Helen Esmonde FRSA was a teacher before becoming a commissioning editor with McGraw Hill International in Toronto. Some years later, Helen moved back to London and became a director of Holsworthy Publishing, Holsworthy Fine Arts and the Holsworthy Gallery. These companies were subsequently acquired by Robert Maxwell. Helen worked for Robert Maxwell in the City before setting up Esmonde Publishing Limited. Esmonde Publishing worked with major UK retailers, institutions and museums and specialised in developing own-brand stationery and branded publications. (Brands included Harrods, John Lewis, Asprey, Paperchase, W H Smith, Sainsbury’s, Liberty, Radley, Dunhill, Burberry, RHS , National Trust, WWF, Foyles and V&A). Helen was Director of Hoopers Gallery (a photographic gallery in Clerkenwell).
In 2012 Esmonde Publishing Limited was acquired by the GMC Publishing Group. Helen has stayed on as Publishing Director but retires from this business in late 2020.
Helen was the first female Master of the Stationers’ Company in 2015-16 and has just stepped down as Chair of the Stationers’ Education Committee. This Committee initiated a new apprenticeship programme of events and website www.apprenticefutures.com. Helen is on the Court of the Stationers’ Company and is currently a trustee of Hoopers Africa Trust and Hymns Ancient & Modern (a publishing company). She serves on the development board of Book Aid International and is a Director of Leigh Academies Trust.