Our board comprises non-executive Directors nominated by both Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and Publishers' Licensing Services (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 was elected to the Board of CLA in 2013 and is the Chairman of Publishers' Licensing Services. He has worked in the publishing industry for over 45 years and served as 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, particularly 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 was for 5 years Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains. Mark has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He is a member of ALCS.
Tony Bradman is an award-winning author of books for children of all ages. He published his first books in the 1980s, soon became active in writers’ organisations, serving on committees for both the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild, and has twice been a member of the Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right. He served as a director of ALCS between 2007 and 2013, and returned to the company as Chair in 2017. He also served as a director of CLA between 2008 and 2014, and is currently co-chair. Tony has edited many anthologies of short stories and poetry, and reviewed children’s books for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times Educational Supplement and various specialist journals. In 2008 he helped set up The Siobhan Dowd Trust, a charity that makes books available to under-privileged children, and was Chair of the organisation until 2018.
Neil Burgess is an agent, editor and curator who has been involved in photography for thirty-five years. Originally working in the public sector he was the Director of Liverpool's Open Eye gallery for five years before becoming the founding Director of Magnum Photos London. He later became the Bureau Chief of the parent company Magnum Photo's Inc in New York. In the mid 1990s he founded NB Pictures which has represented some of the worlds best known photographers, including Sebastiao Salgado, Don McCullin, Nick Danziger, Annie Leibovitz and Simon Norfolk. He has twice served as Chairman of World Press Photo's international jury and taught workshops in journalist photography for them and for the British Council. He joined the Board of DACS in 2017.
Dr Tom Chatfield is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. His seven books exploring contemporary culture—most recently Live This Book! (Penguin) and Critical Thinking (SAGE Publishing), researched as a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute—are published in over two dozen languages. In October 2017, he signed a two-book deal to write international conspiracy thrillers set in the world of the dark net for Hodder.
Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology, and its uses in policy, education and engagement. A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentate widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. He is a regular on BBC radio and television, and broadcasts around the world.
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.
Dr 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Lis Tribe is Group Managing Director of Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK. Hodder Education is one of the largest providers of curriculum and assessment materials to the education market in the UK and is a market leader in International schools publishing. The business includes Rising Stars and Galore Park, publishers for primary and independent school markets, and was the winner of the British Book Industry’s Educational Publisher of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016.
Lis started her career in academic publishing at Routledge and has worked at Hodder Education for over 20 years, commissioning and publishing a wide range of school and college subjects. She has headed up the division as MD for the past five years and is a member of the Executive Committee of Hachette UK. She is currently chair of trustees for the Publishing Training Centre, a trustee for the Publishers Licensing Society, and Past President of the Publishers Association.
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.
Owen 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.
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.
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.
The Remuneration 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
- James McConnachie - Chair
- Neil Burgess
- Nick Service
- Sally Howes
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.
- Philip Graf - Chair
- Stephen Lotinga
- Sally Howes
- Tom Chatfield
- Mark Bide
- Tony Bradman
- Mark Bispham
- Mat Pfleger
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