Cambridge University Press’s William Bowes appointed new Chair of the PA’s Academic and Professional Division Board

Cambridge University Press’s William Bowes has been appointed as the new Chair of the Publishers Association’s Academic And Professional Division Board.

The Publishers Association has announced that William Bowes, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Cambridge University Press will become Chair of The PA’s Academic and Professional Division Board (APD). William Bowes will chair the upcoming Annual General Meeting and APD Board in November 2013.

In this role at the Press, William manages a team responsible for the legal, Intellectual Property (IP) and regulatory affairs of the Press worldwide on behalf of the Press’s University-appointed governance body, the Syndicate.

Speaking about his appointment to the PA’s Academic and Professional Division Board, William Bowes said: ‘The next few years will be a crucial time for academic publishers as we strive to demonstrate to governments, consumers and the Academy the importance and value of the work that we do and the steps we are taking to advance the evolution of our industry.

‘It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to assist The Publishers Association with the work they are doing on behalf of industry colleagues to shape our approach and message at this time.’

William is a qualified and practising Solicitor, specialising in IP. He undertook his legal training with London based international law firm Wragge & Co, before qualifying into their IP litigation department. From there, he moved to Penguin Books as IP Counsel and subsequently held a similar role at Taylor & Francis before joining Cambridge in February 2011. Before training as a lawyer William worked in book distribution and sales, where he gained a wealth of experience of the issues currently facing the publishing industry today.