Karen Brodie is today announced as our new head of publisher partnerships. Karen will take up her post in October 2014, after a career to date in the arts and publishing.
Karen began work in the rights departments of Harper Collins and Penguin. For the last five years, she has lead strategic programmes and partnerships for the Iran team at the British Council and she has recently returned from a two-year posting in Istanbul as head of arts. She managed an eighteen-month programme around the Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair. Prior to working in Turkey, she was a literature specialist, managing a variety of international projects with writers, publishers and literature organisations.
Our chief executive Sue Wilkinson says:
We are delighted that Karen is joining The Reading Agency. Her proven skills in partnership development and advocacy and her global perspective and strategic leadership and management strengths will be invaluable to us as we move into the next phase of The Reading Agency's life.
Gregory Nash, the British Council's director for arts in Wider Europe says:
Under Karen's leadership, the scope of our Turkey arts programme was extended, its ambition heightened and its profile raised. She has outstanding people skills and brought many new contacts to the organisation. She was an asset to us and we will miss her.
Emma House, director of publisher relations, Publishers Association says:
Working with Karen on both the London Book Fair South African Market Focus and the Turkey Market Focus was a pleasure. Karen is highly skilled in managing complex partnerships with multiple stakeholders with charm and grace. Knowing both Karen and The Reading Agency, I see this as an ideal fit for both.
Karen Brodie says:
I have long admired the work of The Reading Agency as a force for inspiring more people to read more. This is a unique opportunity to join a committed and dynamic group of people and to play a leading role in its publisher partnership and audience development work. I look forward to leveraging the talent and enthusiasm within the publishing sector, building strong and sustainable partnerships, as well as embracing new opportunities which will help us provide the most valuable and creative outcomes for audiences and authors.