Joanna Prior (Past President)
Joanna Prior is Managing Director of Penguin General Books, one of seven adult publishing divisions at Penguin Random House. The division comprises Hamish Hamilton, Viking, Portfolio, Fig Tree and Penguin Ireland imprints and is home to authors as varied as Clare Balding, Anthony Beevor, Alain de Botton, Nick Hornby, John le Carre, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith and Colm Toibin. Joanna joined Penguin in 1998 as marketing and publicity director. Before this, Joanna held the same role at Fourth Estate and was briefly editor of the Sunday Telegraph magazine. She began her career as an assistant and Macmillan, then becoming a publicist at Heinemann.
Joanna is President of The Publishers Association, past chair of the Trade Publishing Council, chair of the PA's Reading for Pleasure committee and has recently become a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust. She is also a founding member of the Reading Partners steering committee, the industry consortium working with libraries. She has been a board member for the Bailleys Women's Prize for Fiction since 2012 and was Chair of World Book Day in 2012.