I strongly believe that my expertise can be of value to any small or medium size business no matter what sector you operate in. This is because much of my work is about general principles that apply to all businesses, such as setting clear strategic direction, organising and motivating your work force, defining and communicating your brand effectively, or optimising the outcomes of structural change. I am confident that my objective perspective can bring valuable insights to your specific issues and opportunities.

I also have particular expertise in several sectors where I have worked, including:


I have spent many years working in the book industry and have specialist knowledge of all of the publishing functions, including product development, sales and distribution, marketing, digital strategy and global markets.

I am part of the Mentoring program for the Independent Publishers Guild.


I have spent the past six years leading the renowned theatrical publisher and licensing agent, Samuel French. Samuel French’s business comprises a range of activity, including acquiring the rights to license plays and musicals on behalf of writers and composers, publishing scripts and scores and retail, both online and at the bookshop at the Royal Court theatre.

At Samuel French I was fortunate to work across the theatre industry, with authors, agents, producers, and artistic and executive directors at theatres. I believe that my commercial skills and passion and knowledge of the industry could help any of these practitioners in the industry.

I am a Professional Member of UK Theatre.


I am also an experienced retailer, having managed all aspects of a multi-site, multi-channel specialist retailer. I have extensive practical knowledge of managing site location and commercial property, retail design and merchandising, consumer marketing, ecommerce, retail staff performance and incentivisation, customer care, and financial stewardship of a retail business.


As a specialist Publisher and Retailer I have been at the forefront of digital development in the book industry, involved in the development of new digital products such as eBooks, enhanced eBooks, and mobile Apps, as well as exploiting new digital sales channels and marketing media. As the Chairman of a digital eBook company I have experience of guiding an early stage start-up, and also have an extensive range of contacts in the emerging technology world.


I have worked with two iconic brands in the world of independent travel, and have a professional knowledge of, as well as a personal enthusiasm for, the global travel market. I have extensive contacts in the travel industry and an understanding of the trends in the travel business.

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Douglas Schatz
Managing Director
Maple Leaf Consultants

Tel: +44 (0) 7540 530 754
Skype: dougschatz