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Anne de Lautour, PANZ Life Member

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Name: Anne de Lautour, Former Association Director, PANZ 2007 – 2017

Brief publishing career history: My career in publishing covers a few decades and varied roles including time in sales for Benton Ross, Penguin, Scholastic and Hachette. I was also Publisher for Scholastic after Graham Beattie retired from the role.

Biggest career highlight: NZ being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012 was an unforgettable achievement on a grand scale for showcasing our publishing and our authors to the world. I’m so thrilled to have worked on this project. I’ve also enjoyed my involvement with the PANZ Book Design Awards, a favourite project of mine, and seeing the increased profile and continued success of these important awards.

What are you doing now:  I now live in Thames, Coromandel and am currently a Comment Moderator working on Australian newspapers for Pagemasters, a division of Australian Associated Press.

Tony Fisk

Tony Fisk, PANZ Life Member

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Tony FiskName: Tony Fisk, former Managing Director of HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd.

Brief publishing career history: I joined William Collins in the UK in 1971 as a sales rep in Central London. Transferred to the NZ company in 1983 as sales manager. Had a brief spell back in the UK with Faber and Faber before returning to HCP NZ in 1986. I retired from the company in 2012.

Biggest career highlight: There are two highlights. Working on publishing projects associated with The Lord of the Rings movies and other movie related projects with Weta Workshop. Then becoming President of PANZ in 2009 and working with colleagues to effect significant change within the organisation.

What are you doing now: Living on the South Coast of the UK.

Anne Maillinson

Ann Mallinson, PANZ Life Member

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Name: Ann Mallison

Brief publishing career history: I worked for Sweet & Maxwell (NZ) Ltd, then Methuen NZ before starting in 1980, with my partner David Rendel, Mallinson Rendel Publishers.

Biggest career highlight: October 1982, when Lynley Dodd (whose books The Apple Tree and The Smallest Turtle we published in 1982) came to my office and read to me the manuscript of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.

What are you doing now: I am Lynley Dodd’s agent for Film, Theatre and Music, on the Wellington Wagner Society Committee, Co-President of the Oriental Bay Residents Association (pushed into that one!) and take a close interest in the schooling and other activities of my two godsons. I also fit in some travel in the winter.

Nicola Smith, Essential Resources and International Education portfolio

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Name: Nicola Smith
Role: Director
Company: Essential Resources

My role on the PANZ council is: The International Education portfolio, supported by Peter Dowling. I hope to support and encourage government and industry collaboration and where possible securing funding and assistance for export opportunities aligning with PANZ’s international strategy.

My first job in publishing was: This is my first publishing job! I founded Essential Resources 20 years ago with my business partner Geraldine Sloane. As a ‘start-up’ I have both worked in just about every publishing position you can think of.

My favourite latest read: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime recollection of a man’s coming-of-age. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: The delight of being involved in the education industry, of working with some amazing educators to create content that inspires the next generation to become lifelong learners.

Craig Gamble, VUP and the communication portfolio for PANZ

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Name: Craig Gamble
Role: Publishing Manager
Company: Victoria University Press

My role on the PANZ council is: My portfolio at PANZ covers member communications, and in that role I’d like to increase the frequency of PANZ communication with its members and also raise our profile across social media platforms.

My first job in publishing was: I was employed as a ‘management cadet’ for Whitcoulls.

I’m currently reading: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson. A romping reimagination of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Two so far. Selling in the third Harry Potter book with my friends at Archetype Book Agents, and Eleanor Catton winning the Booker Prize with Victoria University Press.

Claire Murdoch, PRH & the training and development portfolio for PANZ

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Name: Claire Murdoch
Role: Head of Publishing
Company: Penguin Random House New Zealand

My role on the PANZ Council is: Training and development. I’m keen to make sure what we offer suits what our industry looks like right now: lots of people doing LOTS of work; only some of them in traditional full-stack publishing houses like ours; career pathways in publishing and on-the-job learning opportunities not at all what they used to be; uncertainty the only certain.

My first job in publishing was: Depends whether you count years spent writing embarrassing stories with my best friend, the gopher role at the Dominion newspaper circa the death of Princess Di, or getting to be Publishing Assistant to the late, great John Iremonger at Allen & Unwin in Sydney in the early 2000s.

I’m currently reading: Manuscripts, three-month-old New YorkersMotherhood by Sheila Heti, the new Patti Smith (sigh), the deservedly successful This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman and a little Lee Child, for the first time ever—plus, audiobooks and Jia Tolentino.

Alex Collins, Lift Education and the education portfolio for PANZ

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Name: Alex Collins
Role: Chief Executive
Company: Lift Education

My role on the PANZ council is: Education – domestic and secondary. The role is focused on increasing advocacy activity with the NZ Ministry of Education.  I am also on the advisory group for the Whitireia Publishing Course, and as part of this, I am working towards getting more student diversity on the course.

My first job in publishing was: An internship (thanks Creative NZ) at Learning Media as an editor and project manager.

I’m currently reading: Shane Carter’s Dead People I Have Known and re-reading Haiku by Andrew Vachss.

My biggest career highlight in publishing: Has been the recent publication of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi, a graphic novel for all New Zealanders. Our first trade publication. Number One seller at Unity Wellington as I write this.

Peter Dowling, Oratia Media and PANZ Immediate Past President

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Peter Dowling (right) pictured with Mexican publisher and translator Gil Gallardo at the Guadalajara Book Fair

Name: Peter Dowling
Role: Publisher
Company: Oratia Media

My role on the PANZ council is: Immediate Past President. I aim to provide continuity for Council after my term as President, and help drive activity in advocacy, diversity, industry intelligence and international marketing.

My first job in publishing was: Editorial Assistant at Jobson Publishing (Europe), UK

I’m currently reading: Modena da scoprire e riscoprire, a beautiful city guide gifted to me on a recent visit to Franco Cosimo Panini, a distinguished publisher based in this elegant Italian city.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: The biggest highlight is always the next book.

Tom Rennie, Bridget Williams Books and PANZ Copyright Portfolio

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Name: Tom Rennie
Role: Publisher
Company: Bridget Williams Books (BWB)

My role on the PANZ council is: I lead the work on the copyright portfolio and, of course, securing a good outcome from the Review of the Copyright Act is PANZ’s top priority. It’s very much a team effort (Sam Elworthy at AUP continues to contribute a huge amount) and we still have a long road ahead.

My first job in publishing was: I was actually an intern at BWB! Bridget provided me with a wonderfully generous introduction to New Zealand publishing (as she has done for many in the industry today), including arranging work experience stints for me with Robbie Burton and Allen & Unwin in Sydney. I’ve been absolutely hooked ever since.

I’m currently reading: I’ve finally got around to reading Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake. It’s a dry yet intriguing analysis of how intangible assets – including, of course, intellectual property – have been under-appreciated in how we assess economies around the world. Importantly, this includes the value we place on copyright (and, essentially, ‘knowledge’). I know it’s been an influential book with some New Zealand policymakers, so I’m partly reading it in the hope it will be of use for the Review work…

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: As publisher for the BWB Texts series, seeing lots of young New Zealand non-fiction authors write these little books has definitely been a highlight. I’m now working with a growing number of them on full-format ‘big’ books, which is exciting for the future of our publishing at BWB.

Mel Winder, Hachette NZ and PANZ Council Vice President

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Name: Mel Winder
Role: Managing Director
Company: Hachette NZ 

My role on the PANZ council is: I have responsibility for two portfolios; Book Awards which involves working very closely with the Book Awards Trust to ensure the smooth and successful running of the Ockhams, NZCYA and Poetry Day, and with PANZ working on the Book Design Awards. I also share responsibility with Claire Murdoch (Head of Publishing at Penguin Random House New Zealand) for the Training Portfolio and we are busy identifying the demand and finding the right people to share their knowledge.

My first job in publishing was: Making up reps kits at HarperCollins which involved standing for hours on end in front of pigeon holes filing covers and TI sheets.

I’m currently reading: A Mistake by Carl Shuker, it is living up to all the rave reviews.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Selling millions and millions of copies of Harry Potter in Europe. And many fan girl moments with some amazing authors over the years.