With more than 30 years in the publishing business, including senior sales roles at Greenhill Books, Lund Humphries Publishers and Combined Publishing, David founded Casemate in 2001. David directs the overall strategy of the Casemate Group, working closely with the UK Managing Director, the three Vice Presidents, the group Publishing Director and the group C.F.O. Since its inception, Casemate has been client-focused and sales-driven and has remained committed to these priorities throughout its expansion. This direction reflects David’s personal priorities and has resulted in many longstanding business relationships. This ongoing strategy informs the way the whole group interacts with our clients; always maintaining regular, close contact to stay in tune with our clients’ needs and requirements, whilst striving to future-proof the business and achieve the best possible results for them, worldwide.
Alan has worked in publishing for over 20 years, working at a number of leading publishing houses, including history and heritage publisher, Amberley Publishing. Alan manages the Casemate Group’s UK operation, with overall responsibility for the performance, budget, efficiency, and strategic direction. Alan directly manages the sales, marketing, editorial, production and finance teams, and is a member of the group executive team.
Head of Marketing & Publisher Relations (Casemate UK, Oxbow Books, Casemate Art)
Joining Casemate in 2014, Helen has previously worked for Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis and A&C Black. With a love for learning she has a Publishing Masters from Oxford Brookes University and professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Digital Marketing Institute. Helen is passionate about both marketing and specialist publishing, and loves to find communities to share books with. Helen heads up the UK marketing team, and is the main point of contact for Casemate UK and Oxbow Books’ distributed clients, working with publishers to ensure timely information exchange and successful partnerships.
Jean-Marc Evans has over 30 years trade sales experience, and has worked for the Casemate Group for over 10 years. Having previously worked at prestigious publishing houses including Greenhill Books, Lund Humphries and Art Books International, Jean-Marc manages the UK trade’s key accounts, develops trade sales strategy and works with client publishers to drive sales growth. With extensive field sales experience he looks after his own bookshop, museum and gallery accounts in London and Paris, and is responsible for the management of the trade sales’ field reps throughout the UK.
Martin Ashworth has over 25 years of experience in book publishing sales roles with I.B.Tauris, Oneworld Publications and F+W Media International. Martin manages the UK academic & specialist accounts, develops sales strategy and is constantly working to find new markets, customers and expand our sales channels. He is also responsible for the management of the direct to consumer channel and the UK’s academic sales’ field reps. Martin manages our extensive network of international agents and works with client publishers on creative ways to drive sales growth across all territories outside North America.
Ruth has over fifteen years’ experience in military history publishing. An Oxford-educated historian she began her career at Osprey Publishing, rising to become commissioning editor on their General Military list. After a period as a freelance editor, project manager and author working with clients in the US and UK, she joined the Casemate Group in 2016. Her remit covers the creation of strong, varied publishing programs for the US and US lists, working closely with authors and other contributors throughout the publishing process to ensure our titles are top quality.
Julie holds a PhD in Neolithic landscape archaeology but has worked in academic publishing for 35 years. She edits the international Journal Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society and was previously Managing Editor for East Anglian Archaeology, the Council for British Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology before joining Oxbow in 2009. She is responsible for commissioning titles across the Oxbow and Windgather imprints, developing new monograph series, heads up the editorial team and author liaison and oversees peer review and academic editing.
Curtis has been with Casemate since 2010 and was responsible for developing Casemate’s robust ebook conversion and distribution program. He manages the group’s digital distribution channels and actively seeks out new global retail opportunities. Curtis works with Casemate’s digital distribution clients, advising them on strategic growth opportunities through digital. Throughout the years, Curtis has gained unique insight into cutting edge publishing technologies through working closely with leading experts in the field, bringing new publishing workflow systems into place for both Casemate and the clients it serves.
Joining Casemate full time in 2011, Michaela oversees the sales and marketing strategy for the US Group and is the primary North American contact for our clients. She knows that a strong distributor-publisher relationship is key to a publishing list’s success and works with publishers to understand their goals. She manages the sales and marketing departments and is responsible for their overall direction and tasking. In addition to these responsibilities, she is a member of the group executive team.
As US Group Sales Director, Kate is responsible for delivering sales and maintains our relationships with key accounts in North America, as well as managing the relationship with our sales rep groups. One of Jane’s keys strengths lies in her longstanding relationships with our customers who trust her knowledge of the books and her assessment of their strength in the North American market.
Will has been with the company since 2016 and is focused on specialist sales. He is constantly looking for new sales opportunities for the books we represent, in addition to creative ways to get the books into the market. Prior to coming on board at Casemate, he worked in the customer service industry where he honed his skill in managing customer needs.
What We Do
The Casemate Group was established in 2001, when David Farnsworth, created a new distribution company Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC, to distribute books in North America for leading specialist publishers. The company set up its own military history publishing imprint, Casemate Publishers in 2002 and currently publishes 70-80 books a year.
In July 2007, the company supported a management buyout of the UK based Greenhill Books’ sales and distribution operation, to start its own UK operation, Casemate UK. Casemate UK assumed from Greenhill Books responsibility for the sales, marketing, and distribution of a number of leading history and art book publishers in that market. Casemate UK has been growing ever since.
In 2011, Casemate Digital was founded to provide digital distribution to its client publishers, making Casemate one of the first distributors to offer a global combined print and digital distribution service, working with publishers to develop their digital strategy, enabling their content to be available in all formats and growing its e-retailer account list to become one of the largest in the industry.
At the end of 2011, the UK side of the company bought leading academic book publisher and distributor, Oxbow Books, together with its US operation, The David Brown Book Company (DBBC), from company founder, David Brown. In 2013, DBBC was rebranded Casemate Academic and was fully acquired by and integrated into Casemate’s north American operation. Casemate Academic, together with UK sister company, Oxbow Books, provides sales, marketing, and distribution services for highly respected academic and scholarly book publishers, societies and institutes worldwide. Oxbow Books is also the world’s leading archaeology publisher, publishing 70–80 titles a year.
In 2015, Casemate acquired International Publisher’s Marketing (IPM), from Books International and merged its existing Casemate Athena brand into a new division, Casemate IPM. Casemate IPM is Casemate’s general trade distribution arm in the US.
In 2019 Casemate acquired the distribution business of US based Dufour Editions and thus at a stroke became the largest distributor of books for Scottish, Irish and Welsh publishers in the United States
Together these divisions of the company comprise The Casemate Group, which has grown to become the preferred distribution partner for publishers around the world. Selective about our client publishers, we are renowned for our personal and professional service, with many of our clients having been with us for over 20 years.