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. 

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.

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.

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.

Eleanor Foot

Marketing Assistant

Most recently part of the the Digital Marketing and Content Team at TUI and Crystal Ski Holidays. Eleanor studied English with TESOL at the University of Exeter. Whilst at university, she worked as an intern for Rydon Publishing and was a member of the HarperCollins mentor scheme.

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