• Chair: James Woolam

    Managing Director
    Writer's Digest

    James Woollam is Managing Director at F+W International, publishers of Writer's Digest and Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). After an early career at Saatchi & Saatchi London, James joined F+W where he has led the business through a period of significant change in the publishing industry and in the approach to book sales and marketing. James is an advocate of digital marketing and new routes to market through print on demand and online business. Having predominantly published into niche categories, James has seen first-hand the opportunities for commercial success driven by great books and marketing reach. In his role as Chair of the IPG, James provides support and guidance to an organisation that serves small to medium publishers with training and events across the many different areas of publishing business.
  • Amy Baker

    Director, Government and Academic Affairs, EMEA
    John Wiley and Sons

    As Director of Government Affairs, EMEA, James leads and coordinates Wiley's government and academic affairs activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. This involves responsibility for  Wiley's responses in terms of advocacy, communications, issues management, thought leadership and outreach to policy developments in relevant areas such open access, research funding, copyright reform, data protection, open educational resources, open science, open data and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) across the EMEA region with a view to actively influence and shape the policy agenda in Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin and elsewhere in the EMEA region as it is developed and implemented.

    Anna Hogarty

    Managing Director and Journals Editorial Director
    Berghahn Books

    Vivian Berghahn is Managing Director of Berghahn Books, where her responsibilities include advancing the company’s online initiatives and the strategic development of its overall publishing program. With nearly 20 years of experience in academic publishing, she previously worked for Blackwell Publishing and Northeastern University Press and currently serves on the Books Committee for the AAP-PSP and as co-opted member of the ALPSP Council.


    Dean Crawford

    Head of Partnerships

    Sybil Wong, PhD is the Head of Partnerships for Sparrho, a startup blending expert curation and machine learning to help users from 150+ countries stay on top of the science that matters to them. Prior to joining Sparrho, Sybil joined the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable as VP Business Development to run OneStart, the world's largest biotech and healthcare startup accelerator, after submitting her thesis on a protein regulator of miRNA-mediated gene silencing as a PhD student jointly affiliated to the University of Nottingham and Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Economics at the University of Hong Kong. In her free time, Sybil mentors budding entrepreneurs at London's universities and advises the annual EU Business Plan Competition of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.

  • Emma Gannon

    Regional Journals Editorial Director for Asia Pacific
    Taylor & Francis

    Lyndsey Dixon is Regional Journals Editorial Director for Asia Pacific at Taylor & Francis.  Leading a rapidly expanding team spread across the region, she is responsible for the growth and development of this dynamic and multidisciplinary APAC journal portfolio.  Since taking on the management of the APAC portfolio six years ago, it has become one of the fastest growing parts of the T&F journals portfolio. 

    Fanny Blake

    Jisc Collections

    Liam Earney is Director of Jisc Collections, the unit of Jisc responsible for the licensing and negotiation of agreements for digital content on behalf of UK universities. Jisc Collections negotiated agreements covered approximately £108million of expenditure in 2015/16. Liam has worked at Jisc since 2003, negotiating a wide variety of agreements for higher and further education as well as working with the NHS, museums and public libraries in the UK and overseas. In 2011 he was seconded to lead the development of HEFCE funded, Knowledge Base+, bringing his knowledge of subscription agreements, licensing and negotiation to the e-resource management space.

    Oli Munson

    Executive Editor

    Frederick Fenter of Frontiers worked in environmental science before leaving the academic world for scientific publishing. Thanks to a number of projects that have also involved libraries, document repositories, data bases and open-access publishing initiatives, he is fortunate to be able to participate in the publishing revolution as it rapidly unfolds before us. Fred is now Executive Editor of the Frontiers open-access journal-publishing program.


  • Rosy Edwards

    Executive Director and Publisher
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press


    Dr. John Inglis is the co-founder of bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s preprint service for the life sciences.  He is also the founding Executive Director and Publisher of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press in New York, a not-for-profit publisher of journals, books, and online media in molecular and cellular biology. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with a Ph.D. in immunology and was previously Assistant Editor of The Lancet, founding editor of Trends in Immunology, and managing editor of other Trends journals.

    Sam Missingham

    Research Consulting Limited

    Rob Johnson is the founder and director of Research Consulting, a mission-driven business which works to improve the effectiveness and impact of research and scholarly communication.  Rob began his career with KPMG, the international professional services firm, and subsequently spent four years as Head of Research Operations at the University of Nottingham.  Since founding Research Consulting in early 2013, he has worked on a range of projects in the field of scholarly communications for clients including Jisc, Knowledge Exchange and SPARC Europe, as well as publishers, vendors and software suppliers.  He is a member of the consortium tasked with monitoring the transition to open access in the United Kingdom, and an advisor to the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. on the needs of academic institutions in relation to open access.

    Scott Pack

    Director of Access and Policy

    Alicia Wise is Director of Universal Access for Elsevier.  She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and worked as an academic archaeologist.  Alicia has worked for UK Joint Information Systems Committee and as Chief Executive of the Publishers Licensing Society.  In her role at Elsevier she is responsible for access strategy and policies, and for building relationships with other stakeholders in the scholarly communication landscape who share an interest in broadening access.

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