Garnet Education

Garnet People

Garnet Education books are published by a team of experienced and qualified professionals. Garnet Education books reflect this experience using up-to-date methodology, high-quality design and excellent content — thereby ensuring our products meet the needs of teachers and learners in the 21st century.



Christine Hart – Office Manager

Christine Hart – Office Manager

Christine has overseen a reorganization of Garnet Education that is designed to improve efficiency and enhance the corporate image. Since joining in 2007, she has used the organizational skills gained over fifteen years of PA and office management work to transform the working environment.



Mike Hinks – Design Manager

Mike Hinks – Design Manager

Mike joined Garnet Education straight from university as junior designer. Having gained publishing experience with Garnet Education, he left to broaden his skills working in Design and Marketing in London. A few years later he was back, but this time his dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm were rewarded with a promotion to manage the design department.

Doug Nash – Illustration Specialist

Doug Nash – Illustration Specialist

Doug’s experience as an illustrator, gained through working for a variety of companies, enables him to adapt his style to suit Garnet Education’s wide range of publications. His speed and attention to detail are both vital in keeping to busy schedules at Garnet Education and his ability to capture movement and expression provide a solid foundation of good illustration around which freelance illustrators can build.

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Madeleine Maddock – Creative Artworker/Typesetter

Madeleine graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Graphic Design. While studying, Maddy worked in a publishing house producing magazine layouts and adverts. Afterwards, she moved into a design studio and managed her own clients and projects as a Graphic Designer. Her most recent role before joining Garnet Education gave her experience producing and developing course materials for an international training consultancy. Maddy enjoys using this experience and her passion for design in her role at Garnet Education.



Clare Chandler – Editor

Clare Chandler – Editorial Manager

After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2007 with a BA in International Relations, Clare worked for an STM publisher. In 2009, she gained a Trinity CertTESOL and went on to teach in the UK, Spain and South Korea, thoroughly enjoying all of her teaching experiences. After 2 years of teaching, Clare completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. The course allowed her to develop essential publishing skills and a good understanding of the industry. Clare worked as a freelance editor before joining Garnet Education in 2012. She is enjoying working on material that combines her interests in teaching and publishing.


Contracts, Adaptations, and Training Division

Sarah MacBurnie – Curriculum Developer and Training Coordinator

Sarah MacBurnie – Training and Development Manager

Sarah joined Garnet Education in 2011. After university, she trained as an ELT teacher – her first posting was in Egypt, then to Australia and then to Japan, where she stayed for five years as Director of Studies for an English language school in Tokyo. After that, she moved to Spain and worked for the British Council. After 13 years abroad, it was time to return to the UK and make a move into ELT and foreign language publishing. She worked as a freelancer for a number of years on ELT and foreign language materials. In 2000, she joined CfBT to work as materials development manager on the government’s Performance Management contract for schools. When that contract finished five years later, she returned to educational publishing and was involved in a number of development projects for donor agencies such as Department for International Development and the Asian Development Bank.

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Andrew Hornsby-Smith – Senior Editor

Andrew joined Garnet as a Senior Editor in October 2014, after ten years at Macmillan, and eleven at OUP working on ELT titles. Before working in publishing, Andrew spent seven years as an English Language teacher in Spain, Turkey and the UK, acquiring an RSADip TEFLA and a PGCE in TESOL. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Kent in Sociology & Government, and gained an MSc in Transport Planning at Oxford Brookes University in 2005.

Chris Little – Assistant Editor

Chris Little – Editor

Chris graduated from the University of Oxford in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy and Theology. He spent the next year working at two churches in North London, where he was involved in running a wide range of events and community activities, among them a new series of educational music groups for children. He was then an editorial intern at OUP, before joining Garnet Education as an intern in September 2013. In December 2013, he was offered the post of Assistant Editor, and he is very much enjoying developing his editorial skills in this new role. 



Sarah Church – Operations Manager

Sarah Church – Operations Manager

Sarah first worked for Garnet Publishing in the early 90s, as Production Manager. She was subsequently employed by a variety of publishing companies, heading up the production, print and design departments. In 2004, she started her own marketing and design company, with Garnet as one of her clients. She has now returned to Garnet Education on a permanent basis as Operations Manager, and hopes to put her extensive knowledge in the publishing industry to good use across the whole company. As Operations Manager, Sarah will focus on planning and directing operations to improve productivity, efficiency and quality.

Emily McIntyre – Operations Coordinator

Emily McIntyre – Production Manager

Emily joined Garnet Education in 2006 from a small local publisher and continued to develop her career as an editor. She was then appointed Publishing Coordinator, working closely with all departments to aid with the efficient and timely production of materials. Emily has recently been appointed Operations Coordinator, assisting the Operations Manager with improving productivity, efficiency and quality across the whole company.



Digital Division

Sam Wiltshire – Digital Media Specialist

Sam Wiltshire – Digital Media Specialist

After graduating with a BA Honours in Film and Video, Sam was introduced to multimedia by Tom Baker (Dr Who of Sam’s era) in Douglas Adams’s Hyperland. By the mid-90s, Sam was involved in multimedia design during the CD edutainment boom. He then moved into Internet & GUI business intranet design, where he created the front-end design for the 1st online secretarial test sites across Seattle, WA, for Microsoft Word certification. On a larger canvas, Sam has also designed the stage sets, speaker supports & 2D/3D graphics for corporate events such as IBM e-business. More recently, Sam designed new media in the form of B2B websites and web portals before transferring his skills to IT support.


Matthew George - Digital Project Editor

Graduating from Cardiff University with a BA in English Literature in 2002, Matthew spent the next three years working as a language instructor in Japan and the UK, gaining a passion for language teaching and a CELTA qualification along the way. In 2005 he enrolled in an MA in Publishing Studies at City University, which he completed the next year. Since then he has worked as an editor in the medical and legal publishing sectors, overseeing a diverse range of projects in print and online. The next step was for him to combine his passion for ELT with his editorial experience, and so in 2012 Matthew joined Garnet Education.



Olly Twist – Academic Sales Executive

Olly Twist – Academic Representative

Olly joined the company straight from the British Council in the UAE. He has developed contacts throughout the world through his outgoing nature and unique brand of humour. In his previous job at the British Council he dealt with all manner of people, from visiting dignitaries to children studying English. He is now using his expertise to promote Garnet Education’s open-market publishing ventures.


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