Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.
My focus is mainly (but not exclusively) on the STM market, looking at ways in which Zapnito can help support and develop STM publishing business models. I trained as a scientist in developmental genetics at Newcastle university, received my postgraduate degree from University of East Anglia, and spent three years at Brown University in the US. I have almost 20 years' experience in STM publishing, having worked for Springer and then Nature Publishing Group, in roles including Associate Publisher for the physical science journals and Head of Digital Tools and Services. I have two young boys, am a governor at their school, and I teach five year olds to learn to read.
For nearly 20 years, I've worked in the digital media sector, with hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales and R&D. I'm passionate about engaging and understanding customers to develop great content and products. Formerly Chief Product & Customer Officer at Zapnito, I'm now an advisor to the company.
My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
Taking care of the Nature University community; if you are looking for advice, inspiration or some handy tips, you’re in the right place. My background is Psychology and with experience in both the Product Office and Editorial I’m working on defining the best practices in managing online communities, creating engaging content and encouraging the collaboration.