Meet the Team

Our staff are highly experienced and professional book publishers with many years in the trade behind them, many at the highest level including Waterstones Head Office, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Macmillan. Therefore, our books are superb quality and our noses are commercial.

Hazel Holmes

Publisher 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 …

Becky 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 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.

Wayne 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.

Toni Murtagh

Toni joined UCLan Publishing as a Publishing Assistant in 2018. Having previously worked in education and project work she puts her all round skills to good use and has a hand in finance, scheduling and workflow management. More recently Toni has found her calling in design and marketing and loves being both creative and organised!

Graduating with a degree in Childhood and Adolescence, a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling skills and an MA in Publishing, Toni is naturally drawn to hopeful children’s stories – especially the tearjerkers.

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