Trainers & Speakers

Kay Symons

Kay Symons is a freelance publishing consultant and trainer with 30 years experience with some of the foremost educational publishers in the UK. She specialises in strategy, competitive product development, marketing and finance. Clients include publishers large and small, educational and trade, and higher education.

She worked at Harcourt (now Pearson), the UK’s largest educational publisher, for 20 years, initially as publishing director, then as Managing Director of Heinemann Secondary and Vocational for a period of rapid organic growth from 1997-2004. She was then seconded to take an international executive MBA programme at Henley Management College in 2004-5. After that, she fulfilled a number of roles working on strategic projects, as group Marketing Director and as Harcourt’s first Customer Focus Director.

Before that, Kay worked at Longman, Blackwell and Hutchinson in a variety of editorial posts, having studied English Literature at Bristol University.

Kay has also trained on publishing, marketing and financial issues for Harcourt, Oxford Brookes University and Women in Publishing as well as being a regular and popular trainer for the Publishing Training Centre for over 15 years.

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