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.
Jayne brings over 40 years of scholarly publishing experience to Maverick. She has worked at senior levels in a variety of companies helping to devise and deliver on business strategies tailored for different markets. Throughout her career Jayne has responded to ever changing market environments by developing new product, sales or content strategies to maximize new opportunities.
Jayne has worked on all aspects of journal publishing focusing particularly on journal development and strategy. More recently her focus has been on helping journals and societies to respond to the new requirements from funders for more open publications linked to data sets. Jayne has worked with a wide variety of society and association partners to help craft publications that meet the needs of their specific markets and members, spanning disciplines from the basic sciences to social sciences and most recently to the unique challenges of clinical medicine.
Starting as a copy editor and proof-reader, Jayne spent a number of years as a managing editor, helping to managing the peer review process. She then moved to Macmillan, where she worked in a variety of roles on journals and books. In the 1990’s Jayne was a director of the newly formed Nature Publishing Group and managed a range of Nature journals in both the UK and US. She then spent three years as the founding director of MPS Technologies – an off shoot of Macmillan Production in India – developing new services to meet the needs of book and journal publishers.
Jayne then moved to the US to work for SAGE Publishing as VP Journals. Here she helped to expand their journal portfolio and introduce open access journals to the group. For the last 10 years, Jayne worked as Vice President for Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research and Practice, overseeing a broad portfolio of journals, working with medical society partners and introducing new product options to help diversify traditional revenue streams.
Jayne’s primary focus has been on understanding the needs of the customers and markets that her products serve and ensuring they evolve to meet changing needs.
Amanda is an experienced, MBA educated, strategically aware senior publishing industry professional. With over 35 years in B2B, STM and Professional Association publishing, before joining Maverick her latest role was Director – Professional Publishing and e-Learning at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and previously held both Publisher and Publishing Director positions with Elsevier.
Amanda possesses an excellent track record of growing existing businesses and launching new ones. Her wide-ranging experience includes establishing and overseeing an e-learning academy for the IET; standards and good practice publishing; managing journal and books programmes; launching magazines; and developing conferences. Additionally, Amanda has in-depth expertise in winning society publishing contracts; developing and launching e-products; running RFP and tender exercises; and specifying and implementing new publishing systems.
Alexa has over 30 years strategic product management and marketing experience in the publishing industry. She has worked at a senior level at John Wiley & Sons where she responded to changing market needs and opportunities with the development of new marketing organisations, teams and strategies, including the launch of a Campaign Management Team responsible for managing digital campaigns across the Wiley business. She has worked extensively with societies to help develop their journal portfolio marketing strategies, and with a proven background in both B2C and B2B marketing she has experience of developing and managing campaigns across all digital channels.
Alexa has a deep interest in driving innovation and creativity to help develop marketing strategies that are result driven, as well as how to deploy automation and optimization to drive efficiency.
Prior to her career in publishing Alexa worked in scientific research and the scientific equipment industry. More recently she moved into Environmental, Social, Governance project management, where she was responsible for manging environmental impact measurement and ESG ratings including the Carbon Disclosure Project, business and investor ratings such as MSCi, S&P and EcoVardis, and Wiley’s carbon footprint measurement.
Ed is a publishing professional with over 10 years’ experience in journals publishing. With a particular focus on open access (OA), he has provided strategic advice, planning, financial forecasting/pricing, and project management for numerous partner clients looking to adapt to the rapidly changing journals market. This has involved the implementation of OA growth strategies for subscription journals (utilising transformative agreements), transitioning to fully OA business models, moving from print to e-only, and the launch of new titles. With the use of data analytics, Ed provides expert guidance on how best to commission new content, engage with a broad geographic market, and take journals to the top of their disciplines.
During his time at SAGE Publications, Ed worked with numerous societies covering engineering, materials science, and clinical medicine. His exposure to such varied academic fields has given him extensive knowledge of the different requirements and challenges faced by each subject area, as well as core insight into how to adapt and evolve in the changing industry. By using market research to inform decisions, Ed provides thorough strategic advice and guidance that is tailored to the needs of the partner.
He also has a wealth of expertise in supporting journal growth through the enhancement of editorial process workflows, peer-review ethics, and the handling of RFPs and contract negotiations. Ed provides exceptional, bespoke account management support for partners looking to streamline their publishing activities and provides strategic advice on how to engage with membership bodies and the wider target audience. The outcome of these activities has been to produce well organised, efficient systems that enable continued growth and development.
Martin has over 30 years’ experience of working in the publishing industry. He has worked in a range of sectors including professional, academic, medical, and educational publishing. Before joining Maverick, his latest role was Head of Digital Learning Products at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and has previously held e-Learning Director and Publisher roles at Wiley and Editorial Director and Publisher roles at Hodder Education.
Martin has wide-ranging experience from researching and launching e-commerce enabled digital learning platforms, developing textbook programmes for the school, FE and HE sectors in both domestic and international markets as well as the development of professional health sciences book and journal products for global consumption. Additionally, Martin has in-depth knowledge of working collaboratively with membership organisations, digital learning platforms and authoring tools, agile product development, running RFP and tendering exercises and market research projects both in the UK and internationally.
Gavin has over 30 years’ experience working in the publishing industry, primarily in the academic and STM sectors. After graduating with a BA in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University, he originally started his career in medical journals with Churchill Livingstone. Subsequently he had a variety of senior management roles including Journals and Electronic Publisher with Greenwich Medical Media, Commissioning Editor for books and journals at Cambridge University Press and Hodder Education. Before joining up with Maverick, and establishing his own consultancy company, Gavin was Senior Commissioning Editor with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE Publishing).
Gavin has extensive experience at list building, commissioning new titles and acquiring journals, managing online resources, strategy planning and working with international editors and authors. He has most recently been working with international societies to project manage the publication of conference proceedings, and creating a strategy for journal inclusion in major abstracting/indexing services.
Gavin has been an invited guest speaker on STM publishing at University College London, University of Strathclyde and Edinbrugh Napier University. He is a Director of the annual Cuckfield Book Festival, working with high profile fiction and non-fiction authors, and his Lapwing Publishing Services imprint provides a hybrid publishing route for authors.
Gary has over 30 years’ experience working in the publishing industry. He originally started his career at Butterworths (now part of Reed Elsevier) and subsequently had a variety of senior management roles including Customer Service Director, Development Director, and Implementation Services Director. Before joining up with Maverick, alongside establishing his own consultancy company, Gary’s his most recent roles were with Vista/Ingenta, where he progressed through various senior positions during his time with the company.
Gary is an accomplished Project & Team Manager, with practical experience of many system implementations across different publishing sectors in both the UK and Europe, as well as North America. He has extensive knowledge of Order Management, WMS, Rights & Royalty, CRM, Product Manager, Production and Permission systems – and he was also directly responsible for leading the team that built and implemented the original, widely used, global PubEasy system over 20 years ago.
Equally happy working as part of a team, or directly managing teams or people, Gary’s significant and wide-ranging knowledge and expertise enables him to provide business consultancy and project management across a variety of areas. These include system implementations and upgrades; business process and operational reviews; business system requirements; definition and design; system integrations; and data migration projects.
As Director of Publications at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for over 20 years, Ken managed a large team of publication assistants, technical editors, and copy editors, collectively responsible for the timely publication of 11 scholarly peer-reviewed journals. He also supervised all aspects of the AMS Book Program. In addition, he was Senior Editor of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the society’s flagship magazine. Ken’s management philosophy focused on each individual’s unique needs and strengths while forging a close-knit team ethic. This resulted in exemplary performance by the group as a cohesive whole and led to his development of a Publication Management course, which he has presented at many professional conferences.
Ken became a liaison from AMS to the greater publishing community, primarily via his involvement with the Council of Science Editors (CSE), an international membership organization for publishing professionals. Prior to being elected President of CSE, he served the organization as an executive board member, instructor, a regular columnist in the quarterly journal Science Editor, and a mentor for early-career professionals. CSE provided Ken with invaluable experience interfacing and working with leaders of other scholarly societies.
Ken is a wordsmith and communicator —an editor, writer, content developer, management consultant, and public speaker —who specializes in adapting complex and technical concepts to any target audience. His skill set and interests extend well beyond the scientific realm to a wide variety of technical and creative genres. By way of background, Ken holds an advanced degree in meteorology. However, he learned early on in his career that his literary talents superseded his forecasting abilities. He thus wisely chose to spend his career in service to the written and spoken word rather than in anticipation of precipitation.
Mark has spent the last 30 years in scholarly and b2b publishing, specialising in delivering product and portfolio growth in challenging and changing markets. Most recently, he has been focused on finding solutions to the challenges of open access in the scholarly publishing market. He was the OA lead at IOP Publishing where he was responsible for bringing open access right into the heart of the organisation. He has experience in a very broad range of open access business models, including consortial models like SCOAP3 and transformative agreements. He launched a new portfolio of fully gold OA journals at IOP and also played a major role in developing IOP’s open access and open data policies.
He started his career at Elsevier editing scientific journals and managing peer review before spending more than 15 years helping to build Elsevier’s magazine and newsletter publishing division during the transition to digital publication. His expertise lies in enabling teams to produce high quality and profitable editorial products that meet the needs of their customers, whether those customers are researchers, readers, editors, societies, librarians or funders. He relishes finding practical solutions to challenging problems and has worked with staff, customers and partners from every corner of the world.
Marie has over 20 years’ experience in academic and professional STM publishing and information analytics as well as non-profit and consulting tenure. During her time at Elsevier, she held international leadership roles across book acquisitions, project management, strategy, and operations. Most recently, as VP of Health Customer Services at Elsevier, Marie drove effective cross-matrix collaboration to implement a SaaS customer experience / customer success model.
Marie’s skills range from: customer experience / success; operations management; strategy planning; project management; change management; process, workflow and organisational analysis and redesign; data driven problem solving; continuous improvement; book acquisitions; coaching, mentoring and team leadership.
A passionate problem solver, self-starter, and “best practice” advocate, Marie has a particular keenness for data driven decision making and process improvement to deliver impact and insight. Via a “can-do”, results driven attitude combined with a collaborative approach, she specialises in improving operational efficiency and embedding a customer experience focus across organisations.
Marie is a driven and impassioned customer-focused consultant available for project level consulting and interim management. She is energised by resolving complex issues and delivering measurable impact to drive profitable service improvement and sustainable customer success.