Helen Conford, Publishing Director at Penguin Press, will join Profile Books to take over from Andrew Franklin as Profile Publisher. 

She joins a newly expanded Executive formed of Andrew Franklin, managing director, Frances Ford, finance director, Diana Broccardo, commercial director, Claire Beaumont, UK sales director and Hannah Westland, Publisher of Serpent's Tail. 

Helen Conford was Editor of the Year in 2014 and co-founded Particular Books in 2009. Publisher of the current top ten bestseller, The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells, James Rebanks' The Shepherd's Life and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2018 Adam Weymouth, she has worked with Maria Alyokhina, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Alexa Chung, William Hill winner Tom Gregory, Naomi Klein, Grayson Perry, John le Carré in Penguin Classics, and many more.

Helen Conford said, ‘I love working at Penguin Press and am proud to be have been part of such an intelligent, committed and creative team. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had there. Only the chance to help shape the future of Profile Books could prise me away. It is exciting to join a clever, independent publishing house that I have always admired and to learn from Andrew and the Independent Alliance.’

Andrew Franklin said, ‘Helen is simply brilliant, amongst the best of the best. I have watched and admired her publishing from afar for a long time and am thrilled that she is bringing her flair, genius for creating books and commitment to authors to Profile. She will take the list to new and exciting places. With Helen and our new Executive we are investing in the future of Profile Books and intend to publish with ever-greater strength.’ 

Helen Conford will join Profile Books in May.

For more information please contact:

Anna-Marie Fitzgerald

Senior Publicity Manager

Profile Books

020 7841 6304

anna-marie@profilebooks.com