The Team

Amanda Ridout

CEO and Founder

Most recently CEO of Head of Zeus which was named Independent Publisher of the Year in 2017 – after just five years in existence. Previously MD of Phaidon, HarperCollins and Headline she has 35 years of experience in independent and corporate publishing.

Caroline Ridding


Most recently Publisher at Aria and before that at Avon, HarperCollins. In both roles she launched many bestselling author careers and drove both imprints to considerable commercial success. Previously she was the Book Buyer at Tesco.

Nia Beynon

Publishing / Sales & Marketing Director

Most recently Head of Digital Publishing, HQ at HarperCollins where she ran the digital-first imprint, HQ Digital. Previously Digital Sales Director at Head of Zeus where she was part of the team that won Independent Publisher of the Year in 2017. She was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2020.

Sarah Ritherdon

Publishing Director

Most recently Publishing Director at Aria, and before that at HarperCollins. She has a track record of launching many bestselling author brands.

Isobel Akenhead

Publishing Director

Most recently Associate Publisher at Bookouture, publishing many international bestselling authors including Rona Halsall, Kate Hewitt and Suzanne Kelman.  Before that she was a merchandiser for the ebook retailer Kobo, developing their UK business successfully over several years.

Emily Ruston

Editorial Director

Most recently working as a freelance editor Emily Ruston began her career at Harlequin Mills & Boon and has continued to edit for nearly all the major publishing houses, digital start-ups and self-published authors.  She has edited numerous Amazon and Sunday Times bestsellers.

Tara Loder

Editorial Director

Most recently Editorial Director at Welbeck where she created debut bestsellers such as The Locksmith and managed the US fiction list, publishing  writers such as Andy McNab and Mark Dawson. She has also edited across the commercial fiction genres for Bonnier Zaffre, and the Piatkus and Constable imprints.


Emily Yau

Editorial Director

Emily has been a commercial fiction Editorial Director at Quercus and Ebury, publishing books that became Sunday Times Bestsellers, Richard and Judy picks and Netflix TV series, including The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Most recently she was a freelance editor whilst also working as a UX designer in the video gaming world. She was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017.


Sue Lamprell

Managing Editor

Sue has been involved in various projects since retiring from her role as a headteacher. She is delighted to be part of the editorial team at Boldwood.


Megan Townsend

Production Manager

Most recently a publishing intern and freelance image researcher for Head of Zeus. Megan studied History of Art at The University of Manchester.

Ben Wilson

Production Assistant

Most recently a publishing intern at Oldcastle Books, and a freelance editor for LBG Media. Ben studied Global Literature and Culture at the University of York.

Claire Fenby

Head of Marketing

Most recently at HarperCollins where she was a founding member of One More Chapter and ran digital marketing campaigns for multiple international bestsellers. Passionate about innovative social media and community management, she received a highly commended award at the Book Marketing Society in 2020.

Jenna Houston

Marketing Executive

Most recently at Joffe Books, Jenna helped to market various crime fiction bestsellers and has a passion for all commercial fiction.

Marcela Torres

Marketing Executive

Most recently Editorial Assistant at Chatham House as well as a freelance content creator for the Booker Prize Foundation. Marcela studied Translation at the Autonomous University of Madrid, has a passion for social media marketing and runs her own Bookstagram and BookTok pages.

Isabelle Flynn

Sales Executive

Most recently the Marketing Lead for Gallic Books, Isabelle has sales experience across a wide variety of fiction, looking after debut authors and international bestsellers. She studied literature with a focus on the Romantic Period at the University of Reading and the University of York.

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