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Publishers' Licensing Services appoints Rosie Glazebrook as new Chair

21st February 2019

PLS Chair - Rosie GlazebrookThe PLS Board has appointed Rosie Glazebrook as its new Chair with effect from 1 April 2019. She takes over from Mark Bide who retires at the end of May having completed six years in office. Like Mark, she will also become the co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

Rosie Glazebrook, who will be PLS’ first female Chair, is a Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, a Council Member of the General Optical Council and Chair of a Research Ethics Committee for NHS Health Research Authority. Before building her extensive non-executive career in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Rosie worked in the publishing world and is now a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International.

Mark Bide has presided over significant development during his chairmanship, including the establishment of licensing for magazines through NLA media access, steering PLS through the first-ever independent rights valuation in 2015 and being responsible for PLS’ strong governance within the recently introduced regulatory framework. He has been very influential in achieving excellent levels of collaboration and co-operation with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and all its members with the result that CLA, PLS and Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) now share offices; in 2014, his role was extended to co-chairing CLA (alongside the Chair of ALCS) and in that role he has overseen five years of unprecedented corporate change and development as CLA has prepared itself for a digital future.

Lis Tribe, head of PLS’ Remuneration Committee, who led the search for a new chair commented, 

“Mark Bide has been an exemplary Chairman throughout his six years at the helm and the Board thanks him warmly for his huge contribution to ensuring PLS is robust and fit for purpose.

We are delighted to welcome Rosie as Chair of the PLS Board and co-Chair of CLA. Her career as a senior non-executive director, largely in the public sector, her work in complex stakeholder environments, her wide experience of digital change and transformation and her strategic approach are amongst the many elements of her background that make her ideal for this role.”

Commenting on her appointment as Chair of PLS and co-Chair of CLA, Rosie Glazebrook said,

“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed and look forward to contributing to the future development of PLS and CLA.”

Welcoming his successor, Mark Bide said,

“I am delighted that PLS has found such an appropriate Chair, whose experience beyond the publishing industry will be invaluable for the challenges facing both PLS and CLA. As I prepare to step down, I want to record my thanks to the PLS Board who have so ably supported me throughout my tenure and also to my colleagues on the CLA Board. I have much enjoyed working with two able and dedicated CEOs and their talented management teams. I am confident that Rosie has a firm foundation on which to build.”