Making Change Happen at the London Book Fair

Kingston University lecturer Anna Faherty will be chairing a panel at the 2014 London Book Fair on Wednesday 9th April.

London Book Fair logoIn an industry challenged by disruption and hungry for continuous innovation, creative ideas are never far from publishers’ heads. But organisational structures, systems and cultures can make launching new projects and introducing different ways of working feel like wading through treacle – especially if you’re not on the senior management team. Hear from the people making change happen in the publishing industry today about how to win support from the CEO, get your indifferent colleagues on board and drive innovation from within your organisation. The publishing world needs to change – here’s how to make it happen!

Panel Chair

Anna FahertyAnna Faherty, Founder, Strategic Content and Senior Lecturer, Kingston University

Anna Faherty is a content developer, digital publishing consultant and Senior Lecturer on the MA Publishing at Kingston University, London. With over 20 years’ experience in publishing, Anna now collaborates with publishers and museums to design, develop and implement successful multi-platform projects. Her client list includes Anova Books, Design Museum, National Maritime Museum, Oxford University Press, Quercus, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Time Out Books, the V&A and Wiley. Anna has written a number of award-winning online training courses for professionals, including Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Managing Change & Transformation, Innovation and Transitioning to a Digital Future; she also edited the Martinis, Masterclasses & Space Missions: New Frontiers in Contemporary Publishing collection. Anna leads the MA module CREATE: The Business of Publishing at Kingston. She blogs at and and tweets as @mafunyane.


Kjell EldorKjell Eldor, Digital Publishing Manager, Blackwell’s

Kjell Eldor is Digital Publishing Manager at Blackwell’s digital development office in ‘Tech City’, Shoreditch. He began his book publishing career working for Hachette UK, where he developed Octopus Publishing Group’s digital list. He has project-managed the creation of eBook, app and web-based products. In 2013 he was named one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars.

Liz GoosterLiz Gooster, Publishing Consultant, Executive Coach and Trainer

Liz Gooster balances a portfolio career in publishing consulting, executive coaching and business coach training. She is proud to be a member of The Alliance coaching partnership, and a Faculty member of leading coaching training provider, Meyler Campbell. Formerly Publisher of the FTPH list at Pearson, and then Editor-at-Large at Kogan Page, Liz is now an independent publishing consultant. She works with selected business authors to help them shape their ideas and write the best book they can, while deploying her coaching skills to ensure their publishing project supports their other business objectives. She loves travelling and is a keen blogger (at and tweeter (@publishingcynic).

Eric HuangEric Huang, Development Director, Made in Me

Eric Huang is Development Director at Made in Me, an award winning East London digital agency specialising in children’s entertainment and brand development. Starting out at Disney Publishing in LA, Eric moved to Melbourne, Australia, as Managing Editor at Penguin Australia. He then joined Aussie toy company Funtastic’s new book division as Publisher, after which he re-located to the UK as Head of Licensing at Parragon. In 2007, Eric took up the role of Publishing Director at Penguin UK’s Media and Entertainment division where he looked after Penguin’s IP, TV and gaming co-production businesses. After six years at Penguin, Eric moved on to become Development Director at Mind Candy before joining Made in Me. Eric lives in London and is always on the lookout for creative partnerships and ways to tell stories via new media platforms.

Alison JonesAlison Jones, Director, Practical Inspiration Publishing

Alison Jones has pioneered digital publishing and publishing innovation over a 22-year career in traditional publishing, most recently at Palgrave Macmillan as Director of Digital Development and subsequently Director of Innovation Strategy. In April 2014 she is leaving Palgrave to run her own coaching, content marketing and publishing consultancy, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs create content and books strategically aligned with their business goals. As both a traditionally and self-published author herself, she champions author-centric publishing of reader-centric content.

Making change happen: from treacle to continuous innovation is part of the London Book Fair 2014 People Development seminar stream sponsored by Inspired Selection. It will take place in the Thames Room, Earls Court 1, from 4-5pm on Wednesday 9th April.

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This post was updated on 4 April 2014 to add new speaker details.


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