Our small team is based in our office at Somerset House, London.

Tim_Robertson_forwebsiteTim Robertson, Director became the RSL’s first full-time Director in October 2015.

For the previous 9 years, Tim was Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, the national charity for arts from prisons (founded in 1962 by the writer Arthur Koestler). Tim led the Trust through significant growth, as well as chairing the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice.

He has a First in English from King’s College London, an MA in American Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and spent 9 years on the editorial board of Magma poetry magazine. For 14 years he ran and managed children’s services at Camden Council, having qualified as a social worker  with an MSc in Applied Social Studies at Worcester College, Oxford. Tim and his husband Neil divide their time between London and the Lake District. They are Quakers, and Tim is a governor of Regent High School  in King’s Cross.

Tim is currently reading The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride.

RSL Jerwood Prize 2013

Maggie Fergusson, Literary Director, has worked for the Royal Society of Literature since 1992, and combines her work here with her own writing. She programmes the RSL’s events and edits the RSL Review magazine. She is the prize winning author of biographies of George Mackay Brown and Michael Morpurgo.

Maggie is currently reading The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore.


Molly_for-web Molly Rosenberg, Business Director, has previously worked at the RSL as an Intern and as Communications Manager, and returned in November 2014 as Acting Executive Director. She has also worked at the Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House and studied at King’s College London and University of California, Berkeley. Molly completed an MPhil at Trinity College Dublin and is now studying towards a PhD in contemporary Irish and Northern Irish poetry at King’s College London.

Molly is currently reading Pussy by Howard Jacobson and A Place to Live by Natalia Ginzburg.

Annette-Brook_forwebAnnette Brook, Communications Manager, joined RSL in 2013 having previously worked for Spread the Word, London’s writer development organisation. Her responsibilities at the RSL include digital communications, social media, press and publicity. She is a playwright and was a 2015-16 Jerwood Arvon Mentee. Her play Gala Mae was longlisted for the 2016 Alfred Fagon Award. Annette has BA English, and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths). She is a Trustee of the community gallery Peckham Platform.

Annette is currently reading The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride.

Niki-C_accountsNiki Couldridge FMAAT, Finance Officer, is a Senior Accountant working for S J Accounts Solutions Limited. A Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, Niki has been working as our accountant since the start of 2015.  She has over 11 years accountancy experience with a multitude of different businesses and organisations on all aspects of finance management and has just begun a PgDip in Charity Finance and Management at Cass Business School. Her son and cat keep her busy at home and when she has some rare spare time you can usually find her at a live music event or enjoying a glass of wine with friends in a bar in town.

Niki is currently reading 1984 by George Orwell and A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Paula---Jerwood-2012_forwebPaula Johnson
, Associate Director,
 joined the RSL in 2004 to run the new RSL Ondaatje and RSL Jerwood Awards. In addition to RSL’s prizes and awards, she looks after nineteen prizes for the Society of Authors, and grants and awards offered by the Authors’ Foundation. She has been a publisher and a journalist and was Literary Editor of the Mail on Sunday for 17 years and is a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.

Paula is currently reading North Facing by Tony Peake (Myriad) and The Deaths by Mark Lawson (Picador).


Martha Stenhouse, Membership, Awards & Office Co-ordinator, studied French & Philosophy at the University of Leeds and has worked in diverse roles in both the public and private sector. She also gained a degree in Zoo Animal Management from the University of Chester and spent five years working in the zoo industry. Her responsibilities at the RSL include membership, awards and office administration.

Martha is currently reading How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.



Ally Temple, Education and Events Manager, manages the RSL’s public event programme and schools outreach programme. Ally read English at Oxford University followed by an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Ally worked at the Almeida Theatre and Headline Publishing Group before joining the RSL.

Ally is currently reading Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon.


Photo of Tim by Jason Ashwood. Photo of Maggie by Adrian Pope. Photos of Annette and Ally by I’ve Read That. Photos of Molly by Maisie Lawrence