whitefox launches Mentorship Programme with London College of Communication

By   Hannah Bickerton 3 min read

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whitefox publishing is excited to announce the launch of a mentorship programme in partnership with London College of Communication (UAL), which will start in February 2023. The scheme exists as an initiative to support the next generation of book publishing talent, providing a comfortable and confidential space for discussion around topics related to career growth, industry-specific skills, freelancing opportunities and more. 

In collaboration with LCC Graduate Futures, we hope to create a bespoke, student-led learning experience that encourages greater access and addresses any skill gaps and entry-level barriers currently present in the industry. 

LCC Graduate Futures empower and support final-year students and recent graduates to achieve their creative career ambitions and affect positive change across wider society. They have been running their Industry Mentoring Programme for 8 years and have now expanded their mentoring offer to include industry-specific programmes with companies and organisations, such as whitefox. 

As a creative publishing agency, whitefox’s freelancer network represents some of the best publishing talent globally. By channeling their combined wealth of experience, range of skills, subject areas and industry prowess into a structured programme, we hope to enable students who are considering their career paths to access this exceptional knowledge-base. The whitefox mentoring scheme will pair  professionals in our freelancer network with MA Publishing students and recent graduates, aiming  to connect with the mentees at a critical point in their career journeys. It will be entirely bespoke to each mentee, whether that is creating an awareness of the many roles within the industry, how to pursue positions in-house with a publisher, or exploring the many rewarding aspects and practicalities of becoming a freelancer themselves. 

The mentorship programme will launch on Thursday, 2nd February 2023 at London College of Communication. Mentees and mentors from varied industry backgrounds will attend this exclusive event, which will be a unique fusion of connecting students with professional creatives. 

We are very keen to support LCC students and recent graduates as they kickstart their careers, and even more excited to share its progress and outcomes with our community. Through this initiative we aim to create an empowering platform for students who are ready to take the next step and offer them the chance to take initiatives, be heard, engage, network and grow. 

Meet our mentors 

Liz Marvin

Liz is a structural editor, copy editor and writer/ghostwriter with over eight years’ experience working in-house in a busy editorial department at Penguin Random House. As a freelancer for over six years, she has worked on a wide variety of non-fiction projects, including memoir, celebrity autobiography, history, travel writing and popular psychology. 

Louise Tucker 

Louise is a versatile editor with experience in every aspect of the publishing process. As a freelance editor, she has worked for publishing companies including Paul Holberton Publishing, Lund Humphries and Sansom & Company. She also uses her experience of working with creative students in universities and her training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in coaching and mentoring to offer support to higher education students, academics and writers. Her Anglo-Indian heritage has informed her belief in diversity and she mentors new Black-British writers for the Jericho Prize. Louise has applied her extensive publishing knowledge to mentor people and support them in achieving their full potential. Private mentoring clients are mainly writers producing children’s fiction, scholarly articles, memoirs and more.

Susan Low 

Susan is a journalist, copy editor and proofreader with experience in multi-format content production, including magazines, websites and books. She has worked for companies such as BBC, Time Out and Good Food Guide, and has freelanced for publishers such as Hardie Grant, Quadrille and Phaidon. A former deputy editor of delicious magazine, she is currently acting deputy editor of Waitrose Food magazine.

Hannah Bickerton
Hannah Bickerton
Hannah has worked in marketing for nine years, specialising in strategy development for start-ups and EdTech companies. Having recently jumped across industries to join the Whitefox team, Hannah isn’t a complete stranger to the publishing world with previous employment at Macmillan and TES Global. She is now dedicated to ensuring that anyone who has something interesting to say knows all about whitefox.