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The Publishing Training Centre is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry and developing publishing skills.

As an independent charitable foundation The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) was established to provide cost-effective and high-quality training for publishers in the UK and overseas. The PTC's first measure of success is how many people pass through its doors to train on courses that have to meet exacting standards. 

The PTC is a signatory of the Publishing Equalities Charter and now invites all delegates on its course to complete a diversity data questionnaire to help EQUIP understand the employee profile of those working in the publishing industry and to promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting.

PTC courses provide specific learning outcomes that are designed to make an immediate, positive difference back at the office. All PTC tutors are practitioners first and foremost, which means that they bring their real-world experience with them to the courses they teach, enriching the experience for students and making the courses more practical.

PTC's work is overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees, who have a broad range of experience and expertise in the publishing industry. PTC began life as the training division of the Publishers Association and became independent in the 1970s under the auspices of The Unwin Trust. It originally traded as Book House Training Centre until it transformed into The Publishing Training Centre Foundation in the 1990s. In 2016 the PTC registered with The Living Wage Foundation to be recognised as a Living Wage employer.

The Publishing Training Centre Foundation - Registered Charity Number: 1083081

PTC tutor network

PTC tutors work in roles directly related to the subject areas they teach, either as employees or as freelancers. This means that not only are they very experienced, but also that they are up-to-date with the latest developments and issues in the industry. They bring this unique knowledge and experience to the courses they teach.

 

Alan Hurcombe

Alan Hurcombe

Alan Hurcombe has been CFO at Egmont for 2 years, where he heads a team of 12 running the commercial analysis, reporting and compliance for the UK.

Andrew Steeds

Andrew Steeds

Andrew Steeds worked as a publisher in three of the major UK educational publishing companies before going freelance in 1992. He now runs Simply Put, which offers writing, project management and consultancy.

Anne Waddingham

Anne Waddingham

Anne Waddingham likes to focus on the practical aspects of editorial work, especially the nitty-gritty of getting the best out of software, in order to work efficiently and accurately.

Bev Legge

Bev Legge

Bev Legge is a writer, editor and trainer working in publishing, journalism and PR. Since 2005, he has trained more than 1,000 people in 11 countries. 

Brenda Stones

Brenda Stones

Brenda Stones is currently Lecturer for the Publishing Studies MA at City University, previously Publishing Director at Oxford University Press. 

Caroline Drake

Caroline Drake

Caroline Drake trained copy-editors and proofreaders at Cambridge University Press for 15 years, and has been freelance since 2005.

Caroline Hill-Trevor

Caroline Hill-Trevor

Caroline Hill-Trevor worked for Scholastic until 2004 and now has a busy freelance career selling rights.

Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight has been editing for more than 20 years. She was trained at Penguin Books and has worked at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Illustrated, William Heinemann and Atlantic Books.

Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas has been a freelance editor, proofreader and trainer for 25 years.

David Power

David Power

David Power is Group Senior Insight Manager at Hachette.

Ed Wood

Ed Wood

Ed Wood is Editorial Director of Sphere Fiction at Little, Brown.

Emily Gibson

Emily Gibson

Emily Gibson specialises in e-books, XML and digital content delivery and is one half of Corbas Consulting, with 15 years’ publishing experience.

Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke has been a freelance proofreader and editor since 1975. A founder member and honorary member of the SfEP, Gillian is the senior author of the PTC's popular Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning.

Hermione Ireland

Hermione Ireland

Hermione Ireland has worked in marketing in the publishing industry for twenty years, half of that time as Marketing and PR Director at Dorling Kindersley.

Ian Howe

Ian Howe

Ian Howe has been a freelance proofreader and copy-editor since 2004, having previously worked in marketing.

James Wills

James Wills

James Wills is Managing Director of Watson, Little Ltd, a leading UK literary agency that handles a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children.

Jane Buekett

Jane Buekett

Jane Buekett is editorial manager at Philip Allan (Hodder Education) where her team produces around 200 educational titles a year.

Jason McKenzie

Jason McKenzie

Jason McKenzie has been at Hachette UK for 2 years as Sales Director for the Hachette Children’s Group.

Julia Garvey

Julia Garvey

Julia Garvey is an independent marketing consultant specialising in CRM, direct marketing and all things digital.

Kate Salway

Kate Salway

Kate Salway is a professional copyeditor currently working on books and journals.

Katie Roden

Katie Roden

Katie Roden is a publishing consultant specialising in product development and brand strategy. 

Kay Symons

Kay Symons

Kay Symons has 30 years' experience with some of the foremost educational publishers in the UK. She is now a publishing consultant and popular trainer.

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart

Long experience working both sides of the table enables Kevin Stewart to cordially ensure your commercial goals are achieved without overlooking the minutiae of author contracts.

Kimberley Young

Kimberley Young

Kimberley Young is publisher at HarperFiction, looking after the commercial women’s fiction list and the digital first imprint, HarperImpulse.

Laura Hicks

Laura Hicks

Laura Hicks was a freelance proofreader 1986–88, returning to freelancing in 1992 after employment as a proofreader, indexer and style editor with Chronicle Communications Ltd.

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards has nearly twenty years’ experience in publishing, mainly in children’s books and licensing. She now runs her own consultancy, Redwood Tree Publishing.

Margaret Aherne

Margaret Aherne

Margaret Aherne has worked as a proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and tutor/mentor. 

Mary James

Mary James

Mary James combines her publishing expertise with a hands-on knowledge of the freelance market. Her company innoved provides research and consultancy services to publishers.

Nik Prowse

Nik Prowse

Nik Prowse initially worked in scientific research, doing a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics, before moving into science publishing. Nik went freelance in 2004, offering editorial services to academic publishers.

Paul Cherry

Paul Cherry

Paul Cherry is Publishing Director for secondary-schools at Hodder Education.

Peter McKay

Peter McKay

Peter McKay is currently the chief executive of The Publishing Training Centre and has a wealth of experience in the publishing industry.

Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund is an international publishing consultant specialising in marketing training, with over 30 years’ practical experience.

Rebecca Smart

Rebecca Smart

Rebecca Smart is managing director, Ebury Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House UK.

Rich Cutler

Rich Cutler

Rich Cutler co-owns Helius, which has been providing bespoke publishing services since 1988, including copy-editing, proofreading, project management, technical illustration, graphic design and typesetting.

Richard Balkwill

Richard Balkwill

Richard Balkwill is a Publishing Consultant specialising in finance and copyright training.

Sarah Sodhi

Sarah Sodhi

Sarah Sodhi is an editor and project manager, producing digital and print products for the education sector. Her clients include Oxford University Press, Scholastic and Pearson.

Steve Connolly

Steve Connolly

Steve Connolly is Publishing Director for FE and Digital at Hodder Education. He has worked in educational publishing for the past 21 years.Steve Connolly, Publishing Director for FE and Digital at Hodder Education.

Sue Davis

Sue Davis

Sue Davis is a digital trainer, content designer and strategist, coach and consultant with 20 years' experience.

Sylvia Sullivan

Sylvia Sullivan

Sylvia Sullivan has worked in publishing since 1974. In 1984 Sylvia started to work freelance and now specialises in project management.

Tamsin Shelton

Tamsin Shelton

Tamsin Shelton is a freelance editor and proofreader based in Oxford. She began her publishing career at Penguin, where she was an assistant editor on the Viking hardback list.

Valerie Fawcett

Valerie Fawcett

Valerie Fawcett is an experienced management and personal effectiveness trainer, whose first career was in educational publishing.

National Occupational Standards

Originally developed by the Publishing Training Centre, the Publishing Standards are used as an HR tool and for developing job profiles by book and journal publishers in the UK and internationally. The Standards have been revised in 2011 to bring them up-to-date with digital developments and to include journals publishing. You can download them from Creative Skillset's website here.


The Standards provide a description of the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to perform the main roles and responsibilities for occupations within the creative media industries. Developed by industry practitioners, employers and other key stakeholders, the Standards show exactly what is required of professionals in the industry.

 

 

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