Jacks Thomas has been Director of The London Book Fair since January 2013, having worked in the arts and corporate sectors for over 20 years. At The London Book Fair, one of the world’s leading publishing events, spanning books, audio, TV, film, gaming, academic publishing, technology and beyond, Thomas drives the ongoing development of the Fair, with recent growth including the launch of London Book and Screen Week in 2015.
Thomas began her career at the BBC before moving into publishing and has held roles at Simon & Schuster, Victor Gollancz, Michael Joseph and HarperCollins. Prior to joining The London Book Fair, Thomas was a partner at Midas Public Relations, heading up the corporate division for eight years. Thomas was previously Director of Communications, Europe for Reader’s Digest, where she was responsible for re-launching the brand in the US and ran communications across 15 countries.
Thomas is an active member of various committees, charities and publishing bodies, including the Association for Publishing Education (APE), and she co-founded the Chiswick Book Festival in her own time in 2010. She is a regular speaker about publishing at leading universities, including most recently at UCL and Plymouth University.