Mary began her career in publishing in the late 1960s as a desk editor with Churchill Livingstone. She rapidly moved into commissioning, and over the next 30 years she built one of the world’s leading manual therapy lists, signing up many of the classics of the field from globally-renowned authors. These included Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy, numerous publications by Leon Chaitow, and the hugely successful Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers. In the mid-1990s Mary launched a range of now well-established journals, including Manual Therapy (the first allied health journal to be accepted for citation in Index Medicus) and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
After a successful early career as an editor, Andrew became Managing Director of Churchill Livingstone UK in the 1980s, overseeing the growth of the company as an international force in healthcare publishing, and driving the development of dynamic book and journal lists. In the early 2000s he joined Elsevier, managing part of their medical business from a base in Philadelphia. Later he moved on to be Chief Publishing Officer for Elsevier’s international health sciences division, working with local companies throughout the world, and taking a major part in the acquisition and integration of the Masson publishing businesses in Europe.
Sarena started her career in the early 80s as a copy editor on science, maths and biology textbooks in South Africa. She joined Harcourt in 1998 as Senior Commissioning Editor and later became Publisher for Elsevier on projects for Health Professionals, working with prominent figures in the field to develop the Manual Therapy list. She also commissioned for Hodder Education and Jessica Kingsley Publishers before embarking on the dream of creating a publishing company to promote and expand the area of Manual Therapy and Bodywork. She is a trained massage therapist, a teacher of a 5 Rhythms movement practice and currently studies Process Oriented Psychotherapy. Sarena has co-authored a chapter: The 5Rhythms Movement practice: Journey to Wellbeing, Empowerment, and Transformation in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, published in 2017.
A Modern Languages graduate, Hilary’s first job in publishing was as Editorial Assistant in the Russian publishing programme of Gordon & Breach Science Publishers in London. In 1990 she moved to Edinburgh to work in marketing at Churchill Livingstone, focusing on nursing, midwifery and health professions, alongside Mary Law. Hilary now works as a freelance Marketing Consultant from her home in Edinburgh.