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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.
Richard Peacock – General Manager
Richard joined the company in 2001 following a long period in Japan, teaching English, publishing corporate communications and ELT material and finally running his own publishing company in Tokyo. He has used his extensive knowledge of publishing to launch Garnet Education into the new era of open-market publishing.
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.
James Primmer – Administrative Assistant & Receptionist
James joined Garnet Education in 2010 after spending several years working in a retail environment. He brings with him excellent customer service skills, and looks forward to putting these, together with a friendly attitude and great telephone manner, to good use at Garnet Education.
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.
Simon Ellway – Assistant Design Manager
After graduating from the University of Plymouth in 1995 with a BA in Design Arts and Media, Simon joined the Intervention Board/Rural Payments Agency where he secured his first design role. Having been promoted to Assistant Manager, he left in 2006 to join The National Strategies as a designer and eventually became Senior Designer. Simon joined Garnet Education in March 2011 where he hopes to utilise not only his print design experience but also his more recently acquired Flash and HTML/CSS skills.
Neil Collier – Designer
Neil joined the company straight from university, but having gained experience with Garnet Education, left to broaden his skills working for a Reading-based design agency, specializing in bespoke and high profile marketing campaigns. However, seven years later he was back with fresh ideas and renewed enthusiasm for EFL publishing.
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.
Bob House – Typesetter & IT Supervisor
Bob quickly became indispensable as Mr IT since his talent for software support is only matched by his typesetting ability. When he first joined in 2007, he was overwhelmed by cries for help from his colleagues, but since solving all the problems has moved on to bringing innovation and efficiency to the office IT systems.
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.
Sophia Hopton - Acting Editorial Manager
Sophia graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 with a BA in Italian, and soon after applied to study for an MA in Publishing & Language at Oxford Brookes University. Between her studies, she did Italian language tutoring in the evenings after work, completed a TEFL course and, whilst travelling around SE Asia, volunteered as an English teacher in Vietnam. In 2009, Sophia joined the ELT division of Oxford University Press to work on print and digital materials for the Italian secondary school market. She really enjoys working in ELT publishing and, having joined Garnet Education in January 2013, is keen to put her editorial experience to good use whilst further developing her knowledge of the ELT world.
Clare Chandler – Editor
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.
Lucy Constable – Assistant Editor
Lucy joined Garnet Education in October 2011 as an intern, straight from completing a BA in English Language from the University of Portsmouth. She was offered a permanent role in November of that year and moved into her role as Publishing Assistant at the start of 2012, and her current role of Production Editor in November 2013, assisting the Operations and Editorial departments. Lucy completed her CertTESOL from Trinity College London alongside her second year at university, gaining valuable teaching experience and knowledge of English language materials. Lucy is excited by her new role at Garnet Education and is looking forward to learning and developing new skills within the ELT publishing industry.
Contracts, Adaptations, and Training Division
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.
Jessie Candy – Marketing Executive
Jessie joined Garnet Education in 2010 as an intern, and in December of that year she was offered a permanent position in the Marketing Department. She moved to her current role in 2012. Following a BA in Psychology at the University of Sussex, she has worked in marketing and administrative roles at galleries and other arts organisations in Brighton and London. Jessie enjoys the challenges and excitement of her role, and is looking forward to developing her skills at Garnet Education.
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.
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 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.
Roy Lilly – Warehouse Manager
Roy joined the company in July 2011 having worked in distribution for Macmillan for 30 years. He started as a Warehouse Junior and ended up as Operations Manager, a position which meant he was involved in budget and forecasting decisions. Roy qualified as a forklift trainer/examiner and headed up many offsite projects, including the top-secret packing and distribution of the last three Harry Potter books. He hopes to put his extensive warehousing knowledge to good use in setting up the new warehouse and maintaining high standards of efficiency.