Rising stars in publishing

Rising stars in publishing

These stars all have one thing in common, and that’s a passion for books. At the start of their publishing careers, working across large and small houses and in all departments, they are seeking to improve their core publishing skills such as copywriting and proofreading. Our support allows them to gain industry recognised training through a variety of face to face and virtual courses that cements their on-the-job learning and allows them to progress in their publishing careers.

Eva Rojas

Eva Rojas

A project editor at independent publisher, Lion Hudson, in Oxford, Eva has always enjoyed reading and writing. She holds a Master’s in Publishing and is passionate about children’s books, board books, and fiction as well as books in translation. It took perseverance to land her editor’s job where she enjoys the creativity of developing a project, the satisfaction of editing text, and helping authors get their books published. She is inspired by the thought of the many books still yet to be written and champions new ideas.
Emma Sheffield

Emma Sheffield

Emma knew from a young age that she would relish a career where she could contribute to publishing books that people will love and has successfully curated and developed a career in publishing. She is very passionate about the traditional aspects of editorial publishing and appreciates great writing and unique narratives. Currently Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press, working in trade publishing is her goal. She is a member of the Society of Young Publishers.

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Emily Badger

Emily Badger

Change and innovation in publishing excites Emily, who has recently taken on the newly established role of Development Editor at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, focusing predominantly on its Education list. Passionate about reading and encouraging others to read, the company’s promotion of inclusivity through book knowledge is the perfect fit for her. Taking advantage of advancing technologies in a fast-paced, dynamic, and customer-driven sector to find new ways to reach readers keeps her job interesting, new, and exciting.

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Noah Grey

Noah Grey

A third-year Literature student at Royal Holloway, University of London, Noah likes Oscar Wilde, old architecture, galleries and museums, grappling with the rules of the German language, 80s and 90s films, and Oxford commas. He wants to see more books in cafés and on the tube and to help craft books to be so compelling that the idea of scrolling aimlessly through an Instagram feed pales in comparison. His next step will be into the world of publishing.
Emily Wootton

Emily Wootton

A publishing assistant at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, Emily studied English Literature at Durham University. Her enjoyment of words and visual content, eye for detail, and love of collaborative working encouraged her to forge a career in publishing. As well as experience in the charity, trade, education, and academic publishing sectors, she has an interest in illustrated non-fiction books for children and hopes to support the development of literacy in areas affected by poverty.
Madeleine Pearson

Madeleine Pearson

Madeleine is the Digital Content Manager at Manchester University Press, where she manages its ebook platform and organises the digitisation of its extensive backlist, bringing out-of-print titles back into print and making them available as ebooks. She has a BA in Languages from The Open University and an MA in Publishing Studies with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University. Her ambition is to work in project management in a sector that she regards as exciting and rewarding.
Beth Barker

Beth Barker

Passionate and driven, Beth has recently completed an English Literature degree at Manchester University. She believes bookselling is a fantastic way to realise how many people adore books and loves reading and reviewing books on social media. Proud to be part of the North’s book industry, she does a lot of blogging and reviewing books on social media and is excited by the prospect of digital coming together with print to create a really unique, hybridised industry.

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Hilary Bell

Hilary Bell

Hilary is passionate about working in publishing simply because she loves books. From a young age, the power of stories has been transformative in her life and, as the Publicity Executive at Egmont UK, she feels especially lucky to work in children’s books. Prior to that, she managed major industry events for The Bookseller and was Head of Events for the Society of Young Publishers (SYP). She is on the Children’s Book Circle Committee.

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Humairaa Dudhwala

Humairaa Dudhwala

Having studied English Language and Literature and with an inherent love for the written word, the prospect of working with books for a living seemed a no-brainer to Humairaa. Currently an assistant editorial controller at academic publisher, Manchester University Press, she finds publishing research to a wider audience rewarding and the sector exciting as it constantly innovates, particularly the way publishers have responded to Covid-19 by offering digital content for the greater good.
Aisling Holling

Aisling Holling

Books are a huge part of Aisling’s life so she switched careers from advertising to publishing, a decision she says she will never regret. Within four months of joining Saraband, a small, Manchester-based independent publisher, she was promoted to Marketing and Editorial Executive. She also volunteers as Communications Officer for the Society of Young Publishers North. She is passionate about bringing great literature to the world and selling books in ways that are not intimidating or pretentious.
Cameron Myers

Cameron Myers

Cameron believes it is an exciting time to be in publishing and, with publishers constantly adapting to new forms of media and storytelling, he plans to upskill in publishing technology to remain relevant and adaptable. His passion for books and several publishing internships convinced him publishing, not law, is his vocation. Currently working in Hodder & Stoughton’s General Non-fiction Editorial Team, he is a former events coordinator for the London Society of Young Publishers (SYP).

 

Rising stars developing specialist skills

Rising stars developing specialist skills

These stars have all chosen to progress their chosen specialism, whether this is English language editing or marketing, to bring specialist knowledge and expertise to our sector. Our funding will allow them to gain certificated training from their relevant professional association, and to benefit from the networking and community this will offer them, which will support their professional development and progression.

Grace Balfour-Harle

Grace Balfour-Harle

Grace reads pretty much everything she comes across and has developed a love of writing and creating content for magazines. She knew her passion lay in journalism and even attempted to start her own high school newspaper. Having completed a Publishing Master’s at Edinburgh Napier University, she is currently the Editorial Assistant at DC Thomson’s Beano comic. She is committed and enthusiastic about developing her skills to adapt to the changing social and publishing landscape.

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Hetty Mosforth

Hetty Mosforth

The thrill of a newly printed book in her hands never diminishes for Hetty, who enjoys the collaborative nature of publishing and working with academics all around the world in her role as a junior desk editor at Edward Elgar, an academic publisher focusing on social sciences, law, and economics. She loves working with language and learning new things so now plans to study proofreading and copy editing to develop her skills in the sector.

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Jordan Manning

Jordan Manning

Prior to landing her current role working for Bauer Media’s Take a Break Puzzles Department, Jordan worked as an editorial assistant at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), producing and editing exam papers for trainee surgeons. She has always been passionate about all matters language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation and has an English BA (Hons). She enjoys the satisfaction of refining a text and now wants to achieve her dream of being a freelance copy editor.
Laura Shanahan

Laura Shanahan

Since finishing her BA in Modern Languages at Oxford University in 2016, Laura has worked in publishing and is currently a part-time editorial assistant at Fairlight Books, a small independent publisher of literary fiction. She has recently been awarded her MA in Literary Translation Studies with Distinction and is now building up her freelance career alongside her part-time, in-house role with the aim of establishing a portfolio career as an editorial professional and translator.

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Shabnom Khanom

Shabnom Khanom

Shabnom’s passion for publishing and literature was stoked during her degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford. She enjoys every aspect of print and publishing, from proposal and submission to editing and final proofreading. The feel of a completed book, script or academic article in her hands is unbeatable. Her freelance work as a submissions pile reader for competitions such as The Sunday Times Short Story Award has encouraged her to pursue a fiction editing career.
Cleo Asabre-Holt

Cleo Asabre-Holt

An editorial assistant at mental health and wellbeing publisher, Trigger, Cleo has loved writing since scribbling her first stories and poems as a five-year-old. A finalist in the search for Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate, she won a full scholarship to fund her creative writing MA, graduating with distinction. She believes in writing’s therapeutic value and has found her purpose working in publishing, giving people a voice so that their stories can be heard.

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Eilidh Reid

Eilidh Reid

Eilidh is a marketing administrator in the Education Division at Oxford University Press where she works across Primary, Secondary and Children’s Trade Marketing. She feels publishing is the perfect sector for her as it demands equal parts creativity and practicality. Children’s publishing is a very natural path for her to take as she wants to help make education accessible to all. She plans on developing her marketing skills to progress in the sector.

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Catherine Glover

Catherine Glover

Catherine was drawn to scientific publishing as it provides open access science to readers across the globe and represents a network of academic researchers striving to improve lives. As an editorial production editor at Hindawi, she oversees the journal operations process from submission to publication and enjoys the opportunity to make the peer review and production process as seamless and straightforward as possible for authors. She is also a freelance copywriter, bringing websites to life for businesses.
Victoria Montgomery

Victoria Montgomery

Victoria has worked in publishing for almost two years and is currently a marketing executive at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press (OUP), where she plans, coordinates, and leads all marketing campaigns for its portfolio of Support and Wellbeing online courses. She loves working in publishing and during her time at Epigeum, she has constantly looked for innovative ways to reach wider audiences, broadening her marketing skills, and scoping out key areas for personal development.
Bethany White

Bethany White

Prior to joining Routledge, Taylor & Francis as an editorial assistant, Bethany completed a PhD in History and produced a podcast, Women in Oxford’s History. This led to her current fellowship with the History of Education Society to develop a podcast delving into how education has shaped our society. She is excited by the way publishing is adapting to new technologies and diversifying. Her long-term career goal is to commission and publish lesser-heard voices.
Phoebe Wyatt

Phoebe Wyatt

As a lifelong bookworm, Phoebe was drawn to the world of publishing and the idea of making books happen. As The Bookseller’s Marketing and Sales Executive she has discovered a real interest in marketing and aims to pursue this within the publishing industry. She enjoys the dynamic nature of the weekly magazine and enjoys the contrast of being at the forefront of an industry with a long and varied history.

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Saffron Cooper-Siddle

Saffron Cooper-Siddle

Saffron loves working in publishing, particularly academic publishing, because she can play a small part in providing academic resources to students and researchers who are shaping our knowledge of the world around us. A marketing assistant at Oxford University Press (OUP), she has discovered that the business side of publishing really interests her and she enjoys writing marketing copy. It is the perfect marriage between the two industries she has always aspired to work in.
Bryony Magee

Bryony Magee

Bryony is a full-time, freelance editor and published writer offering proofreading and copy editing services to self-publishing authors. Words are her greatest passion and freelance editing has empowered her to do what she loves: sink deep between the pages of a story to help its author find the best words to communicate their message. She plans to undertake further training to extend the scope of her freelance work with traditional publishers.
Rising stars creating visual delights

Rising stars creating visual delights

These stars demonstrate the creative breadth of our sector, producing attractive visuals both online and in printed form. With our support they are able to take the next step in their career and continue to evolve their creativity by developing practical skills and expanding their capabilities.

Kate Samuelson

Kate Samuelson

A freelance journalist and in-house copywriter and editor for ActionAid, the international women’s rights charity, Kate launched the CHEAPSKATE London newsletter, a free, weekly email curating the capital city’s best free events, including film, theatre, live music, exercise classes, talks, workshops and more. In her opinion, there is no job quite like being a reporter and stories she has covered include the #MeToo movement and reporting from Ariana Grande’s One Love benefit concert in Manchester.

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Liorah Tchiprout

Liorah Tchiprout

An experienced printer of etchings, Liorah has a BA Fine Art Printmaking from Brighton University, spent a semester at Bezalel school of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and has recently graduated with an MA in Print at Camberwell. Currently working as a freelance, junior printer at Huguenot Editions, she plans to learn about lithography. Her work has been selected for shows with the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and shown at the Affordable Art Fair.

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Maya Elese

Maya Elese

Maya is a multilingual, multimedia journalist in her final year studying Language & Culture at UCL, who is passionate about platforming marginalised voices and narratives worldwide. Her print and digital magazine, I Am Hip Hop, aims to use Hip-Hop culture to reinforce positivity within society and provide a creative outlet for young voices. Her I Am Hip Hop Podcast is available on all streaming platforms and YouTube and she hosts her own radio show, Diaspora Digs.

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Melissa Carne

Melissa Carne

A Cornwall-based, freelance graphic designer, Melissa was constantly painting as a child. She loves graphic design for its ability to distil challenging topics and subjects into an art form that transcends language and cultural barriers. Graphic design for her is about communication in its simplest form, the more people communicate on a global scale on important matters, the better the world will hopefully be for it. To publish her book, The A-Z of Cornwall, would be magical.

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Rising stars in engineering & production

Rising stars in engineering & production

These stars are responsible for the production of print and packaging across the UK, maintaining, operating and overseeing the presses and turning raw materials into a finished product. We are delighted to support them as they build their knowledge and work towards industry qualifications.

Siu Fan Lee

Siu Fan Lee

Siu Fan was in search of a career change and arrived at Bluetree Group with absolutely no prior print knowledge. He has become passionate about print management and process improvement within print’s production sector because no two days are ever the same. He has experienced the challenges and joys of achieving a perfect print run. Currently a production controller, he is keen to develop his project management skills to complement his technical skills and progress in his career.
Sean Kearnan

Sean Kearnan

Sean is super enthusiastic about his dream job as a minder at Graphic Packaging International. He was instantly intrigued by the print presses’ cut and crease machines and gluers when he joined the company 11 years ago and still takes great pride in seeing the packaging they produce when out shopping. His career has gone from strength to strength. He is currently studying for a Level 3 NVQ Carton Manufacture (Folding and Gluing) and loving it.
Jovahn Smithen

Jovahn Smithen

Jovahn has had a passion for engineering since he was at school and, after completing an electrical engineering apprenticeship at Bombardier, he joined Graphic Packaging International as a trainee engineer. He has found it to be the perfect job in the perfect industry for him because finding out how printing machines work fascinates him. He sees printing as a thriving, dynamic sector and one that he considers has given him an amazing career path.
Daniel Treece

Daniel Treece

Daniel’s print career complements his interest in arts, crafts, and design. He enjoys working on creative projects and receiving customers’ feedback. He started his print career as an apprentice at Piccolo Press in Scotland, gaining a Lithographic Printing Level 2 Qualification and a promotion to Lithographic Printer. Currently a print and mechanical technician at Baddeley Brothers, he plans to develop his soft skills to fulfil his ambition of becoming a team leader.
Rising stars in Customer Service

Rising stars in Customer Service

These stars are the face of our industry, working in customer services and relationship management. Managing complex projects, resolving challenges and understanding their customer’s requirements, we are providing vital equipment and training to develop their people management skills to help them progress in their print and packaging careers.

Tanika Bartlett

Tanika Bartlett

A temporary placement at Saica Flex’s Buxton site in Derbyshire has turned into a career in the print sector for Tanika. Having worked her way up, she is now a customer service representative at the company and is undertaking a BPIF Customer Service Level 3 qualification. Although everyone comes across packaging daily, seeing the process from initial order to finished product intrigued her and she saw it as a chance to be part of something massive.
Sarah Gee

Sarah Gee

Trying new challenges played a big part in Sarah’s decision to join the packaging sector. As an apprentice in the Customer Service Team at Graphic Packaging International, she is learning about the sector, developing her skills to progress in her career, and enjoying job satisfaction. She likes seeing new designs being created to sell products and believes it was definitely a step in the right direction to try something completely different workwise.
Jordan Saunders

Jordan Saunders

Jordan has always been interested in design technology and using CAD software in a manufacturing environment has allowed him to have a more tangible understanding. He trained as a CAD programmer in his first 18 months at Arden Engraving, a supplier in the FMCG packaging sector. His role has expanded to include customer service and managing production but he still enjoys the technical aspect of the work he does as he finds it the most challenging.
Ross Darrell

Ross Darrell

Ross is very driven in his print career, a sector he has chosen to work in because he finds it incredibly fascinating. Being part of such a vital sector is what inspires him every day. A senior account executive at Bluetree Group, he values having a rapport with clients and receiving positive customer feedback gives him a sense of pride. Ultimately, he would like to be a director and help inspire other young people in the sector.
Robyn Whitehead

Robyn Whitehead

Robyn joined Instantprint, part of Bluetree Group, as a customer service advisor with no prior print knowledge. She has developed a passion for a sector she describes as intriguing, complex, and never boring. Print goes hand in hand with her painting and jewellery making. She is incredibly glad she chose to work in print, is committed as a senior advisor to mentoring her team and plans to develop her leadership skills to progress further in the sector.
George Rumball

George Rumball

George admits his aunt encouraged him into print but it helped him turn his life around and he has never looked back. He discovered that he loved the client-facing side of print and has gone on to work for some of the largest and most well-established print and marcomms businesses, learning and adapting his skill set. Now leading a team at Kall Kwik City, he provides print services to clients and intends to invest in his personal development by taking business-related training courses.
Rising stars in Journalism

Rising stars in Journalism

These stars are establishing themselves as the next generation of journalists, delivering the latest news and interesting stories with words, photographs, and film. A challenging industry within which to flourish, we are happy to provide equipment and crucial skills training to help them progress and reach their potential.

Benjamin Wareing

Benjamin Wareing

Benjamin chose to go into photojournalism to better reflect his community and prove there are no barriers to achievement. Having recently graduated from BA Hons Journalism at Staffordshire University, he has juggled his studies with photographing major events from terror attacks and elections to royal events and the Covid-19 pandemic. He will now focus on becoming a full-time member of the Royal rota and political press pack and he thinks the fact that someone from a deprived council estate is doing this is awesome and exhilarating.

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Luke Dray

Luke Dray

Reacting to breaking news is Luke’s passion, a freelance photojournalist, who has covered stories involving refugees, natural disasters, climate change, human rights, and civil unrest in Europe and Africa, predominately for Getty Images. His pictures have been used by TIME, The Sunday Times, and The Washington Post, amongst others. Awards include UK Picture Editors’ Guild Award 2019, Young Photojournalist of the Year. He hopes his work might make the world a better place for the communities he photographs.

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Lottie Kilraine

Lottie Kilraine

Lottie loves the adrenaline and excitement of getting a new story out and is currently studying for an MSc in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University. Having previously graduated with a BA Hons degree in Photography and a Foundation Diploma in Film Production, her ambition is to become a multi-media journalist as she enjoys writing, reporting, and broadcasting. She currently freelances for the Huddersfield Examiner and has worked with the Yorkshire Evening Post, ITV News and the Financial Times.

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Hannah Clarke

Hannah Clarke

Females in sports journalism are few and far between and Hannah was the only female on The Yorkshire Post’s Sports Desk during her week’s work experience. She would love to help make a difference for women in sport and is studying for her Master’s in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University after graduating with a First Class Honours in Sport Business Management. She is passionate about sport and writes for The Women’s Football Magazine and Her Football Hub.

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Freya Pratty

Freya Pratty

Freya loves talking to people and finding out their stories so working in print journalism is ideal for her. She has already had pieces covered in The Guardian, the Middle East Eye, Al-Monitor, and Suitcase Magazine, amongst others. Having recently completed her MA in Journalism in Paris, she plans to work as a freelance reporter in the UK covering stories across Wales and the West Midlands from where she hails because she feels rural stories are often overlooked.

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Toby Bryant

Toby Bryant

Journalism has always been what Toby wanted to do. Graduating from Newcastle University with a First in English Literature, French & Spanish, he’s ready to push on in the journalism industry. He loves writing articles and hopes to take this passion and unite it with his drive and value for the truth to become a top journalist. He has experience with the likes of The Daily Mail and the Mirror and will undertake an NCTJ qualification.

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