David Young


David Young


David Young, CEO of Orion Publishing Group, and Deputy CEO of Hachette UK became President of The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) in May 2013, taking over the reins from Carole Blake, as the Charity entered its 176th year.

David has identified a need for all parts of the publishing and bookselling industry to support BTBS in very practical ways – already five new regular supporters have been signed up, with donations of over £18K annually.

David was also one of the most colourful (in his orange jumpsuit) characters in the recent Pavilion Books’ A Night in the Cells – which raised over £27,000 in total for BTBS.

David Young says:

“The work that BTBS undertakes on behalf of colleagues in the book trade who are experiencing financial or health difficulties has long impressed me. The manner in which The Retreat in Kings Langley is cared for by David Hicks and his staff, and the range of residents it supports is impressive but we need to ensure that it remains well maintained and can cater for future demand which is likely to increase. In my role as President I shall endeavour to ensure the entire book trade is aware of the work of BTBS and I hope to encourage wider and deeper support.”

David Hicks said:

‘having been disappointed in 2006 when David had to withdraw from his nomination as President of BTBS, a result of his decision to move to the US, we were encouraged that he kept in contact whenever he visited the UK. He always indicated that this was a responsibility he had not forgotten about – and so we were delighted when he announced he would be returning in 2013 with a hope that he could take over the role. Carole Blake was coincidentally coming to the end of her three year stint as President (although she maintains contact as a Patron and active supporter). We know that David’s position as an elder statesman of the trade can only be to the benefit of the trade’s welfare charity during his time in office, and we welcome him.’

Profile of David Young

In April 2013 David Young became Chairman of Hachette Book Group, USA, relinquishing his CEO role to Michael Pietsch.  On his return to the UK in June he became Deputy CEO of Hachette UK, CEO of their Orion publishing division and will chair the COO Board of Hachette Livre. He is a member of the International Board of Hachette Livre.

David began his career in publishing when he joined Thorsons, the Mind, Body and Spirit publisher, as Production Manager in 1970 and was named Managing Director in 1980. When HarperCollins acquired Thorsons in 1989, he was appointed to their board, and was named Divisional Managing Director of HarperCollins Trade division in 1993. He joined what is now Little, Brown Book Group as Managing Director in 1996, and became Chief Executive in 2000. He then came to the U.S. in January 2006 to serve as Chairman & CEO of Hachette Book Group in the US in 2006.

He was presented with the Gerry Davies Award for outstanding contribution to the book trade by the Booksellers Association of Great Britain and Ireland in 2005, was Chairman of the Book Marketing Council from 1986-88, served on the Council of the Publishers Association (PA), was chair of the PA’s Trade Publishers Council. David was also co-chair of the Publishers Association/Booksellers Association Liaison Group, was a board member of Book Industry Communications (BIC), was Chairman of BIC Supply Chain group from 2000-03. In 2004 David was Chairman of World Book Day and was on the Book Trade Lives Advisory Committee of the British Library’s National Life Story Collection. David was a board member of the Association of American Publishers from 2005 and served as Chair from March 2012 to March 2013. David was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Hertfordshire and at the Watford College of Technology (Printing Management). He is married to the novelist Elizabeth Noble and has three children.

Executive Chairman:

Timothy Lambert


Treasurer: Nigel Batt
Vice-Chairman: Ann Woodhall
Lynette Owen
Fraser Tanner
Mo Siewcharran
Steve Crump
Gemma Woodward
Elise Burns
David Graham
Emily-Jane Taylor


Kip Bertram
Edwin Buckhalter
Ian Chapman CBE
Desmond Clarke
John Elsley
Christopher Foyle
Trevor Hing


Chief Executive: David Hicks
Housing & Welfare Manager: Glenda Barnard
Finance and Administration Manager: Nicki Cattle