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.

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

Editoral 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.


Megan Townsend

Publishing Executive

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

Claire Fenby

Digital Marketing Manager

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.

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