Editorial Article: SelectScience announces new Board Chair

Eminent appointment brings extensive experience and expertise as team ramps up mission to further enhance global science communication

19 Oct 2021

SelectScience announces new Board Chair

Mark Allin, the new Chair of the SelectScience board of directors.

Leading science publisher SelectScience® has announced Mark Allin as the new Chair of its board of directors.

The high-profile appointment caps a hugely exciting few months for the pioneering digital communications company, in which it has secured a major investment from Vespa Capital, appointed a new CEO, and won the UK’s most prestigious business award, the 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.  

From its HQ in Corston, Bath, SelectScience is on a mission to make the future healthier. It provides trusted information, cutting-edge news, and resources to scientists across the world at the forefront of advancements across multiple scientific disciplines, including critical fields such as COVID-19, cancer research, drug discovery, sustainability, food quality, clinical diagnostics, and many others.

Mark Allin’s publishing experience spans more than three decades working in the US, Asia, and Europe. He held numerous leadership roles at global publisher John Wiley & Sons, latterly serving as President & CEO.  He will bring exceptional strategic insight and industry know-how as SelectScience looks to build on its most successful year to date, further expand its reach and, ultimately, strengthen its position as the world’s number one science technology publisher.

SelectScience CEO Kerry Parker said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the team. His wealth of experience in publishing and as a chairman will bring great value to our board and company. In particular, his appointment will help support our continued growth plans and focus on furthering effective communication between scientists and manufacturers globally.”

As well as his time at Wiley - where Mark also served as SVP - Professional Development and Vice President Asia-Pacific - he has held senior positions at the likes of Blackwell Publishing and Pearson Education, as well as founding Capstone Publishing. He is currently Principal at ContentAll and serves on an array of boards including Edinburgh University Press, William Reed Business Media, The Charlesworth Group, and the Cambridge University Press Academic Advisory Board.

On his appointment to the chair at SelectScience, Mr. Allin said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at SelectScience at such an exciting time.  Kerry Parker and her colleagues have built an outstanding business and I look forward to working with them and Vespa Capital on the next stage of growth.”

Founded in 1998 and renowned for its innovation, SelectScience has established an enviable market position, serving high-quality digital marketing solutions to the science industry, including the world’s top 10 manufacturers of scientific laboratory equipment.  Earlier this year, it announced an exciting new investment partnership with Vespa Capital.


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