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Jul 19

United We Publish III: Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change

19 July, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST

publishing changes

BookMachine & Unite present

United We Publish III: Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change

Wednesday 19th July, 6.30pm |St. Bride’s Foundation, London

About the EVENT

The book industry has been in a state of flux for years – from the rise of Amazon to the introduction of e-readers; from mergers and acquisitions to self-publishing; from new social media tools to the decline in reading because of a shift in technology.

There are two types of change – those that are thrust upon us, leaving us no choice, and those that we make by choice, intentionally.

The aim of the evening is to examine how to manage change at all levels within an organisation. Our expert speakers have led change initiatives, been on the receiving end of change and supported workers impacted by external change. They have experience, insight and foresight; and they will inspire you to think differently about change.

New for 2017

St Bride Foundation was established in 1871 to provide a social, cultural and recreational centre for London’s Fleet Street and its burgeoning print and publishing trade. As an extra, we are offering tours of the original printing school; with a fascinating display of historical equipment relating to printing, typography and graphic design.

Bookings for this available soon.


Your Speakers

Richard Charkin (KEYNOTE)

Richard Charkin is currently Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing, Non-Executive Director of Institute of Physics Publishing and of Liverpool University Press. He is President of The Book Society, past President of the UK Publishers Association and the International Publishers Association. His publishing career (or more correctly apprenticeship) started as science editor at the family firm of George Harrap. One year under the tutelage of Robert Maxwell at Pergamon was enough. Followed by a 14-year stint at Oxford University Press, starting as medical editor and ending as MD of the academic and general divisions. Then, hired by Paul Hamlyn, eight years at what was to become Reed-Elsevier, two years at Current Science Group, and ten years as CEO of Macmillan. And still learning.

Jacks Thomas

Jacks Thomas has been Director of The London Book Fair since January 2013, having worked in the arts and corporate sectors for over 20 years. At The London Book Fair, one of the world’s leading publishing events, spanning books, audio, TV, film, gaming, academic publishing, technology and beyond, Thomas drives the ongoing development of the Fair.

Hazel Cushion

Hazel Cushion is the founder and Managing Director of Accent Press. She has won numerous awards including the Pandora Women in Publishing Prize and been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Hazel is dyslexic and champions adult literacy by publishing titles in the nationwide Quick Reads scheme. Her company has worked with Unite and Tata Steel on workplace reading schemes.

Tony Burke

Tony Burke is an Assistant General Secretary at Unite the Union, the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union. He is a member of the Board of the Peoples Press Printing Society and is the Trade Union co-ordinator for the Morning Star newspaper.

John Pettigrew

John Pettigrew founded We Are Futureproofs to help editorial and production teams to get their books signed off more easily, reliably and cheaply. He has edited academic journals, science magazines and school textbooks, created websites, acclaimed iPad apps and ebooks, and led strategy development, operational change and process improvement.


19 July, 2017
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
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St Bride Foundation
Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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