The Boss: co-founder and public face of the company. A marketing and design professional with over 23 years' experience, he’s the author of Vertebrate’s best-selling Peak District Mountain Biking and White Peak Mountain Biking guides.
A keen runner, climber and mountain biker, he spent much of his twenties touring the world as a ‘professional’ (his words) climber and has now settled down with a young son and novelty show dog. His wife professes that after ten years he still seems resistant to training and doesn’t understand why he slips the lead and heads out to the hills at any opportunity. At least he takes the dog with him.
John manages Vertebrate Publishing and is responsible for developing VP into one of the leading publishers of outdoor books in the country. Under his guidance, our titles have picked up numerous awards – including both the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize and the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival on two occasions – and have been shortlisted for more. John is a keen rock climber and mountain biker and is author of the award-winning Peak District Bouldering. He’s also our in-house photographer, shooting many of the stunning images you see in VP’s guidebooks.
Jane has over eighteen years' creative design and print experience. After qualifying in art, design and photography in her native South Africa, she honed her skills in several thriving design studios before moving to the UK ten years ago. As well as the distinctive twang she brings to the team’s cocktail of dialects, she is motivated and enthusiastic with a fine attention to detail and an eye for a catchy cover. She’s responsible for designing award-winning books and ebooks for Vertebrate Publishing. Jane is married with a young son and promises not to kill the bees in her beehive this year.
Teija Douglas (pronounced 'Taya') is our Finnish office manager – a great asset to Vertebrate Publishing, her skills and responsibilities seem to include ... everything. With accounting and business management qualifications she expertly runs the finance and operations side of the business, and can even talk dialect Finn to any unwanted sales calls! Lured over here by her scrupulously honest husband on promises that the climate was so lovely in Sheffield, she is often seen out walking in the Peak District wrapped in three coats muttering incomprehensible Viking curses.
Lorna is a publishing Masters Grad. She is responsible for promoting our growing list of fiction and particuarly teen titles and organising author events. Originally from the sunny(ish) seaside town of Southport, out of the office, she can often be found getting lost, exploring the many mountainous streets around her new home of Sheffield, looking for foxes or travelling the world in search of pandas.
Cami – also known as ‘The Copyright Heron’ – has a first-class degree in psychology, and stepped out of university and straight into the publishing world eight years ago. Cami is our editor, working on frontlist titles as well as heading up our ebook and print on demand programmes. She is delighted to be working on titles that relate to her passion for climbing and the outdoors.