RSPF Speakers

  • Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum – 2019 Speakers

    For the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum at The London Book Fair 2019, we are pleased to welcome Conference Chairs Alicia Wise, Senior VP, Information Power and Rachel Bruce, Head of Open Science, UK Research and Innovation, who will lead a field of experts in academic publishing.

  • Alicia Wise

    Senior VP

    Information Power

    An effective and experienced game changer working at the intersection of copyright, digital technologies, policy, and people. Alicia Wise is known as a communicator, influencer, and relationship builder with commercial acumen who can drive organisational development and transformational change. With both an open and candid personality and also tenacity and determination, she is driven to do what is right and get things done through collaboration and partnership. She has more than 30 years experience in the academic information space including roles with libraries, publishers, and researchers. Most recently she was with Elsevier where she led on Open Access and global strategic relations. Prior to this she held roles with the Publishers Association, Publishers Licensing Society, Jisc, Archaeology Data Service, and in universities. She is a Director of Information Power, Ltd.

    Rachel Bruce

    Head of Open Science

    UK Research and Innovation

    Rachel Bruce is currently seconded to UKRI from Jisc to lead on open research (science) policy in the Strategy Directorate of UKRI. Currently the main priority policy development is for open access to scholarly publications, and Rachel is leading the UKRI Open Access review. UKRI has signalled support of “Plan S”, and so Rachel is involved in this development in terms of seeking international alignment where it can support UKRI OA ambitions. She is also engaged in other open science policy areas, for example research data, research metrics and indicators and work in the G7 and Europe, she is the member state representative on the Governance Board for the European Open Science Cloud, and engaged in work with McGill University and the Wellcome Trust on success factors for Open Science. Rachel’s career has involved developing a range of digital infrastructure developments for research and education, from access and identity management to the interplay of digital content and enhanced pedagogic models, although her main focus has been on infrastructure for research in the UK and internationally.

  • Jonathan Nowell


    Book Trade Benevolent Society

    Jonathan Nowell has worked in the media industry for 38 years, twenty of which were as CEO of a division of Nielsen, the world’s largest market research company. He has a deep knowledge of publishing, media, research, data and information businesses and is senior advisor to Trillium Partners, a corporate finance advisory service based in London. Jonathan is also non-executive director of Clays Ltd, the UKs leading printer of books, non-exec director of BIC, the UK book standards body, and chairman of The Book Trade Charity, BTBS. Prior to joining Trillium in 2016, Jonathan served as President of Nielsen Book, a division of Nielsen, the largest research business in the world. Under his leadership, Nielsen became the global leader in the information, research and measurement of the book industry.

    David Sweeney

    Executive Director of Research England

    Co-Chair of Plan S Implementation Committee

    After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David Sweeney worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician beforedeveloping mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004. In this role he was responsible for research strategy and for developing Royal Holloway’s research-led commercial and consultancy activities.


  • James Rivington

    Head of Publications

    British Academy

    James Rivington has run the British Academy's academic publishing programme for over 30 years. He has co-ordinated the framing of the Academy's policy positions on open access since 2005. 

    Matthhijs van Otegem


    Matthijs van Otegem is director of the University Library at Erasmus University Rotterdam and chair of the Netherlands Library Forum. He received his MA in Book & Information Science at the University of Amsterdam and his PhD in philosophy at Utrecht University. In 2002 he joined the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands. After twelve years in various positions he took up his current position as director of the library at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is board member of LIBER - the European Research Library Association – and chair of the LIBER Open Access Working group.

  • Roger Kain

    Professor of Humanities   

    School of Advanced Studies, University of London

    Roger Kain is a Fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences and its Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy). He is Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and previously its Dean and Chief Executive, 2010-17. Roger is a Fellow of UCL and an Honorary Professor at University of Exeter (where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, 2002-10) and at University of Wisconsin-Madison where his current research project on the history of maps and mapping is funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Forum for Responsible Research Metrics and is chair of Universities UK Open Access Monographs Group. Roger Kain was appointed CBE in 2005 for services to scholarship.



    Malavika Legge

    Director of Publishing 

    Portland Press

    Malavika Legge is Director of Publishing at Portland Press, the wholly owned publishing arm of the Biochemical Society. Along with strong roots in content development and extensive licensing and commercial experience, she has a special interest in workflows and publishing technology. Prior to her time at the Biochemical Society she held a variety of editorial and strategic roles at Informa PLC where she managed and developed a number of knowledge-based products ranging from peer-reviewed journals and books to reference works and databases. Malavika has a degree in Biochemistry, a Masters in Bioscience and a passion for serving the researcher community.



  • Dr. Rachael Ainsworth

    Research Associate, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

    Open Science Champion, Interferometry Centre of Excellence

    Dr. Rachael Ainsworth is a Research Associate in Radio Astronomy and Open Science Champion at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester. She is passionate about openness, transparency, reproducibility and inclusion in research. Her research involves observing jets from young stars with next-generation radio telescopes to investigate the physical processes that assemble stars like our Sun, and is currently working to make data from the facilities at Jodrell Bank more accessible to all. She is also a FOSTER certified Open Science Trainer, Mozilla Open Leader, organiser for the women in data meetup group HER+Data MCR and member of the first cohort of Tech Future Female Leaders.



    Alison Tweed

    Chief Executive

    Book Aid International

    As Chief Executive Alison Tweed leads the work of Book Aid International. She has a background in publishing educational materials for developing countries and has extensive knowledge of the African education sector. Since joining Book Aid International in 2012 Alison has guided the charity in growing its book provision to over 1.2 million books a year, broadening its programmes, developing many new partnerships and expanding its work into many new countries.



  • Leon Heward-Mills

    Global Publishing Director

    Taylor & Francis Group

    Leon Heward-Mills has 25 years’ experience within academic publishing. He began his career at Thomson, in the Journals Division at Chapman & Hall, was Head of Publishing at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Chief Executive of the Society for Endocrinology and Managing Director of Bioscientifica Ltd, the Society’s commercial subsidiary. Leon joined Taylor & Francis in 2015. He is a member of the board of the STM Journals Association and is a past Vice Chair of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.



    Michael Healy

    Executive Director

    Copyright Clearance Center

    Michael Healy is the Executive Director (International Relations) at Copyright Clearance Center and is based in New York City. Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). Before moving to the United States in 2006, Michael worked for more than 20 years in the publishing industry in the UK, spending most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing. For much of his career, Michael has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade. He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and he led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13. He currently chairs the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) Agency and is a director of the UK Copyright Hub. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on copyright, licensing, and future trends in publishing.  




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