IPAN Board of Directors

The business of IPAN is managed by directors appointed by the members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  One third of the directors retire by rotation at the AGM but are eligible for re-election.  The directors meet as the Board of Directors usually before regular IPAN meetings.

John P Ogier
Chair and Convenor of the Finance, Business and Economics Group

John is an independent Intellectual Property Economist with a particular interest in realising the value of IP in business, financial services and the economy.  In addition to chairing IPAN, he continues to act as convenor of its Finance, Business and Economics Group.  From 2006 to early 2014, he served as Registrar of Intellectual Property in the Bailiwick of Guernsey where he established its Intellectual Property Office. This included the development of IP legislation, international agreements and policy advice alongside the administration of the Office decisions. During his time as Registrar he also established Guernsey’s on-line Company Registry and served as Deputy Public Trustee. He had previously worked as the Commerce and Employment’s economic and strategic adviser.

John continues to convene the Finance, Business and Economics Group and was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2011.

Mandy Haberman
Vice Chair and Member of the Education Group

Mandy is a successful inventor and entrepreneur best known for the Anywayup® Cup and was awarded Female Inventor of the Year 2000. She is a strong advocate of IP rights and is committed to raising awareness, educating and campaigning to help make IP and enforcement more accessible for SMEs, micro businesses and individuals.  She has served on the Project Board of the Business and IP Centre for The British Library and on the Editorial Board of Patent World, Informa Law.  In 2016 she was appointed as a Non-executive Director of the UK Intellectual Property Office Steering Board.

Mandy has a degree in Graphic Design from St Martins College of Art, London and is a visiting Fellow at the University of Bournemouth, from where she has an honorary doctorate.

She was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2013.

Silvia Baumgart
Director and Member of the Education Group

Silvia has worked for some 15 years in the creative sector in Germany and England in a range of positions in curatorial and educational projects at major public art galleries and art and design practice-based universities.  As General Manager of the Association of Illustrators she initiated the campaign for fairer contracts for visual creators.  At University of the Arts London, she led the development of IP information resources and training for creative students and small businesses.  She also produced resources and led workshops on intellectual property for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the Academy of the European Patent Office. After completing a LLM in professional legal practice she is currently training at James Ware Stephenson to become a qualified solicitor specialising in IP and commercial law.  She remains involved in a research project on design rights infringement and its impact on rights holders commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Silvia was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2015.

Richard Gallafent
Richard Gallafent

Richard is an experienced patent and trade mark attorney and has always worked in an independent capacity, either as a one-man-band or in a small practice since qualifying in 1969. He is a Past-President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and co-author of Intellectual Property Law and Tax – now in its 8th edition.  He is a co-founder of ideas 21, a networking organisation for innovation and has much experience in pro bono work to assist the small inventor/entrepreneur. He was honoured by a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (individual award) in 2013.  He has assisted WIPO on various missions in various Eurasian and Asian countries and is a long-serving representative on various UK IPO working groups. Richard remembers when IPAN was founded and has participated in it ever since.

Richard was appointed as a director of IPAN in September 2014.

Roland Hill
Roland Hill

Roland is Chairman of Contra Vision Ltd, which he founded in 1985 to exploit his inventions, primarily in the field of see-through graphics, as seen on the windows of buses, taxis and retail outlets throughout the world, licensees including 3M and Avery Dennison. Having started this industry, Contra Vision Ltd has grown steadily and won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2014 for International Trade. From 2001-2005, he was a member of the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and for 20 years was a partner in Campbell Reith Hill, consulting engineers.

Roland was appointed as a director of IPAN in November 2014.

Penny Maplestone
Penny Maplestone

Penny is the Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) and leads the team managing the Society’s day to day operations. She represents BSPB members’ interests nationally and internationally, aiming to promote an understanding of the science and business of plant breeding, and to encourage an enabling regulatory framework, strong IP provisions and investment in breeding through royalties and effective public/private sector R & D partnerships. Penny joined BSPB in 1998. Penny has a Botany degree and a PhD in take all disease of wheat and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Penny was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2016.

Ruth Soetendorp
Director and Convenor of the Education Group

Ruth is the outgoing Chair of IPAN and Professor Emerita and Associate Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management at Bournemouth University, where she teaches professionally accredited patent and trade mark foundation studies.  She also teaches IP Management at City University of London, CASS Business School .  She is a prominent IP educator having worked with UK and international academic, professional and government organisations.   Recent research includes investigations into IP in UK HEIs (IPAN/NUS 2012, 2015) and coordinating research into IP Education in EU member state schools  (EUIPO, 2015).  She is currently researching Design Infringement (UK IPO, due 2017).

Ruth continues to convene the IPAN Education Group and was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2011.

Ian Wishart TD

Ian is an experienced Chartered Patent Attorney and European Trade Mark Attorney, and has himself been named as an inventor in a number of patents. He was in-house Director of IP and Licensing at the FTSE 100 company, Johnson Matthey PLC, for over 20 years, where he led a team of nine. He is now a director of Sybaris Legal & IP, a specialist Lloyd’s broker providing IP, legal and general business insurance solutions. He also served in a specialist role as a major in the Reserve Forces.

Ian was appointed as a director of IPAN in 2016.

Nigel H Worth
Director and Convenor of the Parliamentary Group

Nigel is also now Chairman of the Institute of International Licensing Practitioners (IILP).  He is a lawyer and has been an IP consultant for over 25 years within the field of licensing.  He is currently practising through his company, Innovation Support Services Limited, which has developed expertise in the exploitation of IP rich business in world-class technologies throughout numerous industries.  He is committed to IPAN’s many admirable and emerging IP related briefs in Education, Finance, Ethics and much more.  He is a vigorous supporter of the WIPO mission and its laudable ambitions.

Nigel was appointed as an IPAN Director in September 2014.