Management team

Senior SoA staff leading specific activities and working together on organisational strategy and development
Nicola Solomon

Nicola Soloman

Chief Executive

Nicola’s role encompasses protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment.

Nicola is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.

She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council.

At the SoA Nicola liaises with the Management Committee to set and implement strategy and policy and to manage finance. She liaises with external organisations and manages the SoA team of professional staff.

Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton

Head of the Contracts Advisory Team
Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group coordinator

Leads the advisory team and advises members on publishing contracts and issues. Sarah also handles our literary estates, including professional stage licences.

Lisa Dowdeswell

Lisa Dowdeswell

Head of Literary Estates
Comics Creators Network coordinator

Manages our literary estates, including foreign rights. 

Advises members on publishing contracts and issues.

Anna Ganley

Anna Ganley

Head of Staff
SoAiS and Carers’ Network coordinator

Anna joined the SoA in 2005. She leads on the SoA’s HR, feeds into organisational strategy, governance, works with the SoA’s Management Committee and Council. She is the coordinator for the Society of Authors in Scotland and the SoA’s Carers’ Network.

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.

Peter Kennedy

Head of Member Services

Peter Kennedy joined the SoA in December 2019 as our Head of Member Services. He is responsible for the Membership Services team and is currently project-managing our the development of our new CRM.

Katharine King

Katharine King

Head of Finance
Comics Creators Network coordinator

Katharine joined the SoA in 2019. She is responsible for all financial reporting of the organisation and she manages the finances of 20 funds. She is also responsible for overseeing the annual audits, tax, payroll, compliance and dealing with all financial requests.

Robyn Law

Robyn Law

Head of Prizes and Awards

Robyn manages the SoA’s list of Prizes and Awards including the translation prizesgrants for works in progress and awards. She is co-chair of the SoA’s Staff Inclusivity Network.

In 2019 Robyn was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller.

She is currently reading Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian Jones and Eli Davies.

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.