Maverick Publishing Specialists now offers specialist recruitment and executive search consultancy in publishing and digital content, both in the UK and overseas. Our expertise draws on c30 years’ first-hand experience in online publishing and digital content markets), with an extensive network of contacts which is multidisciplinary, multilevel and global.

We have executive search specialists based in the UK and the USA and can also draw on an extensive network of associates around the globe.

We work across all disciplines in publishing, including:

• Commissioning, editorial and production

• Publishing

• Licensing

• Commercial, operational and business management

• Sales and account management

• Business development/M&A

• Marketing

• Client relationship management

• Product, technical and technology development

• Programme and project management

• Senior and executive management at divisional and board level

We are expert in all recruitment disciplines, including:

• Executive search

• Contingency recruitment

• Advertising campaigns

• In-house recruitment

• We cover all markets in publishing, including:

• Academic and scholarly

• Scientific, technical and medical

• Educational

• Legal, regulatory and professional services

• Business, news and financial

• Government

• Publishing and digital content services

Our service is expert, targeted, reliable and confidential, with flexible fee rates and terms.

Our ethos is simple but clear: we strive to offer a high-quality service at competitive rates, with integrity and transparency.

Key placements include:


  • Director of Knowledge (board appointment);
  • Head of E-Learning


  • Commercial Director (board appointment, now Chief Commercial Officer
  • Head of Process Engineering (board appointment, Chief Operations Officer)
  • Head of Research Integrity
  • Editorial Community Manager

Emerald Group Publishing:

  • Director, Technology and Change Management (board appointment)
  •  Marketing Director (board appointment)
  •  EVP North America (US)
  • Regional Director, ANZ
  • Head of Publishing
  • Head of Book Sales

Taylor & Francis:

  • Global Publishing Director, Journals (board appointment)
  • VP Sales, Americas (US)
  • Senior VP, Human Resources (US)


  • Associate Director Marketing, Institutional Licensing (US)
  • Institutional Licensing Managers for the UK, EMEA, Eastern Europe and APAC

Elsevier (Cell Press):

  • Editor-in-Chief for new Cell Energy Journal (UK/US)

Williams Lea:

  • Senior Business Development Manager, Public Sector

BBC Monitoring:

  • Senior Sales Managers

Evaluate Pharma:

  • Sales Director, Professional Services

Cambridge University Press:

  • Head of Open and Data Publishing


  • Global Sales Director, Publishing
  • Head of Books Commissioning


  • Senior Sales Director, UK


  • Library Consultant
  •  Talis Education:
  • New Business Sales Manager

How we work

We believe in establishing and building strong relationships with our clients and candidates, and our methodology reflects this. We recognise that recruitment is a complex process requiring sensitivity, perseverance and a strong affinity with changing plans and priorities. Hiring decisions are rarely taken rapidly or in a vacuum, but instead rely on a clear and comprehensive understanding of a candidate’s profile, skills, track record, motivation and aspirations developed over time.

We therefore do not rely solely on headhunting. We do headhunt, targeting the most relevant and highest quality candidates based on a detailed assessment of the client’s requirements, but we also encourage candidates to register with us so we can help them plan their next move and provide support throughout the process. In a specialist market, we recognise the importance of keeping in touch with best available talent, helping candidates recognise and promote their skills. We believe this is the most effective and efficient way to match a client’s requirements with the best talent available. We are proactive in identifying and targeting individuals, drawing on a network which is global, multi-disciplinary and extensive.

We are also proactive in our communication with clients and candidates throughout the process, ensuring maximum clarity at every stage and providing crucial market intelligence to clients direct from the candidates we approach. We recognise recruitment is a dynamic process and we aim to provide advice and consultancy throughout each assignment to ensure the closest match between client requirements and market expectations. In an increasingly virtual world, we are entirely flexible in how we interview candidates, including telephone and web, but our aim is to interview candidates face to face wherever possible. To that end, we are happy to travel to any location worldwide to interview candidates in person.

For a confidential discussion of your recruitment needs, please contact our President, Martin Marlow at