NATALIE WILLIAMS (Director)
Born and bred in Cardiff, Natalie brings a great understanding of the publishing world to the role. Achieving a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Southampton, she started her publishing career in academic Law at Oxford University Press. She then moved on to Nelson Thornes, where she held the role of Senior Publisher responsible for its secondary Maths portfolio and UK publishing strategy. For the past three years, Natalie has run her own consultancy business, working for publishers including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hodder Education, Pearson Education and HarperCollins alongside undertaking an Executive Master of Business Administration at Cardiff University.
ELERI LLOYD-CRESCI (Sales & Marketing Manager).
Eleri brings a wealth of business acumen to the presentation and promotion of the breadth of UWP titles to potential audiences. Eleri is experienced at identifying key conferences for the promotion of specific series and the highlighting of UWP titles ahead of others, and enjoys meeting the Press’s authors to develop an informed engagement and to secure targeted media coverage where appropriate.
Eleri joined UWP in 2011 after a number of successful years at the Welsh Books Council. Her vast experience in direct selling, key account management including multinationals, business development, stock control and distribution in a range of different industries, ensures a vision delivered with resolute stamina.
SARAH LEWIS (Head of Commissioning).
Sarah’s talent to deliver the link between an initial proposal and the published book is demonstrated in her clarity of communication and acute negotiation skills with authors, agents or senior team members. Continually striving to do the very best for the author and book, Sarah is key to the expansion of the distinguished specialist position that the Press proudly represents.
Sarah joined UWP in 2003 as Commissioning Editor, before her appointment as Head of Commissioning in 2011. Her formative years, both in legal practice as a qualified lawyer and her 15 years in academic publishing, have afforded Sarah the skills that she has in terms of attention to detail and contract negotiation. Additionally, her personal perspective as an author is reflected in her written contributions for Time Out, the Rough Guides and other travel titles; a backdrop to her continued love of travel and world culture in all its manifestations.
SIÂN CHAPMAN (Production & Editorial Manager).
Siân drives the vital creative and collaborative achievement that goes into producing the Press’s publications. With her rich passion for the process of transforming an idea into a realised and finished product, her stringent scheduling, supplier management and quality standards result in books with huge standout reflected in both sales and author satisfaction.
Siân joined UWP in 2007. Her in-depth knowledge of print is reflective of over 20 years’ experience in book and magazine production across such diverse sectors as academic publishing, art books, added-value books, as well as children’s publications. Her extensive skills are supported by a postgraduate diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies from the London College of Printing. Siân grew up in a family-run printing business and maintains a keen eye on the continued digital innovations in the print and e-book world.
DAFYDD JONES (Editor).
BERNADET NICHOLSON (Finance and Operations Manager)
Bernadet heads up the finance department of the press, producing management accounts, forecasts, budgets and project costings to support various other departments in decision making. As a member of the management team, Bernadet works closely with the Director to support in financial and operational strategic development of the Press. Bernadet is a professionally qualified Chartered and Certified Accountant and has worked in various companies in the private sector and not-for profit organisations. She also has 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from Glamorgan University.
LLION WIGLEY (Commissioning Editor, Welsh Language and Topics).
In his work, Llion prioritises the integral collaboration with authors on future titles relating to Wales (both in the Welsh and English languages). His academic familiarity with Welsh culture and history well positions Llion to foster good author relations and to identify key potential proposals for UWP.
Llion joined UWP in 2013 with a decade’s experience in the voluntary sector working for Mencap Cymru and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, where he developed a detailed knowledge of the signposting of broad information needs across diverse user groups. Interspersed with this vital work, Llion was awarded his doctoral degree at Aberystwyth University with his thesis on Wales and Welsh Language culture in the 1960s.
JESS GOFTON (Marketing Development Officer)
Jess is responsible for marketing each of the titles the Press publishes, including promoting the titles on social media, organising launches and other events, and sending out review copies. She also manages the Press’s website and attends various conferences across the UK to promote and sell new and backlisted titles.
Jess graduated from Lancaster University in 2014 with an MA in Creative Writing, and spent a year at Seren Books before joining UWP in 2016.
ELIN WILLIAMS (Publishing Assistant)
Elin graduated from Cardiff University with an MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies in 2015, and joined the Press later that same year. As UWP’s Publishing Assistant she works primarily in the Sales and Marketing department, where she creates flyers, blurbs and other marketing materials for each title the Press publishes. She is also responsible for the Welsh social media accounts and for translating the Press’s newsletter, and organises UWP’s presence at the National Eisteddfod.
CHRIS RICHARDS (Commissioning and Editorial Assistant)
Chris supports the Commissioning and Editorial departments through the organisation and preparation of manuscripts, and is a key contact for new authors, permissions requests, and royalty enquiries. Amongst other work, he also handles the scheduling and preparation of journals, and data management for UWP’s catalogue.
Before joining UWP in 2016, Chris worked as a Library Assistant, and studied for a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and a MA in Writing from the University of Warwick.
BETHAN PHILLIPS (Production Editor)
Bethan is the first point of contact for the Production Department, supervising the production of UWP’s books and journals. This involves the sourcing, briefing and overseeing of suppliers including typesetters, cover designers, printers and tech companies. Bethan is also responsible for carrying out picture research, obtaining permissions and maintaining accurate records for all areas of production, from eBook conversions to invoices. Along with this, Bethan assists the Editor of the Press in monitoring the editorial standards of freelancers, ensuring the adherence to UWP’s style and quality.
Bethan has a BA Hons degree in English Literature from Swansea University and a year of study abroad at California State University. Before joining UWP, Bethan gained publishing experience at Parthian Books and Seren Books.