Jessica started JKP on her kitchen table at the beginning of 1987, with an overdraft of £5000, having previously worked for a group of companies distributing American academic and professional books throughout Europe. She has been Chairman of the Independent Publishers Guild, served on the British Council Publishers Advisory Council, and was for many years a member of Council of the Publishers Association. Most recently she was Chairman of the Society of Bookmen, and she now serves on the Advisory Committees of the Publishing MA courses at the London College of Communication, and City University.
Jemima Kingsley established the JKP website in the late 1990s and joined JKP full time in 2003, having previously worked as a webmaster for GameSpot UK and the BBC. Jemima became a Director in 2007 and is responsible for electronic publishing and the website.
Octavia joined the Production department at JKP in 2000, and in 2011 became Production Director. She manages the print and design for all JKP and Singing Dragon books and products.
Stephen Jones is commissioning editor of the social care, pastoral education and counselling lists at Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He has worked in publishing since 1999, and at Jessica Kingsley Publishers since 2004. Prior to this, he worked at Taylor & Francis on their higher education list and Kogan Page on their business and education lists.
Lisa Clark commissions in the fields of arts therapies, autism, and complementary therapies and is responsible for the editorial end of JKP’s digital publishing strategy. She joined JKP in 2007 and is an English Literature graduate of the University of Nottingham. @LisaClarkJKP on Twitter.
Rachel Menzies is responsible for commissioning in the fields of dementia and special education. She is an English graduate of the University of Birmingham and a graduate of UCL’s MA in Publishing. @Rachel_JKP on Twitter.
Emily McClave commissions books for the autism and Asperger syndrome list, with a particular interest in books on autism in adulthood. She also commissions books on complementary and alternative therapies for Singing Dragon. She is a graduate of University College Dublin where she studied English and Classical Studies. @Emily_JKP on Twitter.
David manages the U.S. sales and marketing office for JKP. His responsibilities include overseeing the JKP staff in the U.S., inventory and fulfilment management, direct marketing, and key account relations. He has worked in the book-publishing industry for two decades, at such houses as W. W. Norton, Tuttle Publishing, and University Press of New England. In addition to his work with JKP, David also teaches classes and seminars on both the craft and business of writing, and is a former board member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project.
Katelynn handles all queries regarding conferences, direct and social media marketing, and publicity and reviews in the U.S. Katelynn has worked at JKP since 2009, including a stint as an intern at the company. She has experience in sales, customer service and digital marketing.
Stephanie is responsible for customer inquiries and database maintenance and began her career with JKP as one of our intrepid interns in 2013.