 2006.
Faye also chairs the Random House Charity and Community Committee.
Dan Franklin began his career in publishing in 1970 with Peter Owen. He went on to work at the Harvill Press, Harper Collins, William Heinemann and Secker & Warburg before joining Jonathan Cape as Publisher in 1993. He became Publisher across all CCV imprints, including Chatto & Windus, Harvill Secker, The Bodley Head and Vintage, in 2003.
Dan has worked with many of the world's most acclaimed literary authors, such as Eric Newby, Colin Thubron, Roddy Doyle, Bill Bryson, Louis de Bernieres, J.M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, Piers Brendon, Jung Chang, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Wolfe, Howard Jacobson, Iain Pears, Mark Haddon, Audrey Niffenegger and Chris Ware.
Dan was voted Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards in 1991 and CCV was named Publisher of the Year in 2008. In 2011 CCV became Vintage Publishing.
After graduating from the University of East Sussex with a first class degree in American Literature, followed by a masters degree in the Modern Novel at the University of East Anglia, Susan started her publishing career in 1986 in the sales and marketing department at Headline. She moved to Virago as Publicity Manager in 1989, becoming Marketing Director shortly thereafter and joining the Virago board. In 1992 Susan moved to Penguin as Publicity Director, also taking responsibility for Penguin Group corporate affairs.
In 1995 Susan joined Random House as Group Publicity and Marketing Director. In 2003 she changed roles to become Deputy Managing Director of CHA (now known as Cornerstone Publishing) and was promoted to Managing Director four years later. Susan is a founder member of the Orange Prize women’s committee and was responsible for securing Orange’s sponsorship of that prize.
Cornerstone publishes a diverse range of authors: from brand-name novelists such as James Patterson, Karin Slaughter and Katie Fforde; quality fiction and crime writers such as Robert Harris, Sebastian Faulks, Ruth Rendell, Kathy Reichs, Donna Leon, John Harvey and Douglas Coupland; autobiographies from major celebrities such as James Corden and Katie Price and high-profile non-fiction works including Tony Blair's A Journey, Bill Clinton's My Life and The Alastair Campbell Diaries.
Publisher, Century and Arrow
Selina Walker started her career in the production departments of William Heinemann and later of Michael Joseph when they were both independent publishing companies. She then took a career break to have her children, during which time she also did an undergraduate degree in English Literature at University College London.
She went back into the work place in the 1990s, joining Orion as an editorial assistant, and moving to Transworld in 2000 as an acquiring editor. During her 11 years at Transworld, she was the publishing director of their crime and thriller list, where she published Tess Gerritsen, Simon Kernick and Mo Hayder, as well as Allan Mallinson, Manda Scott, Stephen Clarke and SJ Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep. While at Transworld, she was also on the programming committee of the Harrogate Crime Festival and, with Manda Scott, was a founder member of the Historical Writers Association.
She joined Cornerstone in 2011 where she heads up the Century and Arrow imprints, and is the publisher of the multi-million bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James.
Rebecca joined Penguin Random House in September 2014, having spent 15 years at Osprey, where she had grown a global niche publishing business by acquisition and organically, after becoming CEO in 2009. Rebecca was also Vice Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild. Her previous roles at Osprey included Operations Director and Product Development Director, and before this Rebecca worked in production in a number of publishers including Heinemann English Language Teaching.
Rebecca is a sought-after speaker and commentator within publishing and was named ‘Most Inspiring Digital Person’ at the 2011 FutureBook Innovation Awards.
Deputy Managing Director & Publisher
Jake Lingwood joined the small, independent tie-in publisher Boxtree in 1992, answering the phones. In 1997 he joined Random House as Editorial Director for Ebury Press commissioning pop culture titles; and in 1998 he published comedian Tony Hawks' Round Ireland With A Fridge which went on to sell over 500,000 copies and was the starting point for Ebury's now substantial narrative non-fiction publishing programme. He has subsequently commissioned many bestsellers from authors as wide ranging as Piers Morgan, Danny Wallace, Terry Pratchett, Simon Garfield and Caitlin Moran whose How to Be A Woman won the non-fiction National Book Award in 2011.
By 2002 Jake became Publishing Director of the Ebury Press imprint, and in 2005, as Deputy Publisher, took on the additional responsibility of the Rider, and Vermilion imprints as well as a joint venture with Time Out. Following Random House's acquisition of BBC Books in 2006 Jake became Publisher for the Ebury Publishing division. Over this period Ebury consolidated its position as one of the UK's biggest non-fiction publishers, adding the Virgin Books business to its portfolio, leading the way in digital publishing, and launching a commercial fiction list including the science fiction & fantasy imprint, Del Rey. In 2012, Jake took on the additional role of Deputy Managing Director.
Larry joined Transworld in 1983 as Copywriter in its fledgling marketing department and rose to become Marketing Director in 1989. He moved across to Editorial in 1997 working as Paperbacks Publisher, then Deputy Publisher. He has been Managing Director since 2001.
Transworld Publishers is one of the UK's leading publishers of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles and has been named Publisher of the Year three times at the British Book Industry Awards. Across its imprints, Transworld publishes a diverse range of authors including Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Jilly Cooper, Richard Dawkins, Sophie Kinsella, Andy McNab, Paul McKenna, Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope and Markus Zusak. Transworld also publishes Dr. D.G. Hessayon's Expert gardening series and is the publishing partner of The Eden Project and Channel 4. In 2008, a new imprint, Transworld Ireland, was launched, dedicated to sourcing and publishing the best of Irish fiction and non-fiction.
Following an early career working in bookselling and publishing at Pan Macmillan, Bill Scott-Kerr joined Transworld Publishers in 1994 as Editorial Director for Corgi and Black Swan. He was promoted to Publishing Director in 1997, to Deputy Publisher in 2003, and stepped up to the coveted role of Publisher across all Transworld imprints in 2006.
Bill is the only editor in the world to have acquired all of Dan Brown's books up to and including The Da Vinci Code. He also edits Frederick Forsyth, Andy McNab, Gerald Seymour, John O'Farrell, Monica Ali, General Sir Mike Jackson, Robert Goddard, Rowland White, Billy Bragg and Tom Bradby.
In his role of publisher of Transworld, he is also responsible for, among others, Sophie Kinsella, Terry Pratchett, Bill Bryson, Joanna Trollope, Richard Dawkins, Jilly Cooper, Lee Child, John Irving, Stephen Hawking, Danielle Steel, Ben Elton and Tess Gerritsen. He was voted Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2006.
Random House Children's Publishers UK
Philippa has been working in children's publishing for over 30 years. She started an office junior working at Puffin Books and went on to spend eleven years at the company, working her way up to Deputy Chief Editor. She moved to Transworld Publishers in 1986 to become Publisher of Corgi Children's Books. Given the brief to build a successful children's list, Philippa then started the multi-award winning Doubleday Children’s Books hardback list in 1989.
Following a merger of Transworld and Random House's children's divisions in 2001, Philippa became Managing Director of Random House Children's Books (RHCB). David Fickling Books joined RHCB in 2001 and in 2008 RHCB acquired Tamarind Books. Philippa was Chair of the Children's Book Group at the Publishers Association for 11 years and Chair of World Book Day 2007.
One of the top five children's publishers in the UK, Random House Children's Publishers UK publishes titles from bestselling writers such as Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Anne Fine, Philip Pullman, John Boyne, Mark Haddon and Roald Dahl amongst many others. Classic names in illustration include Quentin Blake, Helen Cooper, Shirley Hughes, John Burningham and Babette Cole.
Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development
Penguin Random House UK
Hannah Telfer was appointed Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development at Penguin Random House in January 2014. She is responsible for consumer insight, group marketing, audience development, digital product development and the Group’s audio business, working closely with the Penguin Random House publishing and marketing teams. Hannah is a member of the Penguin Random House Group Executive team and chairs the Consumer Executive.
Prior to this, Hannah was Director, Digital Marketing and Digital Product Development at The Random House Group leading an award-wining programme of digital publishing and marketing. Before moving to a group role, Hannah was part of the Ebury Publishing Executive team with responsibility for UK sales, marketing and publicity. Hannah contributed to the publishing strategy and launch for authors and brands including Caitlin Moran, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi, The Great British Bake Off and Top Gear.
Hannah is proud to have been a FutureBook judge and sit on the 2013 Digital Skills Sharing Library Project led by The Reading Agency and funded by The Arts Council.
Head of Operations (UK and Overseas)
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Brian Davies started his publishing career at William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. working in UK and then European sales, before transferring to Collins New Zealand in 1976. By 1980 he had become Sales & Marketing Director and was then asked to transfer to Collins in Australia where he became Marketing Director. In 1981 Brian left Collins in order to found Pan Books Australia as Managing Director and soon after Pan New Zealand was formed with Brian as Chairman. Both companies later became the enlarged Pan Macmillan trade publishing entities which Brian continued to lead until 1987. Returning to the UK in 1987 he became Sales & Marketing Director for Pan Macmillan UK and Chairman of the overseas companies and was on the Executive Board of Macmillan.
Brian joined Random House in 1993 as President of Random House International. Based in New York, he was responsible for all export sales from both Random House US and Random House UK to the rest of the world, as well as Chairman of the overseas companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. He returned to the UK in 2002, retaining responsibility for the overseas companies, becoming Executive Chairman of Ebury Publishing and also taking responsibility for The Random House Group Library & Archive in Rushden. In May 2009 Brian became Head of Operations (UK & Overseas), adding UK sales, international sales, distribution and IT to his existing responsibilities of the overseas companies, Mainstream and the Rushden library.
Group Commercial Director
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Nigel Joined Random House in 1993 having qualified as an ACA at KPMG before spending time at ICI and AstraZeneca. His first role at Random House was as Business Manager for the Ebury publishing division and since then he has worked in a variety of business roles across the publishing companies, the distribution business and the corporate centre, including a spell setting up a commercial team at Random House Australia in Sydney. Nigel currently heads up our commercial, legal, contracts, IT (Publishing Systems) and International ebook sales teams. Also the newly formed Random House Enterprise unit that looks to exploit Intellectural Property across all platforms, including TV, film, games and live events. Nigel helped found, and is a partner in, Random House Children's Screen Entertainment.
Group Sales Director
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After two years working for a consumer market research company, Garry joined Transworld in 1980 as Marketing Assistant to the Sales Director. He worked in numerous marketing roles before being asked to move to sales to become Sales Manager for Transworld in 1986, followed by Sales Director in 1989. In 1996 he became Sales and Marketing Director for Transworld.
In 2004 in addition to his responsibilities at Transworld he became Deputy Group Sales Director for The Random House Group and was promoted to Group Sales Director two years later.
Group Deputy Sales Director
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After graduating from St Andrews University in 1988 with a degree in English and French, Ed joined the Marketing Department of Transworld Publishers. In his time at Transworld, Ed held a number of different roles across Sales and Marketing including Sales Director and Marketing Director. He was responsible for a wide range of high profile campaigns for many bestselling writers including Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Jilly Cooper, Sophie Kinsella, Andy McNab, Terry Pratchett and Joanna Trollope.
Currently the Deputy Group UK Sales Director, Ed has responsibility for the Random House Group's online sales both physical and digital as well as the complete backlist range.
Ed’s favourite book is Bleak House.
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After school and university Simon joined Macmillan Publishers as a graduate trainee, and there undertook a wide variety of publishing roles. He worked in sales, marketing and publishing management both in the UK and overseas and across the group's entire range of book publishing.
For three years Simon was Sales and Marketing Director of the art publishers, Phaidon Press, and a member of the team that reinvigorated the company's lists and international reputation.
After a spell as Deputy Managing Director of Headline Book Publishing, Simon joined Random House as International Director in 1997, taking on the added responsibility for Transworld after Bertelsmann's purchase of the Random House Group in 1998.
Over recent years Simon has been involved in the setting up of Random House India in New Delhi and has instigated strategic initiatives for Random House in Europe and East Asia. He is on the Industry Advisory Board of the publishing course at Oxford Brookes University, and conducts seminars on international publishing there. From 2009-2011 Simon was Chair of the Publishers Association's International Board and has worked with the London Book Fair, The British Council and the Publishers Association on the Fair's Market Focus programmes for South Africa, Russia and China.
Random House Distribution
Mark joined Random House in 2001 as Managing Director, Random House Distribution Division. Since then Mark has led the turnaround of the business to profitability, whilst instilling a service-led culture with an ethos of continuous improvement. Growth has been a key driver and more recent developments have been the new Publishing Services for clients, particularly in the digital arena. In 2004, Mark took on responsibility for Random House Group IT and was appointed to The Random House Group Board.
There are two Random House Distribution sites - The Book Service (TBS), Grantham Book Services (GBS) - which together form the UK's largest book distributor for trade and independent publishers. In addition to distributing The Random House Group titles, Random House Distribution also has more than 60 third-party client publishers, including Faber & Faber, Quercus, AA Publishing and Lonely Planet.
Deputy Managing Director - Distribution & Group IT Director
Colin has worked for Random House Distribution for 10 years in a range of senior IT and Distribution roles, with a strong focus on project deliverables, change management and above all Customer Services. The majority of Colin’s background has been in retail supply chain both domestically and Internationally, including; Services Director (EMEA) for US software company (Retek), as well as managing complex change programs across multiple retail sectors for Disney Stores ( Europe) Ltd, and The Body Shop International PLC
There are two Random House Distribution sites - The Book Service (TBS) & Grantham Book Services (GBS) - which together form the UK’s largest book distributor for trade and independent publishers. In addition to distributing The Random House Group titles, Random House Distribution also has more than 60 third-party client publishers, including Faber & Faber, Quercus, AA Publishing and Lonely Planet. We offer a very comprehensive one-stop-shop covering both physical and digital distribution service closely coupled with a strong Customer and Credit Services function.
Chief Financial Officer - Penguin Random House UK
Mark Gardiner studied Modern Languages (Spanish and Italian) at Bristol University. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand. After a spell in the drinks industry with Grand Metropolitan Plc he joined Transworld Publishers in 1994 becoming Finance Director in 1998. Following the merger with Random House, Mark became Group Finance Director in 2000. He is a Director of Bertelsmann UK and he chairs the Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook Production Committee.
Finance Director Operations & International - Penguin Random House UK
After graduating from the University of Oxford, Graham started his career at Ernst & Young, London in 1987. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. Upon return from a year spent in Ernst & Young’s New York office, Graham became a Senior Manager with responsibility for a number of international clients, including EMI Music and McGraw-Hill. He moved to Dairy Crest Group plc in 1997, and became Financial Controller at Yoplait Dairy Crest, a UK/French owned joint venture company.
In 2000 Graham joined Random House as Group Financial Controller, a role that supported all parts of the Group whether in the UK or overseas. He has specific responsibilities for the Group Accounts Department based in Frating and the central budgeting and planning function based in VBR. The BBC and Virgin Books acquisitions in 2006 and 2007 were integrated seamlessly with our finance systems and processes. Graham has overseen significant improvement to our finance systems, including the introduction of SAP in 2008 and most recently our new Biblio royalty system in 2012. He was promoted to Deputy Group Finance Director in 2003 and he added shared responsibility for publishing commercial finance to his role in 2009.
Group Publishing Operations Director
Penguin Random House UK
With a degree in History and English from University of East Anglia, Stephen started moving books on and off shelves at Hatchards Booksellers in Piccadilly, Lndon. Three months later, with a confirmed interest in books - and tired arms - he embarked upon a brief and unsuccessful career as a Publisher's Sales Rep. "Forget selling, try buying" was the advice, so Stephen then took a post-graduate course in Book and Periodical Production at the London College of Printing. After this he worked in the production departments of Hulton Educational and Collins Education before moving into trade publishing with Century Hutchinson in 1986. Stephen was appointed Production Director in 1987, Senior Production Director in 1989 following the purchase of Century Hutchinsom by Random House Inc and then Group Production Director in 1992. He later assumed that position with a wider brief in the enlarged Group following the acquisition by Bertelsmann and associated merger with Transworld Publishers. In November 2005 Stephen was promoted to Group Publishing Operations Director with responsibility for production and various publishing operational projects.
Deputy Group Legal Director
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Sinead graduated in law from the University of Nottingham in 1991 and from the College of Law in 1993. She then embarked on a training contract as a solicitor at city law firm, Denton Hall (now SNR Denton) where she qualified as a solicitor in 1995 into its media litigation department. For six years post qualification Sinead advised a broad range of clients across the media industry including book, magazine and newspaper publishers, sports organisations, television and film companies and high profile individuals. After a secondment to Marks & Spencer advising on brand protection and advertising, she joined the advertising and consumer affairs legal team at Sky, also regularly advising Sky News on contentious news stories. Sinead joined Random House in 2006 as senior publishing lawyer and became Group Legal Director in January 2011, responsible for managing the publishing and commerical legal resource for the Group. In November 2013 Sinead was named by the Irish Post as one of the top Irish lawyers in the UK.
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