The Team

The Women’s Prize Trust is run by a small but mighty executive team. The team is responsible for the general management and day-to-day running of the charity and its work, and is united by a shared commitment to platforming women’s voices.

Harriet Hastings, Managing Director

Harriet Hastings has worked with the Women’s Prize for Fiction since its launch, originally directing the prize’s publicity and marketing and becoming Managing Director in 2006. She started her career in publishing – latterly as Marketing Director at Michael Joseph – and the next ten as consumer brands director of a top 20 UK PR agency. She founded her own retail business Biscuiteers in 2007. In 2014, she was awarded a Specsavers Everywoman Retail Ambassador award and the Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in 2019 she was the winner of the NatWest Everywoman award.

Kate Mosse, Founder Director

Co-founder, Prize Spokesperson and former Chair of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Board, Kate is the author of nine novels and short story collections, four of non-fiction, and four plays. Her number 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy – Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel – has sold millions of copies throughout the world, as has her Gothic fiction including The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, for which she is writing the film adaptations. Her plays include Syrinx and The Queen of Jerusalem. She is currently working on a new series of novels, The Burning Chambers Trilogy – set during the French Wars of Religion in the 16th century, the second of which was published by Macmillan in January 2021.

Kate has been the Deputy Chair of the National Theatre in London, is on the Executive Committee of Women of the World and is Patron of the Sussex-based early music ensemble, The Consort of Twelve. In 2012 Kate was awarded the ‘Spirit of Everywoman’ for her work promoting writing by women, was named in 2015 by The Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in publishing. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to literature and to women.

Claire Shanahan, Charity Director

Claire Shanahan re-joined the Women’s Prize team in 2018 to head up its outreach work, having worked with the Prize during her time as Head of Arts at BookTrust. Named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013, Claire began her career in publishing as an editor at Pearson, then Hachette, before moving to the charity sector. Claire has run the BBC Short Story Awards for over a decade and sits on the advisory board of Nesta’s Alternarratives programme. Claire is a passionate advocate of the transformative power of reading and writing, and the ongoing need to invest in and cheerlead women.

Jennifer Acton, Digital Manager

Jen Acton is a marketing consultant and copywriter, specialising in all things digital. She studied English Literature at Sheffield University and worked in marketing at Penguin Press, The Booksellers’ Association and Pushkin Press. She joined the Women’s Prize for Fiction team in 2015, and since then, Jen has built the Prize’s digital channels into a year-round platform dedicated to celebrating women’s voices, including a popular podcast

Rosie Beaumont-Thomas, Prize Manager

Rosie Beaumont-Thomas is the Prize Manager at the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is also the co-founder / producer of Feminist Book Society, a regular literary events series. Prior to the Women’s Prize Trust she was events and outreach manager at the RSL, before which she was events manager at Waterstones.

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