Lion Hudson Oxford – Project Manager

I have recently completed a role as Project Manger for Lion Hudson PLC, the largest independent publisher of books inspired by the Christian faith in the UK, based in Oxford.The Project scope was the implementation of the IBS BookMaster Software Suite for the Publishing Industry into Lion Hudson.

The complex implementation was enterprise wide and covered the installation of IBS Book Master modules covering:

·         Finance/Editorial and Book Production/CRM/Rights Master (Rights and Royalties)/Sales Order Processing

My role was many faceted and demanding including the following  specific areas of responsibility:

  1. Drive all aspects of the project from System Configuration and Data Migration to User Acceptance Testing
  2. Manage the Project Governance and Structure
  3. Organisize and frequently run meetings, workshops, testing, training, reporting and communication
  4. Manage the project timeline and assist in the management of the budget
  5. Act as Lion Hudson main point of contact with IBS Book Master

Elsevier Science – Consultant

·         Assignment was to investigate the feasibility of the introduction of common order processing software/service /business processes into a number of disparate Publishers in the group based in Central European and Latin America which operate their own individual systems and then to identify the system and supplier to deliver the solution.

·         The various Publishers in the group were interviewed, requirements documented, and a current in-house system was identified as suitable to be enhanced to provide the business system required.

·         An analysis was then conducted to ascertain the most effective way to introduce the software/service and it was decided that rather than roll the software out to each if the publishers a new department would be created in the UK to provide this service for all of the group publishing companies involved.

·         This solution was documented and presented to the various senior groups in the organisation and authority was given to prepare a Business Case for approval. This Business Case and Project Roadmap was created in close collaboration with the client and delivered to them on schedule to take through their internal approval process.

 Cambridge Journals, Cambridge University Press – Project Consultant

  • Managed the Society relationship, specification, development, testing and introduction of software to manage society membership and conference booking online, for one of the high profile Societies that publish on the Cambridge Journals list. Managed the in-house off shore Development Team based in Manila
  • The first part of this software was successfully made live December 2009 and the second part went live in April 2010.

Scholastic UK – Project Consultant

  • Working with the client’s UK Direction, Jan was engaged to create and manage the selection process for the possible replacement of the current core business systems.
  • Creation of the Invitation to Tender document from interviews and meetings with key business users.
  • Selection of the System Suppliers to be included in the selection process.
  • Analysis of the completed responses to the Invitation to Tender document.
  • Management of the system presentations from the short-listed suppliers.
  • Advising the client on the final supplier selection and working with them on their internal processes to prepare for project start-up.

Various other assignments have also been completed for the following Publishing Clients:

  • Academic Press
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Harcourt Education
  • Lloyds of London Press (Informa)
  • Nelson Thornes
  • ECD Paris

  • Oxford University Press
  • Pearson Group
  • Random House
  • Reed Educational and Professional Publishing
  • The Book Service
  • The Stationery Office - TSO



Employment Summary

1996- Present Publishing Consultancy Services - Senior Consultant & Company Director

Publishing Consultancy Services is an independent consultancy company which specializes in providing consulting services of all kinds to the publishing industry. 

1991-1996 lived and worked in France as a Language Teacher in a Language School teaching business people English.

1987-1991 Blackwell Publishing Group, Oxford - Job Title: Journal Services Manager

Role: Produced a comprehensive evaluation of the business requirements in the Journals Department followed by a re-structuring of the department and radical changes to working methods. Also, worked on the user specification, system testing, implementation and integration of a new journals fulfilment computer system.

In 1990 joined a small management team to establish and run a new distribution company, which was formed by amalgamating departments from other companies in the Blackwell Group and was given the name, Marston Book Services. Here the task was to establish an effective, coherent, professional team from the staff of two very different companies, and also to develop organizational procedures to exploit the computer fulfillment systems.

1981-1987 Oxford University Press, Oxford - Job Title: Deputy Head of Journals

Role: Worked on user specification, testing and successful implementation of a journal subscription fulfilment system. Assisted with the recruitment and training of an entire new staff after the re-location of the Journals department from London to Oxford.