TLC Advisory Board

TLC is grateful for the expertise, support, and championing of our highly experienced Advisors, who support TLC’s strategic business planning.

Julia Forster

Julia is a published novelist, a prize-winning poet and a writer development specialist specialist who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She joined TLC as a reader in 2017, and with Aki Schilz, she co-devised Being A Writer. She has overseen year-long mentoring of several writers on the TLC Chapter and Verse scheme.
Julia has recently trained as an Analytic-Network Systems Coach and has also trained in Outdoor Intelligence for online coaching with Fi Mcmillan of Wild Leadership. She has a Diploma in Spiritual Development from the Brenda Davies UK School and, in the quest for life-long enquiry, she is currently training with the Wise Goose Coaching School. Her passion is for creating the conditions for writers to explore the inner qualities of their character which enable them to write without barriers. In 2023, she is opening a writer-in-residence and writer retreat cabin on the edge of Snowdonia in mid-Wales.

Julia’s key areas of expertise: Publishing, author services, marketing, creative communities

Rakhee Jasani

Rakhee Jasani is a creative leader and innovator who has worked in participatory arts for 25 years as a producer, manager, deviser, facilitator, educator and evaluator. She is the co-founder of leading London based arts education organisation Eastside Educational Trust and served as its Director for 23 years. Rakhee’s skills are broad ranging and include devising projects, project management, fundraising, charity governance, evaluation, social media, marketing, strategy & business planning, partnership development and education & training. Rakhee is an arts assessor for Arts Council, England and also teaches yoga and creates content and writes for Movement for Modern Life.

Rakhee’s key areas of expertise: project management, fundraising, charity governance, evaluation, social media, marketing, strategy & business planning

Peter McKay

Peter McKay was the Chief Executive of the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) until his retirement in 2018. He took on this role after a successful 34-year career in publishing. The PTC is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry and developing publishing skills, including editorial skills training. Since joining the publishing industry in 1977 Peter worked in sales, marketing, operations and general management. In a career focused on educational, academic and professional publishing he always worked for companies leading the way in publishing innovation. He has also served on several industry committees at the PA and STM Publishers Association.

Peter’s key areas of expertise: Strategic review and change, Translating strategy into operational plans, Change Management, Portfolio Review, New product development, Employee engagement, Stakeholder engagement.

Penny Pepper

Penny Pepper is an acclaimed author, poet, performer & disability activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, her work focuses on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, making others see life differently, always with humour and wisdom. Her champions include Jake Arnott, Margaret Drabble and Liz Carr. Penny published her groundbreaking memoir, First in The World Somewhere with Unbound and a poetry collection, Come Home Alive, with Burning Eye Books. She is now signed to The Good Literary Agency where she is represented by Abi Fellows who is immersed in taking Penny’s extraordinary novel to publishers.

Penny’s key areas of expertise: disability activism, fiction, poetry, screenwriting 

Kerry Young

Kerry Young’s first novel Pao was a TLC read that was later published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Pao was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize and the East Midlands Book Award. Since then, Kerry has published two further novels with Bloomsbury – Gloria (2013) longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Show Me A Mountain (2016). Kerry’s short story ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’ was published in Hometown Tales: The Midlands (Orion, 2018). Tomorrow Is Another Day was published in the Wasafiri 35th Anniversary Issue (100, Winter 2019). Kerry is a Project Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund and an Arvon Tutor.

Kerry’s key areas of expertise: literature, writer development, teaching

Aruna Vasudevan

Aruna Vasudevan is an editor and writer. A former publisher and commissioning editor, she set up The Literary Shed in 2013 to work independently with UK- and US-based publishers and writers on fiction and non-fiction. Her clients include Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion, Hodder & Stoughton, Bloomsbury and Virago. She is the author of several books, published under pseudonyms, and has ghostwritten celebrity biography. She writes on a range of subjects, including the arts, literature, film, food and travel. Aruna is a strong advocate of emerging writers and holds workshops to encourage and support new writing.

Aruna’s key areas of expertise: editing, training, small business management 

Dr Helen Cosis Brown   

Helen Cosis Brown was TLC co-Founder Rebecca Swift’s partner. She was a Professor of Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire until 2018, and now chairs a local authority adoption and fostering panel, and is the agency decision maker for two independent fostering agencies. Her research and publications are in the field of adoption and fostering. She worked as a social worker, and a social work manager, in inner London before moving into social work education. She managed social work programmes at the University of Hertfordshire, South Bank University and Middlesex University. She has been a non-executive director of the Albert Kennedy Trust, and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, and currently sits on the CoramBAAF Publications Advisory Group

Helen’s key areas of expertise: review, evaluation, research 


TLC would like to thank previous Advisors for their invaluable support over the years. Particular thanks are due to: Jacob Ross, Professor Alison Baverstock, Virginia Barry, Nick McMahon, Tom Wilcox, Craig Pollard.