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Mark Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Mark was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Welbeck Publishing Group and founder and CEO of both Zaffre and Quercus. These three publishing companies have had over 30 Sunday Times bestsellers from authors including Stieg Larsson, Wilbur Smith, Lynda La Plante, Peter May, Heather Morris, T.M Logan, James Swallow, Angela Marsons, Rosie Goodwin, Mel C, Freya North, Anton Du Beke, Louise Pentland, Dorothy Koomson, Stef Penney and Philip Kerr.

Wayne Davies

Managing Director

Wayne was the co-founder of UK Publisher of the Year winner Quercus and has over 30 years’ experience in trade, digital and audio publishing. He has published many international bestsellers including several million-copy plus projects, as well as overseeing the ebook sales phenomenons of Peter May, Hilary Boyd and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Wayne was also responsible for launching the online reviewing community Readers First.

James Blatch

Board Director and
Digital Advertising Director

James has been devising and implementing online advertising campaigns for the last six years to great success. As presenter of the Self-Publishing Show James has also developed deep ties and connections to the self-published author community and will bring this experience and expertise to Vinci Books to oversee and manage our online advertising strategies.

Jane Harris

Board Chair and Publisher

Jane has over 30 years of experience working in international corporates and medium and small indie publishers. She has worked with the Agatha Christie and Tolkien Estates, best selling commercial and literary authors including Val McDermid, George RR Martin, Philippa Gregory, Cassandra Clare, Jonathan Franzen, and many more. Moving from sales, marketing and PR to editorial and publishing has given Jane a 360 degree view of publishing.

James Horobin

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

James is a senior sales and marketing executive with a proven track record of building commercial author brands across global sales channels including James Patterson, Victoria Hislop, Maggie O’Farrell, Martina Cole, Wilbur Smith, Heather Morris, Lynda La Plante, Santa Montefiore and Simon Scarrow. James has held senior sales and marketing positions at Hachette UK, Simon & Schuster, Bonnier and Welbeck.

Jed Cope

Chief Financial Officer

Jed is an award-winning KPMG-trained Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience across business sectors including publishing (Quercus and Zaffre), technology and luxury retail and design. Jed is also a very experienced and successful independent author, having published more than twenty books and nearly 200 short stories.

Alexander Niehues

Board Director

Alexander is the founder and owner of K-lytics, a leading market research and data analysis company focusing on the e-book and self-publishing industry and has developed Vinci’s unique Author Intelligence tool. With 25 years of experience as a top-management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, Alexander has served as an Office Head and Global Sector Leader at Booz & Company and Strategy& (PwC).

Stuart Bache

Art Director

Stuart is a highly-experienced book cover designer and illustrator with almost two decades of experience in both traditional and self-publishing. He ran a successful design business, working closely with many multi-million bestselling authors including LJ Ross, Stephen King, Simon McCleave and John le Carré and has extensive experience in traditional publishing, having worked in senior positions for major publishers such as Hodder & Stoughton and HarperCollins.

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