See Governance for membership of board subcommittees and director responsibilities.
Chairman (Independent Non-Executive)
Sir Richard Lambert
Sir Richard Lambert joined the Bloomsbury Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2017. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee on joining. Sir Richard is Chairman of the British Museum. He is also a Member of Council for Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Sir Richard joined the Financial Times after reading history at Balliol College, Oxford. He was editor of the Lex column, became New York bureau chief, and thereafter deputy editor. He was Editor of the Financial Times from 1991 to 2001. He has served as a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006, Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011, interim Chairman of The Banking Standards Review Council from 2013 to 2014, Chancellor of the University of Warwick from 2008 to 2016 and the senior independent member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Supervisory Board from 2012 to 2017.
Nigel Newton was born and raised in San Francisco. He read English at Cambridge. After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson. He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994 and has grown organically and through acquisitions and partnerships. Bloomsbury publishes 2,500 books a year from its offices in the UK, US, India and Australia.
Nigel Newton serves as President of Book Aid International, member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee and Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Charleston Trust, past Chair of World Book Day (2006), past member of the Publishers Association Council and Member of the Advisory Committee of Cambridge University Library.
Jonathan Glasspool was appointed to the Bloomsbury Board in July 2015. He has executive responsibility for Bloomsbury's non-consumer publishing and Bloomsbury India. He joined Bloomsbury in 1999 and is Managing Director of Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional publishing division. Jonathan is Chair of the Industry Advisory Board at Oxford Brookes University, a Trustee of Publishing Training Centre, a member of the Academic & Professional Board of the Publisher's Association, Chair of Federation of British Artists and Governor of Bath Spa University. He has held roles in publishing with Reed Elsevier in the UK and Asia, the Chartered Management Institute, and Cambridge University Press. Jonathan has a first class degree in English from Trinity College, Oxford, an MA in English from Bristol University and an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School.
Penny Scott-Bayfield was appointed to the Bloomsbury Board in July 2018, when she joined Bloomsbury as Group Finance Director. Prior to this, she was Finance Director of Conde Nast Britain, and held senior finance roles at Sky Plc and lastminute.com plc. She started her career and qualified as Chartered Accountant (FCA) with Deloitte. Penny has a first class degree in Maths from University College, Durham, and has been a judge on the 'Women of the Future' programme since 2011.
Independent Non-Executive Directors
John Warren joined the Bloomsbury Board in July 2015 and is the Senior Independent Director, the Chair of the Audit Committee and the member with recent and relevant financial experience. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has a wealth of Non-executive and Audit Committee Chairmanship experience with companies including Rexam Plc, Spectris plc, Welsh Water, Greencore Group plc, 4imprint Group plc and Bovis Homes Group PLC. As an executive director he was Group Finance Director of WH Smith PLC and before that United Biscuits (Holdings) Plc.
Leslie-Ann Reed joined the Board in July 2019. She is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the AIM-listed company Learning Technologies Group plc, and a Non-Executive Director of the German-listed company ZEAL Networks SE where she is Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board and Chair of the Audit Committee. Until May 2018 she was a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the London listed publisher Quarto Group, Inc. Leslie-Ann is a Chartered Accountant. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and began her career at Arthur Anderson. She has since held senior finance roles in various media and professional services companies, namely Universal Pictures, Polygram Music, EMI Music and Warner Communication Inc, acted as an advisor to Marwyn Investment Management, and was Chief Financial Officer of the B2B media group Metal Bulletin plc and the online auctioneer Go Industry plc.
Steven Hall joined the Bloomsbury Board in March 2017. He is managing director of IOP Publishing, a leading publisher of scientific books, journals and web sites and has worked in academic publishing for almost forty years. He has extensive experience of digital publishing and has led the development of pioneering online content databases. He is a member of the Academic, Professional and Learning Publishers Council of the UK Publishers Association and regularly represents the publishing industry to government and policy-makers in the UK and overseas. He served for six years on the board of the International Association of STM Publishers, in his final year as chair, and was one of three publisher members of the UK's 'Finch' group.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Maya Abu-Deeb is a qualified solicitor and joined Bloomsbury in 2008. Maya is responsible for all legal advice to the company, and manages the legal and contracts teams at Bloomsbury. She is also Company Secretary and Group Data Protection Officer.
Prior to joining Bloomsbury Maya was in private practice for ten years, specialising in commercial, media and intellectual property law, and advising in respect of both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Maya read Oriental Studies at St John's College, Oxford, before completing the Common Professional Exam and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.