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Stephen Barr (President)

Stephen Barr is Managing Director of SAGE UK, President of SAGE International and Global Head of Sales.
As President, SAGE International, he is responsible for the growth of the UK, India and Singapore offices within the SAGE group.   As Global Head of Sales he also has global responsibility for sales and the Sales Departments for the SAGE businesses worldwide. Stephen is an Executive Vice-President of SAGE Inc in California and a director of SAGE India and SAGE Asia-Pacific. He joined SAGE UK in 1986 as senior commissioning editor, became Editorial Director in 1988 and Managing Director in 1996.   

Stephen began his publishing career with Europa Publications, the publisher of international reference works such as the Europa Year Book and the international Who’s Who.  He worked in the editorial department of Cambridge University Press from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1986 he was a commissioning editor at the Open University Press, building a new publishing programme in the social sciences. 

Stephen is a member of the board of the Academic and Professional Division of the Publishers Association (PA) and sits on the PA Council.   He has been a visiting professor in the publishing department at Beijing Normal University and is a member of the industry panels at the University of the Arts and City University in the UK.  He is also chair of the board of trustees of the Phoenix Cinema in north London.


Lis Tribe (Vice President)

Lis Tribe is Group Managing Director of Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK.   Hodder Education is one of the top three providers of curriculum materials to the education market in the UK, and is a market leader in International schools publishing.  As well as content, Hodder Education provides a growing range of products and services to teachers and students, including revision, assessment, and professional development.  The business includes Rising Stars and Galore Park, publishers for primary and independent school markets, and is the winner of the Bookseller’s Educational Publisher of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016.

 Lis started her career at Routledge, now part of Taylor and Francis, working in the social sciences editorial team.  She has worked at Hodder Education for 23 years, publishing a variety of subjects and levels before becoming publishing director and then MD. 

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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.