30 July 2018
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Lewis as its new Director General, effective 29 July 2018.
Phil has been a key member of ACG since 2014 and will take over from Alison Statham, who has led the group with distinction for 13 years. Alison has succeeded in moving ACG forward to its current position as one of the most active and highly respected stakeholders in the fight against counterfeiting.
Reflecting on his appointment, Phil said: “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead ACG.
“We have a wide membership base, a solid reputation and a winning strategy that has enabled us to grow strongly. Building further on our success is a challenge I accept with confidence, determination and fierce ambition. I am passionately committed to placing the brands and consumer safety at the centre of everything we do.”
Phil joined the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2001 as Senior Policy Advisor on Intellectual Property Crime and was responsible for developing and leading on the UK’s first National IP Crime Strategy.
Later in 2008, he became Senior National Expert at the European Commission, where he helped develop the Commission’s strategy against counterfeiting and piracy. During this time he also conceived and developed the EU Observatory on IP Infringements of IP Rights. The Observatory has become the pivotal European network of experts engaged in shaping more effective IP enforcement policies and strategies.
Since joining ACG in 2014 as Policy & Strategy Adviser, Phil has developed the ACG Manifesto and been at the forefront of ACG lobbying in the UK and Europe, ensuring ACG has had a voice at major meetings and events including at the recent Europol IP Conference in Budapest.
Phil is a highly respected and regarded IP enforcement professional.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.