Meet the Team


    Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost, Director of UCL Library Services

    Paul is the founder and CEO of UCL Press, and serves on UCL’s Senior Management Team. He chairs the UCL Press Executive Board.

    Martin Moyle
    Director of Services, UCL Library Services 

    Martin manages a large portfolio of teams in UCL Library Services, among them open access services including UCL Press.

    Lara Speicher 
    Head of Publishing, UCL Press

    Lara joined UCL in 2013 and worked with colleagues to set UCL Press up from scratch. She was previously Commissioning Editor at British Library Publishing.


    Editorial:Monographs and Edited Collections

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      Photograph of Pat Gordon-Smith

      Dr Chris Penfold
      Commissioning Editor (All subjects excluding education) 
      Chris has been commissioning books for UCL Press since 2015. Prior to this role he was Commissioning Editor at Palgrave Macmillan.
      Pat Gordon-Smith
      Commissioning Editor (Education and related subjects)
      Pat is building our list of books in education and related social sciences;  she brings 30 years of editorial experience to the role. 

      Editorial: Textbooks

      Dhara Snowden
      Textbook Programme Manager
      Dhara is currently developing our OA Textbook Programme. She previously held editorial roles at Rowman & Littlefield, Edinburgh University Press and Bloomsbury Publishing




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      Jaimee Biggins
      Production Manager

      Jaimee leads our production team and has extensive experience of book production. Prior to UCL Press she was Production Team Leader at OUP for 6 years.



      Sales and Marketing

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        Photograph of Margie Coughlin

        Alison Fox
        Marketing & Distribution Manager

        Alison has led our marketing, distribution and sales team since 2015. She previously held a variety of marketing roles at Wolters Kluwer (LWW) and Informa.

        Margie Coughlin
        Sales & Marketing Coordinator

        Margie has experience in publishing and the book trade having worked for Waterstones, various publishers and literary agencies.




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          Photograph of Pat Gordon-Smith

          Ian Caswell
          Journals Manager

          Ian leads our journals programme. He has worked on journal portfolios at Wiley and BioMed Central. 
          Pat Gordon-Smith
          Journals Manager (Edu)

          As well as the Education books programme, Pat manages our education journals.
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