Our team

Our highly qualified and experienced editors and proofreaders offer expertise across a wide spectrum of humanities disciplines.

Our prize-winning designers, indexers and our international team of 80+ specialist associates work in 11 languages: Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu.

Collectively, our team represents a virtual mini-university of expertise.

  • Frontispiece of John Bourchier’s translation of Froissart’s Cronycles. Bourchier, Lord Berners (1467–1533), was a typical Renaissance man – soldier, courtier, gifted linguist and translator. This work was commissioned by King Henry VIII and was the first of Bourchier’s many highly regarded French to English translations. His linguistic flair is recorded by Sidney Lee (Dictionary of National Biography): ‘Berners has adhered so closely to the English idiom as to give the book the character of an original English work’.

  • The Bourchier logo is derived from a version of the Bourchier arms – Bourchier is a family name of the company’s founders, Elizabeth and David Stone.

The directors

Simon Fletcher, recently appointed a Bourchier director, was for fifteen years a senior commissioning editor for the UK’s leading local history publisher, responsible for over 100 titles annually. A long-time professional associate of Elizabeth Stone, Simon has been working with the company since its inception in 2010. As a freelance editor, he turns his hand primarily to history, philosophy and sociology, but his clients also include a remarkably varied list of authors – from budding novelists to Dutch bikers.  

Simon, a very active amateur singer, enjoys a wide knowledge of choral music and has built an eclectic library of books, music and film that reflects his many interests. He has a Master’s degree in English Local History from the University of Leicester.

Elizabeth Stone began her international publishing career as Reader for  Flammarion (France). After working on digitalisation projects for the Harvester Press (UK), marriage brought extended visits to France, Colombia, Lithuania, Malta and Greece. In Athens, for the Foundation of the Hellenic World (a cultural research body publishing books, multimedia material and 40,000+ web pages), she structured the editing and translation departments. Back in the UK, as Managing Editor at Sutton Publishing she oversaw the production of 200+ books a year. 

Rapidly expanding freelancing and consultancy led in 2010 to Elizabeth founding Bourchier, with her husband David (an international cultural development consultant). Her experience of the coalface of publishing and strategic and tactical management – and her empathy with different cultures and personalities – shaped the company’s ethos. In 2022 she relinquished her management role to explore the changing world of publishing. 

Elizabeth has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Oxford and collects fine examples of early printing, private presses and historically iconic books.

Erika Fletcher is the non-publishing voice on the Bourchier board. With over twenty years in the commercial insurance market, Erika brings a wealth of skills from her day job as a development underwriter for a leading multinational insurance company. She is an experienced relationship manager with a particular focus on delivering profitable growth through collaboration with key strategic partners.

As well as being an avid reader, Erika is a keen amateur musician with a particular love of sacred choral music. She has also recently trained and been licensed as an Anglican Lay Minister in the diocese of Gloucester.

  • “Bourchier has, from the very beginning, been the sort of vendor managers dream of – flexible, responsive, efficient and excellent. Having you on board has made life so much easier.”

    Bhaskar Raman, Senior Manager, SPi Global
  • “Thanks for your patience and all your efforts in making this project appear effortless … you are an artist.”

    Dr Erin Sears, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • “Thank you again. You are always so accommodating, efficient and courteous to work with.”

    Tara Woolnough, Managing Editor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies