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Meet the CABI books editorial team

Meet the team and find out a bit more about each of them. If you have any queries or proposals please feel free to get in touch!

 Caroline M

Caroline Makepeace - Publisher  |  +44 (0)1491 829274  |  +44 (0)7771 684980

Responsible for:

Animal Science, Veterinary Science & Veterinary Medicine

Microbiology & Parasitology

Co-publications with our publishing partners

“I joined CABI in 2014 as Head of Book Commissioning and am very excited to be here.  I have worked in Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing throughout my career and my previous posts were Executive Editor at CRC Press at Taylor and Francis, Head of Postgraduate and Professional Publishing at Hodder Education, and Publishing Director at Elsevier.  I have a BSc in Biological Sciences from London University.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a new book publishing idea, whether print or digital, or if you have any feedback on our CABI products.  I look forward to hearing from you.”

Claire Parfitt

Claire Parfitt - Senior Commissioning Editor   |  +44 (0)1491 829282

Responsible for:

Leisure, Tourism & Recreation

"I joined CABI in 2001 as Editorial Assistant, after working as a Marketing Executive in Life Sciences at Gordon & Breach Publishing. I became a Commissioning Editor at CABI in 2004. I have a BSc in Zoology from Reading University, UK. Please drop me a line if you have any book publishing ideas or if you would like to comment on any of our published titles, within my subject areas.

I currently work the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday."

David Hemming

David Hemming - Commissioning Editor  |   +44 (0)1491 829428

Responsible for:

Invasive Species

"I joined CABI in July 1998 as a Content Editor, commissioning reviews for the journal CAB Reviews, and began working for the books team in 2011 as a Commissioning Editor. I have a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh, UK and a PhD in Genetics form the University of Liverpool, UK. Any suggestions regarding books in my subject areas would be most welcome."

Rachael Russell

Rachael Russell - Commissioning Editor  |   +44 (0)1491 829289

Responsible for:

Horticulture, Crop Science & Plant Sciences

Human Nutrition & Food Science


Global/Human Health & Medicine

"I joined CABI in 2015 as a Commissioning Editor, having previously worked in Medical Publishing as an Associate Commissioning Editor at Wiley and Senior Editorial Assistant at CRC Press (Taylor and Francis). I have a PhD in History of Medicine from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. Please feel free to contact me if you have any book publishing ideas or to comment on CABI products within my subject areas."

Ward Cooper 

Ward Cooper - Commissioning Editor

Responsible for:

Ecology and Conservation
Entomology and Pest Management
Environmental Sciences and Climate Change
Microbiology and Parasitology
Soil Science and Hydrology

“I joined CABI in 2015 from Wiley (formerly Blackwell) where I worked as a Senior Commissioning Editor for over 10 years. I have over 20 years’ experience commissioning books across a wide range of organismal biology subjects. Previous to Wiley I worked for Cambridge University Press and Chapman & Hall. I have a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Swansea, and undertook post graduate research at Swansea and the University of Tsukuba, Japan. If you or your colleagues are thinking about putting together a book in my subject areas, I would be delighted to hear from you.”

Alexandra Lainsbury 

Alex Lainsbury - Associate Editor  |  +44 (0)1491 829288

Responsible for:

Leisure & Tourism Series

"I joined CABI in September 2010 after graduating from Lancaster University, UK with a BA in English Literature with creative writing. I am responsible for textbook and reference development, as well as commissioning textbooks on the tourism list."

Emma McCann 

Emma McCann - Editorial Assistant  |   +44 (0)1491 829297

Responsible for:

Permission requests (

"I joined CABI in December 2001 as Customer Services administrator, and began working for the books team in 2012 as an Editorial Assistant. I am responsible for looking into any permission requests."

Susan Philcox 

Susan Philcox - Rights Coordinator

Responsible for:

Contracts, Rights, Translations & Permissions

"I joined CABI in 1993, starting out in journal production, then Information Research and Development, followed by 10 years in Database and Journal Publishing, and then the Publishing directorate. I have built up knowledge of and experience in copyright, rights, licensing and permissions and I’m now concentrating on all such related issues for the whole of CABI, with a particular focus on subsidiary rights, including translation rights, and permissions for the books programme. I have an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to purchase translation and other subsidiary rights, or if you’re seeking permission to reuse CABI content."