“Finding the right leader to represent our interests, work alongside the senior management of our industry as well as managing the head office team was critical. Ellwood Atfield’s insights into the market, consultative approach and care with the search ensured the process was well run and led us to make a great hire.”
Joanna Prior, President of the Publishers Association.
A New Chapter
In late 2015 we started working with Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books and President of The Publishers Association (PA), to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation.
The challenge was that the outgoing Chief Executive was held in high regard by his members and the board. Widely acknowledged to have done an excellent job, he was going to be “a tough act to follow”. This important position required someone to further the Association’s role in supporting publishers in their political, media and industry stakeholder communications along with providing excellent member services. The Chief Executive also plays a vital role representing the UK publishing industry globally.
A recruitment strategy was devised. We undertook a detailed search and ran an advertised campaign to guarantee the association’s membership of a transparent and open recruitment process.
Stephen Lotinga was appointed and started in post January 2016
He joined The PA from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman but was, until May 2015, Director of Communications to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
Commenting on his appointment, Joanna said “Stephen’s communications skills, combined with his inside track on the workings in government will make him an effective advocate for our industry. He has a keen interest in our industry but at the same time will bring an outsider’s fresh perspective to our issues. I am delighted to welcome him to The PA and know he will, along with our existing excellent senior team, successfully steer our Association in the coming years”.
We wish Stephen continued success.
Picture: A hoarding which forms part of a series of giant books on the King’s Road in Chelsea, central London.