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Mar 13

BookMachine Panel and Drinks at The London Book Fair 2024

13 March @ 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

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Connect with publishing ideas, knowledge and people at The London Book Fair 2024.

Attending LBF 2024? Join BookMachine for a panel discussion and drinks gathering on Wednesday 13th March to tap into key insights from across the publishing landscape and expand your professional network.


RSVP to let us know you’re coming along to the panel, the drinks, or both, and get a discount code – exclusive for LBF attendees: Enjoy 20% off your first month with a monthly BookMachine Campus membership, or your first year with an annual membership (valid until the end of March).


  • Location – Tech Theatre (Booth 3E100), The London Book Fair
  • Timings – Panel (15:45 – 16:15 GMT) – Drinks (16:30 – 17:30 GMT)


(If you’re a seasoned Fair-goer, please note that the location of the Tech Theatre has now changed from previous years. It’s in the bottom left corner on the first floor of the smaller of the two halls. View the floorplan here.)


The panel will explore how tech is used to power leading, innovative publishing businesses whilst working remotely.


Speakers Sophie O’Rourke (Managing Director, emc design), Nia Beynon (Sales & Marketing Director, Boldwood Books), Chandi Perera (CEO, Typefi Systems) and Tim Whiting (Managing Director, Black & White Publishing Group) join us to discuss:


  • The technologies behind the best performing remote and hybrid teams.
  • Strategies for setting your remote teams up for success.
  • How to achieve balance between remote working and getting things done collaboratively.


We’ll also touch on the non-technological factors that impact the success of remote working – including supporting mental health, skills development and motivation.


If you’re a current or aspiring team leader who believes in the flexibility of remote and hybrid working – and who wants to make sure that their teams are valued, connected and productive, all whilst delivering on company goals – this session is for you.


After the panel, stick around to enjoy a drink on us and connect with your industry peers to share knowledge and swap ideas.


We understand that Book Fairs are busy. Even if you can only drop by briefly, or you need to slip away, we’d still love to know if we should expect to see you. Plus, don’t forget you get 20% off a BookMachine membership when you RSVP.


The speakers

A headshot of Sophie, a person with shoulder-length brown hairSophie O’Rourke, Managing Director, EMC Design Ltd

As the Managing Director at EMC Design, a leading UK design agency for publishers, I oversee the company’s strategic, financial, HR, and business development aspects. Our focus is on crafting outstanding books, eBooks, covers, learning resources, apps, and games through our dedicated in-house team of designers, project managers and media managers and our trusted network of collaborators. Passionate about the intersections of publishing, education, and technology, I actively track industry trends to anticipate their impact on our services and clients. Beyond business, I am dedicated to fostering a vibrant workplace culture, ensuring EMC Design remains a great place to work and collaborate. Our ambition is to sustain our reputation for excellence, offering innovative design and Publishing solutions that meet the evolving needs of publishers now and in the future.


A headshot of Nia, a person with long blonde hairNia Beynon, Sales & Marketing Director, Boldwood Books





A headshot of Chandi, a person with short black and grey hairChandi Perera, CEO, Typefi

Chandi graduated as a communications engineer specialising in mobile phone networks. In the late 90’s he started working with scholarly and academic publishers, focusing on digital publishing and online content distribution. He has worked for number of scholarly and trade publishers including spending five years as the CIO of Lonely Planet. Chandi joined Typefi in 2006, and has close to three decades of publishing and media technology experience. He has acted as a technology consultant to corporations and government agencies around the world, and is a frequent conference speaker in the areas of content management, publishing, media, XML, structured content and digital rights management. Chandi is a board member of a number of industry bodies and has degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.


A headshot of Tim, a person with short brown hair and beardTim Whiting, Managing Director, Black & White Publishing Group





Laura05Laura Summers, Director, BookMachine (Chair)

Laura (she/her) is a CIM-qualified marketing professional and runs BookMachine, the fast-growing Community and Creative Agency specialising in book publishing. For the last 17 years, she has been dedicated to the publishing industry and has built up a range of experience – from working for the largest publisher in the world to running an agency, and everything in between.



Who is the panel discussion aimed at?

Whether you’re already managing remote or hybrid teams across the book industry, or you’re an aspiring leader, join us to understand how leading businesses are already making it work.


Who can attend the panel and/or drinks?

This event is open to all attendees of The London Book Fair 2024. Discounted visitor passes to the Fair are available for BookMachine members. Log into your account to find your offer code!


Do I have to attend both the talk and the drinks?

Nope! Come for the panel discussion, and stay for a drink on us – or join us for just the panel, or just the drinks.


13 March
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
Event Categories:


Tech Theatre, The London Book Fair, Olympia London
Hammersmith Road
London, England W14 8UX United Kingdom


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