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

Molly Rosenberg, Business Director (incoming 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 Fast by Jorie Graham.

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

Tim was previously Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, the national charity for arts from prisons and chaired 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.

Tim is currently reading Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn.

After two successful years as RSL Director, Tim Robertson has decided to step down from his post in January. We are delighted that Molly Rosenberg (currently our Business Director) will become Director of the RSL from February 2018.

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 Mystery in White by J. Efferson Farejon and The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

Waseem Choudhary, Finance Officer, is a Senior Accountant working for SJ Accounts Solutions Limited. A finalist of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, he has over 9 years accountancy experience working in both practice and industry with multitude of different businesses and organisations on all aspects of finance. Waseem has two young boys, who keep him busy all the time, and whenever he has a moment to spare he enjoys relaxing with friends on a night out.

Waseem, and his boys, are currently reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

RSL Jerwood Prize 2013

Maggie Fergusson, Literary Advisor, 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.


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 The Bay of Angels by Anita Brookner and Caros Acosta – The Reluctant Dancer by Margaret Willis.


Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, 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 The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley.



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 Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine.


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