Staff & Officers


Director: Jo Glanville jo (4)

Jo joined English PEN in September 2012 from Index on Censorship, where she served as an award-winning Editor since 2006. She was a BBC current affairs producer for eight years and appears regularly in the media as a commentator on culture and freedom of expression, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the London Review of Books.

Deputy Director: Catherine Taylor

catherine lo resCatherine Taylor joined English PEN in April 2014. Previously Publisher at The Folio Society, she headed up its editorial and rights teams and was instrumental in setting up the inaugural Folio Prize for global English–language fiction as well as numerous media and literary sponsorships and partnerships. Catherine has worked for organisations as diverse as The British Library, Microsoft and, and writes regularly on books for the Guardian, Telegraph and New York Times Book Review. She has been a judge on the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and the European Literature Prize.

Head of Programmes: Louise Swan

Louise Swan IMG_1436 SQUARE_500px Louise joined English PEN in November 2013 to lead the translation and community outreach programmes, ‘Writers in Translation’ and ‘Readers and Writers’. She brings with her seventeen years experience with BBC Radio as a producer and executive producer, including launching the World Book Club in 2002. Prior to joining English PEN, Louise was with the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program, where she established the Health Media Initiative to support health and human rights organisations to use innovative social media tools and strengthen their voices in shaping policies that most affect them.

Head of Campaigns & Communications Manager: Robert Sharp

rob (60)Robert joined English PEN in 2009, coming from the Social Market Foundation, a Westminster think tank. He was previously director of Fifty Nine Productions, a production company, and worked on box-office favourites ‘War Horse’ and ‘Black Watch’ as well as work for the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House. He designed, the UK’s most popular left-of-centre blog, and maintains his own eponymous website where he debates technology, multiculturalism and political correctness. He studied Politics & Philosophy at the University of York.


Writers at Risk Programme Manager: Cat Lucas

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Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world. She began working at English PEN as a Writers in Prison Programme intern back in August 2007, before starting full-time as Campaigns Assistant, and later Campaigns Officer, in 2008. Cat has a degree in French and Spanish from University College London, and her translations of work by Cuban writers Jorge Olivera Castillo and Julio Cesar Galvez have been published in Index on Censorship and PEN International’s ‘Write Against Impunity’ anthology.


Events and Development Manager: Hannah Trevarthen

Hannah Trevarthen IMG_1207 SQUARE_500pxHannah joined English PEN in January 2015. Previously, she worked for four years as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She manages PEN’s year round programme of high-profile events. Hannah has an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Fundraising Manager: Stuart Linnett

Stuart joined English PEN in September 2014. He has over 20 years of experience working for and with charities, including ActionAid, Merlin, Depaul International, YoungMinds and Centrepoint. The focus of his work has been developing relationships internally and externally and harnessing their potential, including raising substantial financial and other support.

Stuart is also a freelance coach and consultant working with individuals and organisations on learning and stepping into new territory, including identity, culture and change. He is particularly interested in how playfulness and creativity support significant transformations for individuals and organisations, including himself. Stuart studied history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Readers & Writers Programme Officer: Irene Garrow

irene (13)Irene is responsible for PEN’s work with prisons in the UK. Her background is in film making and Drama and she has an MA in Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She worked as a writer in residence in a male prison for 4 years.

Writers in Translation Programme Manager: Erica Jarnes

Erica Jarnes IMG_1166 SQUARE_500pxErica joined English PEN in February 2015. She previously worked as an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, a literary events programmer at Southbank Centre, and the book campaigns director at The Pigeonhole.

Outside work she is a professional musician; she also volunteers for a science education charity called Lightyear Foundation and a choir for people who have experience of homelessness called the Choir With No Name. She has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Programmes Co-ordinator: Rebekah Murrell

Rebekah Murrell IMG_1257 SQUARE_500pxBekah joined English PEN as an intern in 2014. Previously, she worked on editorial and outreach projects with independent literary collectives and publishing houses Kwani Trust and Peepal Tree Press. Studying English Literature at the University of Manchester, she worked on LISAPO, a Congolese heritage project for Community Arts North West, and with young people as a volunteer reading activity day leader with Booktrust. She edits a blog for South Manchester-based arts collective M20COLLECTIVE, and is part of the Tricycle Theatre‘s Young Company.

Membership & Office Administrator: Sam Dodd

A graduate of UEL’s Creative & Professional Writing degree, while at the University of East London, Sam also undertook two internships and founded a student-led subgroup of English PEN, called UEL PEN. Sam also works as Administrator for Prison Reading Groups, a charity that sends books into prisons; runs a monthly open mic spoken word evening for East Londoners called Mouths Wide Shut; and has had work on human rights, gender-based violence, and LGBT issues published. Sam is co-editor of EastLife; a community engagement publication telling the life stories of older East Londoners creatively.