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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 of the Society of Authors
    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.

    Photo: Adrian Pope

  3. 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.
    Jo is a volunteer reader at Ashmount Primary School, Islington.

    Photo: Adrian Pope

  4. 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. Emergency grants.

  6. Sarah
    Burton
    Contracts Advisor

    Advising members on publishing contracts and issues. Professional stage licences and literary estates. 

  7. Bryony Hall
    Bryony
    Hall
    Contracts Advisor

    Advising members on publishing contracts and issues. Secretary of the Educational Writers Group.

  8. Emily Hasler
    Emily
    Hasler
    Membership and Communications Manager

    Oversees the running of the membership department and negotiates new benefits for members. Responsible for external communications. 

     

  9. Madelaine Telford
    Madelaine
    Telford
    Membership Assistant and IT Coordinator

    Membership queries and subscriptions, IT.

  10. Lily
    Levinson
    Membership Administrator

    Subscriptions, renewals and other membership duties. 

  11. Paula
    Johnson
    Awards Secretary

    Prizes, translation prizes, grants and awards for writers.

    Photo: Adrian Pope

  12. Jessica Pentney
    Jessica
    Pentney
    Awards Assistant

    Assisting the Awards Secretary with our prizes, grants and awards for writers.

  13. Anna Ganley
    Anna
    Ganley
    Office Coordinator

    Authors North Events Organiser

  14. Jon Andrewartha
    Jon
    Andrewartha
    Accountant
  15. Niall Slater
    Niall
    Slater
    Website and Social Media Manager

    Website, social media, IT assistance, liaison with our Scottish Group and Authors' Arcade Secretary.

  16. Charlotte Buckley
    Charlotte
    Buckley
    Events Manager

    Events administation and management, regional groups. Secretary of the Translators Association.

  17. Becca
    Wright
    Administrative Assistant

    Answering general emails and calls, general office duties.

  18. Hannah
    Campbell
    Intern

    Answering general emails and calls, general office duties.

  19. Sonali Dutta
    Sonali
    Dutta
    Intern

    Answering general emails and calls, general office duties.

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