MEP Publishers is a small, family-run business where humour and eccentricity are valued as intrinsic parts of creativity.
Jeremy Taylor (Chairman of the Board)
Jeremy worked as a teacher in England, Kenya and Trinidad after completing his MA in English at Cambridge University before becoming a freelance journalist and commentator, contributing to a wide range of media including the BBC and the London Times. He edited the Caribbean Chronicle and BWIA Sunjet before co-founding MEP in 1990 with Joanne Mendes. Some of his articles and broadcasts were collected in Going to Ground (Prospect Press, 1994), and he wrote a guide to Trinidad and Tobago, Masquerade, for Macmillan (1986, 2nd edition 1991). He was the founding editor of Discover Trinidad & Tobago, ENERGY Caribbean and Caribbean Beat, on which he remains a consulting editor, and currently edits select client projects. Despite semi-retirement, he continues to enjoy writing and editing work – if only to “keep the brain ticking over” – and ever remains a threat to cakes and ice-creams left over after staff functions.
Joanne worked at AS Bryden and Geddes Grant/Huggins for over twenty years before co-founding MEP with Jeremy Taylor in 1990. A founder member and still the production manager of the Marionettes Chorale, she is a passionate about arts, culture and philanthropy. Affectionately referred to as “de money lady” by her staff, she relishes a challenge, and seldom emerges anything but victorious. Pistachios and turkish delight are effective means of winning some measures of favour when needed.
The MEP Team
Halcyon has extensive experience and training in communications and management, and worked for many years as assistant general manager at the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian. She has also worked with Pier 1, GEM Radio, Music Radio 97, and radio stations in Florida, USA. An animal lover like most of her staff, she’s passionate about health, wellness, culture and philanthropy.
Yuri is the business development manager for Discover Trinidad & Tobago and Contact Magazine (Trinidad Sales). He has also sold advertising for Caribbean Beat and ENERGY Caribbean. He has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, accounting and business development. He also volunteers with a number of local charities. He is a dedicated family man, and keenly interested in community and social development.
Evelyn is the business development manager (Tobago & International Sales) for Caribbean Beat, Contact Magazine, and Discover Trinidad & Tobago. Originally from Venezuela, she has lived in T&T for over 20 years, working both in the publishing industry, and as a scuba instructor and director at the dive shop (Undersea Tobago) that she co-founded with her husband, Derek.
After starting out her working life in finance departments, Shelly decided to pursue her dream to be a writer and media practitioner. She’s a Barbadian adventure seeker at heart, and often galavants off the beaten path. At MEP, she works both as a writer, editorial assistant, and business development manager (Barbados) for Caribbean Beat. She enjoys copious amounts of Zumba and the occasional rum cake.
Nicholas is the editor of Caribbean Beat, and editor of The Caribbean Review of Books (CRB) (formerly published by MEP). He is also one of the administrators of the contemporary arts space Alice Yard and the Bocas Lit Fest (The Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival). His reviews, essays, and poems have been published in various periodicals. He has also edited CLR James’ Letters from London, VS Naipaul’s Between a Father and Son: Family Letters and The Strange Years of My Life, a book of poetry.
Hazel has worked in the travel industry for a number of years, and served as property manager at the British High Commission before moving to MEP. Together with Jacqui and Joanne, she forms part of the “downstairs office” administrative and accounts team at MEP.
Mark-Jason is a business development manager for Caribbean Beat (Trinidad Sales). He has years of experience in business development and marketing in the information and communication technology industry, working with market leaders like Fujitsu, bMobile and Digi-data. He has a passion for the outdoors and is an avid collector of outdoor gear. In his spare time, he challenges himself to explore various hiking trails in Trinidad or looks for a great fishing spot to throw a line.
Jacqueline manages production and distribution at MEP, itogether with some administrative and accounting duties, after working at Neal & Massy Holdings for over 15 years. She is also a Music Festival-winning singer, and member of the Marionettes Chorale. She claims to bring some sanity and stability to MEP’s motley crew.
Caroline a staff writer and web editor for Caribbean Beat, editor (print and web) for Discover Trinidad & Tobago, and serves on the Board of MEP. She also moonlights in the performing arts. She volunteers and freelances with a number of non-profits and SMBs — time permitting — and is currently trying to master unplugging from her “iLife” (no trademark infringement intended), at least sporadically…
Originally from South Africa (and a mean “tipsy tart” maker), Bridget has been in the print business for many years and has worked all over the world. She has been living in the Caribbean for over 15 years and has been in publishing, doing graphic design and assisting with editorial for over five. A wife, mother, plus self-proclaimed design guru and social media addict, she reads voraciously in her spare time and is in love with her Kindle.
Kevon is a design and layout artist at MEP, having worked and trained at Sandpiper Publishing. Apart from maintaining the male to female ratio in the office, he also helps maintain MEP’s websites, particularly Caribbean Beat. Ever the helpful colleague, he is usually the one called on for help when something electronic isn’t working or for the more glamourous task of reaching something on the high shelf.
Board of directors
Jeremy Taylor (Chairman)
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