Steve Cowden is a senior commercial lawyer with over 30 years’ experience working for some of the UK’s largest public companies. Steve retired from Reed Elsevier, the business information publisher, in 2011, after 10 years as General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Prior to this he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, latterly as Group Company Secretary of Glaxo Wellcome plc and before that with SmithKline Beecham plc. He is a member of the In-house Lawyers’ Advisory Board of the legal publisher, LexisNexis and is a trustee of the Henri Morel Foundation, a Dutch charitable foundation.

He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland, the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Arts and prior to retirement, and was a member of the International Bar Association and an alternate member of the Hearings Committee of the Takeover Panel. Steve graduated Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1974 and is a Scottish solicitor, having been admitted in 1976.