Publishers Association appoints new directors of policy and communications

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Headshots of Louis Coiffait-Gunn and Ruth Howells
Louis Coiffait-Gunn and Ruth Howells

The Publishers Association has appointed Louis Coiffait-Gunn as Director of Policy and Public Affairs and promoted Ruth Howells to the role of Director of Communications.

Ruth joined the Publishers Association in 2017 and has most recently been Deputy Director of External Affairs. Her new role takes effect immediately.

Louis has most recently worked in the private office of the Secretary of State for Education and as a Senior Policy Adviser for the UK government’s Open Innovation Team. His career includes working with publishers, universities, multinationals, the media, professional associations, and think tanks. He takes up his role on Tuesday 14 June.

Dan Conway, incoming CEO, said:

“I’m incredibly excited to be welcoming Louis to the Publishers Association. He brings a wealth of experience which will be a huge support to our work.

“Ruth has been leading our communications at the Publishers Association for years. I’m thrilled that she will be continuing her excellent work, ensuring the value and concerns of the publishing industry are recognised, in her new role.”

Ruth said:

“I’m delighted to be taking up this new role at the Publishers Association. Representing this brilliant industry and helping to tell its stories is engaging and rewarding. I am excited about the next stage for the Publishers Association and really looking forward to continuing to work with my wonderful colleagues and our fantastic members.”

Louis said:

“I can’t wait to meet the diverse mix of members, learn about their different priorities and concerns, and deepen my knowledge of publishing. More people than ever need connecting to the world’s most important knowledge, ideas and stories. It’s a huge privilege to help make that happen.”