Rosie Glazebrook to chair PLS

News - Publishing Thursday, 21 February 2019

Publishers' Licensing Services appoints Rosie Glazebrook as new chair, replacing Mark Bide

The PLS Board has appointed Rosie Glazebrook as its new chair, with effect from 1 April, taking over from Mark Bide who retires at the end of May after six years in office. Like Bide, she will also become the co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). She becomes the first woman to chair the PLS.

Rosie Glazebrook is a commissioner, Civil Service Commission, a council member of the General Optical Council and chair of a Research Ethics Committee for at the NHS Health Research Authority. Before building her non-executive career, she worked in the publishing world and is now a trustee and chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International.

Lis Tribe, head of PLS’ Remuneration Committee, who led the search for a new chair, said: "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."

Glazebrook (pictured) said: "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed and look forward to contributing to the future development of PLS and CLA."

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."

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