Communications, events and outreach

Coordinating our outward public and member-facing work — from public relations, online channels and The Author, to online and in-venue events and community building
Francesca Howell

Francesca Howell

Head of Author Communities
SoAiW coordinator

Francesca leads on our community development and outreach programmes, which aim to engage and empower authors, poets, screenwriters, translators and illustrators, at all stages of their careers, throughout the UK.

Sophia Jackson

Sophia Jackson

Head of Events
Scriptwriters Group coordinator

Sophia curates and delivers the SoA events programme. She supports our team of community coordinators and is a coordinator herself, for the Scriptwriters Group. She is also co-chair of the SoA’s Staff Inclusivity Network.

In 2021 Sophia was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller.

Martin Reed

Martin Reed

Head of Communications

Martin leads our public and member-facing activities. He oversees the SoA’s strategic communications and campaign-based activities, including publications, website, PR and social media.

Lilly Brend-Fish

Lilly Brend-Fish

Events and Outreach Assistant
ADCI Network coordinator

Lilly joined the SoA in May 2021. She works within the Events and Local Groups departments and is the Group Coordinator of the Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses Network.

Teddy McDonald

Teddy McDonald

Communications and Campaigns Officer
Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group coordinator

Teddy joined the SoA in February 2020 where he assists the Communications department and works on the SoA’s campaigning projects.

Georgia Wilson

Communications and Content Manager
Managing Editor of The Author

Georgia joined the team in 2021 and manages our online and offline communications channels, including SoA journal The Author, our website and social media.