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Sir Richard Lambert joined the Bloomsbury Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2017. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee on joining. Sir Richard is Chairman of the British Museum. He is also a Member of Council for Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Sir Richard joined the Financial Times after reading history at Balliol College, Oxford. He was editor of the Lex column, became New York bureau chief, and thereafter deputy editor. He was Editor of the Financial Times from 1991 to 2001. He has served as a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006, Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011, interim Chairman of The Banking Standards Review Council from 2013 to 2014, Chancellor of the University of Warwick from 2008 to 2016 and the senior independent member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Supervisory Board from 2012 to 2017.
Nigel Newton CBE was born and raised in San Francisco. He read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge and after working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson. He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury Publishing. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994 and has grown organically and through acquisitions. Bloomsbury publishes 2500 books a year from its offices in the UK, US, India and Australia with 750 staff.
Nigel Newton was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to the publishing industry. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee of Cambridge University Library, Board member of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, and President of Book Aid International. In 2020 he was awarded The LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 and became an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He has previously served as a member of the Booker Prize Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Charleston Trust, Chair of World Book Day, member of the Publishers Association Council, Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Chairman of the British Library Trust, and head of the Selwyn Association.
Baroness Lola Young is a former actor, professor of Cultural Studies, and Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. She has written and broadcast extensively on a wide range of cultural issues, mainly on the subject of diversity and culture in the arts and creative industries sector. She has served on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre, as well serving as a Commisioner for Historic England. Baroness Young has Chaired the Caine Prize for African writing, the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize, and has recently been appointed Chair of the judging panel of the Ondaatje prize for writing.
Recognised for her work on equalities and diversity in the heritage sector with the award of an OBE in 2001, Lola was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004 She is widely known for her contribution to creating legislation to eliminate modern slavery, and Co-Chairs All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. Recently elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, Lola is Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London, and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.
Maya Abu-Deeb is a qualified solicitor and joined Bloomsbury in 2008. Maya is responsible for all legal advice to the company, and manages the legal and contracts teams at Bloomsbury. She is also Company Secretary and Group Data Protection Officer.
Prior to joining Bloomsbury Maya was in private practice for ten years, specialising in commercial, media and intellectual property law, and advising in respect of both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Maya read Oriental Studies at St John's College, Oxford, before completing the Common Professional Exam and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.