Our Expert Team

Simon Pollard
Director of PCG
Consultancy Services
Simon Pollard - Director of PCG Consultancy Services
Simon’s full bio

Simon is a Global leader in Sales, Marketing and Operations with decades of experience in both Academic and Trade publishing including Pearson where he managed trading operations of up to £40m turnover p.a.

Simon Skinner
Head of Strategic
Business Development
Simon Skinner
Simon’s full bio

Simon is a leader in sales, marketing, metadata and supply chain operations with many years’ experience in the book trade, including Nielsen Book and Bibliographic Data Services.

Lucy Blackmore
Head of Strategy
& Marketing Services
Lucy Blackmore – Head of Strategy and Marketing Services
Lucy’s full bio

Lucy is a highly skilled strategic marketing and communications leader and consultant. Lucy has 10+ years’ experience at Pearson, as a Director and leading UK, EMA and International Marketing teams.

Jason Cooper
Head of Strategic
Business Operations
Jason Cooper - Head of Strategic Business Operations
Jason's full bio

Jason is a highly-regarded cross-functional consultant with over 20 year’s experience in all aspects of publishing. He has conceived of and led several innovative D2C ventures from ideas to thriving operations in corporate and entrepreneurial settings.

Liz Gooster
Head of Business
Coaching
Liz Gooster - Head of Business Coaching
Liz's full bio

Liz is a highly experienced and creative professional coach with a background in publishing. Her publishing career included editorial roles at Pearson, Kogan Page, Routledge and Hodder.

Simon Pollard – Director of PCG Consultancy Services
Simon Pollard - Director of PCG Consultancy Services
  • Sales effectiveness & enablement
  • Change Management
  • Business Development
  • Customer Relationship Management & Collaboration
  • Interim & Strategic Management
  • Planning and executing cost effective supply chain solutions with unparalleled knowledge and contacts within the global distribution network
  • Managing a global supply network

Simon successfully delivered for Pearson plc. the world’s leading publisher and education company in their Global Academic and Trade publishing divisions. His background has been in Global Senior Leadership Sales, Marketing and Commercial operational capacities for trading operations of up to £40m turnover p.a. with full budgetary responsibility. He has a deep understanding of industry drivers which will ensure the delivery of world-class publishing services customised for your business needs within the Academic Education, Trade and B2B markets.

I’ve worked with Simon over a number of years in the various roles he has held at Pearson. I’ve always found him to be an open and engaging colleague, with a positive outlook. He has excellent industry knowledge, particularly in the academic and schools publishing sphere (covering print and digital formats, for everything from traditional textbooks, to courseware, assessment platforms etc). Given that extensive knowledge base its not a surprise to me that Simon is now looking to utilise those skills in a consultancy role for his next challenge. I can see how his knowledge and experience would add value to authors, publishing houses and aggregators (retailers, libraries and wholesale) in rights management, strategic sales management and planning and content marketing’.

David Prescott - Chief Executive Blackwell Ltd

As a business we have worked with Simon for many many years. He has in depth knowledge across the educational and academic publishing channels embracing the multitude of complexities needed to bring a book to market and reach its desired destination and commercial goals. On a personal level Simon is an approachable, honourable and sincere individual who is able to make and take difficult conversations and decisions, not just the easy ones. His advice and guidance should prove constructive to anyone trading in this commercial channel’.

Simon Morley, Buying Director - Gardner’s

Simon’s role as Chair of the Governing Body came at a time when the school was going through significant change and striving towards school improvement. Simon led the school’s governing body to ensure all of the team played an effective and active part in the development of the school. His attention to detail and determination, ensured only the best outcomes. Simon’s relationships with all stakeholders was a key factor in his aspirations, resulting in the excellent reputation the school holds in the community today’.

Annette Mashru, Headteacher - St Andrew’s School, Chinnor
Simon Skinner – Head of Strategic Business Development
Lucy Blackmore – Head of Strategy and Marketing Services
  • Business Strategy
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Operational Delivery
  • UK & International Sales Development
  • Process and Technology Improvement

An experienced Sales, Marketing, Metadata and Supply Chain leader with extensive experience of UK and international markets. Senior leadership roles held at Whitaker, Nielsen Book and BDS along with a wide network of contacts. Specialisations include a deep understanding of the commercial application of metadata and a global understanding of the book supply chain.

“I’ve very much enjoyed working with Simon over the years, an exhaustive knowledge of the trade and a passion to deliver the best quality service. Personable and professional at all times he’s able to make connections and rise to the challenges that a changing environment has presented”

Kieron Smith, Digital Director - Blackwell Ltd

“Simon has outstanding abilities in building new business relationships, is very well informed in his field and provides intelligent focused solutions to any business issue. I recommend Simon very highly, he is a pleasure to work with, trustworthy, knowledgeable and highly accomplished.“

Michael Searle, Head of Operations - British Editorial Society
Lucy Blackmore – Head of Strategy and Marketing Services
Lucy Blackmore – Head of Strategy and Marketing Services
  • Marketing, PR & Communications Strategy
  • Corporate Positioning and Messaging
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Operational Assessment and Transformation
  • Launch Strategy and Implementation (Product, Services, Start Ups)
  • Brand Strategy & Brand Development
  • Digital Marketing Strategy and Transformation
  • Campaign Strategy and Execution
  • Market Research
  • Sales Enablement Tools, Copy Writing and Campaign Creative

Lucy is a highly skilled strategic marketing and communications leader and consultant. Lucy has 10+ years’ experience at Pearson, as a Director and leading UK, EMA and International Marketing teams; including high profile launches into new sectors and markets. As a consultant Lucy has supported both global and local businesses and her experience spans business strategy, B2B and B2C marketing, brand and communications. Her publishing experience includes Academic and Professional Education, Trade and B2B markets.

“Lucy’s business orientation was a huge asset. She could be trusted completely to engage and execute on her people and strategic plans. Lucy’s Marketing knowledge, awareness and appetite were always apparent, and she was seen as a critical Subject Matter Expert in her area and commanded high levels of respect across all levels. It was always a pleasure working with Lucy.”

Mark Pettican, HR Director - Pearson PLC

“Lucy worked with us to develop a brand strategy and brand identity, transforming the positioning and messaging for our business and for our individual services. Lucy then helped us to develop sales tools and content for the launch of our new website. I was incredibly happy with the level and quality of the work produced and would have no hesitation in recommending Lucy.”

Christopher Harry, Managing Director - Imtex Technologies

“At every stage there has been Lucy has been very clear on what the options are and what the best option should be to our very specific demands.
Our experience working with Lucy has been nothing short of fantastic.”

Alex Wainwright - Global Pacific

“Lucy’s creative copy writing, and marketing strategies have exceeded our expectations at Jump. As a company we knew what we wanted to achieve, and Lucy made it happen.”

Jordynn Williams - JUMP Group
Jason Cooper – Head of Strategic Business Operations
Jason Cooper - Head of Strategic Business Operations
  • Corporate intrapreneurship and innovation
  • Publishing strategy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Commercial, Market and Operations analysis
  • Direct to consumer digital marketing and customer Insight
  • Web, data, marketing, and productivity stacks
  • Digital product and web development
  • eCommerce and Subscription models
  • Native app development
  • Change management and digital transformation
  • Use of qualitative and quantitative research methods to solve problems
  • Complex deal negotiation and contract authoring across media and markets
  • Sophisticated financial, business and process modelling
  • International and cross-media licensing deals
  • Commissioning, editing and content development

After senior roles at Macmillan in rights and editorial, Jason was for 8 years a board director at Faber and Faber, first as Rights Director and then, for 6 years, as Digital and New Business Development Director. He played a key role in leading their digital transformation and instigated then led several new businesses and products, as well as leading new brand partnerships and cultural change initiatives. This and his subsequent work with publishing orientated start-ups in Chief Commercial and Chief Operating Officer roles has given him a profound understanding both of mainstream print and digital publishing, as well as online D2C business models and the hands-on practicalities of their delivery and growth. Jason has an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Techstars Accelerator alumnus. As a result, he has a particular specialism in opportunity based commercial analysis and the financial modelling, operational design, strategic marketing and growth of new businesses. He was also for a time an IP development and licensing sales specialist working across all media and global markets.

“Jason worked with us at Bonnier Books UK as a consultant on our digital business strategy. Throughout the process, he was an invaluable advisor and trusted member of our team. During each stage of the project, Jason collaborating in unison with our team, whilst demonstrating his meticulous approach to research and data-gathering. The reporting he delivered was brilliant – clear and articulate – and an invaluable resource for us as a business as we look forwards to our next stage of growth.
Perminder Mann – CEO, Bonnier Books
Liz Gooster – Head of Business Coaching
Liz Gooster - Head of Business Coaching
  • One-to-one coaching with publishing professionals and leaders
  • Leadership and team development workshops
  • Facilitation of strategy building sessions
  • One-to-one coaching with authors

Liz is a highly experienced and creative professional coach with a background in publishing. As Publisher of the Financial Times list at Pearson and Editor-at-Large at Kogan Page, she published over 250 business books. Her editorial career also included roles in higher education, academic and journals publishing. As a coach, Liz works alongside clients to help them identify, focus on and achieve their goals, both individually and in teams. Drawing on her deep expertise in coaching and positive psychology, Liz has enabled people to get the results they want in a range of sectors, including professional services, retail and medical/health care, as well as publishing.

‘Thank you very much for, what all the team agreed, was a powerful session yesterday. You have left us with clear outputs and actions that will benefit our working together and our business.’
MD, International Publishing Company
‘Liz has been a brilliant coach, who has the combination of experience, intuition and sensitivity to adapt her approach to what I needed.’
Consultant anaesthesiologist, NHS

Additional PCG Associates

Paul East – Head of Author Management Services
Paul East - Head of Author Management Services
Paul’s full bio

Paul has been planning and managing marketing campaigns for authors for his entire professional life including work with some of the UK’s biggest entertainment, factual and children’s properties for the BBC

Lawrence Rosenthal – Head of IP Licensing Services
Lawrence Rosenthal - Head of IP Licensing Services
Lawrence’s full bio

Lawrence is a seasoned rights, licensing, and intellectual property director with an elite licensing team delivering nearly $30M in annual sales and who has conducted business in more than 30 countries

Paul East – Head of Author Management Services
Paul East - Head of Author Management Services
  • Author marketing planning and strategy solutions
  • Product positioning, creation and development support and strategy
  • Author liaison, communication and support services
  • Product creation and development support and strategy
  • Market and audience research
  • Author profile, platform and promotional support and strategy

Paul has been working with books and authors his entire professional life. After over 15 years in front-line book retail he shifted his career into marketing and retailing books for some of the UK’s biggest entertainment, factual and children’s properties for the BBC. Since 2006, Paul has been planning and managing UK-wide and international marketing campaigns and supporting the marketing goals and objectives for hundreds of professional business authors.

Lawrence Rosenthal – Head of IP Licensing Services
Lawrence Rosenthal - Head of IP Licensing Services
  • IP Licensing Marketing, Negotiations, and Ongoing Management & Protection
  • International Marketing Development Strategies
  • Identification of Strategic Partnerships to Facilitate Global Grow
  • Expertise in Maximizing Exploitation of US Marketplace

Seasoned rights, licensing, and intellectual property director with a strong record of growing sales, effectively managing a sales organization, establishing work procedures and product development processes, and determining sales and pricing policies. Director of elite licensing team delivering nearly $30M in annual sales, who has conducted business in more than 30 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Fluent in French, knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Lawrence is one of the best if not the best person I have known in the rights business. I have known Lawrence for almost twenty years now since I was with Pearson Asia, buying rights from him and his team. There were times when the deals were so complicated as they involved so many parties, Lawrence was able to sort out those issues on a win-win basis. His calm and friendly manner in dealing with people and issues makes him such a wonderful person to deal with. Even after leaving Pearson and joining World Scientific Publishing, meeting Lawrence at Frankfurt Book Fair every October is always one of the highlights of my trip there.

Chua Hong Koon, Director of Publishing of World Scientific Publishers

Lawrence created and led perhaps one of the most accomplished teams of international rights sales people in the publishing industry through a period of rapid growth and a time of very complex changes. He is a fantastic team leader, which is evident from the love and respect that his team members have for him and the steadfast performance of the group. I have been an internal customer for Lawrence and have also met with several of his external customers. He has built enduring relationships with his customers, nurtured with empathy and responsiveness and this is borne out by the goodwill he and his team have earned in the marketplace.

Subroto Mozumdar, CEO - Ananda Publishing Company

I worked with Lawrence and his rights team at Pearson for roughly twenty years. This was a period of great change and transformation at Pearson; but through it all Lawrence kept his team focused and effective. Lawrence often managed a delicate balancing act: he had to support the needs of his key international customers while also supporting the business objectives of the Pearson portfolio teams. These were sometimes at odds with one another. And as demand across international markets shifted and the makeup of his portfolio of titles changed, Lawrence had to ensure that his team was always focused on the best opportunities. He did a remarkable job. He was always collaborative, calm, and strategic. His team was always responsive and professional. It was a pleasure to work with Lawrence.

Mark Taub, VP and Publisher - Pearson

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