Maverick Marketing Services

Rebecca Rinehart

CEO and Head, US Operations

Rebecca is a publishing professional who has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of scientific, technical, and medical publishing—book, journals, periodicals, and online. She is the former Publisher of American Psychiatric Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association, and the world’s leading publisher of books, journals, periodicals, and online resources on psychiatry, mental health, and behavioral science. In this position, she managed acquisitions and new product development, peer review, marketing, editorial, production, rights, and distribution for print and online products, most notably the international publication of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Previously Rebecca served as Senior Director and Publisher at The Endocrine Society overseeing the publication of its four scientific journals, three periodicals, books and CME programs, and Endocrine News. In this position she launched a book program and two new periodicals as well as an online news feature.

Rebecca started her career at Harper & Row Publishers, where she held various production, editorial, and management positions before serving as Senior Medical Editor for acquisitions. She then joined The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop a publishing program of books, periodicals, and consumer literature that included the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Kate Wood

Senior Associate, Head of Marketing & Market Research

Kate Wood joins Maverick with over 20 years in publishing with experience spanning academic, STM and trade as well as business-to-business magazine publishing. She has held a number of senior roles as a Director of Publicity for Robson Books, followed by positions as Group PR Director and Director of Marketing at Chrysalis Books Group. Kate was an Associate Marketing Director in STM at Wiley, where she led global teams and ran high impact campaigns resulting in product launches generating seven figure revenues, top 10 bestselling titles and high double-digit revenue growth for portfolios across digital STM products. While at Wiley, she was awarded the prestigious Pacesetter award for her work on digital product launch. After leaving Wiley, she was a finalist in the LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year award 2017. With nearly 10 years’ experience in trade and over 10 years’ experience in academic publishing, she is a true publishing all-rounder.

Her wide background in publishing began with publishing research reports in the civil service, moving to Chadwyck-Healey where she worked as an editor on some of the first digital products to go to market, this was followed by 2 years in magazine publishing and by 20 years as a publicity and marketing specialist. The skills Kate brings to Maverick range from marketing strategy and market research, competitor analysis and audits to the nuts and bolts of marketing communications such as campaign management and planning, copywriting, digital and social media marketing, content creation, PR and publicity campaigns and modern marketing methods such as email automation and CRM systems. She has considerable expertise in all sides of product marketing for a wide range of content –  books, journals, references and data and workflow tools – and in product launches. At Wiley, she was a marketing specialist in chemistry, molecular life sciences, physical sciences and pharma. Her wide experience of many different parts of the industry allows her to see across discipline and from trade to academic and vice versa.

Kate is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and a fully qualified CIM marketer. She speaks four languages at various levels of fluency.

Jeremy Brinton

Senior Associate

Jeremy’s three decades of experience in publishing and book retail is informed by his senior and leadership roles in UK and overseas. Appointed Head of Publisher Relations (PLS) in October 2015, he was principally responsible for managing more than 3,500 publisher relationships across the education, business and public sectors. Jeremy gained an intimate understanding of publishers’ changing business needs to ensure the development of appropriate collective licensing and rights management services for its primary stakeholders.

Following an earlier commissioning career with Informa and Thomas Telford Publishing (ICE Publishing), Jeremy built on his experience as Publishing Manager with premier Middle East trade publisher, Motivate Publishing. In 2007, he took up a new role as CEO of bookseller, Magrudy’s in Dubai. As a co-founder of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Jeremy led its operations team from 2009-2011. After four years, Jeremy returned to the UK to provide consultancy services to UK publishers and service providers, a role he reprised after leaving PLS in Spring 2019.

Rick Naylor

Senior Associate (US)

Rick brings to Maverick product and brand marketing knowledge and expertise acquired from over two decades of helping companies in several industries achieve ambitious business goals by building successful marketing organizations from the ground up. With a creative flair and passion for innovative initiatives that push the creative envelope, he has held senior-level marketing roles ranging from start-ups to multibillion-dollar entities.

In Academic Publishing, he managed the marketing of hundreds of electronic, reference databases serving libraries, physicians and the legal profession.

In other sectors, his in-depth marketing expertise also includes software, financial technology, consumer apps and digital entertainment.

In the rapidly changing financial technology sector, Rick renamed and re-positioned a digital payments company, establishing them as an industry thought leader and contributing to record growth. And in digital entertainment publishing, he was responsible for managing many well-known global brands with his dynamic, integrated campaigns resulting in some of the highest grossing industry product launches of all time.

Having served on green-light committees for product development, Rick knows that research, testing, and feedback are critical to successful product marketing. His strengths in messaging, publicity, scripting, content, digital, CRM, advertising, social media and other tactics make for consistently robust and cohesive marketing plans and “high-return” campaign execution.

Rachael McDiarmid

Affiliate Senior Associate (ANZ)

Rachael McDiarmid has been in the book industry for over 30 years in a variety of product, sales, marketing and senior management roles. She has spent time on both sides of the fence — working primarily in academic and professional publishing, as well as a long stint in library supply where she managed publisher relations for the print, digital and multimedia supply chain as well as a trade distribution business. Rachael was the face of the James Bennett/Nielsen Bookdata joint venture for many years in the mid-2000s and has worked with Blackwell Book Services and Baker & Taylor/YBP on their retail and digital projects in the ANZ region.

Rachael now provides outsourcing solutions for publishers (predominantly in sales and marketing), as well as consulting services for publishers (including university presses, small presses and multinational organisations), distributors and library vendors locally and internationally. Through her business, she is also the ANZ contact for publishers for ProQuest’s Ebook Central.

David Saracco

Affiliate Senior Associate (USA)

David started his career in publishing as the first hire at Harcourt Health Sciences (now Elsevier) to help W.B Saunders, Churchill Livingstone, and Mosby medical publishing imprints to strategize and implement their transformation from a print-centric to an electronically focused publishing group. David worked with editors and authors to conceptualize, design, and implement electronic programs including shepherding them through production. At Elsevier, David built a team of 40 producers, product managers, and technologists who were responsible for the global development of over 500 new electronic publishing products per year across all main segments including medicine, medical research, nursing, and allied health. These products included all types of electronic assessment programs, educational interactive CD/DVD ROM programs, websites, custom portals and platforms, Learning Management Systems courseware, PDA and eBooks, PowerPoint presentations, and a multitude of custom-built programs.

After Elsevier, David switched sides of the table to focus on the vendor side of publishing. David joined a start-up company, Impelsys, which helped publishers outsource their electronic development to a group of engineers, content experts, and production teams based in Bangalore, India. David was responsible for global publishing relationships, strategy, sales, and client services to publishers across the entire publishing industry including STM, Trade, PreK-12, Higher Education, and Reference.

Through the years David has set company and product strategy, helped develop and sell a multitude of electronic platforms including Artificial Intelligence for Publishers, white-labelled, SaaS eBook platforms, Digital Asset Management and Distribution systems and Component Content Management Systems for publishers. David has held senior and vice president positions with such publishing vendor companies as Impelsys, CodeMantra, RSI Publishing Solutions, and Vantage Labs AI. Prior to starting his publishing career, David was co-owner of a successful multimedia start-up called Target Media, Inc. Target Media built electronic profiles of high technology companies such as Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, Cognos and more and distributed those creative CD-ROM programs throughout the Big Six consulting firms of Anderson Consulting, PriceWaterhouse, Deloitte Touche, etc.

Lettie Conrad

Senior Associate, Product Research and Development

Lettie brings nearly 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development talents and passions. She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs. Her work history demonstrates a commitment to the dissemination of high-quality scholarly and professional publications that advance science and knowledge for the greater good, and transforming the researcher experience.

Lettie excels in driving optimum content discovery and access of academic content platforms, leveraging her R&D experience in web analytics, user experience, information architecture, SEO, institutional discovery, metadata standards, and semantics. In her 10 years with SAGE Publishing, Lettie played a key role in establishing product management expertise and user-centered product lifecycles and market research routines. She was instrumental in launching user-centered web and mobile products, driving research and analysis that enabled evidence-based product management to maintain outstanding quality of SAGE platforms.

Currently, Lettie is North American Editor for Learned Publishing and is a ‘chef’ with the SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog. Lettie has a master’s degree in Mass Communication from California State University, Northridge, and is currently a candidate for the Information Science PhD Gateway Program from California State University, San Jose, and the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Minty Colquhoun

Senior Associate

An award winning, service-driven and commercially minded professional, Minty holds a sound track record in producing strategic marketing initiatives which deliver value to both clients and their customers. With an emphasis on delivering clear and measurable results, maximising ROI and improving performance profitability, her areas of expertise include: Branding, Marketing Strategies, Business Plans and Feasibility Studies, Market Research, New Product Development, Copy Writing, PR and Design.

With over ten years’ professional marketing expertise, Minty assists a wide variety of national and multi-national companies as well as SME organisations in both private and public industries.  Minty began her career with Blackwell’s Information Services where she earned a Spotlight award for outstanding service, before going on to gain wider experience within the Life Sciences and IT sectors.  As Marketing Manager for a software start-up she successfully grew the department’s activities within two years to win Oracle’s prestigious Award for Innovation in 2009.

Minty is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where she currently chairs the Hampshire & Isle of Wight regional branch.

Jenny Drey

Senior Associate

Jenny Drey comes to Maverick with 25 years’ experience of marketing within the publishing industry, from books and journals to e-publishing.

For the past 12 years Jenny has worked on a consultancy basis, providing marketing and PR expertise to a range of clients both in the publishing industry and in other industry sectors including legal and entertainment. She has carried out many market research programmes for clients in the UK and the US, reaching into Europe with her fluent French and German. Amongst her other projects she has been called upon to establish and run the marketing of a books programme for a major UK publisher, and head the PR for several scientific communities and publishers.

Jenny has extensive experience of marketing journals, newsletters, and books, both academic and professional and fiction/non-fiction. Prior to her consultancy work, Jenny was Product Development Manager for Chapman & Hall’s electronic publishing division, working across a range of subjects and platforms. This followed a marketing career with other publishers including Elsevier Science, Dorling Kindersley, and PJB Publications. Early on she spent several years at Robert Maxwell’s trade publisher Macdonald, where she marketed fiction and non-fiction books to the book trade and to the general public. Jenny is an ideas person and continues to enjoy the creative aspects of writing, research and translation, as well as generating and working on sound commercial propositions.

Duncan Enright

Senior Associate

Duncan has spent more than 30 years in STM and professional publishing, delivering growth as a publishing and marketing director in both large multinational and professional society settings.

Most recently, Duncan has led Evidence-based Networks Ltd, a specialist publisher in healthcare, delivering major World Bank projects in Central Asia and winning multiple awards for books in the field of oncology. Previously he was the Publishing Director at the British National Formulary (BNF), the leading healthcare reference in the world and a joint venture between the BMJ Group, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. His responsibilities included the migration to digital forms, a new contract with the UK NHS, and international growth including the launch of the New Zealand Formulary.

Duncan has published in a wide range of academic and professional markets including medicine, engineering, business and management, science and technology. In all of these he has championed the development of publishing strategies that put the professional community at the heart, using their expertise to sift key evidence and decide on best practice; then using the best publishing tools to bring the right information to the appropriate point in the professional workflow to allow better decisions.

As a marketing director at Elsevier for many years Duncan oversaw the growth of digital marketing and championed the role of sales and channel promotions, as well as developing direct and non-traditional ways to reach readers. At the BNF he worked closely with sales colleagues to develop licensing options using XML as the basis for apps and embedded content use.

Duncan’s expertise lies in spotting opportunities for growth, working with stakeholders in a profession to create a new offering, finding and working with the right authors and organisations, deciding on the right way to bring the information to the professional workflow, moving from print to digital forms by using the best new publishing technologies, and winning professionals over to new knowledge products.

David Parker

Affiliate Senior Associate

David Parker is managing director and founder of Parker the Publisher Consulting, LLC, serving publishers and distributors of educational and scholarly multimedia content to the global library market. David is also the founder of Lived Places Publishing, a curriculum-focused publisher of short eBooks focused on the intersection of place and points of diversity, equity and inclusion: ethnicity, race, class, disability, gender and sexual orientation.

In his previous position as Vice President of Product Management with ProQuest, David variously led the eBook, streaming video and health sciences businesses for ProQuest/Alexander Street and was a leading voice for driving the integration of open-educational-resources and virtual reality content in ProQuest products.

Prior to his role with ProQuest/Alexander Street, David founded Business Expert Press and served as the President of Business Expert Press (BEP). BEP specializes in applied, concise eBooks for advanced business students.

Before founding BEP, David was editor-in-chief for business publishing at Pearson Education and a member of Pearson’s global business publishing committee. In his role as editor-in-chief he managed a portfolio of more than 100 titles and software products with revenue in excess of $80 million annually.  During his tenure with Pearson, David participated in or led teams working on a variety of digital learning initiatives including audio study guides, gaming-as-homework initiatives and social media sites for instructor teaching material and open educational resource sharing.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from George Fox University and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. He has also completed executive education in new product development at the University of Chicago Business School.

Paul Evans

Affiliate Senior Associate

Paul is a 35-year veteran in publishing with nearly 30 of that in academic publishing and B2B technology publishing with multiple product and service types. He has worked for 3 of the top 5 global academic publishers in various roles latterly as Director with Nature Research for China (Springer Nature) and prior to that as Managing Director for SAGE Publications Asia Pacific doubling revenues at both organizations. In quarter of a century with RELX (Elsevier) he has worked in general management, publishing, marketing, IT and external relations including being global director of publishing for engineering and materials science before becoming Senior Vice President in Academic Relations, after setting up Elsevier’s China office for science publishing. He was an open exhibitioner at St Peter’s College, Oxford and gained MA (hons) then BSc (hons), MBA and PhD, the latter three part time while working in publishing.

Peter Harden

Senior Affiliate Associate

Peter is a multi-talented publishing professional who has over 30 years of experience in educational and trade publishing.

For the last ten years, Peter served as the Managing Director of York Press, known in the UK for its leading series of Study Guides for GCSE and A Level; and internationally for a number of school courses in ELT, Maths & Science for MENA Ministries of Education. From 2018, in partnership with Pearson, Peter sat on the management board of Project Sphinx in Egypt: Pearson’s largest single online assessment project. Peter also managed the development of York-E: a school-focused LMS now installed in hundreds of Egyptian schools.

Founded in 1991, Peter’s original publishing project – Harden’s – was one of the first UK businesses to use the collation of User Generated Content to source content and remains a leading brand amongst UK restaurant guides today. Over its thirty years in operation, it has had marketing partnerships with many top consumer brands – Rémy Martin, Champagne Mumm, Spa Natural Mineral Water – and content partnerships with media brands such as The Sunday Times, The Observer and the Evening Standard. The business has evolved in recent times to incorporate an innovative subscription-driven loyalty scheme.

The skills Peter brings to Maverick from positions in senior management to early-stage start-up range from strategic consultancy and financial modelling to the nitty gritty of project management, digital development and print production to the nuts and bolts of marketing, PR and social media management

Mitja Alexander Linss

Affiliate Senior Associate 

Mitja Alexander Linss is an accomplished and tech-savvy growth marketer with a 15-year track record in technology and scientific marketing in Europe and North America. He spent the last decade in information services with focus on publishing and the scientific R&D community. Most recently, Mitja pioneered corporate marketing and built a high-performance team for Research Solutions (NASDAQ: RSSS), formerly known as Reprints Desk, the #1 SaaS platform for scientific document retrieval on-demand.

With a truly international background and editorial skills in German and English, Mitja started his career in information technology and software with RSA Security (formerly part of Dell), one of the most iconic brands in IT security. After assignments with Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC), IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), and a $60M wind energy start up, he worked for RightsDirect, the international subsidiary of rights licensing market leader Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

Mitja specializes in go-to-market solutions, branding, and content strategy for the corporate B2B/B2C market, and has in-depth knowledge of contemporary digital advertising techniques along with CRM and marketing automation technology (HubSpot). Mitja holds a Master of Science in political science and economics from Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

 

Nicholas Cop

Senior Affiliate Associate, Territorial Specialist

Nicholas Cop has extensive international senior level experience in sales, marketing, and project management in the information industry, with particular emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has a working knowledge of French and an understanding of Slovenian.

He was the Founding Director of OCLC’s Division for Latin America and the Caribbean and was responsible for all of OCLC’s sales and marketing activities in the region. He worked in that position for 10 years until 2005. During that time he also established the subsidiary of OCLC Mexico in Mexico City to more directly address the large, growing market in the country. He later founded Nicholas Cop Consulting, LLC, a consulting company specialized in advising academic libraries, national and regional information networks, publishers and information vendors in the areas of sales and marketing, strategic partnerships, digital libraries, e-journals and ebooks, mobile devices, Open Access initiatives and digital formats and standards. The company was also an authorized distributor in Latin America of the citation management software Mendeley Institutional Edition. Consultancies undertaken by Nicholas Cop Consulting include market and competitive analyses and content development for information vendors, and studies and analyses for national science councils and national academic library networks.

Nicholas also writes on information issues and is an author and editor of the ebook “SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access” about the SciELO Open Access network. He is well known for his lucid and dynamic multi-media presentations on trends and technologies in information and as such is contracted by information vendors, library consortia and national science councils to deliver keynotes at national and regional meetings in Latin America

John Lavender

Senior Affiliate Associate (USA)

John has over 40 years’ experience in STM publishing, mainly at senior executive level. He lives in the USA having moved from the UK in 2001. His experience of working in both major English language publishing markets and his career covering almost all the major roles in publishing gives him an unrivalled view of the industry.

His corporate experience includes senior vice president of publishing (books and journals), online development, marketing, web development and international sales with Taylor & Francis and director of marketing, international sales and business development and electronic publishing with the Thomson Corporation. John was an early adopter of electronic publishing, creating the first journal to use PDFs to distribute content in 1997 and the first virtual e-book library in 1999.

John specializes in marketing strategy and internet marketing; market research and creating advisory panels; publishing strategy for books and journals; list development; online platforms and packaging of content online; selling online products; and international sales expansion. He has a keen understanding of the financial needs of a business and how to ensure that financial goals are met. He has also had wide experience in the acquisition of both publishing companies and lists, having handled over 20 successful acquisitions during his career. He can assist with any size of acquisition at any or all stages: from planning and developing an acquisition proposal, negotiating the acquisition and valuation, through to integration once acquired.

Megan Toogood

Associate, Marketing and Market Research 

Megan specializes in creating and implementing integrated marketing campaigns that use PR, advertising, print collateral, static websites and social media to engage potential customers. This work is backed up by experience in strategic brand and product development.

Megan joined Maverick from Semantico, a UK based publishing services and technology platform provider, where she was responsible for marketing and PR, and widely recognised as editor of their globally recognised “Discovery Blog”.

A business writer with an interest in SEO and SEM techniques who has achieved top ten Google rankings for highly competitive terms, Megan’s interest in language and communication has also led to work with the National Literacy Council improving the life chances of young people unconfident in their literacy skills.

With a background in archaeology; film and television production; film festivals; public funding of the arts; independent retail and e-commerce, Megan brings fresh perspectives to marketing in the publishing sector and a particular drive to convert eMarketing strategies into practical brand exposure and revenue generating results.

Rebecca Erskine

Associate

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in the digital funding world, having started her career at Grantfinder Ltd and further developing her career at global software and publishing group Idox Software Ltd. Her final role at Idox was as Director of the Grants business unit where she led a team of 40 people in the UK and mainland Europe to develop and deliver highly profitable grants & policy products and services. This included leading new research funding product RESEARCHconnect through inception to delivery and international growth.

Rebecca is well versed in orchestrating activity across multiple business functions including Commercial, Content, Product Development and Marketing. Her expertise spans a number of key areas including go-to-market strategies for the academic sector in mainland Europe and beyond, strategic planning, delivery of focus groups, end-to-end marketing campaigns, content writing, client workshop delivery, development of bid writing courses and sales recruitment.

In her spare time she writes for a regional lifestyle magazine on topics ranging from industrial heritage to restaurant reviews.

Simon Bewick

Senior Affiliate Associate

Simon Bewick has over 25 years’ experience in the educational publishing sector. While working at Oxford University Press, Simon held a range of Sales and Marketing roles including ten years as Direct Marketing Manager and another ten as Global Head of Digital Marketing.

Over his career Simon has developed extensive knowledge of Strategic Planning and Analysis and has global experience of delivering fully integrated campaigns utilising Digital and Direct Marketing methodologies.

A highly experienced people and project manager, Simon has led high profile projects including large-scale CRM Strategic Development and Implementations, Web Vision creation and delivery, and over a hundred  global projects in a wide range of sales and marketing specialisms including Brand Management, Thought Leadership, People Management and Development, Customer Acquisition and Retention. He is a highly experienced presenter, public speaker and facilitator having given lectures, workshops and seminars on a wide range Sales, Direct and Digital Marketing topics in more than 30 countries.

Away from OUP Simon has provided consulting services for a wide range of companies inside and outside of the publishing industry including Educational Service providers, Tech companies, Thought Leadership teams, Entertainment and Music companies, various start-ups and media companies. Simon is an alumni of Reading University and Oxford University where he graduated in Strategy and Innovation from the world-renowned Said Business School, as well as qualifications from the Institute of Direct Marketing and CiM, and is Vice Chair on the Trustees Board of the SMART Multi Academy Trust in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Clare Wratten

Affiliate Associate, Marketing and Communications

Clare Wratten is an industry professional with over 18 years’ experience in marketing and communications. She approaches projects with a combination of curiosity, confidence, and creativity while still retaining a can-do attitude and a practical approach. Her expertise covers the following areas: strategic planning and tactical delivery of marketing campaigns; PR – all aspects; content creation and writing; project and account management; events (a huge area this one); and ideas generation. She enjoys a challenge and is fearless, even in the face of a deadline!

Through her extensive work experience, Clare has delivered projects for a diverse client-base including advertising agencies, local authorities, global commercial enterprises, and publishing companies. Her work in these areas has covered projects ranging from international events through to award-winning PR campaigns via television ads and theatre productions. She is currently managing the marketing and social media for several clients.

On a personal level, Clare is currently in her second year of a BA in Art History degree – this has been her ambition for many years since completing her Foundation Course in Fine Art many moons ago. Clare has an abiding love for the words ‘chutzpah’ and ’schadenfreude’ and is best summed up in the quote from one of her previous employers: “A force of nature.” Enough said.

Janice Kuta

Affiliate Associate (USA)
Janice is a highly respected STM and scholarly publishing industry executive with over 25 years experience. She has worked for both global commercial and not- profit organizations, with a proven a track record for generating profits & surplus, successful in sales, marketing, strategic planning, change management and new business development.

She has a proven ability in developing business partnerships, strategic alliances and branding initiatives, with broad experience in online, digital, web-based products and services. Janice brings a high energy, hands-on approach with excellent cross-cultural communication, team-building and problem-solving skills.

Acting as consultant, Janice was Director of Membership for the International Association of STM Publishers and Marketing & Event Director of Books for Development.  She has held Executive and Senior Vice President positions at Classical International, Macmillan Online Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, AIP Press and Blackwell Publishers. Janice also served as Chair of AAP/PSP’s Executive Committee and has participated as speaker and moderator at many industry events.

Tao Tao

Affiliate Associate, China Specialist

Tao Tao’s entire career has been in scholarly publishing and communication. She started as an Associate Editor of the Chinese Medical Journal, the oldest Chinese academic journal published in English.

Later she joined the Charlesworth Group, a UK publishing services company, and helped establish their first overseas office in Beijing from scratch. There she held the position of General Manager for 15 years, before moving to the US office and taking the position of Vice President China Sales. In 2018 Tao became an Independent Consultant focusing on China market research and development. In this new role she helps both western organizations to explore and further penetrate into China, as well as Chinese publishers to grow their impact internationally.

She is also an active member and volunteer of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (as a member of the Community Engagement Committee) and is also a Scholarly Kitchen chef.

Michelle Tatters

Senior Affiliate Associate

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience as a founder, managing director, chief operating officer, marketer and consultant. Michelle has a particular passion for start ups, as well as ‘start up’ ventures within large corporate organisations. Having set up and built her own digital agency, Michelle has had the pleasure of winning and working alongside many reputable publishers, including; Hachette, Orion Publishing Group, Little Brown and Tony Potter Publishing. Michelle’s agency provided each client with digital strategy, web development and design and individual campaign delivery.

Having started out in the games industry in the 90’s, Michelle’s experience spans all things digital, including; web design and development; digital strategy; creative direction; brand management; SEO; social media strategy, planning and execution; analysis and evaluation. More recently Michelle’s passion lies in Blockchain and Dapps (decentralised applications), AI and machine learning. Michelle’s emerging technology experience has lead her to consult for many leading financial institutions in the UK, including The Royal Mint and The Bank of England as well as leading blockchain tokens and communities such as Ethereum, Cardano, Ovolos and the Virtual Doctors.

Michelle is a natural deliverer and she has a keen customer focus; both of these attributes contribute to her ability to quickly understand new customers and their particular businesses, brands and markets. She has wide experience of creating commercial relationships to ensure business plans are achieved and Michelle’s strategic focus is balanced with strong financial skills that allow her to form a clear and rational business perspective.

Jonathan Tedds

Affiliate Senior Associate

Jonathan is the ELIXIR Europe Compute Platform Coordinator based at the Cambridge Hub. ELIXIR is an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources from across Europe through secure AAI access and identity management. These resources include databases, software tools and containers, training materials, hybrid cloud services and HPC.

He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Leicester and as Director of Research and Data Informatics (RED) Informatics Ltd coordinates research and development implementations and consultation in the critical data integration space between multi discipline research and health datasets and systems with the informatics + big data analytics end users. He is an internationally recognised expert in research informatics, compute and data management bringing together research, commercial, public and educational communities including negotiating funding & collaboration with NHS England Code4Health, Genomics England, NIHR, RUK, EU FP6,7 and H2020, Jisc, NSF, RDA, Digital Curation Centre, Wellcome Trust, IBM, Cerner, Eduserv, Arkivum, Aimes, UK Cloud, Krishagni.

He took the lead in the HEFCE/Jisc funded BRISSKit integrated open source biomedical research software solutions for a range of public health, environmental health and multi-disciplinary research challenges. His background also includes Publishing and Peer Review of Research Data online and via Data Journals contributing to leading research articles in the area. He led the Jisc funded PREPARDE project, was a founding Co-Chair of the RDA Publishing Data Interest Group and is Editor-in-Chief of Open Health Data Journal (Ubiquity Press), Associate Editor at Geoscience Data Journal (Wiley).

He has 20+ years research experience in astrophysics and was a Science Team member for the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre, International Virtual Observatory Alliance, European Virtual Observatory and the UK AstroGrid project. He contributes at Advisory Board Level to e.g. BioSharing.org and the UK Environmental Observation Framework Data Advisory Group.

Jemma Macfadyen

Senior Affiliate Associate

Jemma has 22 years’ business management and product development experience in the B2B online information industry through senior management roles at Thomson Reuters, Gartner and LexisNexis UK and more recently, through strategic and consulting engagements for large online information and software vendors.  Jemma founded Spinnaker Consulting in 2008, a small, successful and well-networked consultancy.

At Thomson Reuters, Jemma was responsible for a range of online, software and advisory services including Consult GEE, online information subscription services for the UK regulatory market.  Jemma delivered a completed online product overhaul including usability testing, detailed market research and an accessibility audit. Previous to Thomson Reuters Jemma was at LexisNexis, managing and delivering a range of editorial projects then later heading up the development of online products and services. In addition, Jemma has experience of successfully setting up and delivering strategic partnerships and revenue generating initiatives.

Jemma specialises at the customer and markets end of qualitative research, delivering insight for market planning, segmentation, growth strategies, go-to-market tactics, new online product development and competitive intelligence. She  excels at getting to grips with projects and markets quickly and in not just delivering PowerPoint but real, executable outcomes that drive commercial results for clients. Jemma has a first class degree and a scholarship from the University of Manchester.

Emile Blomme

Affiliate Associate Continental Europe
Emile started his publishing career over 25 years ago as a publisher in a small international trade magazine publisher in the Netherlands that was soon after acquired by United Business Media. International publishing has been his passion ever since, having worked in various senior management positions but mostly as the CEO of publishing companies in Italy, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. After Morgan Grampian (UBM) Emile worked for Reed Business in Brussels and Mainz. He then worked in Italy for 11 years for Reed Business, Schibstedt and Elsevier. Back in the Netherlands he started as a consultant and worked on assignments for Wolters Kluwer, Karnov (Denmark), and various smaller publishers in the Netherlands.

His experience reaches from trade magazines and their databases to online publishing (for consumer as well as professional audiences) to events and training (CME, both online and face-to-face) and consumer magazines, with a special emphasis on strategy and marketing.

He has been in the lead for various acquisitions and divestments following the revision of strategic plans and brings a creative mind to the team. Emile is fluent in English, Italian, German and Dutch.

Nancy MacCreery

Affiliate Associate, Marketing and Market Research (USA)
Nancy is a business-oriented marketing professional whose diverse career spans strategic marketing, product and business development for both B2B and consumer products. She has an in-depth knowledge of all the facets of effective marketing strategies and understands the processes needed to create, facilitate and drive the implementation of practical, innovative marketing solutions.

Her industry experience gives her insights into healthcare and professional services as well as e-books and publishing. Nancy implemented groundbreaking market research and digital campaigns for Ingram Digital (VitalSource Technologies) and has developed newsletters and white papers for major publishers. Nancy has worked for both large and small organizations, co-founded, supported and built successful small businesses, and is a life-long continual learner. This diverse background gives her a unique understanding of the challenges in maximizing business resources and priorities.

Her educational foundation is an engineering undergraduate degree complemented by an MBA from Michigan State University; she is the author of several books as well as numerous business publications.

Nancy holds certifications in: Idea and Innovation Management (North Carolina State University); Practical Product Management (Pragmatic Marketing); Inbound Marketing (HubSpot)

Michael Ross

Senior Affiliate Partner
Michael Ross is the President/Founder of Ross & Associates LLC, an educational publishing and technology consultancy. R&A’s clients are based in the U.S., U.K., the Middle East, and Asia, and comprise nonprofits, private equity firms, publishers, content developers, universities, marketers, and corporations.

Before establishing Ross & Associates in 2017, Michael was the SVP and Education GM at Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., where he led the sales and marketing activities in North America and EMEA and ran the product development and technology teams. He led the expansion of the company’s institutional products and databases in the K-12 and higher education channels. Prior to joining Britannica in 2002, he was the EVP and Publisher of World Book, Inc. and previously held executive positions at other global publishing companies. He began his career as an editor for Time-Life Books, including three years in Tokyo.

Michael’s products and publications have had worldwide circulation, have generated substantial revenue over decades, and have won the highest industry awards, including: The Distinguished Achievement and the Golden Lamp Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP/AAP), and the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) prestigious Codie Award.

Michael has written and spoken extensively on digital publishing and educational technology. In addition to articles in textbooks, journals, and blog posts, he has authored three books, most recently Dealing with Disruption: Lessons from the Publishing Industry (2016, Routledge). He has been a keynote speaker at global conferences such as: The Licensing Executive Society; the Hammond Organization; Book Expo America; BookTech; The London Book Fair; SIIA; the Shanghai Book Fair; and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Michael was inducted into the PrintMedia Production Executives’ Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Association of Educational Publishers’ Hall of Fame in 2009. He has served on several boards, including the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Publishers, and one year as president.

Michael holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota; an M.A. from Brandeis University; and a certificate from Stanford University’s Advanced Management College.

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