BIC Board of Directors

BIC is governed by a Board of Directors as follows:

Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR 

Simon Ellison, Merchandising Director - High Street, WHSmith

Gareth Jarrett
, Director of Book Publishing Services, Taylor and Francis 

Natalie Jones
, Head of Programmes, CILIP 

Ruth Jones
, (Chair), Director Global Sales, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group 

Dr Cordelia Rogerson
, Head of Collection Care and Metadata Management, The British Library 

Fraser Tanner
, Managing Director, Batch Ltd and a Director of the Booksellers Association
Group Ltd 

Karina Urquhart
, Executive Director, Book Industry Communication Ltd (BIC) 

Jon Windus
, Head of Product Leadership, Nielsen Book 


More information about each of the Directors:

Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
Graham is Executive Director of EDItEUR, responsible for the overall development of EDItEUR’s standards and the management services it provides on behalf of other standards agencies (including the International ISNI agency and the International DOI Foundation). He joined EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect in 2010, focussed on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR standards for both the book and serials sectors.

Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, where most recently 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 HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books and print-on-demand programmes. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for Books. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing and BBC Magazines.

Simon Ellison, Merchandising Director - High Street, W H Smith
Simon Ellison is the Merchandising Director for WHSmith’s High Street retail business, where he is responsible for the management of stock & availability across all product categories. Simon joined WHSmith in 2019. Simon previously held various roles with Iceland Foods, Asda and BHS across a range of specialisms including store management, supply chain, space and stock management, format development, change management and systems projects. Simon is also a member of the BIC IRI and Green Supply Chain working groups. Simon is a graduate of King’s College, London where he read French and German, and he retains interests in languages, travel, and international affairs.

Gareth Jarrett, Director of Book Publishing Services, Taylor and Francis
Apart for a period spent in Canada selling astronomical telescopes, Gareth has spent 27 years in publishing in the UK, first in trade publishing with the Penguin Group and more recently in academic publishing with Taylor & Francis Group where he is now Director - Books Publishing Services. He is a passionate believer that you can have the best books in the world, but it’s all for nothing if people cannot get them – everything stands or falls on the supply chain that gets books into a customer’s hands (or onto their device). Improving every aspect of that process, from print procurement to demand planning, from the discoverability of content to the accessibility of it, both increasing speed to market but reducing carbon footprint. These are all measures critical to allowing book publishing to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Natalie Jones, Head of Programmes, CILIP
Natalie Jones is Head of Programmes at CILIP, the UK's Library and Information Association. She leads CILIP's Projects and Programmes team, who deliver dynamic and innovative projects to develop best practice and knowledge sharing for the organisation and wider profession. With a background in publishing and campaigns and awards management, Natalie leads the strategic development and delivery of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children's book awards and associated reading for pleasure shadowing scheme, working in close partnership with the CILIP Youth Libraries Group and education and values partners in the children's book industry. She also runs Libraries Week, the annual celebration of the nation's much-loved libraries, working with a new theme each year to showcase the innovative and diverse services that libraries have to offer. She has a keen interest in literacy, diversity and inclusion, and a love for children's books.                                                    

Ruth Jones (Chair), Director Global Sales, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group
Ruth is Director of Global Sales for the Digital Services group at Ingram Content Group, a leader in distribution, print-on-demand and digital solutions. Ruth has over 25 years’ experience in the publishing, library and electronic information industries.

Dr Cordelia Rogerson, Head of Collection and Metadata Management, The British Library
Dr Cordelia Rogerson is Head of Collection Care & Metadata Management at the British Library, with responsibility for conservation of the collection (170 million items) as well as acquisition and metadata creation.  She leads a team of 240 specialists.

Cordelia gained a BA in Art History from Manchester University and then trained as a textile conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Cordelia worked as a textile conservator, researcher and lecturer for 10 years.  She gained a PhD from the Royal College of Art in plastics conservation and joined the British Library in 2007 as modern materials conservator. She is a Trustee of the British Library Collections Trust; Honorary Lecturer University College London, Honorary Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers’; Recently external examiner for Lincoln University BA in Conservation; and is a member of advisory committees for the libraries and archives of Salisbury Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral.

Fraser Tanner, Managing Director, Batch Ltd and a Director of the Booksellers Association Group Ltd
Fraser is responsible for Batch payments & returns the data system at the heart of the book trade. He joined as MD from the world of foreign exchange, where he had rolled out an internet trading solution for business-to-business payments through the international banking systems. Developing Batch to improve the flow of information and integration between companies within the book and non-book trade. Fraser is also a Director of the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland, Book Tokens, Chair of BIC’s Physical Supply Chain Committee, and a member of the BA Physical Supply Chain Group.  Working closely with publishers and booksellers in the UK and around the world in the supply chain. He is also responsible for the BatchLine, the UK’s most popular inventory management system which operates in over 250 bookshops in the UK and Ireland.

Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, Book Industry Communication Ltd (BIC)
Karina is the Executive Director of BIC and has held this position since February 2012. She has been instrumental in the restructure and re-invigoration of BIC which has seen the creation of an agile members organisation focused on driving and delivering meaningful change and education across all sectors of the UK book industry supply chain. Karina has worked in the book industry for over 28 years including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley followed by 12 years at Penguin UK where she held several supply chain and operational roles, latterly as the Digital & Matadata Supply Chain Manager. She has a wealth of operational and data experience in both physical and digital supply chains; other previous roles include customer operations, stock management and international sales/rights. In June 2020, Karina was instrumental in the creation of the International Green Book Supply Chain Alliance, partnering with BISG in the US, and BookNet Canada. Representing BIC, Karina also sits on the EDItEUR Board and the International Steering Committee for Thema.  

Jon Windus, Head of Product Leadership, Nielsen Book
Jon Windus is a director of Nielsen Book Services, the leading UK provider of book product information, sales measurement and supply chain solutions, who operate the UK ISBN Agency.  At Nielsen, Jon is responsible for product development as Head of Product Leadership.

Jon was Deputy Chair of BIC’s previous Operational Board and chairs BIC’s Metadata Committee. He is also a board director of the International ISBN Agency, and is currently the Agency’s Treasurer. For many years Jon was also a non-executive Director of Bibliographic Data Services Ltd (BDS), a specialist library metadata provider. He is also a member of the British Standards Institute committee for Identifiers and Metadata, and was previously a member of the Institute of Directors. Jon also sits on the International Steering Committee for Thema, the global standard book subject category scheme managed by EDItEUR.

Jon has a degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University.

Applications to Serve on the Board of Directors
Any director of a member organisation eligible and willing to serve as an elected member of the Board of Directors may be proposed by other members organisations.  A director of a member organisation may also propose themself to serve as an elected member of the Board.

Nominations for elected posts will be invited from all members organisations on dates determined by the Board which shall be sufficiently in advance of the relevant Annual General Meeting to enable elections to be properly held.

Period of Service on the Board of Directors
Elected members of the Board are required to serve for an initial term of three years and shall be eligible for re-election for one further term of three years.  The Board has the power to extend the three-year term in order to preserve the continuity of the business.

The above is only a summary of the terms and conditions for nominations and elections to the BIC Board of Directors. For more information please contact


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