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Meet the CABI books team

Meet the team and find out a bit more about each of them. If you have any queries or proposals please feel free to get in touch!

Caroline Makepeace

Caroline Makepeace - Head of Content Strategy  |  +44 (0)1491 829274  |  +44 (0)7771 684980

Responsible for:

Animal Welfare, Veterinary Science & Veterinary Medicine

Aquaculture and Fisheries

“I joined CABI in 2014 as Head of Book Commissioning and am now our Publisher and Head of Content Strategy. I have worked in Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing throughout my career and my previous posts were Executive Editor at CRC Press at Taylor and Francis, Head of Postgraduate and Professional Publishing at Hodder Education, and Publishing Director at Elsevier. I have a BSc in Biological Sciences from London University. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a new book publishing idea, whether print or digital, or if you have any feedback on our CABI products. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Claire Parfitt

Claire Parfitt - Senior Commissioning Editor   |  +44 (0)1491 829282

Responsible for:


"I joined CABI in 2001 as Editorial Assistant, after working as a Marketing Executive in Life Sciences at Gordon & Breach Publishing. I became a Commissioning Editor at CABI in 2004. I have a BSc in Zoology from Reading University, UK. Please drop me a line if you have any  book publishing ideas or if you would like to comment on any of our published tourism titles."


David Hemming

David Hemming - Commissioning Editor  |   +44 (0)1491 829428

Responsible for:

Biotechnology Series

Invasive Species Series

Climate Change Series

International Development

Open Access

"I joined CABI in July 1998 as a Content Editor, later commissioning reviews for the journal CAB Reviews, and began working for the books team in 2011 as a Commissioning Editor. I have a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh, UK, a PhD in Genetics form the University of Liverpool, UK, and a BA (Open) in English and Music from the Open University. Any suggestions regarding books in my subject areas would be most welcome."

Rachael Russell

Rachael Russell - Commissioning Editor
(currently on maternity leave)  |   +44 (0)1491 829289

Responsible for:

Horticulture, Crop Science & Plant Sciences

Human Nutrition & Food Science


"I joined CABI in 2015 as a Commissioning Editor, having previously worked in Medical Publishing as an Associate Commissioning Editor at Wiley and Senior Editorial Assistant at CRC Press (Taylor and Francis). I have a PhD in History of Medicine from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. Please feel free to contact me if you have any book publishing ideas or to comment on CABI products within my subject areas."

 Rebecca Stubbs

Rebecca Stubbs - Commissioning Editor
(maternity cover for Rachael Russell) | +44 (0) 1491 829417

Responsible for:

Horticulture, Crop Science & Plant Sciences

Human Nutrition & Food Science


"I first joined CABI in 1998 as a Development Editor in the books team, commissioning books and reference works. I left in 2005 to join Wiley (previously Blackwell), where I worked for 11 years as Senior Commissioning Editor, across all areas of physical sciences and engineering. I’m pleased to be back at CABI, covering Rachael’s role in horticulture, crop & plant sciences, nutrition and food science, and nematology."

Ward Cooper 

Ward Cooper - Commissioning Editor

Responsible for:

Ecology and Conservation
Entomology and Pest Management
Environmental Sciences and Climate Change
Microbiology and Parasitology
Soil Science and Hydrology
Conservation and Ecology

“I joined CABI in 2015 from Wiley (formerly Blackwell) where I worked as a Senior Commissioning Editor for over 10 years. I have over 20 years’ experience commissioning books across a wide range of biology subjects. Previous to Wiley I worked for Cambridge University Press and Chapman & Hall. I have a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Swansea, and undertook post graduate research at Swansea and the University of Tsukuba, Japan. If you or your colleagues are thinking about putting together a book in my subject areas, I would be delighted to hear from you.”

Alexandra Lainsbury 

Alex Lainsbury - Commissioning Editor  |  +44 (0)1491 829288

Responsible for:

Animal Science

Global Health

Leisure, Recreation and Hospitality

"I joined CABI in September 2010 with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing from Lancaster University. After roles as an Editorial Assistant and Associate Editor, I began working as Commissioning Editor for Animal Science, Global Health, and Leisure and Recreation titles in 2017. Please get in touch if you have any book publishing ideas or comments on CABI products in my subject areas.”

rachel cutts

Rachel Cutts - Commissioning Editor

Responsible for:


Product Management

Agricultural & Environmental Engineering commissioning

"I joined CABI as an Editorial Assistant in September 2006, with a BSc in Zoology from Leeds University. From there I moved into commissioning books before taking on a role in Product Management, evolving CABI’s digital publishing to improve our eBook distribution and acquisition models. I am now developing a new book list for CABI in agricultural and environmental engineering - subjects very close to CABI’s development work. I want to publish books on all technologies that improve agricultural productivity and sustainability, building a future where no one goes hungry. I’d love to hear from academics and engineers working on these important subjects.”

Emma McCann

Emma McCann - Editorial Assistant |  +44 (0)1491 829297

Responsible for:

Editorial development of manuscripts


"I joined CABI in December 2001 as Customer Services administrator, and began working for the books team in 2012 as an Editorial Assistant. I am responsible for the initial processing of manuscripts, coordinating creation of covers, blurbs and other marketing material, maintaining book metadata and general book project administration."

 Tabitha Jay  

Tabitha Jay - Editorial Assistant

Responsible for:

Editorial development of manuscripts


"I I joined CABI in 2018 as an Editorial Assistant, having previously worked in various administrative roles across the education, healthcare and investment banking sectors. I have a background in plant science, having specialised in crop science as part of my BSc (Hons) in Biology at The University of Sheffield, and went on to study phytoplankton physiology as part of my Masters of Research in Marine Biology from Plymouth University. I am responsible for the initial processing of manuscripts, coordinating creation of covers, blurbs and other marketing material, maintaining book metadata and general book project administration."

Tracy Head

Tracy Head - Production Manager

Responsible for:

Book and E-book Production

"I joined CABI in 2001 as a Production Editor in the books team, following a BSc in Biomedical Science & Psychology from Texas A&M University and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. I became Senior Production Editor in 2005 and Production Manager in 2017. I oversee the production of print and e-books, managing teams of Production Editors and E-Content Delivery Editors dedicated to ensuring that CABI’s books are of the highest editorial and production quality".


Leigh-Ann Bard

Leigh-Ann Bard - Marketing Manager

Responsible for:

Books Marketing

"I joined CABI in 2017, having  previously worked on the marketing of the academic social sciences lists at Oxford University Press, and Routledge, Taylor & Francis. I am responsible for managing the marketing strategy for our growing print books list, including conferences and events, email marketing, social media, print marketing and advertising, as well as supporting our sales teams to maximise exposure for our titles."


 Victoria Davies, Publishing Marketing Manager

Victoria Davies - Marketing Assistant 

Responsible for:

Books Marketing

"I joined CABI in 2017 after graduating from the University of Reading with a BA in English Literature. I contact authors with a tailored marketing plan for each book and send out the author questionnaire, to gauge the audience and market for the subject. I send out copies for book reviews, form relationships with societies, and ensure your book reaches its maximum potential through various promotional activities. I also deal with direct marketing for conferences, manage our social media platforms to encourage engagement in your book through blogs and develop and generate content. If you're interested in writing a blog, I'd love to hear your ideas!"

Portrait of Susan Philcox, Knowledge Business Intellectual Property Manager, CABI

Susan Philcox – Intellectual Property and Compliance Manager

Responsible for:

Intellectual Property and Compliance matters throughout CABI. Working with the Books team on Policy, Contracts, Rights, including Translations, and Permissions.

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