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Helen Exley

Who is Helen Exley?

Helen Exley® London, is an independent Giftbook Publisher that was conceived by
Helen Exley and her husband Richard in 1976. Helen still works on every single
book that we produce and both travel to many exhibitions worldwide. This year they
will visit Beijing, China again for the international Bookfair.
Helen and Richard had always worked for charities, including Oxfam and Help the
Aged, mainly raising funds and preparing campaign documents for overseas aid
causes. They began working together helping and campaigning in South Africa
against apartheid.
And they have worked together since the day they married; the company really
started with their joint aim of trying to help and understand people. Their first
Giftbook, 'Grandmas and Grandpas' was put together on their kitchen table.
Now there are nine people on the editing and design side helping Helen design,
proof and check her books but Helen has full editorial control and still likes to do her
editing on the same kitchen table!

Helen Exley is the C.E.O and Editor-in-Chief.
She works closely with our Head of Design on every book, gift and stationery item,
and each is created with great care and attention. Helen has collected a vast body of
over half a million beautiful, thoughtful, witty or wise quotations throughout her life,
and each time she creates a new book she reads the relevant subject again and only
the best make it into the final publication. Helen has edited and we have published over 1000 titles since the Company began almost 40 years ago.

I love what I do and take work with me on planes, over weekends and even on holiday. Mine is simply the most rewarding kind of job you could possibly have.
Helen Exley.

Who's who at Helen Exley®


Helen likes to select her staff personally. What is she looking for? A great smile, and kindness. Of course, high skills and intelligence are vital - but we only settle on these when people convince us they really can be part of the team.


Several people on our team have worked with us for many years, some even for more than twenty. We are a strong team, dedicated to the values of the company, and driven by these values. 


Richard Exley is our International Director and Founder. He has worked with overseas customers for many years and has a huge knowledge of the printing and publishing industry.

Charlotte Smith is Export Sales Director.

Charlotte has been with Helen Exley® for more than 20 years and deals with our increasingly successful retail, export and online customers all over the world. 

Contact Charlotte

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