London Book Fair 2019 Speakers


Marie Bilde

Marie works as an independent consultant in the publishing industry, where she works with publishers, retailers and aggregators on metadata and supply chain issues. She represents the Danish ONIX and THEMA user groups in Editeur’s steering committees. Marie thrives in the intersection between content, digital and business and has worked in various publishing domains, from lexicography over digital production management to metadata distribution.

Tim Britton

Tim Britton is the former Managing Director of the Open Research Group at Springer Nature, where he had responsibility for the open research portfolio across Springer Nature, which includes BMC, SpringerOpen, the open access journals from Nature Research; open access monographs from Springer and Palgrave Macmillan; and open data from Springer Nature. He was previously head of strategy and transformation for PwC’s global data research and insight centre, r2i.

Jim Colbert

Jim leads Content Licensing in the Americas, and, Rights & Permissions globally, for Highlights for Children. Jim helps education partners, EdTech companies, schools and publishers, discover and license high-quality content for use in curriculum, reading programs and assessments. Jim’s efforts have resulted in many thousands of children globally, having access to Highlights eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. Prior to joining Highlights, Jim was Rightsholder Relations Manager at Copyright Clearance Center, where he helped publishers monetize and streamline their rights and permissions process.

Michael Healy

Michael Healy is the Executive Director, International Relations, at Copyright Clearance Center. Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry, and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a New York-based non-profit body dedicated to improving the efficiency of the book industry by providing standards, research, education and information. Michael has worked in the publishing and information industries for more than 25 years and has spent most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing. He has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade, and is particularly associated with standards for metadata, product information and electronic commerce. Michael has led many international standards groups, was Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13. He is currently a board member of the Copyright Hub Foundation (UK) and Chairman of the Board of The International Standard Name Identifier.

Petra Labriga

Petra Labriga works as a management consultant and project manager at TIB Hanover, the German National Library of Science and Technology. At TIB, she assists leaders and specialist teams during change processes regarding TIB’s service offerings such as content delivery and Open Access transformation. She brings a strong focus on customer and vendor relations and service design from previous roles at content aggregators (Infotrieve) in the private and public sector (British Library), both in Europe and the U.S.

Hugh Logue

Hugh Logue is the Director & Lead Analyst for Legal & Regulatory Solutions at Outsell, a research and advisory firm that tracks market performance and trends in the data and information industry. His clients include major publishers, software companies and legal service providers. He has written a number reports and articles on legal tech, the business of law, and the automation of legal services. His forthcoming book on how automation can improve legal services and access to justice is due to be published by the American Bar Association in 2019. Hugh was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007.

Nilu Mallory

Nilu Mallory is Head of Asset Management for DK. Managing all assets used in the publishing process; she is responsible for commissioned images, agency images, fonts and archiving. Her wealth of experience within image management systems, archive and content rights, ensures the efficiencies of assets across DK’s global offices. Prior to working at DK, Nilu managed the rights service for Getty images, leading a global team, training of the sales force and integrating new acquisitions.

Brian O’Leary

Brian O’Leary is executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a US-based trade association that works to create a more informed, effective, and efficient book industry supply chain. He oversees the work BISG does to disseminate information, create and implement standards, conduct research, and grow membership from companies working throughout the supply chain. O’Leary is also the author of research reports on the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain; territorial rights in the digital age; and best practices in digital exports. He has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid content sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing, two reports published by O’Reilly Media.

Simon Ross

Simon Ross joined Manchester University Press as Chief Executive in 2016 after nearly 10 years with Cambridge University Press as MD of Journals and Deputy MD of the Academic Group, spending the last 4 years based in New York. He has held senior editorial and management positions at Sage Publications, Pearson Education and the Times Publishing Group, and is a past Chairman of ALPSP. Before moving into publishing, he was a research scientist and lecturer in psychology and computer science and has an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Jessica Rutt

Jessica Rutt is International Rights and Licensing Manager at RCNi, the premier provider of innovative and creative information solutions for the whole nursing team and associated health professional. Jessica joined RCNi in 2017 and is responsible for licensing content globally to a range of partners. Before joining RCNi she spent more than a decade working at Nature Publishing Group and Springer Nature. Jessica is committed to developing and supporting industry-wide initiatives that serve the academic and medical communities by disseminating research whilst also respecting copyright.

Dr. Ian Synge

Ian Synge is a Principal Consultant at Ixxus with particular specialisation in knowledge management, taxonomies, and categorisation. He has delivered projects for major international organisations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia focusing on helping them dynamically make sense of large datasets. Ian has a longstanding enthusiasm for knowledge organization; his Ph.D. thesis (Aberystwyth, 2002) focused on the taxonomic interpretation of naval diplomacy during the late cold war.

Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent, the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies, is a metadata expert and an acclaimed teacher and guide on digital publishing. Joshua’s role recognizes the integrated approach Firebrand takes to providing publishers with helpful advice and in-depth training, while also providing the most powerful and respected publishing software and services available. Joshua also serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches at publishing conferences throughout the year.