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Our Board

Our board comprises non-executive Directors nominated by both ALCS and PLS, with an Independent Director and provision for additional appointments. All Directors must submit themselves for re-election at least every three years if they wish to continue serving and are considered by the Board to be eligible. 

The Board's responsibilities
The Board normally meets five times a year and has set out a clear Schedule of Matters Reserved for the Board in order to ensure its overall control of our affairs. These include the determination of strategy, the approval of financial statements, any acquisitions and disposals, authority levels for expenditure, treasury policies and risk management. We provide insurance cover and indemnities for Directors and officers. All new Directors attend an induction programme designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Group's culture and operations. The programme will usually include an overview of the operations and Board processes and meetings with our management team.

The Board process
The Board governs through a number of statutory Board Committees - the Finance and Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees - to which certain responsibilities and duties may be delegated. These Committees are properly authorised under our constitution to take decisions and act on behalf of the Board within the parameters laid down by the Board. The Board is kept fully informed of the work of these Committees and any issues requiring resolution will be referred to the full Board as appropriate.

The board is made up of the following directors and observers:

Board Director profiles 

Mark BideMark Bide

Mark was elected to the Board of CLA in 2013, is the Chairm an of the Publishers Licensing Society. He has worked in the publishing industry for over 40 years, and has been a Director of both CBS Publishing’s  and John Wiley’s European subsidiaries. For twenty years from the early 1990s, he worked as a consultant in the media. He first worked for PLS as a consultant in 1995, and has been close to the organisation ever since, advising on the impact and implementation of technology.

He is a strong advocate of the more effective use of technology in the management of rights on the internet and has been involved in relevant technical standardisation initiatives for two decades. He is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains. Mark is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London and is a member of ALCS.

Tony BradmanTony Bradman

Tony is a graduate of Queens’ College, Cambridge and went into journalism after university. He published his first book in 1984, went freelance in 1987, and since then has produced more than 200 children’s books of different kinds across a wide age range - from babies to teenagers. One of his notable successes are the Dilly the Dinosaur books that were made into a popular BBC animation. . 

Tony has also written for the educational sector, taught creative writing, appeared at all the major literary festivals and visited hundreds of schools to meet his readers. He has been a reviewer of children's books throughout his career - for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, The Guardian Children’s Books Website and several specialist journals. Tony is married with three grown-up children, four grandchildren and a dog ('Betty, The World's Cutest Border Terrier')

Toby FaberToby Faber

Toby is the author of two non-fiction books, Stradivarius and Fabergé’s Eggs. Both were published by Macmillan in the UK and by Random House in the US. Between them they have been translated into eight languages. He has been a director of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society since January 2010, and sits on its Distribution and Membership Committee.

Toby is also a publisher. From 1996 until 2001 he was Managing Director of the company founded by his grandfather, Faber and Faber. Now he is a non-executive director of the company, and Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music. He is currently Chairman of The Society of Bookmen. Before the pull of the family firm became too strong to ignore, Toby was following a more conventional business career. He spent four years as an investment banker, and three as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co, and he holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Philip GrafPhilip Graf

Philip Graf was appointed to the Board of CLA as Senior Independent Director in 2015. A Cambridge Law graduate, he has 20 years experience in the media industry, including serving as Chief Executive at Trinity International Holdings from 1993 to 2003, during which time it merged with the Mirror Group. In 2003, he was asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to carry out a review of the BBC’s online activities. 

Philip has served as a Chairman for the Press Standards Board of Finance from 2003 to 2005, and as Deputy chairman for Ofcom from 2006 to 2011. He is also currently Chairman for the Gambling Commission and the Chair of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy and service organisation.

SHDr Sally Howes, OBE

Sally joined the CLA as an Independent Non-Executive in April 2017.  She is currently a Visiting Professor at Surrey University, a lay member of Surrey University Council and works with two independently owned UK SMEs in the digital and cyber market place.

Sally’s career began in Logica Space and Defence Systems, developing real time systems and working on international satellite programmes.  After 5 years, she left to start-up a technology consultancy (SME) business with two colleagues, which undertook a mix of policy, strategy and business analysis as well as software and systems development for international clients in space, defence, broadcasting and communications sectors.  She was awarded an OBE for services to the space industry in 2002.She was Director General of the UK trade association for aerospace and defence from 2003-2007, representing 2,600 UK aerospace and defence companies with a turnover of £22 billion with Government in London, Washington, Brussels and Tokyo.  


LotingaStephen Lotinga

Stephen Lotinga is Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, joining in January 2016. His career spans the private and public sectors including recently in government as Director of Communications to the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP. Previously Stephen has worked as Executive Director of External Affairs and Strategy at PHSO, Managing Director at Edelman, and Managing Director and Partner at Bell Pottinger.

Earlier in his career he worked for the Liberal Democrats as a Senior Policy Advisor, including leading the team of advisers in 2010 who successfully guided the Party into the first coalition government in half a century. Before that he worked as DCMS Policy Adviser to Lord Foster of Bath where he was originally introduced to the world of publishing, intellectual property and the wider creative industries.

audreyAudrey McCulloch

Audrey McCulloch is Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the international association for non-profit scholarly and professional publishers and those that work with them.

She has over 12 years’ experience of scholarly publishing has a PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from the University of Nottingham.

james mcJames McConnachie

James McConnachie is Vice Chair of ALCS, the editor of The Author (the quarterly journal of the Society of Authors) and a lead non-fiction reviewer for the Sunday Times. As a writer and reviewer, he has a particular interest in the ancient and offbeat: he wrote a critically acclaimed study of the Kamasutra, The Book of Love, he is the author of numerous Rough Guides, from Paris and Nepal to Conspiracy Theories and Sex, and he once worked as a researcher for the maverick historian Theodore Zeldin. Much to his surprise, he is also an agony uncle for the Metro newspaper. He read English at Jesus College, Oxford and lives in Hampshire.

MPMat Pfleger

Mat Pfleger was appointed Chief Executive in June 2016, having previously held the position of Managing Director and Commercial Director. Since joining the organisation in 2008 as UK Sales and Marketing Director, UK revenues have grown by 45%. Mat has over 15 years experience in the intellectual property and content industries in leadership, commercial and product development roles. Mat was formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at the British Library and Head of Online Publishing and Scientific Information at Leatherhead Food Research.

Nick ServiceNick Service

Nick is Chairman of Hemming Group Ltd., one of the UK’s longest established independent, business-to-business magazine publishers. He has worked in publishing for almost 30 years. He started his career in Maclean Hunter, in Toronto, and also worked in International Thomson Business Publishing in London. He has served on the Boards of the Directory & Database Publishers Association, the Periodical Training Council and the Publishing NTO, as well as various boards and committees of the PPA.


Observer profiles 

Owen Atkinson

owenOwen is Chief Executive at the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, the UK rights management society for writers of all genres of literary and dramatic copyright works. He joined ALCS in 1997. He had previously spent 10 years working in Hong Kong in IT consultancy developing bespoke solutions for the publishing and book industry. Owen has worked within the area of Collective Management for nearly ten years within the areas of information systems and Operations. During this time he has been involved extensively in international projects regarding information and repertoire exchange as well as working with data standards groups on the development of identifiers.

Sarah FaulderSarah Faulder

Sarah Faulder was appointed PLS Chief Executive in October 2010. She has wide experience of collecting societies and public affairs from her time with PRS for Music, of trade associations and the creative industries as a former Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association, and of copyright and entertainment law through her earlier practice as a solicitor. She has served as a board member of several bodies related to the creative industries, including the British Copyright Council.

PaulPaul Seheult

After graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art, Paul Seheult began as an editorial photographer for educational publishers and as a commercial photographer for the vibrant creative sector in Sussex. His editorial work and travels led to the creation of his picture library containing both his work and that of a growing network of photographer friends. His photo libraries have been members of BAPLA for over 25 years. Paul has been an Executive Director of BAPLA for much of that time, representing the interests of the small libraries and agencies. He is now the CEO of PICSEL, a new collecting society for image rights holders, bringing equitable competition to the sector, made possible by the introduction of the UK Collective Rights Management regulations transposed in 2016.

GTGilane Tawadros

Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation which she joined in 2009.  Previously, she was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA) in London which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency at the leading edge of artistic and cultural debates nationally and internationally. She has worked as a consultant to the Tate and other major organisations, curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively about the visual arts.

In 2012, she was the first art historian to be appointed to the prestigious Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She sits on the Boards of Film and Video Umbrella, Stuart Croft Foundation and on the Editorial Board of Whitechapel Art Gallery. She is Vice Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation.


Board committees 

Remuneration and Nominations Committee
The Remuneration and Nominations Committee leads the process for Board appointments, re-election and succession of Directors, as well as making recommendations for the membership of statutory committees. The Committee's role is also to determine and recommend to the Board the remuneration of the executive and non-executive Directors.


All Non-executive directors

  • Nick Service - Chairman

Finance and Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee's primary responsibilities are to review the financial statements, to review internal control and risk management processes, to consider the appointment of the external auditors, their reports to the Committee and their independence.


  • Toby Faber - Chairman
  • Mark Bide
  • Tony Bradman

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee's role is to assess membership applications and where appropriate recommend approval of applications to the Members.


  • Philip Graf - Chairman
  • Mark Bide
  • Toby Faber

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