Federation Against Software Theft adds Julian Heathcote Hobbins to board of directors
The Federation Against Software Theft (Fast) has appointed Julian Heathcote Hobbins as non-executive director.
Former solicitor Hobbins joined the not-for-profit organisation in 2001 and has served as its general counsel since 2008. In his new role he will continue to oversee the protection of Fast members’ IP rights and campaign for appropriate legislative support for the software industry.
Alex Hilton, chief executive officer of Fast, said that the promotion would help the drive group's “mission” to protect intellectual property rights, reduce cybercrime and educate vendors and end users on the legal use of software.
“Hobbins is an absolute asset to Fast and it is entirely appropriate that he joins the board,” he added.
Commenting on his appointment Hobbins said: “I look forward to spearheading Fast’s legal push to ensure compliance and keep the supply of software and services free from the activities of cyber criminals.
“Working alongside the rest of the team and the other members of the board, I will seek to ensure that the legal framework we work in is fit for the 21st century and will continue to fight for the rights of our members.”