Julia Eccleshare is a writer, broadcaster, and lecturer as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian. She was nonfiction and picture book editor at Penguin/Puffin Books from 1978 to 1980 and fiction editor at Hamish Hamilton children's books from 1980 to 1984. She has chaired the Nestles Smarties Book prize for the past eight years. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children's books.
Joanna Eliot has a BA Hons in Literature and a Masters Degree in Modernism in English Literature. She has previously worked as a bookseller, and for the last ten years as a marketing director at major publishing companies.