BIC Trainers

Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR

Graham Bell HeadshotGraham joined EDItEUR in 2010, and he focuses on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR metadata standards for the global book, e-book, and serials sectors. Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK where he was Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many recent HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books, and print-on-demand programs. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing.



Francis Cave, Publishing Technology Consultant  

Francis Cave HeadshotFrancis Cave is a freelance publishing technology consultant and one of the UK’s leading experts on the application of XML in publishing. He has almost thirty years’ experience advising publishers on how to make best use of the latest technologies in editorial and production, and for the past twelve years has been supporting BIC in the development of a range of trade and library supply chain communication standards, including the BIC web service standards. He has been providing technical support to EDItEUR in the development of the ONIX for Books product information standard since 1999, and in the development of the EDItX family of XML transaction message formats since 2002.


Simon Edwards, BIC
Simon Edwards, Book Industry Communication

Simon Edwards has worked in the book industry for over twenty five years as librarysupplier,publisher and retailer. After spells with WHSmith and Whitaker he became a freelance consultant and worked for the likes of BIC, The Bookseller, the BA, IBS Bookmaster, Macmillan, Nielsen, PubEasy and Vista; undertaking a wide range of research, training, marketing and systems design projects. For BIC, over the past ten years, Simon ran the e4books and e4libraries projects and authored many of BIC's guides and reports on supply chain matters. As BIC's principal consultant, Simon is now involved with the development of BIC and he chairs the BIC Technical Implementation Clinics for both trade and libraries.



Ken Jones, Circular Software

Ken JonesFounder and Director of Circular Software, Ken Jones is a publishing software expert with over ten years' experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Pearson and Penguin Group UK.  

Ken now specialises in writing applications for publishers and offering training and consultancy on print and digital publishing software and workflows.



Stephen Long, Head of Nielsen BookNet

Stephen Long HeadshotStephen Long has worked in the book trade for over twenty-five years. Twenty of those were spent at the group of companies now making up Waterstones booksellers. During this period he undertook various store roles, including management, before joining the head office in the late nineties to focus on e-commerce.
Stephen joined Nielsen in early 2007 and heads up the Nielsen BookNet and Nielsen Technical Support teams. The role encompasses technical and commercial aspects of e-commerce in the supply chain. It includes account management and the development of new business in UK and export markets.


  • Introduction to BIC EDI message formats and code list


Karina Luke, BIC

Karina Luke, Book Industry Communication Karina has over 20 years publishing industry experience, including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley, followed by 12 years at Penguin where she was the Digital and Data Supply Chain Manager. She joined Book Industry Communication Ltd (BIC) as its new Executive Director in February 2012 and has since been restructuring and re-energising the organisation in addition to growing its remit and international focus.
Previous publishing industry roles have included international sales/rights, customer operations, stock and data management. She has a wealth of operational and data experience in both the physical supply chain and the digital supply chain and is passionate about training, metadata and process improvement.

  • Metadata for Beginners


Heather O'Connell, Bluebird Consulting 

Heather OConnell HeadshotHeather O'Connell is a Print Production professional with more than 20 years experience in publishing. She has worked at companies large and small and was Production Director of Penguin Publishing and Harper Collins. In 2010 she retrained as a coach and uses those skills along with her knowledge of the industry in her work as she now works as a consultant and trainer to print and publishing.


Rochelle Talary

Starting out her career as a teacher, Rochelle moved from education to publishing and has spent the last fifteen years in children's publishing, handling all types of books, from mono to kits to digital, and everything in between. She has worked for the UK branches of three of the “big four” international publishers, most recently as Head of Production for HarperCollins UK Children's Books. Rochelle has overseen development of products for the UK, US and international market, and is highly experienced at navigating the safety regulations applying to novelty products.


  • Producing Children's Books


Howard Willows, Nielsen Book

HW HeadshotHoward Willows has worked in the book trade since 1987, in the areas of bibliographic aggregation, data quality and library supply, in both the UK and Australia, and has been closely involved with the development of industry standards during that time.  He was primarily reponsible for the initial release of the BIC Standard Subject Category scheme in 1996 and has been Chair of the Review Committee ever since. He has been involved in the development of ONIX from its inception, and has chaired the UK ONIX Group since 2002.  At the London Book Fair 2011, he launched an initiative to develop a single subject classification scheme for the global book trade, which has now evolved into the Thema project. 


  • Implementing Thema
  • Understanding BIC Subject Classification & An Introduction to Thema