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Board members

Ann Crawford is the Publisher at National Galleries of Scotland Publishing. Its programme of award-winning art books and exhibition catalogues is popular among gallery visitors as well as nationally and internationally through the book trade. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in Scottish Publishing, having worked in travel, dictionary, Christian and academic publishing. Her particular experience is in successfully combining an understanding of the wider aims of institutions – such as universities, churches and galleries –  with ambitious commercial goals. Ann’s board experience includes the Napier University Court and previous service on the Publishing Scotland Board. She has a strong passion for the well-being of the Scottish Publishing industry and ensuring its thriving and diverse future. On those occasions when she’s not thinking about publishing, she can be found spraying tennis balls around the courts and getting bossed around by Max, the mini-schnauzer.

Chani McBain is the Head of Sales and Marketing at children’s publisher, Floris Books.

Davinder Bedi is the Managing Director of BookSource, the trading arm of Publishing Scotland and a full service international book distributor with over 120 client publishers. He has been part of Scottish Publishing since 1996 and during his time has developed BookSource into what is now a vital service for publishers to be successful in today’s marketplace, especially small publishers. He has a particular interest in sustainability within the book business supply chain and is keen to make BookSource ‘Net Zero’ as soon as possible. Dav studied at Glasgow University and later went back to take an MBA. He sits as a Board Member or Trustee on other charity boards, including Publishing Scotland, and can often be found shouting at Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoons.

Fiona McParland has over 30 years of publishing and bookselling experience in the creation and dissemination of public and commercial information. Secretly still a bookseller at heart, Fiona worked for James Thin and the Stationery Office Booksellers for 15 years before crossing to publishing. Working first as Managing Editor of a new imprint in the world of databases in Glasgow and then subsequently going into Official Government Publishing with a new division of the privatised Stationery Office. Now with another 15 years plus experience as Publishing Manager for APS Group she retains a wide interest in all things book and publishing. Her research and professional interests include, Open Government, Open Data, e-Government, digital publishing and improving accessibility. She is the Treasurer of the Publishing Scotland board. Outside of the day job Fiona reads a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and claims Muriel Spark, Colm Toibin and Seamus Heaney among her favourites – of which (unsurprisingly) there are too many to list!

John MacPherson is a Director of Bright Red Publishing, an independent educational publisher based in Fife.  Twice winners of the UK Educational Publisher of the Year, Bright Red produces a broad range of print and digital resources for Scottish schools.  A graduate of History and Law, John has been publishing educational content for twenty years through all manner of curricular change and challenges.  He lives in rural Fife, spends too much time chopping wood and can’t wait to get a dog. 

Kate Gibb is the Chief Operating Officer at Canongate Books Ltd. She currently manages the day-to-day operational functions of the business and steers the strategic direction of the company, ensuring daily activities are aligned with its long-term goals. A Chartered Accountant by background she has spent many years working in a variety of organisations, commercial and not for profit, both within the UK and overseas with industry specific knowledge in the financial markets, healthcare, international aid, management consultancy and of course publishing. As well as chairing Publishing Scotland, Kate is also the Chair of Leiths Food of School and Wine and a Director at Canongate as well as the Traverse Theatre, Letters Live Limited and Booksource.

 

Laura Jones is the co-founder and Publisher at the award-winning 404 Ink and the Interim Publisher for Liverpool-based company Dead Ink while also working as a book production freelancer for a number of clients such as Charco Press, Cipher Press, Knights Of and many more. 

Miriam Rune is a Network Member on the Publishing Scotland board and sits on the Trade and Marketing sub-committee. Since graduating from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in English and MLitt Creative Writing, Miriam has managed media and communications strategies for small businesses, and independent professionals, in the spirits industry, luxury retail, and the world of arts and publishing – including publishers, authors, theatre companies and playwrights. She has a particular interest in science fiction films and literature, and was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award 2016 in the Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction category.

Samuel McDowell initially trained as a commercial pilot, before embarking on a career in information technology, working for a number of global across the finance and services sectors.  In 2017, along with his partner Carolina Orloff, he founded  Edinburgh-based Charco Press, an independent publisher focused on bringing the best in contemporary Latin American fiction to English-speaking readers. Charco has gained significant attention in the short time it has been operating for its innovative approach to publishing, the quality of authors being produced and their championing of both translation and translators. In 2018, one of Charco’s first ever titles was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and in 2019 they won Best Scottish Small Press at the British Book Awards. In 2020 another Charco title was shortlisted for the Booker International Prize. 

Simon Brown is a Partner at Anderson Strathern, and as a corporate commercial practitioner, he advises private, public and third sector clients on a wide range of issues. He is a Fellow of the RSA and a founding member of RSA Scotland’s Creative Industries Special Interest Group, and serves as Chair of the Scottish Staff Pension Fund.

Marion Sinclair is Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland.