President: Claire Cunningham
Claire has been a member of the committee for a number of years and was even on the committee as a pupil representative during her sixth year in 1997. Having experienced the changes within the Guild over the years, Claire is ready to meet the needs of as many members as possible.
With a commercial background in sales and marketing, especially within small and medium-sized businesses, Claire will be planning on using these skills during her tenure as President to ensure that communication between members is maximised.
Committee Member - Laura Willis
Laura left Mary Erskine in 2005 - since joining in 1990 and went on to study Textile, Fashion and business at Heriot Watt in Galashiels. Following on from this she continued to work in luxury fashion retail for almost 10 years - including everything from buying to marketing, personal shopping to management - even being included in Drapers Record's 30 under 30 in 2015. In 2017 she decided to leave retail for hospitality to spend more time with her young daughter Martha. March 2019 is the first time she's stepped foot back on MES soil but hopes that she can become more involved with FP events in the future.
Commitee Member - Rachel Moriarty (nee Roberts)
Rachel has been working in academic publishing since joining Springer Nature in 2009, following completion of an MSc in Publishing. Tens years in, Rachel is an experienced Computer Science Senior Editor who manages a program of 17 traditional journals and was responsible for the successful launch and development of a further five Open Access Journals. Rachel participated in a panel at the 2017 London Book Fair, discussing "Careers in Academic Publishing: Developing and Enhancing Skills and Experience" and was also part of the Springer Nature cohort for the Financial Times 125 Women’s Forum in 2018. Eachel is currently the Chair of the STM Association’s Early Career Publishers Committee and part of their Mentoring and Graduate Publishing Sub-Committees, in addition to holding the Early Career Publisher seat on the STM Board.