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24 October 2021

Our Staff

We are working from home at present. Contact us at Publishing Scotland by email using the email format: For general enquiries or if you are not sure who to contact, email enquiries.


Marion Sinclair

Marion has been Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland since 2008, with responsibility for programme management, funding bids, policy, the International Publishing Fellowship programme, publishing practice issues and reporting to Creative Scotland. She has worked in the book publishing sector for over 30 years, firstly at Polygon 1988-97, awarded Sunday Times UK Small Publisher of the Year 1993, and published books appearing on the Booker shortlist. She worked as a university lecturer in Publishing before joining PS in 2003. Marion is also a board member of the Gaelic Books Council (ex-officio), of BookSource, the book distributors, Literature Alliance Scotland, and MG ALBA, as well as a committee member of the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Library Advisory Group, and Saltire Society Publisher of the Year panel.


Lucy Feather

Lucy is the Member Services Manager at Publishing Scotland and works three days per week. Her main focus is to support the membership and to expand the opportunities available. Her key responsibilities include organising member presence at the London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, Bologna Children's Book Fair and the Edinburgh International Book Festival; the Publishing Scotland annual conference and arranging networking and social events. Lucy also administers our funding scheme - the Go-See, Go-Digital Fund and Translation Fund and liaises with BBC Scotland and STV to arrange pitching sessions. Lucy is responsible for a regular news bulletin to the members and all membership applications, recruitment and administration, including the annual membership survey. In addition Lucy tries to get out and meet with as many members as she can and keeps our social media pages up to date.


Joan Lyle

Joan is Training and Information Manager responsible for Publishing Scotland's programme of publishing, business and personal development training. She is also the first point of contact for general publishing information and advice, manages the Publishing Scotland website and edits the industry newsletter. Joan's background is in publishing and law (as a qualified solicitor). Prior to joining Publishing Scotland she was General Manager of a legal publisher, and before that developed, managed, commissioned and edited print and digital publications from student textbooks to online law reports.


Heather McDaid

Heather is Events & Programme Support Officer at Publishing Scotland and works three days a week providing support for all areas of the organisation's activity. Heather is also Publishing Director and Co-Founder at independent book publisher 404 Ink, and Books Editor at The Skinny magazine. She was formerly Co-Chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland branch, and co-ran #ScotLitFest, The Saltire Society's virtual book festival celebrating Scottish literature. She is an award-winning freelancer working primarily in campaigns with clients across the book and publishing industry, and beyond.


Andrew May

Andrew is Finance Officer at Publishing Scotland and works three days a week. He is responsible for finance, banking and credit control and is the person to contact with any invoicing queries. Andrew's background is in music, computer science and electronic engineering. He worked as a Musical Instrument Repairer for 20 years in music shops across the UK, additionally acting as company secretary and accounts officer with one well-known Edinburgh music shop, and latterly ran his own wind instrument repair business. When he's not keeping the finances on track at Publishing Scotland, Andrew can be found learning Gaelic, and working for Edinburgh's Gaelic playgroup, Cròileagan Dhùn Èideann.


Vikki Reilly

Vikki is the Marketing and Events Manager and is responsible for finding opportunities to promote Scottish writing and publishing talent. She oversees the maintenance of the Books from Scotland website, editing the monthly issues, and commissioning stand alone features, as well as overseeing the creation of marketing materials, and curating Books from Scotland's social media presence. She also organises industry events and committees for member publishers to enhance their sales and marketing opportunities within the book trade, the libraries sector, schools and beyond, while keeping them up to date with any important trade news. Vikki has 20 years of experience in the book industry, first as a bookseller, then in the sales and marketing departments of Mainstream Publishing, Mercat Press and Birlinn Ltd.


Jess Walter (on leave from March 2021 for a year)

Jess is Programme Support Officer at Publishing Scotland and works three days a week providing support for all areas of the organisation's activity. Jess's background is in History of Art and English Literature, and she has enjoyed working in a diverse range of roles for a variety of charities and Arts sector organisations, including the British Library and Children's Hospice Association Scotland. When she's not being helpful in the PS office, Jess enjoys reading, writing and being in nature.


Alice Piotrowska

Alice is Digital Marketing Assistant and works two days a week, providing support for the digital side of Publishing Scotland and Scottish Books International. She is a fully-funded doctoral researcher at the University of Stirling, where she researches the recent history of Scottish publishing in collaboration with Publishing Scotland and HarperCollins. She also works regularly with Scottish publishers and book trade organisations as a design and production freelancer.