Alastair Giles, Director
After a short retail management career in WHSmith and over 15 years of corporate life in the UK & US, culminating in 2 years as Group Marketing Director of HarperCollins Publishers, Alastair escaped in 2003 to ‘spend more time with his family’. Realising 6 months later that they didn’t necessarily agree with the idea, he formed an agency to get out of the house more. Initially a general marketing consultancy, the agency has since evolved into one that delivers campaign & project management in the publishing & bookselling industry.
Please contact Alastair for sponsorship opportunities and promotion information.
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Susy Giles, Accounts Manager
Susy Giles has a had a varied and interesting career in several fields before choosing to get a real job as a mother: to 3 boys, a child-husband and a very beligerent dog. Before a retail management career in the jewellery & fashion industries, a management traineeship at WHSmith, a stint in hotel reception and a period of teaching at junior school, she trained in accountancy. This what she returned to, after packing off the kids to university, in a part-time capacity for agile marketing.
The rest of her time is divided into; walking the dog, excelling at most forms of cookery (except soups…), reading everything, obsessively attempting to find the world’s best cup of coffee and a far-too-eager pursuit of travelling the globe with friends and family.
Please contact Susy with accounts queries.
Bert Wright, Administrator – Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards
Bert Wright joined the book trade in the mid-eighties riding the coat-tails of the Waterstone’s revolution from Edinburgh to Ireland and laterally to Boston where he was Marketing Manager for Waterstones USA.
On his return he worked for the Irish bookstore chains Easons and Hughes & Hughes but has since eschewed the greasy till in favour of literary project work. He is currently administrator of The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, sport, music, and criticising Arsene Wenger. He lives in Dalkey County Dublin with his wife Colette, son Thomas and daughter Alice.
Please contact Bert for any information on Irish promotions and The Irish Book Awards.
Danielle Bowers, Project Production Manager
After doing a degree in Media Production, Danielle worked at a college, helping students with computer programmes. After a while she went to work for Archant – a newspaper and magazine company.
In 2004 she entered the book industry by joining Publishing News as Production Assistant on their trade magazine. She then became Production Manager working on the British Book Awards and Christmas Catalogue among other things.
Danielle joined Agile Marketing in 2008 after Publishing News stopped its trade magazine and now works from home on lots of Agile’s promotions while talking to herself and her cat Dave.
Apart from reading, she enjoys travelling, going to comedy shows, most sports and is a black belt in judo.
Please contact Danielle with any point of sale or artwork queries.
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Catherine Turner, Project Production Manager
Cath started her Publishing Career at Haymarket in 1995 as a receptionist for Autocar Magazine. ‘I liked the Production Department so I asked if they had a job and luckily for me they did’. Thats how it all began and I eventually became Production Manager in charge of some of the UK’s leading magazine titles. In 2001, I was fortunate enough to be head hunted by Publishing News.
After having my son in 2003 I started honing my ‘mothering’ skills and took a part time sales position at my friends boutique for a few years.
In 2007 I opened my own Boutique in Worthing. Bad timing…The recession hit & I chose to close in 2009. Having taken some time to recover from the effects of this, I became a Retail merchandiser, until this year when, I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to return to the industry my heart lies and take on a Project Production Manager role at Agile Ideas.
My hobbies seem to revolve around my son, now 10, who plays for a local football team. Though I love travelling and eating well, most of my spare time is taken up with training sessions and being on a pitch at 9.30 on a Sunday morning!
Please contact Cath with any point of sale or artwork queries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Wells, Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Steve Wells is a graphic Designer. He probably holds the record for having more of his work picked off the front of books than anyone else (as designer of the Richard and Judy, and now TV Book Club stickers). He has previously worked for numerous agencies in the South West and has now drifted into working almost exclusively in books. He has designed marketing campaigns for HarperCollins, Orion, Little Brown, Pan Macmillan, Penguin and Hodder, amongst others; and now designs jackets for Mills & Boon and Chicken House.
He lives in Bath with his wife and three children and feeling the need of a suitable hobby has recently taken to wandering around aimlessly. (which he tells everyone is an important part of the creative process).
Please contact Steve with any design queries,