JKP People page
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Ltd. and
Singing Dragon (London, UK)
Sanphy Thomas, Managing Director
Sanphy Thomas joined JKP as Managing Director in October 2018. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting her career at Blackwell Publishing before moving on to Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and SAGE Publishing. Her background is marketing and she is a strong believer that good publishing comes from having a deep understanding of markets and engagement with consumers.
Mark Scott, Sales Director
Mark has worked at director level in the book publishing industry for twenty years and has a wide range of sales experience across many different markets and channels. He joined JKP in 2014, and is responsible for managing the company’s sales in the UK and Export markets. Mark’s portfolio of customers is ever expanding and encompasses traditional booksellers, wholesalers, special sales, professionals and electronic sales.
Stephen Jones, Publishing Director
Steve Jones is Publishing Director at JKP, with particular responsibility for Social Care and Mental Health. He is also involved in leading the strategic development of the acquisitions team, and in developing new partnerships and acquisitions. He has over 20 years of industry experience, spanning social sciences and education. He is on Twitter at @Steve_JKPbooks
Lisa Clark, Publishing Director
Lisa Clark is Publishing Director at JKP with particular responsibility for Autism & Neurodiversity. She also leads on JKP's cross-category digital opportunities.
Claire Wilson, Editorial Director
Claire Wilson commissions across the Singing Dragon list, covering acupuncture and East Asian medicine, yoga and bodywork, nutrition and other complementary medicine areas. She joined JKP in 2014 and prior to this was Commissioning Editor at Elsevier publishers where she managed the Complementary Medicine list. She has worked in publishing since 1995 and is a Masters graduate (Publishing Studies) of the University of Stirling and an English Literature graduate of the University of Glasgow. @clairesdragon on Twitter.
Amy Lankester-Owen, Editorial Director
Amy Lankester-Owen is Editorial Director at JKP, overseeing JKP's Children's, and Inclusive Teaching and Learning publishing. She commissions across neurodiversity, with a focus on dyslexia and SpLDs. Amy developed Hachette's Dyslexia and ND friendly style guidelines and is an active member of the Accessibility Network. @amy_JKP on Twitter.
Sarah Hamlin, Senior Commissioning Editor
Sarah Hamlin is Senior Commissioning Editor for JKP'S Healthcare list and for Yoga, Bodywork and Pilates at Singing Dragon and Handspring. She joined JKP in 2014 as an Editorial Assistant. Follow @SarahNHamlin on Twitter.
Jane Evans, Senior Commissioning Editor
Jane Evans is Senior Commissioning Editor for JKP’s Mental Health & Counselling and Gender & Sexuality (UK) lists. She is one of Hachette UK’s divisional wellbeing ambassadors and joined JKP as an Editorial Assistant in 2013. @Jane_JKP on Twitter.
Elen Griffiths, Commissioning Editor
Elen Griffiths commissions on our Social Care list, with a focus on adult social care and dementia, and across Mental Health. She also acquires projects on the creative arts therapies. @elen_jkp on Twitter.
Lynda Cooper, Commissioning Editor
Lynda Cooper is Commissioning Editor for JKP's Autism list, focusing on titles for parents, women and girls. Lynda has worked in publishing for over 20 years, including roles in marketing and digital strategy. She also lectures in publishing at the University of Plymouth and volunteers as a mentor for the Society of Young Publishers. Lynda is on Twitter at @suddenlycolour.
Sean Townsend, Commissioning Editor
Sean Townsend is Commissioning Editor working across JKP’s Autism & Neurodiversity list. He is currently focused on ADHD, autism, dyscalculia and DLD. He joined JKP in 2016 and can be found on Twitter @Sean_JKP.
Tamara Navaratnam, Marketing Director
Tamara joined JKP in January 2020. She has worked in publishing for over 15 years, the majority of that time at SAGE Publishing where she specialised in marketing textbooks in Health, Nursing, Social Work and Counselling. Tamara leads JKP’s UK Marketing team in constantly growing both our understanding of our communities and their needs, as well as the marketing skills required to best connect them with the books that will support them.
Áine Ryan, Senior Marketing Manager
Áine has worked at JKP since 2017, and is based in our Bristol office. She looks after the marketing for our Autism and Neurodiversity books. She is also co-chair of Hachette’s Accessibility Network, working to improve the accessibility of our books and industry for people with a disability or neurodivergence. You can follow Áine on Twitter at @aineryan_jkp
Charlotte Chisholm, Senior Marketing Executive
Charlotte joined JKP in 2019 after a previous marketing role at a magazine publishing agency. She manages the marketing for the Inclusive Teaching and Learning list, in particular, overseeing JKP’s children’s books and as well as this, the John Murray Learning Language courses. She has a degree from London College of Communication and a Diploma in Sound and Music Production, which have developed her skills in creative problem solving when campaign building and navigating new digital platforms.
Linda DeAngelis, Marketing Manager
Linda joined JKP in 2015. She began her career as a bookseller and landed her first publishing role in 2009. After returning from her second maternity leave in 2021 she has taken over all marketing activities for JMP’s Hodder Faith list. She has a degree in General Linguistics from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and holds an MA in Translation and Interpreting from Westminster University, London.
Harry Taylor, Senior Marketing Executive
Harry (he/they) joined JKP in 2021 and looks after the marketing for our social work, gender diversity & sexuality, dementia, arts therapies and adoption & fostering titles. Before publishing, Harry worked in the film and television industry and joins us with a wealth of design and digital marketing expertise. Harry is also a member of the Hachette Pride Network and has been selected for the Hachette Diverse Leaders Scheme 2022. Find Harry on Twitter @Harry_JKP.
Gracie Maddison, Marketing Executive
Starting at JKP in March 2022, Gracie joined us from Macmillan Education where she marketed the student study skills, STEM, and psychology books, as well as Macmillan Learning’s digital products. In addition to marketing, she has also worked on various design projects, employing her creative background and passion for illustration. Gracie now looks after the marketing for the mental health lists across JKP and John Murray’s Sheldon imprint.
Sandra Nimako-Boatey, Senior Marketing Executive
Sandra is Marketing Executive for Singing Dragon, Handspring and the Healthcare list. Sandra joined JKP in 2021 and has previously worked at HarperCollins and Sweet & Maxwell. She has a Masters in Publishing Studies from The University of Stirling and in her spare time reviews books on YouTube. She can be found on Twitter: @SandraNB_SD
Georgia Bower, Marketing Assistant
Georgia Bower joined JKP in October 2021 from her previous marketing role for children’s literacy charity, Bookmark. Georgia has a BA Hons English Literature degree from Durham University and is passionate about books that make a difference. She promotes books across all of our subject areas and has recently taken over JKP’s Instagram. Find her on Twitter @Georgia_JKP
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc. and
Singing Dragon (Philadelphia, USA)
David Corey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
David manages the U.S. sales and marketing office for JKP. His responsibilities include overseeing the JKP staff in the U.S., inventory and fulfilment management, direct marketing, and key account relations. He has worked in the book-publishing industry for two decades, at such houses as W. W. Norton, Tuttle Publishing, and University Press of New England. In addition to his work with JKP, David also teaches classes and seminars on both the craft and business of writing, and is a former board member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project.
Katelynn Bartleson, Marketing Manager
Katelynn handles all queries regarding author outreach, direct marketing, publicity and reviews in the US. Katelynn has worked at JKP since 2009, including a stint as an intern at the company. She has experience in sales, customer service and digital marketing. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in English, concentration in American Literature, and a certificate in Creative Writing. Get in touch with Katelynn for US-based publicity, author queries or review copy requests.
Alex DiFrancesco, Commissioning Editor
Alex DiFrancesco is Commissioning Editor for the Gender and Sexuality list. They were previously an Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications. They can be found on Twitter at @Alex_JKPGender
Stephanie DeMuzio, Sales and Inventory Executive
Stephanie is responsible for implementing and maintaining up-to-date information in major U.S. databases; monitors stock levels at the U.S. warehouse and manages reorders for stock replenishment; maintains both JKP and Singing Dragon inboxes in the U.S. to serve customers; and serves as a resource to the rep groups. She also handles new sales and marketing opportunities for schools and universities and is in charge of coordinating desk copies and e-inspections. She began her career with JKP in 2012 as one of our intrepid interns.
Julia Zullo, Sales Account Manager
Julia joined the team in September, 2017 as Relationship Coordinator after receiving a Master’s in Education from Lehigh University. Some of her responsibilities include building relationships with readers, researching consumer needs, and assisting in the development of marketing campaigns. Prior to JKP, Julia worked at the Stephanie Tade Literary Agency. She has a background in social work and is passionate about the overlap of publishing and social change. Julia graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia.