Posted on 25 January 2010
The University of Wales is delighted to announce that Helgard Krause is the new Head of the University of Wales Press.
Originally from southern Germany, multilingual Helgard brings with her a wealth of experience in academic, professional, illustrated and trade publishing.
Until recently she was Head of Sales and Marketing at the Welsh Books Council in Aberystwyth. Prior to this she has worked as the Head of Sales and Rights for Rockport/RotoVision Publishers in Brighton. Helgard also spent a year working in the books industry in Russia, but started her publishing career working for Routledge.
The University of Wales Press was established in 1922 and is wholly owned by the University of Wales. The Press publishes nearly sixty new titles a year both in English and in Welsh, and concentrates on a variety of subjects from History to European Studies. Along with its history of publishing groundbreaking research, the Press also enjoys popular success winning two awards in 2009.
Jane Aaron won the much coveted Roland Mathias award for her book, ‘Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing in Wales’ and Tudur Hallam picked up the Syr Ellis Griffiths Award for his Welsh language volume, ‘ Canon Ein Llên. ’ The University of Wales Press was also responsible for publishing the hugely successful Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales last year, the most ambitious reference work ever published about Wales.
Helgard, who is currently based in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, is delighted with her new role:
“I feel privileged to join a publisher which is of such importance to Wales and its academic community. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the very talented individuals who have ensured that, during a transition period, the Press has continued to publish books of the highest quality. The rapid technological changes affecting the entire publishing sector bring some serious challenges, but I will ensure that the Press will be well positioned to engage in the necessary changes and also to embrace the resulting opportunities.”
Welcoming Helgard to the University of Wales Press, Stephen Owen, Business Director for University of Wales said:
“This appointment marks a significant milestone for the University of Wales Press at a time when the sector is undergoing a massive shift of emphasis in publishing around the globe. In welcoming Helgard on behalf of the University and all her new colleagues, I am delighted that someone with such experience from both the local and overseas publishing world has accepted this role. With a person like Helgard at the helm, it is with confidence that the Press can face the future.”
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