About Beth Hamer
Following a 20-year career at the BBC in various business management roles, Beth joined the SfEP in 2013 while retraining as a proofreader. She became an Advanced Professional Member in 2017. She works mainly for publishers, both trade and academic, in the social sciences and humanities, and for independent authors, mostly in crime fiction.
Beth joined the Council in 2016 as the conference director, a position she’s held ever since, and is responsible for all aspects of organising the annual event, from finding the venue and putting together the programme to ensuring that everyone’s dietary requirements are met and hosting the quiz night (secretly her favourite part).
In 2020, when it became clear that holding an in-person conference wasn’t going to be possible, Beth successfully managed the transition online, which had the very positive side effect of broadening attendance to those who – for various reasons – aren’t usually able to make it. To maintain this level of accessibility, she took up the challenge to create a hybrid conference in 2022, so that delegates could attend both in person and online.