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John Deans

John Deans has almost 20 years of experience in UK and international educational publishing as an editor, publisher and author. As Development Director at Boardworks, he led the digital team responsible for the company’s highly successful online products, driving growth at home and in the United States. John keeps in touch with the classroom through volunteering as an English teacher, teaching newly arrived workers in Oxford.


Sam Derby

Sam Derby has 20 years of experience in educational publishing as an editor, publisher and strategist. As Director of Partnerships at Pearson, he led the development and execution of a business strategy to win significant business in the growing Multi-Academy Trust sector of the UK Schools market. Sam has an active interest in education policy, serving as Chair of Governors at an Oxford primary school, and in the past as Chair of the Primary Maths Panel at the EPC as well as on the Board of the Global Learning Programme, a consortium led by Pearson to deliver a contract for the Department for International Development.


Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab is the author of more than 100 books in both trade and education, plus a veteran editor, proofreader and publishing project manager, with 20 years’ experience in the profession. His management roles have seen him handle major UK and international educational publishing programmes and he has delivered numerous education reform publishing workshops to government and private clients in Central Asia, the Middle East and East Asia. As an independent professional, he has worked for some of the world’s largest publishing organisations, including Pearson, Cambridge University Press, Macmillan and Penguin Random House.

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