The Team

Paul Moreton
Paul is the Managing Director of Bell Lomax Moreton.  He joined the agency in 2000 from Penguin Books, where he was Head of Children’s Book Sales.  He’s interested in children’s books across all age ranges and narrative non-fiction, biography, sport, music and autobiography.  He’s also interested in crime fiction and anything a bit weird and wonderful.
Lauren Gardner
Lauren joined the team in April 2014 as literary assistant and has been agenting full time since October 2015.  She graduated in 2009 with a degree in English Literature and Drama from the University of Manchester, and has a background in lifestyle journalism and PR.  She is currently building her own list and is looking for non-fiction projects ranging from people undertaking extraordinary challenges and having amazing adventures, to celebrities, aspiring foodies and lifestyle brands.  She has a passion for children’s literature and is also looking for YA and middle grade debuts with heart, humour and maybe a supernatural twist or two.
Jo Bell
Jo began merchandising books on family holidays at the age of 6, showing that publishing runs in the family!  Now with nearly 18 years of working in the industry, Jo joins the team with a wealth of experience. She has worked for HarperCollins as Children’s Sales Director and also Parragon Books as the UK Sales Director dealing with editorial teams, licensors and major retailers across the UK. Jo is building her list and really enjoys reading a strong voice in a story packed with passion & intrigue. Currently Jo is seeking crime, thrillers & suspense, contemporary romance, women’s fiction spanning commercial, literary & historical, and humour.
Sophie Clarke
Sophie is the agency assistant and joined in September 2017, after previously working for Penguin Random House Children’s and Curtis Brown. She provides administrative and editorial support across all the agents’ lists. Her background is in academic study of picture books, but she most loves to read any type of children’s book, and absolutely anything involving magic or fantastical science, whether that be for children or adults. She is also eager to read non-fiction about sport, women, history or any combination of those areas.
Sarah McDonnell
Sarah joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2014 to provide administrative support for the team and to assist with reading for the agency. She has a background in recruitment and is enjoying being back in the office after a career break to raise her young family. She enjoys reading psychological thrillers with unexpected twists and is an expert in children’s fiction thanks to her three lovely kids.
Eddie Bell
Eddie has vast experience in publishing. Before setting up Bell Lomax Moreton, Eddie was Executive Chairman and Publisher at HarperCollins.
Pat Lomax
Pat was one of the founders of Bell Lomax Moreton. Previously, Pat had worked in senior editorial roles at Simon & Schuster, Wiley and Kogan Page.
June Bell
June was instrumental in founding the agency, bringing a sense of calm and organisation to the office. June has developed her own list of clients as well as supporting the other agents with their work.