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Oxford University Press

“The Pathways Project is making real, valuable progress to improve diversity and inclusion within our industry by helping illustrators from all backgrounds and walks of life. We’re pleased to be actively partnering with the Pathways Project on such an important and relevant initiative.”

Oxford University Press publishes in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats. Their range includes dictionaries, English language teaching materials, children’s books, journals, scholarly monographs, printed music, higher education textbooks, and schoolbooks. Many of these titles are created specifically for local markets and are published by regional publishing branches. OUP sells more than 110 million units each year, and most of those sales are outside the UK.


Meet the Oxford University Press team involved with Pathways.

Maxine Howells


Maxine Howells is a Publisher at Oxford University Press, working in the field of Primary Literacy. She has worked in educational publishing for fifteen years, covering a range of different types of content for both children and adults, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels, textbooks and teaching guides. Prior to working in publishing, Maxine was a teacher and teacher trainer, working in private language schools, teaching students from all over the world. Maxine is passionate about diversity and inclusion, regularly acting as a facilitator on Unconscious Bias training courses.

Kersti Worsley


Kersti Worsley used to work in the film and television business and was training to be a stuntwoman before injury sent her somersaulting off in another direction. After graduating with a 1st Class BA in Imaginative Writing and an MA in Writing, she went on to a career in publishing. She joined Oxford University Press in 2007, where she currently works as a publisher in the primary literacy team, developing inspirational, award-winning resources for children. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential by developing their literacy skills.

Mary Hamley

Senior Strategic Publisher

Mary Hamley has been at Oxford University Press as a Senior Strategic Publisher for over 8 years. Previously, she worked at Pearson so her experience in educational publishing is extensive. She has also had a spell at the ‘trade’ children’s publisher, Orchard Books, where she worked with people like Tony Ross, Ros Asquith and Giles Andreae. She was even at the editorial meeting which discovered Lauren Child! During her career Mary has helped to determine strategy, analysed government policy, conducted market research with children, teachers and parents and commissioned fiction and non-fiction texts. One of her favourite aspects of her job has been working with authors and illustrators to generate ideas and to develop and improve texts so that they engage and inspire their intended age-group.

Alex Paterson


Alex Paterson has been illustrating childrens books since around 2006. Before that he was a soldier and a jungle expedition leader. In fact his illustration career really only started after he produced a comic covering his regiment’s three-year tour of Northern Ireland in the 1990s. He has drawn the pictures in over 100 books to date including a large number of educational books with OUP, the highlight of which was illustrating Eighty Days Around the World under the overall editorship of Michael Morpurgo. Alex has illustrated around twenty Enid Blyton books including the Faraway Tree and the Wishing Chair series. He also produces explainer animations for the Select Committees of the House of Commons. He lives in Warwickshire with his wife and two daughters who occasionally read his books if he doesn’t make too much fuss.