About our Trainers 

Imago's Trainers are all experts in their respective fields and have the widest possible understanding of the publishing industry.   All of our trainers are practitioners themselves and are fully up to speed with technical developments in the industry.  

Mark Bracey
Mark is our InDesign trainer and has worked in book publishing as a designer and trainer for nearly twenty five years. After studying graphic design Mark worked for various design studios before taking on a training role at Dorling Kindersley. While at DK he advised on best practices for book creation and ran a team of in-house DTP staff. Following DK's merger with Penguin, Mark worked as a key member of the management team responsible for the group's migration to InDesign. Mark is currently Publishing Manager for InXmedia Ltd and continues to work 'hands-on' designing and typesetting books as well as being responsible for print production and publishing activities within the company.
 
Michael Burman
Michael Burman runs our ever popular Understanding Colour course and graduated with a BA Hons degree in chemistry from The University of Oxford and a Diploma in Printing Management from The London College of Printing. He is Managing Director of F.E. Burman Ltd, a London based company in business for nearly 50 years specialising in data management, pre-press, printing and mailing services for a wide range of blue chip clients. Michael has a wealth of practical experience and extensive knowledge on colour. He has trained and lectured at The London Institute, PIRA and at industry wide seminars and conferences in Europe and USA. Michael’s easy and approachable manner makes him an excellent communicator and trainer.
 
Diane Greaves
Diane runs our Toy Safety courses has worked in children's product safety for over twenty years, starting as a Laboratory Manager, moving on to manage two facilities testing children’s toys, childcare articles and nursery products. In 1994 Diane became General Manager for ITS RAM and set up the UK office, becoming deeply involved in hazard assessments, looking at essential safety and risk assessment of products for many of the High Street names including Marks & Spencer, MacDonalds, Nike, and Fritolay. Diane now works as an independent safety consultant for Marks & Spencers, Hallmark and Imago with whom she has worked for eight years as a consultant and trainer. Diane is a member of several of the Standards committees including CW15 (Safety of Toys).
 
Eunice Paterson
Eunice has worked in print production for 30 years for companies as diverse as Dorling Kindersley and Sage Publications. Eunice has extensive production experience having worked on children's magazines, pop-up books, children's books with books plus elements, illustrated coffee table books, fiction, academic books and journals. Such a wide range of products has given Eunice experience of hand assembly, web and sheet fed litho, digital and ink jet production. In the course of her working life, Eunice has worked extensively with printers in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, USA and Canada.
 
Teresa Solomon
Teresa is highly experienced in colour and the technicalities of book production. She worked on the Production side in book publishing for many years before moving to Imago. While Production Director of Dorling & Kindersley she moved the company over to working digitally (away from working with film) and trained the staff in the new technology. She has worked closely troubleshooting colour and print problems with printers, repro, production and designers for many years. For the last 15 years Teresa has worked for Imago developing training courses for the Imago Training School and is one of Imago’s colour experts. Teresa is now closely involved in the development of new courses, working with the trainers, and with consultancy work offered by Imago’s Training School.
 
Al Richardson
Alistair runs Imago's colour management courses and worked for DK and Penguin for 10 years as their lead Creative Technical Support. His role crossed the boundaries of Production, Design and Print, and he has gained a thorough and comprehensive insight to colour management and it's application throughout many different workflows. He was instrumental in the implementation of hi-res working within Penguin, and the introduction of colour management throughout their divisions. Outside Penguin, he was a main technical contact for a major UK printer when they introduced Press Sign, and ensured the successful uptake by both supplier and client of this system. He has provided numerous varied training courses across both Penguin and DK, ranging from hands-on Software implementation to complex technical print and colour management courses for Designers and Production Staff.
 
Harriet Maxwell
Harriet has worked in book production for over 20 years and has spent many of those working at Dorling Kindersley as the Production Manager for children’s novelty books. Her time there coincided with a huge growth in books for young children and the move to more interactive books with ever more complex play elements. As a result Harriet has worked on a wide range of products including packs, pop ups, different types of board books, books with sound, touch and feel and various books plus items. Harriet currently works as a freelance Production Manager and still loves being involved in the creative process of publishing books that are a bit out of the ordinary.
 
Leanne Hoffman
Leanne Hoffman is a coach, trainer and consultant with a background and understanding of publishing, specialising in leadership, employee and organisational development. Leanne headed up Leadership & Development for Sage Publications for over 10 years, delivering Personal Effectiveness Workshops and various Management and Directors Level Development Programmes. Prior to that she worked for a range of companies including large corporates like Andersen Consulting and Tesco. Over the years Leanne has learnt much about how to motivate, engage and develop people so they can perform to the best of their abilities and contribute significantly to the organisations they work for. In addition Leanne is a registered and accredited psychotherapist with 10 years experience of working with patients. Leanne uses this experience to inform the design of her workshops and often includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools to help build self-awareness and manage emotional responses.
 
Ken Jones
Founder and Director of Circular Software - www.circularflo.com. A publishing software expert with over ten years experience as Technical Production Manager and software trainer and developer at Pearson and Penguin Group UK. Ken has knowledge and experience of fixed layout EPUB3 & KF8, workflow automation and standardisation, PDF creation and preflighting, graphic design and publishing software, XML & XSLT and commercial printing. Ken specialises in writing applications for publishers and offering training and consultancy on print and digital publishing software and workflows. He has worked in the UK with Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, National Trust, Parragon and other well known publishers.
 
Nigel Hackett
Nigel Hackett is the Managing Director of RMH Logistics Ltd, a logistics company specialising in the publishing and printing sectors. Prior to that Nigel was the Managing Director of Hackett & Sea which he established in 1997. Nigel was educated at Cardiff University and held several positions in varying areas of commerce before entering the publishing sector. Nigel spent seven years in children's publishing as a Commercial Director and therefore has an understanding of publisher's specific requirements.
 
Richard Balkwill
Richard Balkwill runs our Copyright and Finance in Publishing courses. Richard taught publishing law at City University and was a senior lecturer on the publishing courses at Oxford Brookes, where he is now an associate consultant for the International Centre for Publishing Studies. Richard has long experience as a publisher at Ginn, Nelson, Macmillan (publishing director of the education division in the 1980s) and as managing director at Heinemann Library when it was part of Reed Elsevier. In 1992 he set up Copytrain as an independent consultancy offering training and copyright advice to companies and individuals. The main focus of Richard’s current work is on advice and consultancy to organisations and institutions working out policies and protocols for the management of rights in a digital environment. This includes publishers seeking to draft and devise new contracts, and responding to the challenges posed by the Open Access movement and Creative Commons licences. Richard is much in demand as speaker, writer and trainer. Kogan Page have recently published his co-authored book The Professionals’ Guide to Publishing.
 
Matthew Parker
Matthew is Imago's Trainer for Negotiation, Sales & Supplier Management Courses. With 20 years’ experience in the print sector, he provides consultancy and training services to a wide range of Clients and markets. Matthew headed up print purchasing at Future Publishing, one of the UK’s leading consumer magazine publishers. At Future, he achieved significant reductions on multi-million pound spend every year. Matthew has also worked as a print specialist at many different companies of all sizes and in various market sectors. This has included agency and marketing environments and also small publishing companies, giving him exposure to a variety of company cultures. His experience is not limited to the print sector and Matthew confidently brings relevant experience of different market sectors to your projects.
 
Graham Smith
Graham Smith has worked for over twenty five years in publishing as a publisher, editor, proofreader, writer and trainer. He is now a freelance consultant who carries out editing, project management and writing assignments for a variety of clients, including consumer publishers, academic and educational publishers, government agencies and general business organisations. Graham is an experienced and qualified trainer who delivers courses in writing, editing, proofreading and related skills to publishers and organisations in Europe and the UK. He is an accredited trainer to the European Commission and European Parliament.
 
Nick Gee
Nick Gee runs our Paper for Book Production course and is Commercial Director of Denmaur Papers plc, the UK's leading independent paper merchant. Nick founded Denmaur with his brother Mike in 1983 and today runs the day to day commercial side of the company, overseeing the supply of paper to book and magazine publishers and their associated printers. Nick is hugely knowledgeable and his relaxed and friendly presentation style will ensure you have get the most from your day.