The story of T&T

Jon Wainwright (Founder and Director) began his professional life at the Royal Society at a time when communication with authors and printers was via fixed-line telephony and the Royal Mail (submissions to the journals arrived in the post). There were no computers in the production office, and the worldwide web was still just a gleam in the eye of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. On the plus side, since authors regularly attended meetings and soirées at 6 Carlton House Terrace, there were always opportunities to meet them in person.

One reason the Society took on Jon, who had absolutely no experience in publishing, was that he did know something about TeX. This was increasingly being used by many of the contributors to Proceedings and Philosophical Transactions Series A, which focused on the physical sciences and mathematics. It was only a matter of time before the Society took the plunge and brought the editing and typesetting of these journals in house, with Jon at the helm.

There was no turning back, and once the new production methods were fully embedded, Jon left the Society in 1997 to set up T&T Productions. One of his first (and best) decisions was to bring Sam Clark (Director) on board as business partner. With a BSc and a PhD in chemistry from Imperial College, a smidgen of experience in the world of publishing (to pay the rent while he wrote up his thesis), and a general love of the written word, a formidable partnership with Jon was soon formed: a partnership that is still in place today, with Sam in day-to-day charge of running the business.

T&T Productions has survived several ups and downs over its two decades, in part down to planning and good management and in part down to luck, but in the main because of the loyalty and hard work of its employees. We’re proud of the company’s longevity, and also of our low staff turnover. After Jon and Sam, Emma Dain (Managing Editor) is the next longest-serving member of staff. Jon had actually hired her towards the end of his time at the Royal Society, where she soon progressed to being full production editor on Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. It was a few years later, in 2001, that she moved from the verdant environs of Green Park to the Bon Marché Centre in vibrant Brixton to join T&T. With a BSc in physics from the University of Portsmouth, Emma works on our economics, science and mathematics books, journals and reports, with occasional forays into law, philosophy and politics. Her skill set – including TeX typesetting, copy-editing, artwork and design, as well as proofreading and project management – became the template for all future T&T editors.

Ellen White (Journals Manager) and Doug Lazenby (Senior Mathematics Editor) both joined us in 2014 and each manages one side of our journals list: Ellen takes care of our economics and finance journals and Doug is in charge of our mathematics journals.

Ellen grew up in New Zealand and graduated from the University of Auckland with a degree in English Literature in 2011. She went on to receive a Diploma in Publishing the following year and has worked as a writer, editor and typesetter in companies in New Zealand and the UK since then. Always keen to add new strings to her bow, Ellen has honed her InDesign and Adobe Illustrator skills since being at T&T as well as becoming an expert mathematics typesetter, and has worked across a wide range of subject areas including economics and finance, international development, applied probability and the history of textiles! She manages T&T’s economics and finance journals list, and is our key liaison with our biggest client.

After gaining two degrees in chemical physics at UCL – learning TeX along the way in order to write up his Masters thesis – Doug moved to Kazakhstan for a year to teach mathematics and a foundation course in physics to undergraduates at Nazarbayev University. On returning to the UK, he taught mathematics, physics and chemistry to private students (from primary school age up to those taking undergraduate degrees) before moving into publishing. Doug is in charge of T&T’s mathematics journals list and is responsible for copyediting and typesetting the journals as well as managing the schedules. He has also developed a system for in-house creation of full-text HTML, enabling online display of our maths-heavy journal articles complete with fully rendered mathematics.

Laura Coulman (Economics and Finance Editor) is our most recent recruit and brings with her more than a decade’s experience in trade publishing. She read literature (French and English) at Lancaster University and Jean Moulin Lyon III. Since graduating she has worked as an editor, proofreader and copywriter for an eclectic array of clients – from Penguin Random House to the History Press – and has been involved with a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles and various e-learning courses. Illustrated non-fiction is Laura’s particular passion, and her proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and QuarkXPress allows her to create design solutions that are perfectly tailored to the needs of each individual project. She has written three books including, appropriately for someone who now works in Brixton, David Bowie: Starman. Her time at T&T is mostly devoted to editing economics and finance journals.