Speakers at the 2017 London Wiley Society Executive Seminar


Photo - Giles YeoDr. Giles Yeo is from San Francisco, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1994, he came to Cambridge, becoming a member of Wolfson College and joining the lab of Prof Sydney Brenner for his PhD studies. In 1998 he began his postdoctoral training with Professor Stephen O’Rahilly in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, working on the genetics of severe human obesity. Giles is now a Principal Research Associate and group leader at the University Metabolic Research Labs, studying brain control of food intake and bodyweight. He is also director of the Genomics and Transcriptomics core facility.Giles has been a tutor at Wolfson College since 2009, responsible for most of the Wolfson students based at Addenbrooke’s biomedical campus, the Babraham Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the EBI, and other ‘non-Cambridge-centre’ institutes.

Connect with Giles on Twitter @GilesYeo.

Photo - Charlotte MathiesonDr. Charlotte Mathieson Mathieson is a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature in the School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey. She gained her PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in 2011, and previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (2012 – 15) and a Teaching Fellow in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University (2015 – 16). Charlotte specialises in Victorian literature and culture, and publications include Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600 – present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is Chair of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK & Ireland, co-editor of the series Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture, and co-convenes the Transport and Mobility History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Charlotte has worked on early career researcher support for several years and much of this work is available on her website https://charlottemathieson.wordpress.com/ and she can be emailed at c.mathieson@surrey.ac.uk.

Connect with Charlotte on Twitter @https://twitter.com/cemathieson

Photo - Steven Henderson

Steven Henderson is a Market Analyst in Research Insights at Wiley. When faced with large unwieldy datasets, teasing out trends and stories behind this data can be tricky. Steven specialises in identifying these trends, providing key actionable insights and presenting them in a way that is easily digestible to the reader. He is based in Wiley’s Oxford office in the UK, has been with the company for 15 years in a variety of capacities and is a Mathematics graduate from the University of Exeter. He lives with his wife and small boy just outside Oxford, and also works for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter.

Photo - Kathryn SharplesKathryn Sharples – Kathryn is Publishing Development Director at Wiley where she is responsible for developing and delivering subject growth strategies for the journals business. Based in Wiley’s Oxford office in the UK, Kathryn has been with the company for 17 years in a variety of capacities. Before moving into the Publishing Development team in 2015 she led Wiley’s global book and journal portfolio in statistics and mathematics. She has previously worked as Commissioning Editor for Engineering books.

Photo - Peter DigglePeter Diggle is Distinguished University Professor of Statistics in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University. He also holds Adjunct positions at Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Columbia Universities and was president of the Royal Statistical Society between July 2014 and December 2016. Peter began his academic career at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1974, moved to Australia in 1984 as a research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and returned to the UK in 1988 to take up his current post in Lancaster. His research involves the development of statistical methods for spatial and longitudinal data analysis, and their application to substantive research in the biomedical and health sciences.

Photo - Catherine HillCatherine Hill has held a variety of roles, both for commercial publishers and not-for-profit organisations. She began her career working in business development for a food research company before taking on the role of managing and expanding their book publishing programme. She then moved to Australia where she worked in journal production for Taylor & Francis before returning to the UK and joining the British Ecological Society. The team there publish five leading subscription journals in ecology, a long-established book list, and also partner with Wiley and a number of other learned societies on the open access journal Ecology and Evolution. As with many learned societies, the publishing programme at the BES is vital to its reputation as a communicator of excellent science and also to ensure its long-term financial sustainability.

Connect with the BES on Twitter @BritishEcolSoc

Photo - Chris GeorgeChris George is Professor of Molecular Cardiology at Swansea University. His research uses molecular and cellular tools combined with systems-level approaches to untangle “cause-or-consequence” scenarios in normal and disease-linked heart cell behaviour. Current research programmes are focused on understanding the variability of drug response in networks of human heart cells and also in developing new methods for predicting drug efficacy and hazard in the context of inherited and acquired heart disease. He is a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology where he helps oversee and develop the cardiovascular portfolio. He has a keen interest in harnessing new modalities for data sharing and also in improving the rigour and transparency of data reporting in scientific publishing. Chris is also a panel member of the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3R) which has a remit to improve all aspects of experimental design and analysis in scientific research.

Photo - Natasha WhiteNatasha White is Director, Author Marketing at Wiley where she is responsible for driving Open Access and Author Engagement Marketing strategy, working on positioning Wiley as the first choice publisher for authors by making the author experience the best it can be and helping Wiley retain our author base, attract new authors, and in turn publish more and generate more author-based revenues. Before joining Wiley Natasha ran her own marketing consultancy during 2007 – 2009. Prior to that Natasha was Sales and Marketing Director at BioMed Central, the leading open access publisher, for over six years. With overall responsibility for the global marketing, sales, PR, creative design, and customer service, the company went from strength to strength. During her time at BioMed Central Natasha saw the company gain global recognition and reach profitability in a very competitive marketplace. Before joining BioMed Central Natasha worked for Macmillan Publishers in various marketing roles including Marketing Manager for journals and reference products in the Nature Publishing Group portfolio.

Connect with Natasha on Twitter @NatashaW5

Photo - Andrew BeckmanAndrew Beckerman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield. He is an evolutionary ecologist working on phenotypic plasticity, algae biotechnology and parrot conservation. He is also co-founder and lead consultant of R4All (statistical training) and have authored the bestselling Oxford University Press book Getting Started with R – An Introduction for Biologists. He is currently one of the Editor-in-Chiefs of Ecology and Evolution (2012 – present; Wiley Open Access).

Connect with Andrew on Twitter @BeckerHopper

Photo - Michael RitchieMike Ritchie is almost finishing a six-year term as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, the main publication of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. He is a Professor at the University of St Andrews, where he originally went as a Research Fellow in 1992. He has been on editorial boards of Proceedings of the Royal Society and Heredity and has held senior roles for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour as well as ESEB. He has chaired and served on committees for the Natural Environment Research Council and the Academy of Finland. His research field is evolutionary genetics and speciation.

Photo - Liz Ferguson As Vice President, Publishing Development, Liz Ferguson is responsible for developing Wiley’s global journal programs, subscription and open access, and leads Wiley’s open access strategy. She also has a strong focus on data sharing policies and workflows that support researchers in archiving their data and making it publicly available. From 2004-2013 Liz was responsible for Blackwell then Wiley’s global program in organismal biology and played a significant role in launching Wiley’s Open Access program. Before then she held Publisher and other editorial positions at various publishing companies. Liz is in her second term on the Board of Directors of Dryad, a member of the External Advisory Board of DataONE and is on the organizing committee of the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing since 2013.

Connect with Liz on Twitter @lfliz

Photo - Adam HartA biologist, broadcaster, and author, Adam Hart is based at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is Professor of Science Communication. Initially working on social insect biology as a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, his research interests have now expanded to include citizen science approaches to ecology (in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology), wildlife management, and more general ecology and behaviour. He still studies social insects though and maintains numerous leafcutting ant colonies that he and his students use for research. Adam teaches behaviour, evolutionary ecology, and biological modelling and, together with colleagues, takes students on a two-week field course to the African bush each year. Adam is a frequent broadcaster on radio and TV, co-presenting the BBC TV documentaries Planet Ant and Hive Alive and presenting numerous radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 on topics as diverse as tree diseases, trophy hunting, the rhino horn trade, and swarm robotics. He also presents the weekly programme Science in Action for BBC World Service. Adam is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, the Royal Society of Biology, and the Higher Education Academy and is also a National Teaching Fellow. His first popular science book, The Life of Poo, covering our complex relationship with bacteria, was published in 2015.

Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AdamHartScience

Photo - Judy VersesJudy Verses is Executive Vice President, Research at Wiley. As such she is responsible for Wiley’s global journal publishing business, and related magazines, databases, software and websites for the research community. Judy is also a member of Wiley’s Executive Leadership Team. She joined Wiley on October 24 2016 and is based in Hoboken and Oxford.

Judy’s career reflects her lifelong passion for enabling knowledge, with its power to transform individuals and the world in which we live. She came to Wiley from Rosetta Stone, a market leader in online language learning and literacy, where since 2011 she has been President, Global Enterprise & Education, with responsibility for all institutional business across all geographies, as well as product and business development, IT, and global communications, and where she built a robust, sustainable enterprise business focused on delivering profitable growth.

Previously, she had been President and Chief Client Officer at Blackboard, a leading supplier of educational enterprise software, overseeing global sales and marketing, and President and COO at Blackboard Learn. She led the company’s transformation to a customer-centric organization, significantly increasing customer satisfaction. From 1983 to 2007, Judy held several senior leadership roles at telecommunications giant Verizon (among them SVP Marketing, SVP Broadband Solutions, and VP Business Sales), where she successfully launched Verizon FiOS. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and began her career with Xerox in sales.

Judy has served as a mentor with the Laura Bush Fellowship Initiative and in 2014 joined the board of Promethean World, a global education technology leader in solutions for the interactive and engaged classroom. She is a leader who develops talent, builds teams, and creates an environment that values performance and empowers employees to do their best work, be successful, and contribute to the company’s success.