Milford joins IPG as development director

<p>The Independent Publishers Guild has appointed Earthscan&#39;s Edward Milford to the position of development director. The newly created part-time post is aimed at helping the IPG to boost its profile and allow it to play an even greater part in industry activities. Milford will report to IPG executive director Bridget Shine.</p><p>Milford will represent the IPG at various book trade and government events, as well as at the Guild&rsquo;s own seminars, conferences, Special Interest Group meetings and other activities. He will also have a brief to advise the IPG about its participation in new and existing industry initiatives, and to raise&nbsp; awareness of the Guild among publishers and the media.</p><p>Shine said: &quot;It is more important than ever that independent publishers have a strong voice in the industry, and Edward&rsquo;s long association with the IPG makes him the ideal man to widen our involvement.&quot; Milford said: &quot;I am very pleased to formalise my involvement with the IPG in this way. Independent publishers are thriving in many sectors of the industry, and the IPG will do all it can to help them to more success in the future.&quot; Edward is a past chairman of the IPG. He founded James &amp; James (Science Publishers) in 1990, which then acquired Earthscan in 2003.</p><p>Membership of the Guild is at an all-time high, with 90 new members welcomed in 2009 alone, including Bloomsbury, Walker and Canongate.</p>