BookMachine Editorial Board

BookMachineMeet the BookMachine Editorial Board: the next step in our mission to make BookMachine a one-stop-shop for you to visit throughout your publishing career.

We want BookMachine to challenge some of your existing ideas, whilst helping to make you a better designer, editor, (insert your job title here). We also want to encourage people in different departments to work together. This is where our Editorial Board comes in.

Each Board member will be steering and advising on the content within their specialism, curating resources and events that give you the tools to help you go beyond your niche.

Take a look below to learn more about our Editorial Board members. If you’ve got any burning questions you’d like answered by our experts, feel free to ping them to us here and we will try to get them answered.

production ken jones


Ken Jones is a publishing software expert with over ten years experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to publishers including Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Quarto Group and Thames & Hudson to improve how they produce their print and digital books. @CircularKen


Magdalene Abraha is a writer and publisher who began her career in journalism as a columnist before working at senior roles in publishing houses such as I.B Tauris and Bloomsbury publishers. She now heads up Jacaranda‘s non-fiction list with a keen eye to develop authors. She was voted a Bookseller’s Rising Star 2019. Magdalene was also awarded the LBF Trailblazer award 2020 for her contribution to publishing. She has been featured extensively across news and media. @mags_ab

Rik Ubhi FRSA is Editorial Director for business & smart-thinking at Bonnier Books UK. He has over a decade’s experience of building bestsellers, growing brands andpromoting agenda-setting voices. He has worked at Tindal Street Press, Simon & Schuster and was most recently co-owner and Director at Zed Books. @Rik_Hi


Emmanuel Kolade is a digital technology executive with nearly two decades’ experience across sectors and household brands. He is managing director at multi-format book retailer Shulph. His mission is to design a future that helps people absorb new knowledge easier and faster, so that more of us can increase our capacity to accelerate the world’s collective growth. @ekolade


Louise Harvey works in audio across all imprints as Audio Manager at Little, Brown Book Group and loves nothing more than plugging into a good book. She’s in audio publishing for the thrill of finding the perfect reader for an author’s work. Louise was SYP London Chair 2017. @louiseinbooks

Marketing & Publicity

Peter McCarthy is a Director of Consumer Insights at Ingram Content Group where he is responsible for marketing analytics, marketing and ecommerce Software-as-a-Service as well as developing furth consumer insights capabilities to support Ingram and its partners. He has over twenty-five years of publishing experience, ranging from technical and executive positions with The New York Review of Books, the Penguin Group, and Random House to consultancies and start-ups. He brings a strategic and technical approach to marketing and selling content and books at scale and speaks, writes about, and advises frequently on consumer marketing in the publishing space. Pete joined Ingram Content Group when they acquired OptiQly, a marketing technology company he co-founded, in 2017.


Linda Secondari is the Principal and Creative Director of Studiolo Secondari a design firm located in NYC specializing in book design, branding, and design strategy. Before establishing Studiolo, Linda was Creative Director at Oxford University Press where she oversaw the design for yearly title output of 3,000+ books. Linda’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, NY Book Show, Stiftung Buchkunst Competition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the AUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. @StudioloLinda

We are incredibly grateful to previous Editorial Board members for all of their support and expertise from 2015 to 2020, and hope we’ll all stay in touch! A big thank you to: