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About us

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.

 

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.

Anna Bardong

Anna Bardong

Anna Bardong has been in publishing for about 15 years. She has project managed countless print and digital publishing projects and supervised other project managers when doing so. Anna has the APMP Project Management qualification.

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 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.

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 Spackman

James Spackman

Freelance publisher and consultant

Jane Buekett

Jane Buekett

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

Jonathan Norman

Jonathan Norman

Jonathan divides his time between management consultancy; and two days a week as Manager of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub; and one day a week as Managing Editor for the open source journal, Project Management Research and Practice.

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.

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.

Linden Harris

Linden Harris

Linden Harris is Managing Director, of Insight & Perspective Ltd, a publishing and edtech consultancy providing market insight, customer research, concept development, and training.

Margaret Aherne

Margaret Aherne

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

Marjon Esfandiary

Marjon Esfandiary

Marjon Esfandiary has worked as a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property rights for over 20 years. She is a solicitor qualified in England and Wales and Scotland, has a post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Bristol University and an MBA from London Business School.

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 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.

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.

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards has worked in the book industry for over 25 years as a library supplier, publisher and retailer.

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 24 years.

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 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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The Publishing Training Centre is a registered charity. Registered name: The Publishing Training Centre Foundation, a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales.
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