NATALIE WILLIAMS (Director)
Natalie brings a deep understanding and commercial view of the publishing world to the role of Director of the Press. Achieving a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Southampton, she began her publishing career in academic Law at Oxford University Press as Commissioning Assistant. She later moved to Nelson Thornes, where her most recent role was Senior Publisher responsible for its secondary Maths portfolio and UK publishing strategy.
Prior to joining UWP in April 2017, Natalie ran her own successful consultancy business, with clients including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hodder Education, Pearson Education and HarperCollins, alongside studying for an Executive Master of Business Administration from Cardiff University, which she achieved with Distinction in summer 2017. Natalie provides strong leadership and a clear strategy to her talented team, and draws on her 15+ years in the publishing industry and passion for all things creative in seeking new opportunities for the Press.
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.
VICKI ALEXANDER (Finance and Business Manager)
Vicki has over 20 years of experience working in finance. She is AAT qualified (2000) and is currently studying part time to gain the ACCA qualification alongside a BSc in Applied Accounting through Oxford Brookes University. She is adept at financial management and analysis, and supports colleagues through developing efficiencies within the finance function and fostering a deeper understanding of finance across all aspects of the business.
Vicki has previously worked within charities and not for profit organisations, as well as in manufacturing and commercial industries. She has a wealth of knowledge of accounting within a range of sectors, along with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
DAFYDD JONES (Editor)
Dafydd’s background and continuing area of scholarly research is in modern and contemporary art history and critical theory; as a university lecturer in art history, theory and practice (1995–2012), he was formerly visiting researcher to the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa, and has been participant in critical interventions reading the avant-garde – notably the Avant-Garde Project at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow (2000–7) and the landmark series ‘Crisis and the Arts: The History of Dada’ (1996–2005). He edited the volume Dada Culture (2006), and is author of the research monographs Dada 1916 in Theory: Practices of Critical Resistance (2014) and The Fictions of Arthur Cravan: Poetry, Boxing and Revolution (2018). As the Editor of UWP, Dafydd oversees all editorial functions and the consistent quality of UWP’s textual output, working inter-departmentally and closely with authors throughout proof and production stages, to ensure publications of quality commensurate with authorship.
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.
ELIN WILLIAMS (Sales and Marketing Officer)
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 Sales and Marketing Officer, she is responsible for marketing each of the titles the Press publishes, including promoting the titles on social media, organising launches and other events. She also manages the Press’s website and attends various conferences across the UK to promote and sell new and backlisted titles.
CHRIS RICHARDS (Commissioning and Editorial Assistant)
Chris supports the Commissioning and Editorial departments through the various stages of the commissioning process, and is a key contact for new authors. He handles the scheduling and preparation of journals, working with editors and contributors to submit new issues to production. Chris is responsible for royalties and data management for UWP, ensuring authors receive their contracted payments from sales throughout the year. Along with other work, he also deals with permissions and Open Access requests for UWP’s publications.
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 an 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.
BRONWEN SWAIN (Assistant Sales and Marketing Officer)
Bronwen graduated from Swansea University with an MA in History in 2017. Before joining the sales and marketing team, Bronwen worked at St Fagans National Museum of History, educating visitors on the heritage of Wales. As Assistant Sales and Marketing Officer, she is the first point of contact for sales, marketing and distribution enquiries to UWP. Bronwen also assists in creating individual marketing plans for each title and series, distributes review copies, as well as attending book launches and conferences.