We connect ideas and stories with audiences via first-class talent representation, fostering critical and commercial success for our clients and their work.

What we do

Northbank Talent Management is a literary and talent agency based in central London representing thought leaders and writers across all media throughout the world.

Our team has decades of collective experience in the publishing, broadcast, brand licensing and corporate speaking industries which makes for a powerful offering in full-service talent representation.

Board

Luke Johnson

Chair

@lukejohnsonrcp

A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Luke has extensive experience across the media industry alongside interests in retail, leisure and private equity.

He has served as chair of Channel 4, the Royal Society of the Arts and as a non-executive director of Phaidon Press.

He is chair of the Almeida Theatre, chair and co-owner of Assembly Festival, the biggest venue operator at the Edinburgh fringe festival, as well as a director of two theatre production partnerships, Playful Productions and Fiery Dragons.

He writes a weekly column on business for the Sunday Times.

Diane Banks

Founder & Chief Executive

@dianembanks

Diane worked in the publishing industry for twenty years, at Penguin and Hodder & Stoughton and then as a literary agent before founding Northbank in 2018.

She is a non-executive director of the independent think tank Bright Blue, sits on the development board of the Ovalhouse Theatre, which commissions new work in response to today’s social and political issues, and serves as an ambassador for the ex-offender charity Tempus Novo, helping to increase the employment rate amongst former prisoners. She served a three-year term on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

Martin Redfern

Executive Director & Literary Agent - Non-fiction

@martinjredfern

Martin is responsible for the agency’s non-fiction books representation including history, science, politics, economics, business, lifestyle and memoir.

Formerly Editorial Director at HarperCollins and previously at BBC Books and Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Martin has published some of the most high-profile non-fiction of recent years, with authors ranging from Peter Mandelson, John Major and Alex Salmond to Simon Schama, Jonathan Dimbleby and Simon Callow.

He moved to agenting in 2017.

Alex Hickman

Non-executive Director

@ajehickman

Alex is an experienced campaigner and entrepreneur. He has scoped and led communications and mobilisation campaigns across the UK, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and India. In 2005 he co-founded the London-based think tank Open Europe and he spent twenty years working as a volunteer, staffer and trustee for Restless Development, an international NGO.

Alex founded Chartwell Speakers Bureau in 2007, growing it to a global operation representing some of the world’s most high-profile politicians, business leaders and thought leaders with offices in the UK, US and Asia. He exited the business in 2016.

Team

Kate Burke

Literary Agent - Fiction

@KBBooks

Kate moved to agenting in 2013 following a career commissioning and publishing commercial fiction at Headline, Penguin, HarperCollins and latterly as Editorial Director at Century (Random House), where she achieved an excellent track record of publishing bestsellers.

At Northbank Kate heads up our market-leading fiction list.

Our focus is on commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, and crime, thriller and suspense.

James Carroll

Broadcast & Brand Licensing Agent

@james_carroll

James represents writers and presenters for scripted and non-scripted film and television, original audio, live events and brand endorsements.

Projects include ‘books to broadcast’, presenter-led series, commercial campaigns, corporate speaking and events from political book tours to arena entertainment.

Previously James was an agent at PFD. He joined agenting from the Clinton Foundation in New York and Chicago and has a First Class BA in English Literature from Oxford University.

Chloe Seager

Literary Agent - Children's & Young Adult; Sci-Fi & Fantasy

@ChloeSeager

Chloe is responsible for the agency’s children’s and young adult book business as well as science fiction and fantasy.

In children’s, we represent all genres of young adult, middle-grade and age 5-8 fiction and non-fiction.

Chloe is herself a published author of young adult fiction, with her first novel Editing Emma published by HQ in 2017.

Having previously worked at Titan Books, she is also our resident expert in science fiction and fantasy.

Ciara Corrigan

Operations Assistant

@ciaracorgs

Following a degree in law, Ciara worked as a coder at a law firm in New Zealand and then, on her return to the UK, spent a year working in legal publishing before taking a postgraduate degree in publishing at UCL.

She joined Northbank in 2018.

She is responsible for the smooth running of the office and for overseeing the busy schedules of our clients and team.