The RNA team
The RNA is governed by a board of directors, supported by other senior volunteers who are part of the wider management team.
Jean joined the NWS in 2003, became a full member in 2006 and has published twenty books. She has served on the RNA committee for six years and oversaw last year’s review of the RNA. She hopes to finish her current book by September and have a quieter 2022/23.
Andrea is a member of the New Writers’ Scheme. She writes romantic fiction under the name of Lily Watson. Her career is in the Diversity and Inclusion sector. She has worked in education, NHS and social care.
Director/Romantic Novel of the Year Awards Organiser
Sharon is the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards Coordinator for the RNA, which means she gets to talk about books with people who love them. She is an author and lives in London with her family. In her spare time, she likes to read, drink wine, and write short autobiographies like this for magazines.
Director/Governance Officer and Vice-Chair
Seána has significant board experience, having served on a number of statutory, charity, and private sector boards. In her day job she works for a leading charity. She has written a number of historical romance novels as Catherine Tinley and has won two RoNA Awards, a Rita® Award and the HOLT medallion.
Sue has so far written 26 Regency romcoms as Virginia Heath. She never knew about the NWS, so joined the RNA in 2015 when she got her first publishing contract. She’s been on the RNA board since 2017, organises all their London parties and set up the new online chapters back in 2019.
Annette’s background is in marketing and she’s served on the RNA committee for three years as Press Officer. She graduated from the New Writers’ Scheme in 2020 after four years and she’s about to have her fourth romcom published with Orion Dash. Her hobbies include reading, book blogging and travelling.
Catherine is the Treasurer for the RNA and joined in 2024. She has significant financial and board experience from her roles within the financial industry. Although not a writer, she is an avid reader and keen consumer of the genre and is looking forward to supporting the RNA.
Director/Member Services Officer
Management Team Member/Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Liam is an award-shortlisted gay romance novelist. As Charlie Lyndhurst, he writes crossover mainstream romantic fiction. He lives with his boyfriend and cats. He drinks pink wine with friends. His favourite sport – of which he’s a gold medal winner – is reading a romantic novel in a long hot bath.
Management Team Member/Website Coordinator
Lisa is the author of nineteen books in various genres under her increasingly numerous pen names, including romcoms as Mary Jayne Baker and wartime sagas as Betty Firth, as well as a professional graphic designer. She has been a member of the RNA since her debut was published in 2016 and has served on the management team since 2022.
Management Team Member/Finance Officer
Janice joined the NWS in 2012 and graduated in 2014, since when she’s written a number of historical romances. She joined the management team in 2022, and appears to be a rarity among novelists in that she enjoys finance and is not scared of spreadsheets!
Management Team Member/Newsletter Coordinator
Lucy graduated from the NWS in 2021 after publishing her debut historical romance with Mills & Boon (Harlequin Historical); she hasn’t looked back since. Obsessed with myths and legends, her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place. Expect passion, drama, and vibrant characters. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, two children and two cats. Her hobbies include swimming, drinking prosecco with friends, and generally trying to live her best life.
Management Team Member/NWs Coordinator
Management Team Member/Romance Matters Editor
Management Team Member/Joan Hessayon Award Coordinator
Maryam writes historical romance as Melissa Oliver and has been a member of the RNA since 2017, graduating from the NWS a few years later. She’s the coordinator of the Joan Hessayon Award – an award which she was a recipient of in 2020.
Management Team Member/Chapter Liaison
Linda joined the RNA in 2023 on the NWS and is currently writing her first novel. Before retiring, she was a HE principal lecturer, managing a team and serving on a number of university committees and boards. As well as devouring novels and repositioning commas, her personal interests include archival research of domestic life in the 18th century, notions of social identity, and all things French.
Management Team Member/Secretary
Ali joined the NWS in 2020 and writes romcoms. She’s been the RNA’s company secretary since 2020 and also assists the awards and conference teams.