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.
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.
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.
Henry joins Maverick with 25 years’ worth of experience at management level in business intelligence and news publishing, as well as collective rights management and copyright licensing.
Henry joined NLA media access in 2016 as Head of Sales and Licensing, NLA is a publisher owned rights licensing and publisher services business, representing newspapers and magazines in the UK. Henry project managed the design, price modelling, and launch of a brand-new simplified copyright licence, while also driving the licensing revenues through 4 years of unprecedented growth to £40 million per year. He was also responsible for NLA’s licensing of schools, FE, and HE education sector in the UK, involving sector partnerships with the likes of CLA, and multi-year government contracts. His experience of content licensing, serving publisher bottom lines, as well as content management database solutions, could serve publishers, collective rights owners and media monitoring organisations well.
Prior to that Henry was Managing Director for Russia’s Interfax News Agency in London. With a successful sales career established, including 4 years running the Hong Kong office, Henry spearheaded the London sales team which was primarily involved with selling subscriptions to business and financial news products to corporate subscribers, in banking, government, and corporate sectors such as oil and gas. He also pioneered growth in Interfax’s compliance and anti-money laundering due diligence database service.
Henry brings to a Maverick a wealth of experience in B2B publishing strategy development, operational management and business transformation. This also includes extensive outsourcing sales projects, which he can also offer to Maverick’s clients.
Alina is an experienced Managing Director who has worked across a variety of publishing sectors from medical and academic to legal and professional markets. Adept at setting strategy and commercial direction, she has led teams ranging from 20 – 100 and has driven change, digital transformation, and revenue and profit growth. With over 20 years of senior leadership experience, Alina has held significant operational roles in the profit and not-for-profit with a particular focus on digital transformation, most recently as Managing Director of the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society – and previously, as Digital Business Director for the UK Legal division of Thomson Reuters.
From her various roles, she has experience of a wide range of publishing and business models, from print to digital, including print and online journals and magazines. Business model experience includes subscription, licensing, digital advertising and sponsorship. Working with a range of Government departments and large international corporates in the legal, pharmaceutical and health sectors, Alina has also negotiated large contracts with Government departments, particularly the NHS. Over the last six years Alina has taken on several Board positions. Working as a Non-Executive Director, Chair and Advisor to the Board, her skills lie in being able to respect a variety of stakeholder views while achieving agreement through clarifying issues, advocating solutions and facilitating decision-making. Current Board commitments include the Royal Society of Chemistry; Manchester University Press; the Institute of Engineering and Technology; the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; and Thrive – the Horticultural Therapy Charity.
Julia combines content development and list building expertise with partner relationship management skills acquired from over 25 years of experience in academic and scholarly publishing. With creativity, market insight and a flair for anticipating emerging disciplinary trends, Julia has held senior-level publisher/commissioning roles in at a number of companies including, Palgrave Macmillan, (Springer-Nature), Routledge, (Taylor & Francis), Chadwyck Healey, (ProQuest), SAGE Publishing, and Berg Publications, (Bloomsbury Academic).
During her career, Julia has commissioned and managed journals, (including society-owned ones), digital resources and books, spanning all product categories, (textbooks, major reference works, and monographs). She approaches the process of content development with creativity and commercial judgement, and a keen eye to strategic list development. Many of her textbooks are now in their fourth or fifth edition, and a number of her launch journals including New Media & Society, (1999), and The Journal of Visual Culture, (2002), helped define their respective disciplines and continue so to do.
Julia believes passionately in the social value of publishing and is inspired and excited by the pace of change in the industry. In professional terms this translates into the pursuit of a sustainable Open Access model for HSS book publishing.
Julia’s skills span all the content development functions including pre-commissioning research, competitor and market analysis, author/editor selection, advisory panels and peer review, business case development, financial and investment appraisal. In addition, she can offer a board range of team management experience developed both within publishing as well as outside the industry.
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.