The IPG is a not-for-profit company, and invests surplus funds in future activities. It is governed by a board of directors and Memorandum and Articles of Association.
THE IPG BOARD
The IPG has a non-executive Board of Directors, who assist the IPG with strategic advice and practical support. Board members meet six times a year, and receive no payment for the work they do on behalf of the IPG. Members serve a maximum of nine years, excluding any time served as Chair.
Current IPG board members are:
Kay Lubwika Bartlett
Kay Lubwika Bartlett is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Roll & Play Press, an independent publisher creating books and resources for tabletop role-playing games. Previously, she worked as a solicitor at Farrer & Co, specialising in commercial disputes.
Shannon leads the editorial and design teams for Quarto Kids across its seven trade and co-edition imprints, and sits on the leadership team for the Quarto Group. After moving to London from New Zealand in 1999, Shannon has over twenty years of publishing experience across children’s illustrated and fiction books, working at Collins, Puffin and Ladybird before joining Quarto in spring 2022. Shannon is a passionate advocate for more diversity in publishing: in 2011 she co-founded the Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize and has worked across many initiatives to widen representation in children’s publishing, including WriteNow and Undiscovered Voices. She represents Quarto on the Empathy Circle, the advisory group of children’s publishers for Empathy Day, which is committed to building children’s understanding of others through reading. When not getting excited about changing children’s lives through books, Shannon is a keen foodie and speedy reader, and also enjoys spinning, being by the sea and spending time with her family.
Over the last ten years, Eela has worked closely with CEOs and Boards. At CLA, she is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and leads on the product and data strategy for the company. Experienced in influencing Boards, she has a solid understanding of financial oversight, is a champion of good governance, processes and risk management. She is currently a trustee of the Federation of British Artists.
Oliver Gadsby, IPG President
Oliver Gadsby is an experienced leader and adviser of international publishing and information businesses and has served on the IPG board as a director and as Chair. Oliver is Founder and Chair of Zero Carbon Academy and Chair of World Textile Information Network. He founded and is a director of Rowman & Littlefield International and was Chief Executive at Continuum Publishing. Previous positions include Director of Strategy and Acquisitions at Informa, and several roles at Wolters Kluwer, in Sweden and the UK. Oliver sits on the advisory boards of Amnet ContentSource; of Perlego, the e-book subscription platform; of academic publishers Peter Lang and Berghahn Books; and of trade publisher Muswell Press. He represents the IPG as a director of Publishers’ Licensing Services. He is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, the 600 year-old Livery Company in the City of London.
David Graham, IPG Chair
David Graham is Managing Director of Batsford Books, a publisher of illustrated books.
Helen Kogan is Managing Director of Kogan Page, a leading independent publisher for specialist professional communities (including Human Resources, Marketing, the Financial Sector and Logistics) and for a general Business and Management readership. Prior to her current position, which she has held since 2006, she was a journalist specialising in areas relating to human resources and management. In recent years Kogan Page has won the Independent Professional and Academic Publisher of the Year (2019), Independent International Achievement of the Year (2019), Independent Digital Publisher of the Year (2020) and has been shortlisted for five consecutive years for the British Book Awards Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year. The company won the Stationer’s Company own Product Design Innovation Excellence Awards 2021 for its ground-breaking work on providing accessible eBooks to visually impaired students. It has offices in London and New York.
Nicola Ramsey, IPG Vice Chair
Nicola is Chief Executive Officer at Edinburgh University Press. Prior to this role she was Head of Editorial (Books) at EUP and Publisher for their acclaimed Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies List.
Amanda is the founder of Boldwood Books, a new independent fiction publisher. She was formerly CEO of Head of Zeus.
Archna Sharma is the founder and CEO of Neem Tree Press, a publisher of books that change and broaden perspectives. The press seeks out and amplifies captivating and crucial voices, wherever they come from. With a background in medicine and finance, she also provides strategic and financial advice to healthcare companies and mentors healthcare start-ups for the NHS.
Phil is founder and co-owner of Meze Publishing, a specialist in cookbooks including regional collections. He also runs Blind Mice Media, which specialises in the free magazine market.
Kate Wilson is the founder and managing director of Nosy Crow, a children’s publisher that launched in 2010 and has won multiple awards including Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG’s Independent Publishing Awards.