feed-image RSS

The PTC Advisory Panel


The PTC is delighted to thank the following publishing professionals, who have agreed to serve on the PTC Advisory Panel. The panel was inaugurated at the end of April 2016 and the members are drawn from all sectors and a variety of roles. The purpose of the panel is to ensure that the PTC is truly in touch with the needs of the publishing industry.
Membership is voluntary and unpaid; each member has agreed to contribute across five areas:

  • to scan professional horizons and report to the PTC about matters important to the industry that the PTC should take on board
  • to advise on areas of publishing skills that are not covered in existing training courses
  • to comment on new course proposals
  • to comment on existing courses and advise on areas of improvement
  • to recommend colleagues or contacts as tutors or guest speakers for courses at the PTC.


Martin Casimir

Martin Casimir
MD Maths-No problem

LJoyner 200x200Louisa Joyner
Editorial Director Faber

Brenda Stones

Brenda Stones
Trainer and Course developer for PTC and Lecturer in Publishing Studies at City University

Nicola Halsall

 Nicola Halsall
Learning and Development Manager at Penguin Random House UK

Laura Perehinec

 Laura Perehinec
Strategic Development Director, The History Press

astrid deRidder

Astrid de Ridder
Head of Global Custom Publishing
Macmillan Education, Springer Nature

Nancy Roberts

 Nancy Roberts
Founder, Business Inclusivity.

Senior Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists.

LeeNewman May16 Lee Newman

Primary Publisher Director of Collins Learning, HarperCollins Publishers

 lucy haleLucy Hale
Group Sales Director Hodder and Stoughton, Headline, Quercus, Hachette Children’s

Emad Akhtar

 Emad Akhtar
Publishing Director Orion Fiction

Diana 200Diana Broccardo
Sales, Marketing and Publicity Director - Profile Books

Carol Tullo Headshot

 Carol Tullo
Director, Information Policy and Services, The National Archives


Natalie Aquilera2

Natalie Aquilera
Publisher, SAGE Publishing

Ian B2

Ian Banbery
Publishing Operations Director, CUP


 Julia Garvey
Head of Marketing, GL Assessment

ornaOrna O'Brien
Conference Manager, The London Book Fair


 Kiren Shoman
Editorial Director, SAGE Publishing





Learn and work from home as a proofreader or an editor

The Publishing Qualifications Board

PQB is a charitable organisation, established 18 years ago. One of its key aims is to provide assessed, vocational training for anyone pursuing a publishing career.

It is a subsidiary of the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) - an organisation which promotes excellence in publishing through training. PTC is best known for delivering high quality editorial skills training to publishers. In the past decade alone, it has trained more than 12,000 delegates.

PQB offers distance and online learning courses, which give you:

  • the chance to work at your own pace
  • your own experienced tutor to mark your work and answer queries
  • the backing of a training centre that is recognised by the publishing industry.

PQB logo black New147x59

10 reasons to enrol | Working as a freelancer | Help with funding

Training in Indexing
The Society of Indexers offers a distance learning course. Visit the website or email for further information admin@indexers.org.uk.  


The PTC Board of Trustees

At the Publishing Training Centre, we are lucky to be able to draw on the experience of a dedicated board of trustees, who have between them held some of the most senior positions in UK publishing:

Lis Tribe (Chair)

Lis Tribe is Managing Director of the Hodder Education Schools Division, one of the largest secondary schools publishers in the country. She joined Hodder from Routledge in 1993 as commissioning editor for vocational subjects, and has worked in a variety of publishing roles since then. At a time when the pace of change in educational publishing is really very rapid, Lis firmly believes that training is of great value to companies in supporting and developing their staff in their existing as well as future roles.

Jonathan Glasspool

Jonathan Glasspool is Managing Director of Bloomsbury Academic and Professional and Deputy Managing Director of A & C Black Ltd. He was formerly Product Director in Bloomsbury's Electronic Media Division. Previous jobs include Publisher with Reed Elsevier in Singapore, Melbourne and Oxford. Jonathan was also Head of Publishing at the Institute of Management, where he worked with Hodder Headline, Pearson and Butterworth-Heinemann. He started his career at Cambridge University Press.

Edward Milford

Edward Milford is currently Development Director for the IPG and has had a successful and distinguished career in publishing over the last 30 years.

Robin Hunt

Robin Hunt is Publishing Director at Scholastic Education, having previously worked at Nelson Thornes from 1997 – 2004. He is a member of the PA’s Educational Publishers Council and is currently serving as Vice Chair.

Emma House

Emma House is the Director for Publisher Relations for the Publishers Association, she heads up the international anti-piracy campaigns on behalf of PA members, as well as monitors and lobbies for secure market conditions in key export territories.

Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is Director of Organisational Development and Talent for Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publisher.

Claire’s role is to help keep the company moving forward: through the culture and employee experiences Penguin Random House cultivates and the talent they attract, hire and grow. She has worked in publishing for over twenty years.

Owen Meredith

Owen Meredith is Managing Director/Director of External Affairs at the PPA (Professional Publishers’ Association).

Rolf Grisebach

Rolf Grisebach is CEO at Thames & Hudson. He previously ran Pearson's operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and before that headed Macmillan's $250m education and STM division in the USA.

Astrid deRidder

Astrid deRidder is Head of Global Custom Publishing for Macmillan Education, Springer Nature

Copyright © 2014 - 2019 The Publishing Training Centre, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR
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.
Registration number: 1253854. Registered office: 16 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BX. Tel: +44 (0)20 8874 2718