Maverick The Team

Gavin Jamieson

Senior Associate

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.

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.

Jason Cooper

Affiliate Senior Associate

Jason is a highly regarded, cross-functional consultant with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of publishing. He has conceived of and led several innovative D2C ventures from ideas to thriving operations in corporate and entrepreneurial settings. As a result, he has a particular specialism in opportunity based commercial analysis and the financial modelling, operational design, strategic marketing and growth of new businesses. He was also for a time an IP development and licensing sales specialist, working across all media and global markets.

As Chief Operating and Commercial Officer of innovative publishing start-up Unbound, he provided the practical strategy and support to grow an early-stage concept into an award-winning team able to raise several million in investment and deliver a profitable business model. This involved the hands-on leadership of the finance, marketing, editorial, HR, product development, editorial, sales, marketing, production and distribution functions. He has been identified with a period of growth and innovation at the literary publishing house, Faber and Faber, where, as Digital and New Business Director, he contributed substantially to record results through the development of several award-winning digital products, new D2C services, strategic partnerships and through the growth of their licensing activities. This is where he first became involved in Academic publishing, working with Bloomsbury to build Drama Onlineand scoping Faber’s own entry into this sector.  During this time he also secured an executive MBA with merit at Warwick Business School, where he focused on publishing and media strategy and practice.

Prior to this, Jason was a senior commissioning editor at Pan Macmillan where he published non-fiction and fiction for the Macmillan and Picador imprints. His list included several New York Times bestsellers and included the first book published on Google, trade works by respected academics, pop-culture and ground-breaking literary fiction. “Jason worked with us at Bonnier Books UK as a consultant on our digital business strategy. Throughout the process, he was an invaluable advisor and trusted member of our team. During each stage of the project, Jason collaborating in unison with our team, whilst demonstrating his meticulous approach to research and data-gathering. The reporting he delivered was brilliant – clear and articulate – and an invaluable resource for us as a business as we look forwards to our next stage of growth.” – Perminder Mann, CEO Bonnier UK, 2020

Rob McPherson

Senior Associate

Rob adds over 30 years of highly-technical experience in the STM / Scholarly publishing and Distribution industries – together with a track record of calm, pragmatic and incisive lateral thinking – to the Maverick team

From his early career in IT Development at Blackwell Science and then Marston Book Services, Rob quickly moved into project management, business analysis and then senior management with Ingenta, before setting up his own consultancy company and subsequently working with United Independent Distributors.

Rob has worked internationally in India, Sri Lanka, China and Australia; relocating to Sri Lanka for a number of years to set up and run an offshore development centre. He is also the author of white papers on prospective market expansion, third-party representation and M&A projects in China and Australia.

His project management experience includes the end-to-end implementation of ERP solutions, warehouse management systems, B2B/BC2 e-commerce systems, data warehouses, third-party logistics integration and inventory transition projects.

A highly experienced business consultant and corporate trouble-shooter, his areas of expertise include: RFP generation, feasibility studies, lost-revenue recovery, cost-saving projects and post-implementation reviews. Rob also has significant product management experience and has created numerous third-party integrations, reseller agreements and associated legal contracts.

Gareth Jarratt

Senior Associate

Gareth brings 28 years of experience working within the print and electronic supply chains of trade and academic publishers, most recently as the Director of Book Publishing Services at Taylor & Francis. A keen believer that the best publishing is for nothing if customers can neither find, access, or use it, he has made it his mission to ensure that books can get to customers when they want it, wherever they want it, in the format they want it, in a manner that is both financially and environmentally sustainable.

With responsibilities in areas including inventory management, procurement, and supplier management (including RFPs) on a global basis, Gareth has led projects including major distributor changes as well as driving broader supply chain transformation, with its supporting process re-engineering, as well as mass backlist digitisation (across print and e-products), and ongoing content and metadata enhancement. He has been involved in business systems selection and implementation and has handled numerous publisher acquisitions, integrations and divestments. With a clear sense of the pressures facing the industry, he is a strong believer in the power of teams working together to forge solutions to those challenges, and of the importance of quick tactical, as well as longer term strategic solutions. He is a Director at Book Industry Communications.

Gary Bowman

Senior Associate

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.

Micah Vandegrift

Senior Associate

Micah Vandegrift is a librarian with more than a decade of experience developing strategic and practical approaches to open science on university campuses. He has a distinct knowledge of library positioning in the evolving research environment, especially in the areas of open science, digital scholarship, and open publishing. His portfolio includes: consulting with campus-based open access journals on improving discovery, institutional repository development, experimental publishing with new and emerging media, and an advanced knowledge of intellectual property.

Micah researched the overlap between open science policies and technical infrastructure in Europe as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow in 2018-2019. His project, titled “Open Scholarship Policies and Technologies: The European Research Library as a Model for Advancing Global Scholarly Communication,” was carried out at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. This research has led to a deeper interest in sustainable open infrastructure and scientific community management.

Micah is confident and passionate about centering researchers and their needs in the evolution of scholarly communication, examining and preempting research policy changes at local and national levels, and exploring new modes of research communication and their impact. He approaches challenges methodically and creatively, and borrows liberally from software development approaches to project development.

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.

Megan Toogood

Senior Associate

With over 14 years’ experience in academic publishing beginning at software provider Semantico Megan specializes in strategic marketing and communications, content development, and training. A Maverick since 2011 she joined The Royal Society in 2018 for three years where she was involved with a major new platform implementation and the development of backfiles that go back over 350 years.

Her skills include messaging, copywriting in all its forms, email marketing, the production of video and audio content for e-learning, go-to-market strategy, and growth strategy. What ties these skills and interests together is an emphasis on communicating with people, be they customers, partners, colleagues or stakeholders.

A long-term interest in the life chances of disadvantaged young people led her to train as a teacher in 2021 and she now also works with teenagers developing their writing skills. As a creative writer she has had plays staged in London and is the writer and director of fiction podcast; The Grove. Megan brings a particular drive to convert communications strategies into practical brand exposure and revenue generating results.

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