Meet the team

Debbie profile picDebbie Williams

Head of UCLan Publishing, Course Leader for BA and MA Publishing and self-confessed workaholic. Debbie joined UCLan after many years in the book and publishing industry. Before joining the University she was the Children’s Book Buyer for Waterstones Head Office where she coordinated the buying, event and project management of many important books, including Harry Potter. Debbie established the world’s first and only student-led, student-run publishing house, UCLan Publishing. The publishing house works with communities, authors and contributors from around the globe to produce books for the open market. Project teams have collaborated with the Maasai in Kenya, the Inuit community in Greenland and the Sami people in the Arctic. Debbie continues to take a lead in the publishing industry and regularly works with industry partners such as HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Egmont, BookTrust and New Writing North to further important research into the impact of reading, particularly in the Early Years. Debbie loves all children’s books but is especially fond of picture books and YA. When she’s not got her head in a book, she is to be found up a fell, on a dog sled in a far-flung place, or sketching animals.

Wayne_Noble profile picWayne Noble

All round digital guru at UCLan Publishing. Wayne makes our eBooks look lovely but is also Lecturer in Digital Publishing. Wayne is also rather clever and nearly completed a Doctoral Research project which focuses upon the field of cyber-crime and deviant behaviour online. In particular he is examining online behaviour with reference to existentialism and criminology, paying particular attention to the philosophical concepts of Nietzsche, Camus and Heidegger and the socio/criminological notions of Matza, Goffman and Owen. He is also currently involved with co-editing a collection of academic works about cyber-crime and is making plans for a book of ‘Criminal Philosophies’. Wayne is a huge horror fiction fan and, at home, collects rescue cats and is a volunteer for his local shelter.

Becky Chilcott profile picBecky Chilcott

Freelance designer and guest lecturer. Becky is one of the most well respected freelancers in the publishing sector and we are honoured to have her on board. Becky is a graduate in graphic design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) and is passionate about book design. She worked for Random House (now Penguin Random House) designing children’s fiction and picture books for four years before going freelance in 2007. She has worked with many of the main publishing houses in the UK including Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Palgrave Macmillan, Egmont and many more. As part of ongoing work at Penguin Random House, Becky designs the covers and interiors of Jacqueline Wilson’s books and has recently worked on the newest editions of Harry Potter books with Bloomsbury. You will know her work already as she has designed many of the well-known covers you see on bookshelves and Amazon pages. Becky also voluntarily curates the events programme at the St Bride Library, tucked away down an alley near Fleet Street. The lectures are designed to help promote awareness of the library and the incredible collections it holds, as well as raise much needed funds to keep it running for future generations to enjoy. In her spare time, Becky can be found rummaging through second hand book shops, walking up big hills, drinking tea and making print-based inky messes.

Alexa Kenmuir profile picAlexa Gregson

Project lead for UCLan Publishing and Lecturer in Publishing. Alexa was one of the first graduates of MA Publishing at UCLan. She went on to work in publishing in the marketing and sales departments at Palgrave and Macmillan, and has now returned to teach on the course in those areas. She has also worked in employability and is passionate about preparing students for the workplace. Alexa loves to spend her spare time with her little boy, Ezra. She also can be found riding horses in the Trough of Bowland and loves nothing more than relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book, especially highly illustrated ones.

profileHazel Holmes

Publishing Executive at UCLan Publishing. Hazel studied for her MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and returned to Preston to work as the Children’s Book Specialist for Borders. After the company went in to administration she was employed by Askews and Holts Library Services as the Children’s Buyer in 2009, supplying libraries across the country with the very best children’s books on the market. She works closely with publishers on events and current market trends. Hazel also coordinates The Northern YA Literary Festival and is currently working on acquisitions, events and our publicity schedule. In her spare time she is mainly running around after her two little boys, tackling her gigantic tbr pile, baking cakes and drinking gin. Not necessarily at the same time …