Richard Slessor, 79B Gloucester Street, Winchcombe, Glos. GL54 5LX


 Curriculum vitae 

Outline summary

I have extensive and widely varying experience in publishing, both in the UK and in Southeast and East Asia, much of it involving materials for language learning; I have also had opportunities to obtain a first hand view of publishing in the USA, Canada, China, Sri Lanka, the Middle East and several East and West African countries. I was the first Publishing Manager of Macmillan Hong Kong; ran an Asian editorial services unit for the Macmillan group; built up the Stanley Thornes humanities list more or less from scratch; and was a founder and Managing Director of Accent, a specialist modern languages publisher. In the late 1990s I had responsibility for developing tertiary level EFL publishing at Garnet Publishing in Reading, with a special focus on the Middle East.

From 1995 to 1997 I was Senior Lecturer in Publishing at West Herts College, and ran the college's postgraduate diploma course in publishing. From 2000 to 2005 I taught business language and communication at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, and ran the post-experience publishing courses there. I have also run copublishing seminars for senior publishers in China, and done consultancy work for the Ethiopian government’s educational materials agency.   

I have an MA in applied linguistics.

 Key skills and experience

Unusually broad publishing experience over more than 30 years, including a range of editorial jobs, from desk editing through responsibility for editorial training to commissioning new product (plus lecturing in editorial studies); marketing responsibilities (plus lecturing in marketing for publishing); and financial and general management.

 Substantial experience of publishing internationally, from Japan to Ethiopia. 

A special interest in technological developments affecting education and publishing.

Experience of teaching and course development and administration at tertiary level.

Employment history

 From 2008           Sole Proprietor, Richard Slessor                    Consultancy in publishing and
Media and Communication Services             business communication

 2000 - 2005           Lecturer, Temasek Polytechnic,                     Lecturing in publishing, also
Singapore                                                         business language and communication

 1998 - 2000           Project Manager, University                          Development of a new English for
                          and College Projects, Garnet                          Academic Purposes publishing
                          Publishing                                                        programme                

1997 - 1998            Development Coordinator,                             Development of a new contract                                               MultiMedia Initiatives                                     and open market publishing programme

1995 - 1997            Senior Lecturer in Publishing                        Lecturing and course administration                                West Herts College                                         (director of postgraduate publishing)

1993 - 1995            Freelance publishing                                      Editorial and general management
                               consultant                                                        consultancy; courses and seminars.

 1990 - 1993            Managing Director, Accent                          Setting up and running a new specialist                                 Educational Publishers                                 modern languages publisher.

 1983 - 1990            Publisher, Arts and Social                            Development, more or less from                                 Sciences, Stanley Thornes                             scratch, of a school-level                                                            (now Nelson Thornes)                                   humanities list (latterly concentrating                                                                                                           on history and modern languages 

 1980 - 1983            Publishing Manager, Secondary/High      General management of, and develop-                                 School Unit, Language and Linguis-         ment of the publishing programme for, a                                 tics Division, Macmillan Press                     unit publishing EFL materials for                                                                                                        secondary school level.

 1974 - 1980           Specialist Representative, SE and                 Commissioning new EFL materials at                                 E Asia, Language and Linguistics                all levels, and coordinating marketing of 
                               Division, Macmillan Press (and                    the existing list
                               Director, Macmillan SE Asia)

                                also (from 1977) concurrently:

                               Director of Asian Editorial Services,             Running a unit providing editorial                               Peninsula Publishers, Hong Kong                services for Macmillan educational 
                              (a Macmillan group company)                     companies in the SE/E Asian region.

 1973 - 1974          [MA course at the University of Essex, funded by Macmillan]

 1969 - 1973          Publishing Manager, Macmillan                   Building a school list for the new com-                               Hong Kong                                                      pany, and increasingly adding financial                                                                                                         and general management responsibili-                                                                                                         ties as the company grew.

                               also concurrently:   

                              Area Manager, SE Asia, Macmillan              Commissioning/coordinating new pub-                               Education                                                         lishing for the area, and coordinating                                                                                                         marketing of the existing list.

1969                      Editor, Macmillan and Co.                             Editing educational materials (mainly                                                                                                         history) for the overseas education                                                                                                         section.

 1965 - 1969          Editor and Course Organiser,                        Commissioning and editing CRAC
                              Careers Research and Advisory                      publications; also planning and running                               Centre                                                               courses for teachers and business-                                                                                                         people.

 1964 - 1965          Teacher of English, Sainik School,                Teaching 10- to 16-year-olds as                                         Rewa, India                                                      a VSO volunteer.

Educational qualifications

 1961-64          BA, University of Cambridge (Part 1: Law; Part 2: History)

 1973-74                  MA (with distinction) in Applied Linguistics, University of Essex

 2005-09          Working towards a part-time PhD, University of Lancaster (decided in 2009 not to

General interests

I am currently Chairman of a local branch of the UK's Historical Association. In the past I have been President of the Hong Kong Toastmasters International public speaking club; President of the Singapore Tertiary English Teachers Society; and a committee member of a regional centre of the National Trust, the UK heritage preservation organisation (chairing its newsletter subcommittee). 

Other interests include music of many kinds (I present a world music programme on our local community radio station), travel, photography (see Flickr for some of my pictures) and gardening.