Meet the Team


    Dr Paul Ayris, Paul Ayris Pro-Vice-Provost (Library, Culture, Collections, Open Science), UCL and CEO of UCL Press

    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(Library, Culture, Collections, Open Science), UCL/em> 

    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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      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
      (Archaeology, Education and related subjects)
      Pat is building our lists in Archaeology and Education, and related areas of social science. She brings 30 years’ 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
      On Maternity Leave

      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.

      Grace Patmore
      Production Manager (Maternity Cover)

      Grace brings a wealth of production experience to the UCL Press team, and will be covering Jaimee's role until Autumn 2022.

      Adam Lawley-Hughes
      Production Editor

      Adam joined the UCL Press team in 2022 and has previously worked with Pearson, McGraw Hill and Hodder Education in a variety of print and digital production roles.


      Sales and Marketing

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        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, a variety of publishers and literary agencies.

        Laurie Sakura McNamee
        Sales & Admin Assistant

        Laurie has extensive experience working in a variety of library roles including customer service and special collections. She has also worked for Waterstones.



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          Ian Caswell
          Journals Manager

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

          In addition to the Education books programme, Pat also manages the UCL Press education journals.

          Sunbul Akhtar
          Journals Coordinator

          Sunbul joined the UCL Press team in 2022. Prior to joinng UCL Press, Sunbul worked on the UK Journals Portfolio at Wolters Kluwer.
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