Julie Willis: Editorial Director & Systems Lead

Julie Willis: Editorial Director & Systems Lead

Julie has worked in publishing for 26 years, following a career in public relations in which her clients included First Great Western and British Telecom.

She has a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and worked for PR Week before working in PR.

She joined the team at the University of Exeter Press after relocating to South-West England before moving on to lead a team of 20 production editors and managers, working for clients including Taylor & Francis, The British Museum, SAGE, and ICE (The Chartered Institute of Civil Engineers).

During this time she worked with suppliers to improve pre-editing software and online copyediting and proofing platforms, alongside other roles including human resources, accounts, book and journal project management and business development.

She set up River Editorial in 2020 with Rosie Stewart and continues to manage accounts for book and journal publishers, along with clients outside the publishing industry. She has a role in new business procurement and is a member of Westchester's software development focus group.

Her most recent qualification is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) award in management and leadership.

River Editorial was acquired by Westchester Publishing Services UK Ltd in March 2021.