Our team

The people behind PLS

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The PLS Board is made up of an independent Chairman and CEO. There are also representatives from each of the following bodies:
- The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP);
- The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG);
- The Professional Publishers Association (PPA);
- The Publishers Association (PA).

  • Mark Bide

    Mark Bide


    Mark has been the Chairman of Publishers' Licensing Services since 2013 (when the organisation was the Publishers Licensing Society), having had an unbroken and close association with the organisation since the mid-1990s. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for over 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, and subsequently for many years an industry consultant with a particular interest in the application of technology to the management of copyright on the Internet.

    He has a particular interest in the role of technical standards and, among his other industry roles, he served for 5 years as the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains. In his role as Chair of PLS, he is joint Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency, and has recently also recently taken over as Chair of the Copyright Hub. 

  • Sarah Faulder

    Sarah Faulder

    Chief Executive

    Sarah Faulder was appointed Chief Executive of PLS in October 2010.

    In her early career Sarah was a partner for ten years at city law firm, Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing), specialising in copyright. She then worked in the music industry for over 13 years; first as Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association before becoming Chargée de Mission at BIEM and CISAC, the Paris based international umbrella organisations for collecting societies, and latterly Public Affairs Director for PRS for Music.

    Sarah has represented her constituents throughout her career in both Brussels and Westminster, has served on several industry boards and has written and spoken extensively on legal and industry issues. Sarah is a practising mediator.

  • Deborah Dixon

    Deborah Dixon

    Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers

    Deborah Dixon is Editorial Director, Oxford University Press.

    Deborah is responsible for the Science and Medical journals portfolio in Oxford University Press (OUP).  She has been with OUP for two years and prior to that she was the Publishing Director for Medical Journals at Wiley, where she spent 19 years in various journals roles.  She also worked at BMJ Publishing Group after a spell in research in neuroscience at King’s College London.

    Deborah is a member of ALPSP Council and is the Treasurer for Evidence Aid, a charity promoting the use of evidence in humanitarian crises.

  • Audrey McCulloch

    Audrey McCulloch

    Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers

    Audrey McCulloch has been the 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, since 2012. 

    Prior that she was the Executive Director for the UK at ALPSP.  During her time at Portland Press Ltd, she was involved in developing and launching the new Biochemical Journal website, and led the team which created a proprietary submission and peer review system. 

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

  • Timothy Wright

    Timothy Wright

    Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers

    Timothy Wright has been Chief Executive of Edinburgh University Press for over 20 years.  He began his publishing career with a European sales agency before moving to the Longman Publishing group as European Sales Manager and subsequently International Sales Director for the higher education, legal and professional businesses. He moved to Edinburgh in 1994 as Sales and Marketing Director for the Longman medical publishing business, Churchill Livingstone before joining Edinburgh University Press in 1998.

    During his 36 years in the publishing business, he has been a regular speaker at conferences and has been a member of a number of industry working parties and boards. He is a past Chair of the PA Europe working party, the Independent Publishers Guild and Publishing Scotland and has been a member of PA Council. He currently co-chairs the IPG academic group and is in his second term as a Board member of Publishing Scotland.

  • Oliver Gadsby

    Oliver Gadsby

    Independent Publishers Guild

    Oliver Gadsby is Chief Executive of Rowman & Littlefield International, an independent academic publisher based in London. He is Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG).

    Oliver has worked in educational, academic and professional publishing throughout his career. Having started as an editor with Klett Verlag in Germany, Oliver took up management positions with Hodder & Stoughton and with Wolters Kluwer, in the UK and in Sweden. He was CEO of Nelson Thornes, Director of Strategy and Acquisitions at Informa, and CEO of Continuum. He is non-executive Chairman of business publishing company, World Textile Information Network (WTiN).

  • Bridget Shine

    Bridget Shine

    Independent Publishers Guild

    Bridget Shine is the Chief Executive of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). She joined the IPG in 2004 as Executive Director.

    Bridget has worked for publishers large (Academic Press) and small (Crown House Publishing) as well as a literary agency (Greene & Heaton) and the Welsh Books Council. The IPG’s membership is at an all-time high of 620 members and growing.

  • Tim Williams

    Tim Williams

    Independent Publishers Guild

    Tim Williams is the Managing Director of Edward Elgar Publishing. 

    Tim joined the publishing industry 10 years ago, first briefly with LexisNexis before moving to Elgar in a senior editorial position.  Prior to publishing Tim worked as a management consultant for retail and media clients.

    Edward Elgar Publishing is a leading independent academic and professional publisher based in the UK and USA.  The firm publishes across the social sciences and law, and has over 4.000 ebooks and 7,000 books in print.  In 2017 Elgar was awarded Independent Publisher of the Year by the IPG.


  • Stephen Lotinga

    Stephen Lotinga

    Publishers Association

    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.

  • Mark Majurey

    Mark Majurey

    Publishers Association

    Mark Majurey is Commercial Director & VP, Digital, at Taylor & Francis and has worked in academic publishing across journals and books businesses, spanning a variety of roles, for 25 years. Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher, with over 70,000 ebook titles, over 2,000 journals and 100,000 books in print. Taylor & Francis Group is part of Informa PLC, one of the world’s leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events businesses.

    Mark is also Chair of the Book Industry Communication (BIC), an organisation which promotes supply chain efficiency and standards across all sectors of the UK book industry.

  • Lis Tribe

    Lis Tribe

    Publishers Association

    Lis Tribe is Managing Director of Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK.   Hodder Education is one of the largest providers of curriculum materials to the secondary market in the UK, and is market leader in International schools publishing.  As well as content, Hodder Education provides a growing range of products and services to teachers and students, including revision, assessment, and professional development. 

    Lis started her career at Routledge, now part of Taylor and Francis, working in the social sciences editorial team. She has worked at Hodder Education for 20 years, publishing a variety of subjects and levels before becoming Publishing Director and then MD. 

  • Nick Service

    Nick Service

    Professional Publishers Association

    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.

  • Harriet Wilson

    Harriet Wilson

    Professional Publishers Association

    Harriet Wilson is Director of Editorial Administration and Rights of Condé Nast Britain, and has represented the magazine industry on behalf of the PPA on the Editors Code of Practice Committee since 2004. Harriet has worked in media for many years, starting as a journalist/managing editor at Fashion Weekly, then moving to Ritz Newspaper before settling at Condé Nast. She has worked in both the editorial and business areas of the industry and has experience of most areas of magazine production. 

    Having been with Condé Nast for 25 years, initially as Managing Editor of Tatler, Harriet Wilson went on to create the Editorial Business Department as it exists today, a centralised administrative hub for all the editorial teams. The Condé Nast Britain archive is another responsibility that falls to Harriet Wilson, and one that has proved to be a rich seam under her management resulting in a creative book publishing, art and stationery programme as well as involvement in a number of high profile exhibitions. 

  • Andrew Yeates

    Andrew Yeates

    Professional Publishers Association

    Andrew Yeates has been Intellectual Property Adviser to the Professional Publishers Association since 2004. He works for a number of companies as a Consultant on Copyright and Creators’ Rights. He represents PPA on the Joint Committee for Legal Deposit and also works closely with a number of industry groups representing the interests of owners of copyright and related rights.

    He became a Director of the British Copyright Council in 2008 and chairs the Copyright and Technology Working Group for the Council.

PLS Staff

PLS Staff

Find out more about our team by clicking "View profiles".

To contact the team at PLS, just call us on 020 7079 5930.

  • Sarah Faulder

    Sarah Faulder

    Chief Executive

    Sarah Faulder was appointed Chief Executive of PLS in October 2010 and is also a Board Director.

    For Sarah's full profile, please click on the "Board Director" tab above.


  • Danielle Williams

    Danielle Williams

    PA to the Chief Executive

    Danielle is responsible for providing day-to-day support for the CEO and the PLS team. She has recently moved to publishing, having previous administrative experience in the legal sector. Her favourite book is “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernières.

  • Tom West

    Tom West

    Chief Operating Officer

    With 16 years under his belt at PLS, Tom has played a central role in the many developments at PLS throughout that time and has a broad and comprehensive knowledge of collective licensing. He has been responsible for managing the development and delivery of PLS Account Manager, the service that gives publishers direct control over their participation in collective licensing and which brought about a step change in PLS’s operational capacity. He has also had direct oversight of the distribution of over £250 million in licensing revenues to publishers since taking over responsibility for PLS operations in 2008. Most recently he has assumed general operational responsibility for the delivery and ongoing development of the PLS Permissions service, launched in 2017.

  • Kevin Gohil

    Kevin Gohil

    Group Chief Transformation Officer

    Kevin was appointed Group Chief Transformation Officer for PLS and CLA in July 2017.

    Kevin is an experienced Operations, Transformation and Change leader. He brings 20 years plus international, private equity and PLC experience. Kevin has worked in the Consulting, Telecoms, Emerging Technology and Retail industries.

    Kevin spent 15 Years at British Telecom, where he led Global & UK Organisational Transformation, Digital, Supply Chain, Programme Management and Business Development roles. Prior to joining CLA he worked with PWC, and as an independent consultant.

  • Jeremy Brinton

    Jeremy Brinton

    Head of Publisher Relations

    Jeremy is principally responsible for managing publisher relationships, gaining an understanding  of their changing business needs to ensure we continue to develop appropriate collective rights management services for our primary stakeholders.

    Following a ten-year commissioning career in professional publishing, Jeremy moved into trade publishing overseas prior to taking up the role of CEO with the Gulf’s leading book retailer. On his return to the UK in 2011, he consulted for a number of publishers and affiliated organisations, before founding his own publishing company. He holds a Diploma in Legal Practice. One of his favourite books is “The Other Hand” by Chris Cleeve.

  • Marjon Esfandiary

    Marjon Esfandiary

    Head of Legal and Policy

    Marjon Esfandiary joined PLS in January 2018.  She has worked as a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property rights for over 20 years, starting at a law firm in the City followed by various roles in-house.  She has a post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Bristol University.

    Marjon spent over a decade in the legal team at consumer goods multinational Unilever and more recently as senior lawyer at Hachette where she was responsible for legal advice to Hodder Education and for advice on legal compliance across the Hachette UK Group.  

    Her experience in the publishing industry includes dealing with a wide range of contracts, as well as advising on the creation, protection, licensing and use of IP rights, and use of personal data.  Her favourite book is "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan.

  • Robert Stein

    Robert Stein

    Communications and Events Manager

    Robert manages PLS communications and events, including marketing, social media and PR. He also delivers campaign-specific marketing for PLS Permissions and Access to Research. 

    Robert’s background is in arts marketing as well as communications management for not-for-profit organisations. Following his degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Bristol University, Robert took postgraduate qualifications in marketing and PR. His favourite book is John Keats’ “Poems published in 1820”.

  • Clare Zubkowska

    Clare Zubkowska

    Publisher Relations Executive

    Clare works between Publisher Relations and Communications. Her main duties include managing publisher accounts, digital marketing and assisting in the smooth running of PLS events.

    She has a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths University of London.  Her favourite book is “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood.

  • Mohammed Anisuzzaman

    Mohammed Anisuzzaman

    IT Manager

    Mohammed is responsible for day-to-day management of IT at PLS, as well as ongoing development and hosting projects. Previously, Mohammed worked as Systems and Data Management analyst at New College Capital Ltd.

    He has obtained a degree in Computer Systems & Networks and has experience in server maintenance, web development, data management and network administration. His current favourite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”. He also enjoys watching cricket.

  • Rachel Hunt

    Rachel Hunt

    Product Manager

    Rachel is one of the product managers responsible for running day-to-day activities of PLS Permissions and PLSclear. She also oversees the future development of the service.

    Previously, Rachel worked for a B2B magazine publisher. She has a BSc in Environmental Science from the Open University and her favourite book is Murakami’s "South of the Border, West of the Sun".

  • Amy Ellis

    Amy Ellis

    Product Manager

    Amy is one of the product managers responsible for running the PLS Permissions and PLSclear services. She manages permissions for publishers signed up for Permissions Assist, contributes to the day-to-day management of PLSclear, and oversees future development of the service.

    She has a BA in Creative Writing from Longwood University in the USA and an MA in Digital Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Her favourite book is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

  • Claire Houguez

    Claire Houguez

    Publisher Liaison Officer (Monies in Trust)

    Claire’s role is to locate and contact the publishers for whom PLS hold monies in trust and to encourage publishers to sign up with PLS. She also works closely with the Publisher Relations and Communications teams to develop effective publisher communications strategies.

    She comes from a publishing background, having previously worked with independent house Parthian Books and Head and Heart Publishing Services. She is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing. She can't possibly pick a favourite book, but her favourite writer is Margaret Atwood.

  • Francesca Wallis

    Francesca Wallis

    Monies in Trust Officer

    Francesca’s role is to locate and contact the publishers for whom PLS hold monies in trust and to encourage publishers to sign up with PLS.

    She has a strong customer service background within a variety of industries. Her favourite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, however any thriller novel is a favourite also.

  • Amy Moss

    Amy Moss

    Distributions Administrator

    Amy is a member of the Operations team. Her responsibilities include providing core account management services to publishers including through the PLSe helpdesk, maintaining publishers’ licensing settings, repertoire data and payment queries.

    She has recently completed a degree in History and English Literature, and has previous administration experience within publishing recruitment and marketing. Her favourite books are Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea” and Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca”

  • Martin Dixon

    Martin Dixon

    Operations Administrator

    Martin is a member of the Operations team. His responsibilities include providing core account management services to publishers including through the PLSe helpdesk, maintaining publishers’ licensing settings, repertoire data and payment queries.

    Martin has moved to publishing with a varied career history. He has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Kent and his favourite books are "1984" by George Orwell and "Consider Phlebas" by Iain Banks.

  • Katherine Wyatt

    Katherine Wyatt

    Operations Administrator

    Katherine is a member of the Operations team. Her responsibilities include providing core account management services to publishers including through the PLSe helpdesk, maintaining publishers’ licensing settings, repertoire data and payment queries.

    Katherine has a BA in French from the University of Bristol, and has a range of prior administrative experience in the education and retail sectors.

    She enjoys swimming and the theatre, and her current favourite books are "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke and "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf.