Panel: How to break into the industry (The Publishing Conference)

25 Apr 2021 - 11.00AM

The Publishing Conference is a two-day online event for aspiring and early-career publishers, designed to make publishing more transparent and to increase accessibility to the sector, particularly for those in the North of England where the conference would usually take place. 

Four publishing professionals will discuss different routes into the publishing industry, how to find them, what they're looking for from applicants and how to stand out when you apply. Featuring Anne Ashworth (Head of Employee Apprenticeships at Pearson Plc), Suzy Astbury (Managing Director of Inspired Selection), Raakhi Vadera (HR Manager at Pan Macmillan) and chaired by SYP North.

This panel will be live streamed to The Comma Press YouTube channel and be followed by a Q&A. You can leave your questions in the YouTube live chat function throughout the talk.

Anne Ashworth was educated in Scotland and England and lived on the Queen Mother's estate as a teenager. She joined the WRNS and was the first unofficial WRN at sea. She has over 30 years’ experience and expertise working in the FE and Skills Sector. She has worked for a number of awarding organisations, been an inspector for the sector since 1999 and has worked at Pearson Plc since 2015.

After studying Media and Theatre at University, Suzy Astbury launched her career in publishing back in 2003. She was a PA to a board of directors at the Quarto Group. Following this she moved within the group into a Sales & Marketing role for the children’s imprint, QED. She then moved into foreign rights at Michael O’Mara before changing careers into publishing recruitment. Suzy now owns and runs leading publishing recruitment agency, Inspired Search & Selection. She uses her own experience of working in publishing along with her fantastic network to help candidates from the beginning of their careers all the way up to appointing the next CEOs at the top of the companies in publishing today.

Raakhi Vadera is the HR Manager at Pan Macmillan and has been there for just over 5 years. She went to Aston University in Birmingham to study Sociology, International Relations and Business for undergrad, and also completed her Masters in Human Resources Management there too. She grew up in Manchester and then Nottingham, and after her, Masters moved straight to London and has been there for 7 years. She started her career in HR in financial services but even with the supposed big bucks you can earn in that world, she couldn’t quite hack the cutthroat, boys club nature of it so chose to make the move into the creative industry where she has found that her job satisfaction is much higher – the two industries couldn’t be more different. 

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