The Judges

Head Judge – Alison Jones

Alison is the founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a partnership publishing company, and author of This Book Means Business. She worked for 25 years with leading companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan. She was Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan.

Alison provides executive coaching, consultancy and training services to publishers, she regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, and is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild.

Start-Up Inspiration

Emma House

Director of Publisher Relations, The Publishers Association.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Content Creator and Curator, Mentor, Speaker, Author. Business partner of Shaa Wasmund.

John Williams

Founder of The Ideas Lab, author of Screw Work, Break Free and Screw Work, Let’s Play.

Self Development

Suzanne Collier

Founder of, the Careers Guidance and Development consultancy to the book and publishing industry.

Tom Evans

Author of 13 books including Managing Time Mindfully and The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness. Creator of Mindfulness-based Time Management, host of the Zone Show podcast and Insight Timer app.

Stephanie Hale

Stephanie Hale

Founder/Director, Oxford Literary Consultancy; author of 11 books, including Publishing Secrets Every Author Should Know -- But Most Don't.

Alan Leaman

Chief Executive of the industry body for UK management consulting firms (MCA) since 2008. Previously, a member of the leadership team of the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

Leading The Team

Nadine Dereza

Business presenter and Conference chair, Co-author of the 5-star rated Insider Secrets of Public Speaking.

Peter McKay

Chief Executive, the Publishing Training Centre.

Martin Norbury

Business growth advisor, award-winning entrepreneur and author of I Don’t Work Fridays.

Embracing Change

Ginny Carter

The Author Maker. Business book ghostwriter and writing coach.

Scott Keyser

The Writing Guy. Founder, Write For Results; author of Winner Takes All and Rhetorica.

Thomas Power

With over 200,000 followers on Twitter, Thomas spends his time filtering patterns, shapes, trends, memes and feeding the Board Members which he serves with choices to consider, people to meet, events to attend.

Thought Leader

Michelle Pilley

Managing Director and Publisher at Hay House UK Ltd.

Sian Prime

Coach, Facilitator in Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Carl Reader

Leading expert and advisor to small businesses; author of The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook; columnist for the Daily Express, i Paper, and City AM.

Selling The Dream

Ella Davidson

Founder of The Book Publicist, the leading PR Agency for non-fiction and self-development books.

Andy Lopata

Mentor, trainer and author of three books on networking skills, networking strategy and referral strategy; co-author of Building a Business on Bacon and Eggs and ...and Death Came Third! The Definitive Guide to Networking and Speaking in Public.

Sue Richardson

Owner, SRA Books, publisher of The Authority Guides; writing consultant and speaker.