Child's Play Team

Neil Burden

Publisher/CEO

Neil has been publisher and CEO of Child's Play for the past ten years. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the entire company, and for the publishing programme itself. Having trained and worked initially as a teacher, his career in children's publishing spans over 30 years. 

Sue Baker

Editor

Sue started working for Child's Play in 1988. Originally as an illustrator and now editor. She shares the responsibility of managing new projects, spends time on background research and reads new submissions. 

Paul Gerrish

Sales Manager (Trade and Export)

Paul handles trade accounts and all export sales. He also deals with shipping requirements.

Nicola Gardner

Accounts and Order Processing Manager

Nicola has worked for Child's Play for 27 years and is responsible for the inputting of data for all aspects of the accounting and ordering system. 

Annie Kubler

Art Director

Annie started working for Child's Play in the 1980s as a freelance illustrator and gradually took on the role of art director. She still illustrates a number of books a year but is mainly responsible for all visual aspects of the Child's Play publications. This involves assigning illustrators, liaising with them, deciding on the visual look of the books and working closely with Sue on all projects from concept through to publication. 

Sarah Dellow

Graphic Designer

Sarah is a Graphic Design graduate and a member of the editorial team. She has a passion for illustration, typography, and promoting inclusivity, which she incorporates into her work in book production and project management. Sarah has illustrated a number of Child's Play books.

Kayleigh Gough

Graphic Designer

Kayleigh has a degree in Graphic Design, also earned an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking where she specialised in screen & letterpress print. As part of the editorial team she works closely with Annie, Sue and Sarah to assist with all areas of layout and book design, both inside and out. 

Kelsea Jefferies

Marketing Co-ordinator  

Kelsea’s role ranges from controlling our advertising and marketing campaigns, providing editorial support, and managing the website to assisting with social media management. She works closely with organisations who share and support the Child’s Play ethos of inclusive practice such as BookTrust, ITV Signed Stories, and the The National Centre for Language & Literacy. She also has a degree in Creative Writing and Publishing.

Claire Matthews

Production Controller

Claire assists with the day-to-day running of a busy production schedule, ensuring that books are manufactured on time and to the highest standards possible. 

Linda Mazzotta

Warehouse Operative

Linda has worked in the Child's Play warehouse for the past 24 years. She carries out all aspects of warehouse work: picking, packing and dispatching orders as well as numerous other tasks. She has a forklift licence. 

Veronica Tooze

Warehouse Operative

Veronica has worked in the Child's Play warehouse for the past 23 years. She carries out all aspects of warehouse work: picking, packing and dispatching orders as well as numerous other tasks. 

David Tomes

Warehouse Operative

David is an established member of our warehouse team. He carries out all aspect of warehouse work: picking, packing and dispatching orders; organising stock; preparing and dispatching export orders and setting up exhibitions. He also has a forklift license.