They fund our initiatives and activities, and support our campaigns to establish a more effective response to intellectual property crime.
We are governed by an elected Council of up to 14 Directors, who are full ACG members. Council is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the ACG.
New directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting and existing directors stand for re-election after three years. The Council elects ACG's officers; the Chair, Vice-Chair and Company Secretary.
Chair: Shelley Duggan
Shelley joined Gillette in 1995 directly from law school and went on to qualify there as a trade mark attorney. Gillette was acquired by Procter & Gamble in October 2005 and Shelley has continued her work fighting counterfeits at Procter & Gamble, where she is now a Director and Associate General Counsel and the Global Brand Protection Leader. Shelley is an active member and supporter of several trade associations.
Vice-Chair: Thomas Parrott
Thomas is Vice-President and Managing Director of UK Operations for Beachbody. He joined the company in 2011 to set up the UK office, manage international distribution relationships and oversee brand protection efforts in the UK, EU and Australia. Thomas graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996 (BA Consumer Management) and in 2012 received his MSc in Internet Retailing from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Company Secretary: Alison Statham
Alison joined ACG in 2005 and is now its Director General.
Director: Mark Bearfoot
Mark is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Brand Protection Manager at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company where he is responsible for managing their trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting activities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson in 2013, Mark worked for The Coca-Cola Company where he assisted in the management of their intellectual property portfolio across Europe. Mark is also a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the British Brands Group.
Director: Nicola Consterdine
Nicola is IP Protection Manager, Legal & Corporate Affairs for Epson Europe BV. Previously Global Head of Brand Protection for ghd and European TM Manager for Harley-Davidson, Nikki started her career in brand protection with Reebok International, and is a graduate in European Economics from Middlesex University, England and Nantes University, France. She has been a Director of ACG since 2001.
Director: Sheila Henderson
Sheila is a UK qualified solicitor (1990 ) who has spent time working for Unilever in the UK and Netherlands, Mars, Reckitt Benckiser and is currently Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Richemont group.
Director: Chloe Long
Chloe is Brand Protection Manager EMEA for Michael Kors.
Director: Ahassim Rashid
Ahassim Rashid is Vice President & Anti-Piracy Counsel EMEA & LATAM for Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd. He joined Warner Bros. in 2004 to head up the Anti-Piracy department and completed his legal training to become a lawyer in-house. Ahassim is a graduate from the University of Buckingham (LL.B with Honours) and before joining Warner Bros. he worked in the IP department of a Magic Circle firm. He is an active Board Director of REACT (since 2005) and has been a Creative Advisory Board Member of Media Trust.
We also have specialist industry groups and committees, made of ACG members, to look at various aspects of the business in more detail and feed into Council's decision-making.
The Consumer Brands Group currently has working groups to focus specifically on the issues related to: online counterfeiting; physical counterfeiting; and policy.
Our main mechanism for accountability to our members is the annual general meeting (AGM) held in May/June every year.
We operate under a Memorandum of Association and an Articles of Association
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.