At Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philippa manages special and bulk sales to non-trade customers, foreign rights deals, and attends book fairs. She is also completing a part-time MA in Cultural Studies and will undertake the Institute of English Studies’ Selling Rights Short Course to help her progress in her foreign rights career.
An English language teaching (ELT) editor at Oxford University Press, Christie says the role is a great fit as it combines her editorial skills with her background in languages. Her Award will fund courses and training. She is a member of the Society of Young Publishers Oxford and was Co-Chair in 2018.
Connell has an 18-month modern apprenticeship as a sub-editor at DC Thomson. His aim is to secure a contract at the end of his apprenticeship and work hard to go as far as he can in the industry. He will enrol on an online, improving English course at the London School of Journalism.
Rebecca is in the first year of a two-year, full-time traineeship as a news sub-editor at DC Thomson. She is also undertaking a Masters degree, MLitt Writing Practice and Study, part-time, at the University of Dundee and will use her Award for London School of Journalism distance courses and a laptop.
Joe is an apprentice, working as an estimator in the Commercial Department at Communisis and studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. He will undertake Microsoft Excel courses to develop his working knowledge of the programme for pricing strategies and for a work-based project as part of his apprenticeship.
An account executive as part of a team running the day-to-day activities for a transactional print client at Communisis, Chloe would like to work on larger projects within the company. Her Award will pay for a laptop and online project management courses to develop her skills and take on more responsibility.
Formerly a production editor at Manchester University Press, Elizabeth has recently joined independent publisher, Saraband, as a digital and production coordinator. She will use her Award for courses to develop her digital skills and a laptop. Elizabeth is a mentor for MA Publishing students and treasurer of the SYP North branch.
After completing a BA (Hons) Graphic Design from Sheffield Hallam University six years ago, Leanne joined the print sector as a junior artworker at Instantprint, where she now heads its Studio Team. She would love to develop her management skills and will undertake the CMI First Line Management Level 3 Certificate.
Samuel has been a reprographics operator on continental shifts at Graphic Packaging International for the past four years and has ambitions of moving up into a senior or managerial role. His Award will help with a laptop, equipment, and resources to help him complete his BPIF Level 3 Printing Course.
Charlotte is an international sales executive at Canongate Books, an independent publishing house where she manages sales reps and distributors in South Africa and Europe. She wants to learn best practice in motivating a diverse team and her Award will fund the PTC’s People Management course. Long-term she wants her own publishing business. (words: 53)
Hena is a rights and audio trainee at Little, Brown Book Group and would like a rights assistant role. As a side hustle, she runs a small publishing company specialising in marginalised narratives in children’s books and is a freelance writer and editor. She would like to expand her skill set with further training.
Starting as a trainee reporter at GetSurrey, then running an independent newspaper on the Isle of Wight, Joe is now a local democracy reporter for the BBC and Reach. His Award will fund courses including bespoke Press Association investigative journalism training to help him achieve his ambition of being an investigative journalist.
Nathan is part of the Live Chat team at Instantprint, the UK ‘s largest online printer, and is the first point of contact for online customers. He has a passion for design and will use his Award for a camera and Adobe Photoshop subscription to help with bringing design to life for customers.
A keen photographer, Sophie is a print artworker on Charles Tyrwhitt’s Graphic Design Team, working on print campaigns, including catalogues and direct mail, using the knowledge she gained from working in the print sector for four years. Her Award will fund an Adobe certified Photoshop course to help her progress in her career.
Katie recently moved into a supervisor’s role in the Postal Services Department at Adare SEC, overseeing a team of ten. She wants to progress in management in the sector and has recently enrolled on a team leadership programme. Her Award will help her fund additional courses and equipment to develop her career.
Jem is the founder and director of Journo Resources, a small, non-profit start-up helping young people to break into and progress in the media industry. She hopes to make the jump to working on Journo Resources full-time but lack of equipment is a barrier so will use her Award to buy a computer.
Charlotte is a marketing assistant at Oxford University Press and has recently joined the SYP Oxford Committee as Conference Officer. She is passionate about publishing and to progress in her career by working up the marketing ladder, she plans to undertake the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing.
Chloe is in the second year of her graphic design degree at Sheffield Hallam University. She has always had a passion for graphic arts and is thrilled to have secured an internship to gain practical experience. Her Award will help with living costs and kit, including a laptop, software, and camera.
Connor is an apprentice and enjoys his role as a customer services representative at MBM Print SCS, acting as the bridge between clients and their orders. He is ambitious and an Award will unlock the door to new skills, enabling him to undertake a Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner Training course.
Aoife is moving to Scribe from Pavilion Books as the Marketing and Publicity Assistant. She is committed to working in independent publishing and is a volunteer for The Feminist Library. She is passionate about attracting new readers to fiction in translation and children’s books. Her Award will fund copywriting and design software courses.
An assistant editor at Epigeum and a volunteer editor for the First Story charity, Katharine wants to commission work that gives young people the opportunity to support one another and share their experiences. She will undertake project management and fiction editing courses to help her take the next steps in her career.
Clare works in fiction and non-fiction publishing. She is passionately interested in science and would love to expand her freelance proofreading, copy-editing, and copywriting business to cover science publishing and science communication. She plans to undertake the University of the West of England’s Science Communication Masterclass course and buy a new laptop.
An apprentice working in paper purchasing and costing/estimating at Bell & Bain Ltd in Glasgow, Louise would like to learn more about print production and finishing. She intends buying a laptop for her coursework and to undertake a course to learn about papermaking and the different papers available on the market.
A student at Glasgow School of Art studying for a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking, Florence would like to be a printmaking technician focusing on intaglio printing and researching ways to make this a more sustainable and non-toxic practice. Her Award will fund materials and a year’s membership at Glasgow Print Studios.
As the Production Executive at Yale University Press, Percie is part of a small team dealing with the production of all trade and academic list titles from start to finish. She has worked as a designer and will use her Award to build her InDesign skills to help develop Yale’s design brand.
A finishing assistant at Graphic Packaging International, Bradley’s ambition is to become a print operator and then a print team leader at the company. His Award will fund a laptop and printer as he embarks on his apprenticeship this year.
Working as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Webmart has convinced Amy that marketing is the career path she wants to continue down. Currently doing a Level 6 CIM Strategic Marketing Diploma, the next step will be Creative Cloud design and SEO courses. Amy is active on the BPIF Apprentice Council.
A journalist, Sian runs the print version of Kettle Magazine, a publication that showcases the best of student journalism and offers advice on joining the industry. Her Award will fund train travel to visit disadvantaged schools to encourage pupils to try journalism as a career to help make the sector more diverse.
A Human Resources administrator at Adare SEC, Rebecca started a Level 3 Apprenticeship in HR in 2017 and has almost completed CIPD Level 3. Her next step is the CIPD Level 5 programme. Her Award will fund additional courses to gain further HR expertise and a laptop for her studies.
Lauren’s freelance graphic design work is primarily corporate and editorial. She has a BA in Graphic Design from Leeds University and would love to learn more about screen, lino, and riso printing as well as other niche practices. Her Award will fund courses at East London Printmakers, tools, materials, and travel costs. (words: 52)
Since joining the sector in 2018 as a business development executive at ProCo, Katie has discovered a real passion for print and would like a career in field sales and to become an ambassador for print and print marketing. To help achieve her goal, she will undertake an Open University Commercial Awareness course.
Bobby is an apprentice at Arjowiggins, studying for an NVQ Level 3, which he plans to follow with an HNC and ONC. At the moment, he has to use a computer at work for his coursework so a MacBook Pro will give him more flexibility writing up his assignments at home.
An MA graduate in the humanities, Nina works in marketing at Oxford University Press, responsible for an exciting portfolio of online learning courses aimed at higher education students. This allows her to be creative and innovative, which she loves. She intends strengthening her marketing skill set with CIM certified marketing training.
An apprentice at Glasgow-based Service Graphics, Declan installs vinyl graphics and his exhibition work takes him all over the UK and abroad. He will use his Award for travel costs, tools and a toolbox, and further installation training to further his career and help others to learn the graphics installation trade.
Connor’s aim is to work at Dorset-based Elementum Journal with a view to establishing his own small press to enable others from low socioeconomic backgrounds to be heard. He would also like to be a freelance fiction editor and run his own pulp magazine. To achieve his ambition, he will undertake SfEP courses.
A team leader at Instantprint, the largest, UK-based, online printer, Jasmin manages its Live-Chat customer support. Her job is to motivate and support her team to create a world-class customer experience within the commercial print sector. Her Award will fund her attendance at The Customer Service and Experience Summit in London.
Emily has a client-facing role at Benwells, part of Reflections Print Finishers, advising clients on print finishes and managing the company’s social media. With a passionate interest in inspiring the use of traditional printing and finishing techniques, she wants to expand her skill set to achieve this by doing a content marketing course.
A team leader for the Instantprint Customer Service Team within Bluetree Group, Shannon wants print to be seen as exciting and would love to be the company’s official photographer, blog on its website, and create an engaging print journey for customers. Her Award will fund a photography course and editing software.
Lee, the leader of a fast-paced studio team at Instantprint, part of the Bluetree Group, wants to use data and customer insights to push development of the company’s processes and the team’s skill set. He is particularly interested in project management and will undertake the Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner course.
A freelance editor and proofreader for publishers including DK, Haus Publishing, and Les Fugitives, Alice also works with independent authors and dreams of setting up her own independent press one day. As part of her continuing professional development, she will undertake courses to expand her freelance business and upgrade her SfEP membership. (words: 52)
Part of Essentra’s European HR team, Laura is responsible for tracking European HR projects. She will undertake a Prince 2 Project Management course so she can take on more responsibility at an international level and accelerate her career path. She wants to help break printing and packaging’s stereotype as a male-dominated sector.
Ammara works at HarperCollins Publishers in a trade marketing role, which includes creating marketing material for its retailers across all the titles HarperCollins publishes as well as managing the indiethinking.co.uk website. She has a passion for design and her Award will help fund a part-time graphic design course while continuing to work full-time.
After graduating from his MSc Publishing course, Sam plans to kick-start his publishing career and enhance his offering to clients as a freelance typesetter and aspiring publisher by attending iTrain Scotland’s Level 2 Adobe InDesign course about print to eBook/EPUB conversion and digital publications. This course will give him a recognised qualification.
Srishti is a book design and publishing assistant at Carnegie Publishing where she started as an intern while studying English and creative writing at Lancaster University. She is on an online Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited programme and will undertake a project management course. She believes publishing needs a more inclusive, diverse voice.
Sophie is a customer service apprentice training to be an account coordinator at Graphic Packaging International. Her Award will fund a telecommunications course to develop her communication skills, a laptop for her studies, which she hopes to complete next year, and a graphic tablet and pen to build her design skills.
Christopher’s dream is to work in the media industry and long-term to become a respected journalist and possibly a presenter. He has done work experience at The Breeze radio station. Having completed a media degree, he now needs a media law qualification and so plans to undertake an NCTJ course.
Naomi is a freelance journalist, who has contributed to The Guardian, HuffPost, and The Times, among others. Primarily a writer and print journalist, she plans to develop her skills beyond this medium with training in photojournalism, freelance feature writing, and media law. She looks forward to being part of the Print Futures Awards community.
An account coordinator at Graphic Packaging International, Mia has been seconded to a senior account coordinator role to cover maternity leave. She is completing BPIF’s GQA Print Administration Level 3 and will undertake the Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner course to help achieve her goal of stepping up to a management role.
Based at Precision Printing, Sean has recently moved from a bookbinding department to pursue a career in digital print. His Award will fund a laptop to complete assignments for the leadership course he is on and undertake a Lean Six Sigma course to help him achieve his ambition of joining the Management Team.
Rachel works at the London College of Communication (LCC), advising students on printing projects and running risograph printing workshops to help others realise their riso printing dreams. She will use her Award to buy a two-drum risograph printer to expand her workshops and set up an open access printing and bookbinding space.
Karina is a production controller at Jessica Kingsley Publishers where she co-ordinates 90 titles through production per year, handling quality, costs, and schedules. Originally from an editorial background, she will use her Award to fund training courses to develop her editorial skills to enable her to return to an editorial role.
Sophie has a contract as a researcher on BBC Bitesize’s GCSE Spanish Team. Keen to develop her editorial skills, she will use her Award to fund a laptop to undertake the SfEP’s online editorial project management course. Sophie is on the Society of Young Publishers North committee, responsible for organising events in Manchester.
An editorial designer at JPIMedia in Sheffield, Kimberley creates pages for a number of the company’s titles and is also part of a small graphics team creating graphics for online and print. She will undertake an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Infographics course to learn more about design programmes.
Kasim is a junior editor at Trigger Publishing, a non-fiction, mental health publisher based in Nottinghamshire. He aspires to move to a larger trade publisher and plans to undertake proofreading and fiction editing courses to develop his skills as all his training to date has been gained through practical experience.
Robert is a data processing operative at ProCo. He wants to develop his abilities working with data and print and specialise in innovative data and customer communications to deliver exciting print campaigns. His Award will help pay a 12-month subscription to Quadient University, an online training platform for programmes including GMC Inspire Designer.
Aleesha is a London-based, freelance illustrator and printmaker specialising in screen-printing. She also produces mini comics and zines, including her self-published, Dark Masks. She intends using her Award for printing and binding materials as well as sessions at the London Centre for Book Arts to develop her knowledge about publishing practices and bookbinding.
An Award will fund a laptop and recording and storage devices to help William fulfil his ambition of becoming an investigative journalist. Once he graduates from his Press Association training, he hopes to begin an internship with the Financial Times’ Special Reports Desk and find further opportunities to develop his data analysis capabilities.
Archie is an apprentice studying software development at Truro and Penwith College, while working at Paragon Customer Communications as a trainee professional services developer learning to develop print applications with GMC software, data processing automation, and document composition. His Award will help pay his transport costs to and from work and college.
Jamie is a campaigns executive at Canongate, dealing with marketing and publicity, and handling marketing campaigns for a range of titles across its list, including titles by David Lynch and Leonard Cohen, the former for which he won a Book Marketing Society Award. His Award will fund web design and digital content writing courses.
Kirsty is the Compliance and Quality Manager at ProCo. She will use her Award for an online IASSC-accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course and a laptop with Microsoft Office. Her five-year goal is to manage a CI function as Head of Department, leading project teams and contributing towards strategic business decisions.
Tenelle is a journalism graduate with over five years’ experience as an arts and culture writer. Her ambition is to work in book publishing, ideally in editorial, but she is also interested in marketing and agenting. A member of the Society of Young Publishers, her Award will fund courses to help her achieve her ambition.
An apprentice at Graphic Packaging International, Abigail would like to progress in her health, safety and environmental role within the packaging sector. She has recently started a Level 3 SHE Technician Apprenticeship, which she aims to complete in 2020 and will use her Award for IT equipment for her coursework.
A transactional print account manager in the Client Services Department at Communisis, Emma is responsible for ensuring transactional print is developed and managed efficiently from inception to delivery. With a thirst for knowledge and an ambition to be a project manager, she will undertake a Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner Training qualification.
An apprentice at Communisis, Rory works in technical support helping to ensure the smooth running of the company’s operations. Keen to achieve his full potential, he will use his Award to buy a Mac to develop his skills to help clients requiring IT support.
Rohail works at Kube Publishing, a small indie publishing company where he handles marketing, attends trade events, and visits bookshops. He would like to develop his editorial skills and will use his Award to fund a laptop, training course fees, and travel costs to start his editorial career in publishing.
Karla has almost completed the first year of her two-year apprenticeship with DC Thomson at The Press & Journal and the Evening Express. An Award will help her move up the editorial ladder by undertaking National Union of Journalism Scotland courses and buy crucial equipment such as a laptop and Dictaphone.
Molly is a publishing executive at Peirene Press, an independent press specialising in translated literature. She loves the variety of work at a small press and plans to gain a Prince 2 management qualification as she says she has been incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to co-manage the press. (words: 52)
Brett works at Weidmann Whiteley and his ambition is to progress within the company, producing the best work that he can. An Award will enable him to buy a laptop for his coursework as he begins his apprenticeship later this year.
Currently a quality assurance administrator at Graphic Packaging International, once Emily has completed her business administration course, she would like to move into a Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety role. She will undertake a NEBOSH qualification and use her Award to fund IT equipment so she can study at home.
As a production editor working on academic and professional titles at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Hannah manages the production schedule for around 25 books at a time, which includes briefing freelancers and checking their work as well as in-house editing. She will use her Award for SfEP membership and courses to develop her career.
Gillian runs Juju Books, a creative bookbinding studio in Glasgow, producing bespoke work and teaching workshops, most recently to Glasgow School of Art students. She is a QEST Craft Scholar, prize-winning Designer Bookbinders Licentiate and Chair of the Society of Bookbinders in Scotland. She will undertake a Cor Aerssens’ box making course.
Adrianna’s passion for print has grown during her apprenticeship at Communisis. Having joined the industry with no print knowledge, she is now a print services apprentice managing complex jobs for clients. A laptop will help with her apprenticeship studies. Her aim is to become a relationship manager for blue-chip clients.
A marketing executive at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Vera comes from an editorial background and enjoys applying her creativity and copywriting skills in the role. She wants to develop more in-depth skills and would love to dive into areas such as SEO, analytical skills, and consumer insights by undertaking relevant courses.
Jakub is an apprentice at Graphic Packaging International and is undertaking BPIF’s Digital Artwork for Pre-press Level 3 course. His aim is to be a designer in the company’s reprographics team and help to reduce the use of plastics in the packaging industry by using recyclable materials to help save the environment.
Sian loves her role as a sales and marketing executive at The Microbiology Society, a scientific publisher. She began her publishing career in retail then moved into sales at an independent publisher, where she realised this is the sector for her. She will undertake the Publishing Training Centre’s Introduction to Marketing and Copywriting course.
Combining study for an MA in English Literature at Sheffield University with part-time work at The Poetry Business and working weekends at Waterstones as a fiction and poetry bookseller, Jess’s passion is to move into a marketing and publicity role in publishing. She plans to undertake the PTC’s Introduction to Marketing course.
Imogen has an MA in Publishing and is a publishing assistant at UCLan Publishing, a new, small publishing house specialising in children’s and Young Adult books. She wants to specialise in editing and copy-editing and be a freelance copy-editor. Her Award will fund the SfEP’s fiction editing and copy-editing courses and SfEP membership.
Cory is a customer service apprentice at Coveris, studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service. He will use his Award for a laptop and workbooks so he can study at home and undertake further training to gain in-depth knowledge of packaging and achieve his ambition of progressing in the sector.
Head of Publicity and Outreach at Comma Press, Zoe is interested in the overlap of community with publishing, engaging different groups of people with new literary work, and enabling the new work of marginalised writers. Her Award will help fund external training courses and conferences to help her progress in her publishing career.
Helen is a graphic designer at Graphic Packaging International and a volunteer graphic designer for The Dales Music & Drama Group. With a Masters in Graphic Design, Helen is passionate about improving her design skills and will undertake Photoshop and InDesign courses and pay for an Adobe Creative Cloud suite subscription.
Jay has been a supervisor at Precision Printing for the past four years, working in a busy bookbindery producing around 250,000 books annually for some of the world’s biggest names. Managing is his ultimate goal and his Award will fund a Lean Six Sigma course and laptop to complete his coursework.
Having studied MA Book Arts and BA Information Design, Klara is a letterpress specialist technician at LCC. She is constantly developing her teaching, printing, and bookmaking skills and will undertake specialist courses to help her achieve her aim of opening an open access, workshop-based print studio in the coming years.
Since graduating from his Printmaking MA at Camberwell, Luke has been working at print studios, teaching printmaking, and working as a framing consultant. He will use his Award to buy a small intaglio press and etching tools and plans to establish a mobile print workshop, taking printmaking classes to schools, fairs, and events.
Currently completing a year-long traineeship with Hachette UK, Amanda’s first six months were in Editorial with John Murray Press and she is now working in the Digital Department at Hodder Education. Her ambition is to bring the digital innovations of educational publishing to the trade publishing world and will undertake SfEP courses.
Marc is a publishing assistant at Arts Professional. His ambition is to be an editor at a science fiction and fantasy imprint/publisher or manage his own publishing house. To facilitate the transition from a B2B publisher to fiction editing and make a positive contribution to his chosen sector, he will undertake professional courses.
Shaikyla is the Permissions Executive at McGraw-Hill Education, a new role supporting the Higher Education Product Team in securing permissions to use third-party materials. An Award will play an instrumental role in her professional development by funding proofreading and copyright courses to lead to more senior roles within rights, contracts, and permissions.
Connor works at Arjowiggins Chartham and is studying for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and an NVQ Level 3. Once qualified, he wants to continue working as an electrical and instrumentation technician at Arjowiggins and do a degree in this field. He will buy a laptop for his coursework.
Gemma is a reprographics operator at Graphic Packaging International’s Bardon site and would like to progress to a senior role within the Reprographics Department. She will use her Award for a computer and printer to enable her to do the coursework at home for BPIF’s Level 3 Digital Printing (Pre-press & Artwork) course. (words: 53)
Megan is the Digital Marketing Executive at Quarto Publishing, running the online marketing campaigns for the company’s adult and children’s titles. She is passionate about the design element of her job and plans to undertake a digital graphic design course and buy a laptop and design software licence to develop her skills.
Matthew has been in marketing for over two years at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, looking after the mental health, social work, and adoption and fostering lists. He takes a keen interest in developing the lists from both marketing and commissioning perspectives. His Award will fund relevant courses and a camera to further his career.
Adeeba is an entry-level publishing editor responsible for a handful of journals at Emerald Publishing. She would like to find strategic ways for research to make a real world impact and learn more about open access. Courses in commissioning and strategic development will help her progress in her publishing career.