This week’s spotlight is on two speakers whose participation is thanks to two of PANZ larger publishing members: Penguin Random House’s assistance brings Briony Lewis here and Hachette has contributed to Justin Ractliffe’s visit.

BrionyBriony Lewis, General Counsel for Penguin Random House, APAC will be delivering the Key Note Session Legal 101 – What Every Publisher Needs to Know on Thursday Afternoon. This will be an essential briefing coming just before Nicky Hager and Robbie Burton’s discussion Publish and Be Damned!

Briony is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in private practice and corporate environments with a focus on intellectual property, corporate governance and commercial law.  She has worked as a General Counsel within a book retail business and was formerly the General Counsel for Pearson Australia.  She currently leads the legal, contracts, royalties and rights teams and is passionate about books and reading.

JustinJustin Ractliffe, Managing Director: Marketing, Publicity & Australian Publishing at Hachette Australia will deliver the Key Note Session A Brand is Forever! Building Brand Equity and Sustained Competitive Advantage on Friday morning.

Justin started his career in publishing at Walker Books Australia as an Account Manager and subsequently worked as Publicist & Promotions Manager. He left Walker for Random House Australia and started there as a publicist before becoming the Sales & Marketing Manager for Children’s & YA books – under that title he ran many successful and award winning campaigns.

Justin’s final position at RHA before coming to Hachette Australia was Head of Digital Marketing. At HA he was Sales & Marketing Director for the Hodder & Headline division before becoming Marketing & Publicity Director for Hachette Australia when it restructured in late 2013. In September 2014 he was appointed Joint Managing Director with a specific brief to manage publicity, sales and local publishing. He is the author of the children’s picture book DADS: A Field Guide and has a Masters of Marketing degree from the University of New South Wales.