The Publishers Association is running a seminar on sustainability on Tuesday 22nd June, 11:10 – 11:35am, as part of the London Book Fair’s Industry Insights stream.
The session will shine a light on emerging best practice through the lens of an academic, education, professional, and trade publisher. Each of our four speakers will share a five-minute case study with the session to close with a five-minute Q&A, chaired by chief executive of the Publishers Association Stephen Lotinga. If you’d like to submit your questions in advance, please feel free to email us.
Speakers include Helen Griggs, Global Director Environment, Procurement & Supply at Cambridge University Press and Chair of the Publishers Association’s Sustainability Taskforce; Martin Klopstock, Operations Director at Kogan Page; Siena Parker, Social Impact Director, Penguin Random House; and Thea Sherer, Director of Group Communications, Springer Nature.
The seminar is organised by the Publishers Association and sponsored by Publishers’ Licensing Services.
Stephen Lotinga is Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, joining in 2016. Stephen’s career has spanned the private and public sectors including previously as Director of Communications to the Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg, and Deputy Director of Communications for the Government. Stephen has worked as Executive Director of External Affairs and Strategy at PHSO, Managing Director at Edelman, and Managing Director and Partner at Bell Pottinger. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Liberal Democrats as a Senior Policy Advisor, including leading the team of advisers in 2010 who successfully guided the Party into the first coalition government in half a century. Before that he worked as DCMS Policy Adviser to the Liberal Democrats where he was originally introduced to the world of publishing, intellectual property and the wider creative industries.
Helen Griggs is Global Director for Environment Procurement and Supply at Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment. Helen currently chairs the Publishers Association’s Sustainability Taskforce, helping drive the change we need within our industry to minimise our impacts on the environment.
Martin Klopstock is Operations Director at Kogan Page. He has held a number of senior roles with a variety of publishers ranging from large corporates (Taylor & Francis, Pearson) to SMEs (Verso, Fourth Estate, Kogan Page). His main interests now focus on connecting the various publishing business functions via appropriate cloud-based systems and supporting data-driven decision making in all areas of publishing.
Siena Parker is Social Impact Director for Penguin Books, and leads the publisher’s responsible business agenda. This includes the launch of their recent Sustainability Policy which sets out an ambition to be climate neutral across the global value chain by 2030. The publisher also focuses on getting books into the hands of some of our most disadvantaged families and communities, including working with food banks and grassroots local charities, and supporting hundreds of primary schools to transform their libraries. More recently, Siena spearheaded the ‘Lit in Colour’ campaign to help support schools to diversify the teaching of English literature. Previously, Siena worked in corporate responsibility for beer & cider company Heineken. In her spare time, she is a secondary school governor.
Thea Sherer is Director of Group Communications and Sustainability at Springer Nature Group. Since 2017 she has led on sustainability strategy and corporate reporting, driving forward a programme that measures, monitors and works to improve the publishers’ environmental and social impacts. Thea’s career has been spent working at the intersection of business and society, and she enjoys developing strategies that create positive impact within responsible businesses and beyond. Before joining Springer Nature, she spent five years building philanthropic corporate partnerships to enable research and student support at UCL, and prior to that worked in corporate communications and sustainability reporting at BP, including in its Alternative Energy business. When not at work she is finally getting to grips with being a cyclist in London.