See Governance for membership of board subcommittees and director responsibilities.
Chairman (Independent Non-Executive)
joined the Bloomsbury Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2005 and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 27 September 2007. He is also Vice Chairman of Barclays Corporate, Barclays Bank PLC . He joined Barclays in 1972. During his career at Barclays, Mr Wilson has held a variety of senior management positions, both in the UK and abroad, and has been responsible for major corporate and institutional client business. He is Chairman of CHAPS Co, Chairman of BAFT-IFSA, the global commercial banking industry body, Chairman of the Banking Environment Initiative, a Director of TheCityUK, and is responsible for a number of other Financial Service and industry initiatives within the UK and globally.
was born and raised in San Francisco and is a dual citizen of the US and UK. He read English at Cambridge. After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson. He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994 and has grown organically and through strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Bloomsbury publishes over 1,000 books a year from its offices in the UK, USA and Australia. Bloomsbury authors include JK Rowling, David Guterson, Margaret Atwood, Daniel Goleman, Ben McIntyre, Kate Summerscale, Elizabeth Gilbert, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Howard Jacobson, Madeline Miller and Khaled Hosseini.
Nigel Newton serves as Chairman of the British Library Trust, President of Book Aid International, Chairman of the Charleston Trust, Member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee, Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, past Chair of World Book Day (2006), past member of the Publishers Association Council, Board Member of the Churchill Centre, Member of the Visiting Committees of Cambridge University Library and Qatar University Library, and Chairman of Rescue The Cuckmere Valley.
is a graduate Chartered Accountant who qualified with Coopers & Lybrand with whom she spent eight years. She was Group Finance Director for GCap Media plc, the UK's leading commercial radio operator which was listed on the UK Main Market, from 2005 until its sale in 2008. She was Group Finance Director of GWR Group plc, a leading UK listed radio operator, from 2001 until its merger with Capital Radio plc in 2005 to form GCap Media plc. Wendy Pallot is the Chairman and one of the co-founding Directors of a company operating a number of local radio stations. She is also a Governor of the Central School of Ballet.
Richard Charkin joined the Bloomsbury Board as an Executive Director in October 2007. He began his career in 1972 as Science Editor of Harrap & Co. He has since held senior roles at Pergamon Press, Oxford University Press, Reed International/Reed Elsevier, Current Science Group and has been Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Publishers Limited and Executive Director of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck. His other publishing interests include being Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals in Doha, Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Physics Publishing, a member of the UK Literary Heritage Committee, Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London, Director of the Federation of European Publishers and the International Publishers Association. He was President of the Publishers Association and a non-executive director of Melbourne University Publishing. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge; was a Supernumerary Fellow of Green College, Oxford; and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Independent Non-Executive Directors
Ian Cormack joined the Bloomsbury Board on 1 January 2011, is the Senior Independent Director and is Chair of the Audit Committee and member with recent and relevant financial experience. He has had a successful City career in leading international and UK roles at AIG, Citigroup and Citibank, where he spent over thirty years. A former member of the Chancellor's City Advisory Panel, he has served on committees for the London Stock Exchange, CHAPS, APACS, the European Securities Forum, Cedel and the Bank of England and has been an independent non-executive director of the board of the Qatar Financial Centre. He is currently Chairman of Maven Income & Company VC T4 plc and a Director of several other organisations including Phoenix Group Holdings, Aspen Bermuda, and National Angels Ltd. Ian Cormack is also an active member of the Development Council for the National Theatre and the Campaign Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford.
Sarah Jane Thomson
joined the Bloomsbury Board in May 2010. She founded Ebiquity Plc in 1997 (formerly Thomson Intermedia Plc), a media information business using internet and technology to capture and deliver real-time advertising creatives and expenditure data for businesses. The company was floated on AIM in 2000 and she remains on the Board. In 2006, she founded First News, the weekly newspaper for children which has become the most widely read children's publication in the UK and she continues to be actively involved in driving the business forward. Her other roles include: founder of Priority One, an IT outsourcing business serving medium size businesses in Central London, and joint CEO of AddictivePoints, a newly launching social reward and loyalty solution for brands. Her previous roles include: Head of Information at Valin Pollen (Public Relations Consultancy) and Sales & Marketing Director at Mintel (Global Consumer, Product and Market Research).
Group Company Secretary
Michael Daykin joined in February 2011 as Group Company Secretary for Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and its subsidiary companies. He has held senior roles in UK Main Market listed companies and was previously Group Company Secretary of Datamonitor Plc and of BPP Holdings Plc prior to their takeovers. He is a graduate Chartered Company Secretary (Fellow of the ICSA) and Chartered Accountant (Fellow of the ICAEW).
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