Meet the Team – Jericho Writers
Jericho Writers
4 Acer Walk , Oxford, OX2 6EX, United Kingdom
UK: +44 (0)345 459 9560
US: +1 (646) 974 9060

Meet The Team

Meet the Team at Jericho Writers

Our Team

Jericho Writers began in 2004 when best-selling author, Harry Bingham, set up a new kind of company offering writers expert editorial assistance.

Today, we’re a worldwide team of real-life writers who offer everything you need to help you write, edit and get your book published.

You can find any current job opportunities here.

Harry Bingham


Harry is the bestselling author of a dozen novels and multiple works of non-fiction. He’s been published all over the world, had his work adapted for TV, been on prize short- and long-lists, and had worldwide critical acclaim. In addition to his traditional publishing deals, Harry also self-publishes successfully and is a firm believer in new ways of connecting with readers. LinkedIn. Author site.

Favourite book: ‘The Lady in the Lake’, Raymond Chandler

Sophie Flynn

Head of Marketing

Sophie is an author and Head of Marketing. Her debut novel, ‘All My Lies’, is published by Simon & Schuster. When she’s not writing or working, she can mostly be found walking her rescue dog, Nellie, in the muddy fields of the Cotswolds. Being asked to choose just one book for this bio is the hardest thing she has ever had to do. LinkedIn.

Favourite book: ‘Queenie’, Candice Carty-Williams

Anna Burtt

Head of Events

Anna is the founder of the West Hill Writers group in Brighton, works for a range of independent publishers, lectures on book marketing and reads voraciously. She is the host of The Brighton Book Club. Anna loves working with passionate writers, established authors and the fantastic team at Jericho. In her spare time, she enjoys good food, a cold beer, and the odd bit of DIY. You can follow her on Twitter @annamburtt. LinkedIn.

Favourite book: ‘Boy Parts’, Eliza Clark 

Stephanie Vendryes

Head of Writers’ Support

Stephanie is our writer support queen. If you’ve called us, you may have noticed that she’s French. She studied art history and illustration in Paris, and is a compulsive reader, from science-fiction to literary fiction. She also writes in her free time. 

Favourite book: ‘Germinal’, Emile Zola 

Rachael Cooper

Head of Publishing & AgentMatch

Rachael manages the publishing department and AgentMatch. She has an MA in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism; she specialises in female sociability and is currently writing a series of articles about her research. You can normally find Rachael in the rare books room at the British Library or in a bookstore looking for yet another Penguin Classic!  LinkedIn.

Favourite book: ‘The Masquerade’, Henry Fielding

Kat Ashton

Head of Courses

Kat is our Courses Marketing Manager who is responsible for promoting our online courses across the world. Outside of work, Kat is passionate about mental health and works with charities to promote awareness.

 Favourite book: Book of Twilight by Pablo Neruda

Polly Peraza-Brown

Agent Relations Manager

Polly is the Agent Relations Manager and also runs the Agent One-to-One sessions. You can find her happily answering any publishing related questions you might have. Polly has a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Publishing Media. She’s worked in various roles in the media industry and has a particular penchant for memoirs and feminist non-fiction. She has a book & travel blog called ‘Where Polly Wanders’. 

Favourite book: ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’, Onjali Raúf  

Ryan Annis

IT Manager

Responsible for maintaining existing IT and introducing new solutions to keep the Jericho Writers digital workplace secure, effective & reliable. Ryan has a PhD in Engineering and enjoys putting his “geeky” interests to use, inventing contraptions of questionable utility in his spare time.    

Favourite book:‘The Selfish Gene’, Richard Dawkins 

Savannah Jackson

Digital Content Assistant

Savannah is a Digital Content Assistant at Jericho Writers and likes nothing more than immersing herself in a world of books. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. In her free time, she writes poetry, plays guitar, and relaxes with her cats. She finds choosing her favourite book to be an almost impossible task!

Favourite book: ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’, Betty Smith

Jonny Milne

Campaigns Manager

Jonny manages the advertising and emails communications to make sure everyone knows what’s going on in the world of Jericho Writers. When he isn’t glued to a laptop, he’s a big sailing fanatic, who is constantly frustrated at living in one of the furthest places from the sea.   


Favourite Book: ‘Have His Carcase’, Dorothy L Sayers

Esther Vincent

Marketing Executive

Esther works in the marketing department and manages our social media channels. She moved to Oxford two years ago from Sheffield – she loves her new city but misses the £3 pints in the North. Esther did her BA in English Literature and History of Art at the University of York, and her biggest life ambition is to own a sausage dog called Gerald.   LinkedIn.

Favourite book: ‘Supper Club’, Lara Williams 

Josh Denby

Video & Marketing Assistant

Josh spent four years at the University of York completing a BSc in Film and Television and acquiring a PG Diploma is Postproduction and Visual Effects. He has been writing scripts in multiple genres regularly for over six years and is currently writing a fantasy novel and a short story collection in a dystopian sci-fi world. Outside of writing, Josh also enjoys games, sports and music. LinkedIn

Favourite book:  ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry

Anna McKie

Administrative Assistant

Anna is an admin assistant working on the Agent One-to-One and AgentMatch services. She moved from the North East to study Biomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford, and is predictably enough a huge fan of sci-fi and speculative fiction. In her spare time, she also enjoys LARPing, a hobby that she encourages everybody to try at least once.

Favourite book: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Moht

Elsie Granthier

Writer Support Team & Events Executive

Elsie is one of our Writer Support Team Assistants who enjoys giving writing advice and unasked for book recommendations. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University, and misses the friendliness of the North but not the cold. Outside of work you’ll find her baking bread, trudging through the countryside, or reviewing books on Instagram @bookgrants.  LinkedIn.

Favourite book:‘In the Dream House’, Carmen Maria Machado 

Thea Pelletier

Writer Support Team

Thea graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 with a degree in German and English Literature. She started at Jericho Writers working on AgentMatch and our blogs, and is now a Writer Support Assistant. Every day on the job she learns something new about writing! When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her two sighthounds and putting a dent in her first novel.

Favourite book:  ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn

Kate Walker

Content Assistant

Kate is a content assistant working on AgentMatch at Jericho Writers. She studied English Literature at the University of Exeter and has a particular love for novels from the 19th Century. When she’s not busy reading everything she can get her hands on, she spends her time writing, baking, listening to musical soundtracks, and visiting museums and art galleries.

Favourite book: ‘Frankenstein’, Mary Shelley

Katy Gathright

UNWC US Moderator

Katy is a fiction MFA student and undergraduate instructor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to the MFA, she worked in digital communications for nine years and received a B.A. in English and History from Williams College. She lives in Washington, DC where she is an above-average parallel parker and enjoys being walked by her dog. 

Favourite book: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Verity Hicks

Writers Support & Courses Assistant

Verity is part of our Writer Support team and Moderator for the UK/Europe Ultimate Novel Writing Course. As an alumni of the 2020/21 Ultimate Novel Writing Course, she has personal experience using Jericho Writers’ support to complete her first novel, which she is currently querying with agents. She is studying English Literature & Creative Writing at the Open University and working up the courage to start her second novel, all with the help of her two well-meaning cats.

Favourite book: ‘Song of Achilles’, by Madeleine Miller

Working at Jericho means I am absorbed in an ocean of creativity and ideas. Every day I get inspiration for my life and my writing, it’s a perfect job
Josh, Video & Marketing Assistant
Working with writers in the early stages of their careers is truly an honour. As a team, there’s nothing we love to see more than the success of our members, especially when we spot your published books on the shelves of bookshops!
Emily, Courses Executive
There’s something about helping talented and dedicated authors achieve their dreams, however small a part we play, that makes this job so special.
Rachael, Head of Publishing and AgentMatch

Our Mentors, Editors and Tutors

Our team of Editors, Mentors and Tutors consist of international bestselling authors, prize-winning writers, commissioning editors, and University Lecturers. Coming to you from across the globe, our team of experts to help support you in your writing journey, no matter what stage you’re at.

Our Editors

We are lucky to work with an exceptional team of editors who work with a range of genres. Get to know the whole team here.

Holly Seddon, Editor and Mentor

Dexter Petley, Editor


Claire Gilman, Editor

Our Mentors

Our team of mentors consist of US and UK critically acclaimed authors, commissioning editors, and creative writing specialists. Meet the team here!

Marcus Sedgwick, Mentor

Aliya Ali-Afzal, Mentor

Trisha Sakhlecha

Trisha Sakhlecha, Mentor

Our Tutors

Our courses are some of the best in the business, not in small part to our team of excellent tutors. See our range of courses and the talented team of tutors here.

Debi Alper, Self-Editing Your Novel Course Tutor and Editor

Debbie Young, Simply Self-Publish Tutor

Brian Gresko (UNWC tutor)

Brian Gresko, Ultimate Novel Writing Course: International Tutor

Our Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in Jericho Writers! We’re not recruiting right now, but please come back and check again soon.

Work Experience Opportunities

As a team of publishing and writing services professionals, we know how hard it is to get a foot in the door. That’s why we have work experience placements periodically throughout the year.

Please check back here for news of when we are accepting work experience placements. Thank you!