Who We Are
Lorne Forsyth - Chairman
Lorne Forsyth became Chairman of Elliott & Thompson at the beginning of 2009 and relaunched the company with the first titles under its new management being published in autumn of that year.
He commenced his career in the retail sector before gaining an MBA at INSEAD. Following this he joined Schroders corporate finance in 1985 before moving to Morgan Grenfell (subsequently acquired by Deutsche Bank) where he developed expertise in the automotive and engineering industries, becoming head of the automotive sector practice. He then joined the investment banking division of HSBC as global head of the automotive and engineering sectors.
At Elliott & Thompson, Lorne is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company and works closely with its editorial team in determining and refining its editorial policy (primarily “smart narrative non-fiction”) as well as assisting in the development of authors’ writing careers. He is also responsible for the worldwide sales and distribution arrangements the company has in place.
Outside of Elliott & Thompson, Lorne is involved in selected charitable activities, is an investor in a small number of start-up companies and shares his own entrepreneurial and City experience with those contemplating entrepreneurial activity.
Olivia Bays - Director
Olivia Bays joined Elliott & Thompson in January 2011. One of the company's directors, she also commissions and edits a select number of titles. She read English at Downing College, Cambridge, before starting out in publishing at Profile and Walker Books.
Her extensive editorial experience includes legal books and journals (for OUP and Kluwer) and starting up a public-facing magazine for the Commission for Racial Equality. She was a commissioning editor at co-edition packager Elwin Street Publications, developing non-fiction titles for international publishers such as HarperCollins, Virgin, Wiley and A&C Black, and has worked as a freelance editor for clients including RotoVision, Quintet Publishing, and the Trades Union Congress.
Jennie Condell - Publisher
Jennie Condell joined Elliott & Thompson as Publisher in July 2013, having worked with the company as an editor since 2011. Her varied career has encompassed many years freelance editing, researching and developing titles across trade non-fiction and fiction, illustrated and co-edition publishing and educational publishing, as well as copywriting and editing for marketing and communications agencies.
Past clients have included Thames & Hudson, Penguin, Pan Macmillan, Granta and Portobello Books, Quercus and Virgin Books. Her career began at the Orion Publishing Group where she was managing editor of Weidenfeld & Nicolson Illustrated until 2006, working closely with high-profile authors on a range of bestselling titles.
She read European Studies at University College London and holds an MA in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck.
Sarah Rigby - Publishing Director
Sarah Rigby is Publishing Director for Elliott & Thompson, having joined in summer 2019 to cover parental leave for Publisher Jennie Condell. Recent acquisitions for E&T include: Nancy Campbell’s 50 Words for Snow; Rebecca Schiller’s forthcoming memoir and Bernadette Russell’s How to Be Hopeful.
Previous to this role, Sarah was Senior Editor at Hutchinson – an imprint of Penguin Random House – where her bestselling and acclaimed authors included Leah Hazard (Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story); Professor Alice Roberts (Tamed: Ten Species that Changed Our World); Shaun Usher (Speeches of Note); and Rob Cowen, whose Common Ground was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and voted one of Britain’s top three nature books of all time. She also led the team that created the international and Sunday Times bestseller Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Francesc Miralles and Héctor García. Her publishing career began at independent Atlantic Books after studying English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
She has been a mentor for The WoMentoring Project and the WriteNow scheme for underrepresented writers and was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2014, in addition to being shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing. Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in London with her husband and daughter.
Pippa Crane - Senior Editor
Pippa Crane joined Elliott & Thompson as senior editor in May 2013. Having studied History at the University of Warwick, she started her publishing career at co-edition packager Elwin Street Productions in 2006, becoming managing editor in 2012, where she was responsible for the production of a wide variety of illustrated non-fiction titles for the international market, including publishing partners such as Bloomsbury and Princeton University Press.
Marianne Thorndahl - Operations Manager
Marianne Thorndahl joined Elliott & Thompson as operations manager in February 2015. She commenced her publishing career at co-edition packager Elwin Street Productions in 2012, primarily focusing on international rights and office management.
Having graduated with a first-class BA in English Literature from University of Westminster, Marianne also received an MA in Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths University.
Alison Menzies - Publicist
Alison Menzies is a publicist with over 20 years experience at the forefront of the publishing industry. She began representing the Elliott & Thompson list in September 2011. An art history graduate, her publishing career began in editorial at Random House, before moving to their publicity department (for Jonathan Cape).
This was followed by stints at Macmillan as head of publicity for Picador, and at Little, Brown as director of publicity. Since 2004, she has worked on individual projects and provided support for publishers and PR agencies across the board.
Corporate clients have included Pan Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan, Penguin, Hodder General Books, HarperCollins, FMcM Associates, Oberon Books, Sort Of Books, Chrome Audio and the Laugharne Weekend.