Northbank celebrates launch at the RSA


Two hundred people gathered for the Northbank Talent Management launch party in the splendour of the Great Room at the RSA on Tuesday evening, 25th September. Guests included Northbank chair Luke Johnson, Damian Collins MP and Hachette CEO David Shelley. In her speech, Founder & CEO Diane Banks emphasised the full-service capability of the agency spanning broadcast, corporate speaking, brand licensing and books across six key subject areas. Around 60 of the agency’s clients were in attendance along with publishers, production companies, speaker bureaux and press.

Northbank founder and CEO Diane Banks

Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey and Hachette CEO David Shelley

Alan Mak MP and Northbank chair Luke Johnson

JJ Jackson of Performing Artistes with Anthony Seldon and Northbank broadcast and brand licensing agent James Carroll

Avon senior commissioning editor Phoebe Morgan and Katerina Diamond 

Weber Shandwick M.D, Corporate Sarah Richardson, Damian Collins MP and Asad Dhunna.

Deputy publisher of Arrow Books Emily Griffin with Will Dean and Northbank literary agent Kate Burke

Lionsgate Creative Director (UK TV) Steve November

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, Weidenfeld & Nicolson publisher Alan Samson and literary scout Louise Allen-Jones

Aita Ighodaro of Idaro and Daisy Aitkens

Audible’s Tom Guest and Rebecca Fenton

Ajeta Kapoor and Katie Dickinson of Wilson Worldwide Productions

Graham Brough, Ianthe McWilliams and Douglas McWilliams of CEBR

Zoe Wong and Emma French

Self Esteem Team Grace Barrett and Nadia Mendoza with Cat Renton and Amy Chappelhow of Two Brothers Pictures

Northbank literary agent Chloe Seager with Anna Fargher and James Innes-Smith

Dorcas Gwata, Gwyneth Williams, Rebecca Tinnelly and Tukiya Mutupa

Kate Leaver and Ebury non-fiction commissioning editor Robyn Drury

Northbank Founder and CEO Diane Banks and Myriam Francois 

Tom Copson and Sue Rider of Sue Rider Management with William Hanson

Egmont’s Ali Dougal and Liz Bankes

Myriam Francois and Wilson Worldwide MD Josh Wilson with Tempus Novo founders Steve Freer and Val Wawrosz

Sarah Hagger-Holt with Usborne’s Becky Walker, Anne Finnis and Stephanie King

Julie Marney Leigh, Ellee Seymour and Olivia Issac-Henry with Avon’s Phoebe Morgan and Katie Loughnane

Pixie Turner, Adebanji Alade, Bobby Kasanga, Northbank broadcast and brand licensing agent James Carroll and Benjamina Ebuehi 



Bright Blue director Ryan Shorthouse, Sarah Richardson of Weber Shandwick and Mark Wallace 

Damian Collins MP and Phillip Blond

Kelly Ellis of John Blake Books, Ed Faulkner of HarperCollins, Jamie Joseph of Ebury and Sarah Lavelle of Quadrille

David Patrikarakos and Kate Maltby

Northbank literary agent Chloe Seager and Julie Marney Leigh

Northbank non-executive director Alex Hickman and Anthony Seldon

Polly Lyall Grant, editor at Hodder Children’s Books

James Barr, Jack Walker, advisor to Damian Collins MP and Tom Harwood

Phil Dolling, Head of BBC Events

Katie Jennings of Stripes Publishing with Irene McDonald and Julie Marney Leigh

Lloyd Coleman,  Wilson Worldwide MD Josh Wilson, Myriam Francois and Stuart Barr, CEO of nSpireMe

Reza Pakravan, Attitude editor-at-large Matthew Todd and Asad Dhunna

Isabel McCann and Adam Cohen of Fulwell 73 with Benjamina Ebuehi and Pixie Turner 

Alan Mak MP, Northbank executive director and literary agent Martin Redfern and Sophia Gaston, director of the Centre for Social & Political Risk

Literary scout Rosie Welsh of Eccles Fisher and Jamie Joseph, senior commissioning editor at Ebury

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