Maverick The Team

Chris Humphrey

Senior Associate

Chris has spent 10 years running operations for Cambridge Scholars Publishing, working on streamlining activities right through the publication process, including management and oversight of an in-house print production environment, a semi-automated pre-press and author liaison system through the use of a bespoke database system, and a warehousing and fulfilment department. As a result of CSP’s initiative to offer production and fulfilment services to other academic and non-academic publishers, he has a wide range of experience with the challenges publishers typically face and enjoys thinking creatively about the best ways to approach them. Having also worked extensively and directly with authors for many years, he also has a solid understanding of the need to balance efficiency and optimisation, with traditional publishing values, and how to present modernisation efforts in a positive way.

Chris is a passionate problem solver, with a particular keenness for data analysis driven decision making and process improvement. He specialises in improving operational efficiency and profitability, organisational design, supply chain management, data analysis, internal technical systems and database development oversight, distribution channel development and streamlining, project management and author liaison/publishing specific challenges (rights, production, legal, etc), and product pricing analysis and strategic review. He studied Chinese at university and has an EMBA (distinction grade) from Durham University. He is currently also learning the programming language python, having worked with it extensively as a manager for many years.

Monika Lee

Senior Associate

Monika is a senior publishing professional with 19 years’ experience in academic and professional publishing, with a strong track record of delivering revenue growth and profitability across both digital and print portfolios. She is highly experienced in all aspects of new digital product development from concept to launch. Monika is skilled at developing publishing strategy, leading commissioning and content development at scale, setting up scalable workflows, defining business models, as well as overseeing product roadmap development.

As Director of Content at the STEM start-up Proprep, Monika has led global publishing strategy and content development for their new video-learning platform for universities, Boost. Prior to that, she was an Associate Director at Sage where she built the flagship digital library product suite, Sage Research Methods (SRM), into one of the highest revenue generators in the division. As SRM global strategic lead, she developed and executed long-term product strategy, managed the editorial department and led a global cross-departmental product team. Under Monika’s leadership, revenue doubled in two years. Her new publishing strategy of innovative multimedia and video collections continued to fuel multimillion pound growth and cemented SRM’s position as the unrivalled market leader in research methods.

Previously, Monika was Senior Commissioning Editor at McGraw-Hill Education where she led the publishing strategy for Open University Press and managed diverse social science academic book lists, publishing some of the imprint’s top sellers and delivering year-on-year growth. She was also responsible for setting up revenue enhancing strategic partnerships with external organisations and spearheading the launch of McGraw-Hill Professional UK Consumer & Business list.

A published author, Monika has a PhD in English Literature. She is also an experienced, professionally accredited executive coach and leadership mentor.

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.

Gareth Jarrett

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.

Ruth King

Affiliate Senior Associate, Open Science and Open Access

Ruth is a publishing professional with deep experience of open science, change management and process development. She has worked in open access publishing since its inception and brings experience from a breadth of business types, from a start-up company using a new business model to global corporate environments.

Ruth has a special interest in in open scholarly infrastructure and how open principles can strengthen research. She has worked closely with the World’s largest professional societies and NGOs to support them to transition to open science. Including open research data strategy, transitioning a journal portfolio to open access, preparing an organization for an open science future, and convening stakeholders from across the research landscape to explore the relationship between open access and the development of research in low- and middle-income countries.

Before becoming a consultant, Ruth was Editorial Director for Springer Nature’s open access journals in Health Sciences, at BioMed Central. A lot of her career has been about looking ahead and enabling change. Ruth has a collaborative and progressive outlook. She brings a great mix of insight, logical thought process and creativity to her work.

Howard Blythe

Senior Associate, Marketing and Market Research

Howard provides Maverick with nearly two decades of experience in corporate, graphic, exhibition and website design. He works in consultation with our clients in the conception, design and production of online and offline marketing and market research activities – including brand development, pricing and product placement, physical market presence (point of use; point of presence) and marketing materials. His team have experience across all traditional and digital marketing and market feedback/interaction channels (including online surveying and analysis, SEO, Social Networking and multimedia marketing) and have worked with the widest range of specific market requirements and available budgets.

Howard’s clients include leading information industry intermediaries and publishers. Howard’s background includes the establishment and ownership of 212Design – a full marketing services company that he ran for 11 years. Howard and his team have in-depth experience of working as strategic or operational marketing consultants, for large corporations as well as “start-ups” and specialist niche suppliers.

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 25 years of 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.

Until recently Minty was a long-time active committee member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where she chaired 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.

Jen O’Shaughnessy-Beal

Senior Associate

With over 17 years in scholarly publishing at Wiley, Jen has a focus on setting up and developing successful communications, engagement, and content marketing programs. She is an audience-focused, enterprising leader with a natural ability for strategic planning, project management, and translating audience and market insights into creative, compelling cross-channel campaigns. Having held leadership positions in Wiley’s PR, Corporate Comms and Marketing, and Editor Engagement teams, she brings experience of internal and external communication and engagement strategy, event management (online and in-person), content marketing strategy, audience and brand perception research, marketing communications, change management, and training development.

Jen set the strategy, researched and negotiated with providers, and project managed the launch of several web platforms covering content marketing sites, press rooms, eLearning, and community hubs. During her time in PR, she designed and led Wiley’s global STM publicity team including personal oversight of the media outreach for The Cochrane Library and many high-profile journal brands achieving significant front-page and broadcast coverage. Jen has a track record of improving the efficiency and enjoyment of teams and improving the effectiveness of outreach. With strong analytical skills and a focus on data-driven decisions, she excels in setting objectives and creating dashboards to measure communication and marketing goals.

Jen has a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Diploma in Public Relations and is an accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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