TLC Advisory Board

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

Virginia BarryVirginia Barry

Virginia began her career in the Bio-medical industry, first in marketing for a medical device corporation in California, before moving to the leading US strategic Bio-Medical consultancy based in New York. Returning to Europe after a number of years, Virginia applied her marketing skills to the Music Industry where she worked in Artist Management for over a decade. Virginia now works in entertainment based strategic consultancy, including the publishing industry, undertaking work in the UK, the US and China.

Virginia holds Masters Degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and Johns Hopkins University, USA and an MBA (2011) from Cass Business School, London, with a specialism in the entertainment/media economy.

Virginia’s key areas of expertise: Strategy, marketing, research and reporting, talent management, entertainment industry economics


Nick McMahon Nick McMahon

Nick McMahon has over 20 years’ experience in creating and managing businesses in the design and technology sectors. He was a founder of: intelinest, a developer and operator of networked electricity load management technology, Red Fig, a technology and service provider (UK Millennium Product) that pioneered large scale multi-platform live viewer interaction with TV, Modular, an award winning landscape design, manufacture and construction system, MAC and nmlstudio, architecture and product design consultancies and MTP a furniture manufacturer. Nick holds the current positions of CEO of intelinest, MD and Chairman of Modular and Principle of nmlstudio and is an advisor to a number of companies. Nick has operational experience in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, is a Chartered Engineer (MIStructE) and began his career at Arup working on projects with leading architects around the world. Nick holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Nick’s key areas of expertise: Company creation, development strategy, corporate governance, Intellectual Property development and management


Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross has been hailed as ‘a writer of formidable technical range and emotional depth’. His novel Pynter Bender was published in September 2008 to much critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize and chosen as one of the British Authors Club’s top three Best First Novels (2009).

Jacob is also the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. He has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies of short stories and is a committed and highly gifted creative writing teacher. He has taught, amongst other places, at Arvon and Goldsmiths University and currently lectures in Narrative Craft and International Literature in England and abroad. Jacob has mentored many promising writers through to successful completion of their manuscripts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards. Jacob also currently works as a manuscript assessor for TLC.

Jacob’s key areas of expertise: Writing, publishing, editing, diversity and inclusion


Tom Wilcox

Tom Wilcox is a Partner at Counterculture. Tom’s clients include the ICA, DACS, De La Warr Pavilion, Clore Leadership Programme, Hofesh Shechter Company and Frantic Assembly.

Tom was Managing Director at the Whitechapel Gallery where he oversaw the £13M expansion of the gallery. He previously worked at Arts Council England, the Poetry Society and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tom is a Chartered Company Secretary and qualified accountant.

Tom was a contributor to the book Common Ground, a collection of writing about authorship and place. He is a musician and a music curator.

Tom’s key areas of expertise: Arts funding, finance, governance and strategic and business planning


Craig Pollard

Craig Pollard has been fundraising for nearly twenty years . He is a qualified accountant with an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development (SOAS), and in 2003 became a fundraiser with Turning Point, going on to successfully lead the fundraising at Amref UK and SOAS.  For the last four years, Craig has been an international fundraising consultant.  He is a Partner at More Partnership, a UK-based fundraising consultancy with a growing international reputation.

When not on various adventures with his family, from backpacking in Venezuela and Colombia to travelling around the Balkans, Craig advise a broad range of clients on everything from strategy and finance to training and coaching. Recent clients include big organisations like WaterAid, the Palestinian Museum, Medical Research Council, and Save the Children, and many smaller ones including North Northumberland National Park and Horizons Trust UK/Gambia.

Five years ago Craig and his wife set up the charity “Cycle Africa” and cycled more than 17,000 kilometres from London to Cape Town, South Africa.  The journey was “affirming, exciting and exhausting in equal measure; it took one year and one day to get to our destination and another year to recover”.   As a result of this adventure, Craig is now a regular speaker at the Royal Geographical Society on fundraising and expeditions. He is a trustee of Amref Health Africa (UK) and is very proud to support the small, inspiring and brilliant TLC.

Craig’s key areas of expertise: Fundraising, development, strategy management, charities work 


Alison Baverstock 

Dr Alison Baverstock is an Associate Professor of Publishing at Kingston University where she jointly founded MA Publishing in 2006. A former publisher and now publishing consultant, she is a regular commentator on the industry and champion of the value of profession-oriented disciplines within higher education. A very experienced external examiner, she has regularly acted as an external panel member for validations.

Alison (@alisonbav) is the author of several key books on publishing including How to market books (Routledge, 5th edition). A former winner of the Pandora Prize for Services to Publishing, she recently stepped down from the Board of Management of The Society of Authors and the Association for Publishing Education. She is committed to the wider sharing of books to promote better communication and is the founder of The KU Big Read and www.readingforce.org.uk

Alison’s key areas of expertise: Publishing, research and development, higher education, author services


Crystal Mahey-Morgan

Crystal Mahey-Morgan began her career as a freelance journalist at the age of 16 writing for publications such as the Guardian and The Face Magazine. While still 16, she promoted a series of open mic events which were a fusion of hip hop and more conventional forms of poetry and was a performance poet herself. At the age of 19 Mahey-Morgan became Marketing Manager for Raindance Film festival and soon after embarked on a career within Publishing, firstly working as Literary Assistant at Peter, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), then joining Random House in 2009. She left her position as Online/Digital Account Manager for Penguin Random House in 2014 to realise a long held vision of bringing fresh voices and new stories to market in representative, inclusive and pioneering ways. Mahey-Morgan founded OWN IT! – a storytelling lifestyle brand across books, music, fashion and film – in 2015 which she runs with Creative Director Jason Morgan.

During 2018, Crystal worked part-time at TLC, supporting a branding and strategy review over the period 2018-19 as the company moves into its next round of NPO funding, working closely with the Director to build TLC’s resilience into the future as it continues to champion writers and literature in the UK.


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.


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 interest are: Strategic review and change, Translating strategy into operational plans, Change Management, Portfolio Review, New product development, Employee engagement, Stakeholder engagement.