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Richard Fisher was for many years a commissioning editor in history and politics at Cambridge University Press, and then took on a sequence of managerial roles culminating in his appointment as managing director, academic publishing: he stepped down as MD and left CUP at the end of 2014. He is now a trustee of Yale University Press, a non-executive board member of Edinburgh University Press, and a member of the advisory board of Berghahn Books. Since January 2015 Richard has been the academic correspondent of the (UK) Independent Publishers Guild, and is a regular commentator and lecturer on issues in scholarly publishing at institutions around the world. Richard has served on numerous public bodies and funding councils, and is also a fellow and former vice-president of the Royal Historical Society. Outside publishing Richard writes about the history of sport, with a special interest in the history of golf, and is the assistant editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography with particular responsibility for sportsmen and sportswomen.