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Staff

You can contact the Society's staff between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Thursday. On Fridays the offices are open between 9:30am and 1pm and between 2pm and 5pm.

The Society's staff and their principal areas of responsibility are as follows:

 
  1. Nicola
    Solomon
    Chief Executive

    Protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising on tax, privacy etc. Campaigning for authors’ rights, including e-book rights, Public Lending Right, defamation reforms and freedom of speech. Liaison with the Management Committee and Council on setting and implementing policy and managing finance.
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  2. Kate
    Pool
    Deputy Chief Executive

    Advising members on publishing contracts, copyright, etc. Managing The Author and publications, Secretary of the Academic Writers Group.

  3. Jo McCrum, Assistant Chief Executive
    Jo
    McCrum
    Assistant Chief Executive

    Advising members on TV, radio and film contracts and issues. Secretary of the Broadcasting Group and the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group.

  4. Lisa Dowdeswell
    Lisa
    Dowdeswell
    Head of Literary Estates

    Literary estates and foreign rights. Advising members on publishing contracts and issues.

  5. Sarah Baxter
    Sarah
    Baxter
    Contracts Advisor

    Advising members on publishing contracts and issues. Literary Estates. Secretary of the Educational Writers Group. Emergency grants.

  6. Sarah Burton
    Sarah
    Burton
    Contracts Advisor

    Advising members on publishing contracts and issues. Professional stage licences and literary estates. Secretary of the Translators Association.

  7. Bryony
    Hall
    Contracts Advisor

    Advising members on publishing contracts and issues.

  8. Emily Hasler
    Emily
    Hasler
    Membership Manager

    Members' and Associates' subscriptions, recruitment, Author subscriptions and database management.

  9. Madelaine Telford
    Madelaine
    Telford
    Membership Assistant

    Membership queries and subscriptions, IT.

  10. Paula Johnson
    Paula
    Johnson
    Awards Secretary

    Prizes, translation prizes, grants and awards for writers.

  11. Anna Ganley
    Anna
    Ganley
    Head of Communications
  12. Emma
    Boniwell
    Projects Manager

    Recruiting new members, strategic planning and development. Secretary of Authors North.

  13. Jon Andrewartha, Accountant
    Jon
    Andrewartha
    Accountant
  14. Neha
    Matkar
    Prizes and Estates Coordinator

    Assistance to the Awards Secretary, literary estates permissions manager, amateur performance licences and Authors' Arcade Secretary.

  15. Charlotte
    Buckley
    Events Coordinator

    Events administration, regional groups and office duties.

  16. Niall
    Slater
    Administrator

    Answering general emails and calls, office duties.

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