Pat Scudamore and Hilton Catt are experienced careers consultants and trainers, and the authors of many successful books on career management.
Steve Chalke worked as a local Baptist minister before founding Oasis Trust in 1985. Oasis now has just under 5,000 staff, as well as many more volunteers, pioneering educational, healthcare, housing and other community initiatives in the UK and around the world. He is the founder of Stop the Traffik, senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo and UN Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking. He has presented television and radio series for ITV and the BBC, and is the author of over forty books. In 2004 Steve was awarded an MBE for his services to social inclusion.
Chambers is one of the world's most respected dictionary publishers, appealing particularly to word lovers and those who revel in all the quirks of the English language. Its extensive list of innovative language and reference titles includes the renowned Brewer's list of endlessly browsable dictionaries of phrase and fable, and covers English-language dictionaries and thesauruses for every level of user from school to crossword fan, from English learner to student of slang. Meticulously researched and expertly written, the highly acclaimed Chambers range has been at the forefront of presenting knowledge and learning in an engaging and accessible way since it was first established in the 19th century.
Helena Coggan is a writer and student based in London. She wrote her first novel, THE CATALYST, at the age of thirteen; it was published by Hodder and Stoughton two years later, and named as one of 2015's Debuts of the Year by the Guardian and Amazon. The second book in the duology, THE REACTION, came out when she was sixteen. She has been called 'the next JK Rowling' by NBC's Today, and in 2016 she was named by the Guardian as one of the most influential teenagers in the world. She is currently studying physics at university, for the sole purpose of building a TARDIS one day. THE ORPHANAGE OF GODS is her third novel.
John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. John Connolly's debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the winner of the 2016 CWA Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.
Andy describes himself as an author, happiness expert, qualified teacher and learning junkie. He has spent 10 years researching 'positive psychology' culminating in a 'PhD in Happiness' from Loughborough University. He has developed a series of keynotes and courses centreing on themes of happiness and flourishing, which he delivers in businesses and schools across the world. Andy has written several best-selling personal development books, including The Art of Being Brilliant, and is also a best-selling children's author. His Spy Dog series has enjoyed huge global success.
Zoraida Córdova is Ecuadorian born and New York City raised. She is the author of urban fantasies The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series, as well as the adult romance series On the Verge. Her short fiction will appear in the upcoming Star Wars anthology, From a Certain Point of View, as well as a feminist witch anthology Toil & Trouble. Zoraida's most recent release, Labyrinth Lost, was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine and has been optioned by Paramount. Labyrinth Lost has also been nominated for an International Latino Book Award in the Young Adult category. Her novels were inspired by an equal love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a steady helping of 90s Saturday morning cartoons. She loves to travel, eat her body weight in pizza, and wander around old bookstores.