Founded in 1980, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) is internationally respected as one of the world’s leading specialists in the fight against the growing global trade in counterfeit goods. ACG is a not-for-profit trade association that is committed to representing our members, who own over 3,000 of the world’s most prestigious brands. Together, our members help to contribute over 45% (13 million) jobs in the UK and £650 million to the UK economy.
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 and Director General: Phil Lewis
Phil has been engaged in intellectual property enforcement since 2001 when he became the UK’s Senior Policy Advisor on IP Crime. Based at the UK Intellectual Property Office, Phil was responsible for developing and leading on the UK’s first National IP Crime Strategy. He was also the UK IP enforcement representative at G8 level and a member of the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force. As part of his international portfolio Phil chaired the United Nations Advisory Group (UNECE) on IP protection and enforcement and was an adviser to the Interpol Action Group. He also led a number of EU Commission IP Peer Review Teams, assessing IP infrastructures and enforcement capacities in a range of EU succession and candidate countries. In 2008, Phil became Senior National Expert at the EU Commission, where he helped develop the Commission’s strategy against counterfeiting and piracy. He was also responsible for conceiving and developing the EU Observatory on IP Infringements of IP Rights, which has become the pivotal European network of experts engaged in shaping more effective IP enforcement policies and strategies. Since retiring from public service, at the end of 2014, Phil has been working as Policy and Strategy Adviser to the ACG. He is also a senior adviser on range of EU IP Enforcement Twinning projects, producing studies and key assessment reports on countries such as Serbia, Ukraine and Macedonia. In 2014, Phil was awarded the Global Anti Counterfeiting award for individual achievement.
Director: Mark Bearfoot
Mark Bearfoot is Legal Director at Tommy Hilfiger where he leads their global brand protection team and is responsible for the IPR enforcement and anti-counterfeiting strategy in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Tommy Hilfiger, Mark worked for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company where he managed their IPR enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programme across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before that, he worked for The Coca-Cola Company where he assisted in the management of their intellectual property portfolio across the Europe region. Mark is an active member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy (BASCAP) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s Brand Protection Group. He 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, Strategic Planning Department for Epson Europe BV. Nicola has worked in Brand Protection for over two decades, starting her career with Reebok International and then moving to Harley-Davidson Europe and ghd. She is a graduate in European Economics from Middlesex University, England and Nantes University, France and 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.
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.