Board, Complaints Committee and staff

Board

IPSO's Board is responsible for the oversight, vision and strategic direction of IPSO. They monitor performance and provide advice, challenge and support. They are responsible for appointing the Complaints Committee. The Board has 11 members including IPSO’s Chairman. All are selected by the Appointments Panel. The majority have no connections with the newspaper and magazine industry. Others have recent senior experience and offer expertise in the area of press standards.

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Rt Hon Sir Alan Moses

Chairman

Sir Alan Moses is a former Lord Justice of Appeal. He previously served as a High Court Judge (Queen's Bench Division) and as Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit. He is a member of Spitalfields Music and was an external member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Anne Lapping

Deputy Chair of the Board

Anne Lapping is the former Vice Chairman of the Council and Court of the London School of Economics. She has worked for ITV and the Economist, was the joint founder of Brook Lapping Productions, Trustee of openDemocracy, Chair of the Management Board of Polis, and a former Non-Executive Director of Channel 4 and the Scott Trust.

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Richard Hill MBE

Rick Hill is the Northern Ireland member of the Ofcom Communications Consumer Panel. He has previously been Chair of the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, Chair of the Northern Ireland Screen Commission, Chair of Consumer Focus Post and a member of the Consumer Focus UK Board. He is now the owner and Director of Titanic Gap Media Consultancy.

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Trevor Kavanagh

Trevor Kavanagh is a columnist and assistant editor at The Sun. He was the paper's political editor from 1983-2006 and chief leader writer until 2008.

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Sir Martyn Lewis

During Martyn Lewis's 32 years as a television news journalist, he presented national news programmes on ITV and BBC. He is chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, President of United Response, Founder of YouthNet and Director of The TS Elite Group.

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Mehmuda Mian

Mehmuda Mian practised as a solicitor specialising in commercial and professional indemnity litigation. She previously worked at the Law Society investigating complaints against solicitors and has chaired independent review panels for the NHS. She was one of the first Commissioners to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, former BBC Trustee, non-executive Director of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and of the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Charles McGhee

Charles McGhee is the former editor of The Herald in Scotland and the Glasgow Evening Times. He is an Honorary Professor in Journalism and Media at Glasgow Caledonian University and a past President of the UK Society of Editors. Charles is also Chair of Mary’s Meals, the international children’s charity.

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Keith Perch

Keith Perch is the former editor of the Leicester Mercury, the Derby Telegraph and the South Wales Echo (Cardiff) and has also worked for the Grimsby Telegraph, the Hull Daily Mail and the Birmingham Post and Mail. He is currently a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Derby and a media consultant.

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Ruth Sawtell

Ruth Sawtell is currently a Board member at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and at the Phone-paid Services Authority. She recently completed a six year tenure as a council member at the Advertising Standards Authority and was previously a council member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a non-executive director at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

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Claire Singers

Claire Singers has 30 years of experience as a public relations consultant. She was Managing Director and joint owner of LD Communications, one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies. Claire has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world, including Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones, as well as being involved in high profile events such as Live 8 and Live Earth.

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Mike Soutar

Mike Soutar is a multi-award winning magazine professional with more than thirty years’ experience in the sector. He has edited some of the UK’s best-known magazines and is Chairman and co-founder of Shortlist Media Limited.

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Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson is the former managing director of the Mirror Group Newspapers and has previously been editor of The Times, Independent, the Scottish Sunday Standard, Glasgow Herald and the Chicago Sun Times. He is a former member of the Youth Justice Board, and former Vice-Chairman of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. He is Vice-Chairman of Addaction.

Complaints Committee

The Complaints Committee judges complaints relating to potential breaches of the Editors’ Code and decides on what a newspaper or magazine should do if the Code has been breached - including whether or not to find that publication of a correction or critical ruling is needed to remedy a breach of the Code, and where this should appear. The Committee has 12 members including Sir Alan Moses, who is the Committee's Chair. The majority of the members are independent and have no connections with the newspaper and magazine industry. The others have recent senior experience in the newspaper or magazine industries but are not currently serving editors. Further information about the Committee’s work is contained in its handbook.

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Richard Best

Deputy Chair of the Complaints Committee

Richard Best spent more than 25 years working in print media. He served as editor of the North Devon Journal, Mid Devon Gazette and West Briton. He was also managing editor of Cornwall Today. He now runs the consultancy Straightshot Communications.

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Lara Fielden

Lara Fielden is an author and policy analyst. She is a visiting fellow and research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She is a former broadcasting regulator, managing fairness and privacy adjudications at Ofcom and is a disciplinary panel member for The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service.

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Janette Harkess

Janette Harkess is a former journalist who has worked in senior roles across a range of titles in Scotland. She was Head of Media for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and was previously Director of Policy and Research for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. A Board member of National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Youth Theatre, she is also an Honorary Vice President of the Journalists' Charity.

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Gill Hudson

Gill Hudson is a multi-award-winning editor. She was Chair of the Editorial Training Consultants Committee for the Professional Publishers Association from 2009-12 and won the Mark Boxer Award in 2011 for her contribution to the industry. She is now a part-time writer and consultant.

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David Jessel

David Jessel's television series Rough Justice and Trial and Error led to the quashing of more than a dozen criminal convictions. He served as a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission for ten years and gained regulatory experience at the Advertising Standards Authority and at PhonePayPlus.

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Neil Watts

Neil is a former secondary school headteacher and now works as a consultant headteacher for Suffolk County Council. He has previously been a Council Member and Deputy Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority. He is currently a Board member of Ofqual and the Architects Registration Board, and is on the Board of Trustees of the charity SHINE.

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Peter Wright

Peter Wright is Editor Emeritus at Associated Newspapers and was a member of the Implementation Group which co-ordinated the newspaper industry’s response to the Leveson Inquiry and the creation of IPSO. He was formerly Editor of The Mail on Sunday, and a member of both the Editors’ Code Committee and the Press Complaints Commission

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Nina Wrightson OBE

Nina Wrightson is currently Deputy Chair of the NHS Litigation Authority. She chairs Fitness to Practice Hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is a Public Member of Network Rail. Previously, she has been Risk Management Director of a PLC, Chairman of the British Safety Council and President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

New Committee members

From November 2017

 

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Nazir Afzal

Nazir Afzal OBE was Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and has prosecuted some of the UK’s most high profile cases, including child sex abuse in Rochdale. More recently, he has worked as an international expert on extremism and radicalisation and is a member of the Manchester Mayor’s Commission for Cohesion. Nazir was awarded an OBE for his work with the CPS and involvement with local communities.

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Andrew Pettie

Andrew Pettie has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and publishers including the Telegraph Media Group where he was the Executive Head of Culture, EMAP, the BBC and Encyclopaedia Britannica. He is now a consultant, contributing editor and writer.

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Miranda Wiram

Miranda Winram has worked for the Forestry Commission since 2009 and is currently Head of Strategy and Insight and on the Board of Forest Enterprise. She was a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice committee between 2009 and 2017 and is a public appointee to the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Gloucestershire.

Appointments Panel

The Appointments Panel appoint or reappoint IPSO’s Chairman and Board and the independent members of the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee

Sir Hayden Phillips
Chairman

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Moses
Chairman of IPSO

Lloyd Embley
Group Editor-in-Chief at Trinity Mirror

Wendy Harris
Former civil servant with considerable executive and non-executive experience of regulation

Jeremy Horner
Accountant and former Chief Executive of professional services companies

Adrian Jeakings
Former Chief Executive of Archant and Chairman of the News Media Association

 

Independent Complaints Reviewer

 

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Trish Haines

Independent Complaints Reviewer

Trish Haines undertakes reviews of handling of investigated complaints to ensure the process has been fair and transparent. She was previously Chief Executive of Reading Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council and her professional background is in social care. She has held non-Executive roles in the NHS, Age UK (H&W) and Malvern Theatres.

IPSO staff

 

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Matt Tee

Chief Executive

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Charlotte Dewar

Director of Operations

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Niall Duffy

Director of External Affairs

Bianca Strohmann
Head of Complaints

Holly Pick 
Senior Complaints Officer

Hugo Wallis
Senior Complaints Officer

Madeline Palacz
Complaints Officer

Lauren Sloan 
Complaints Officer

Catherine Thomas
Complaints Officer

Abigail Tuitt 
Complaints Officer

John Buckingham
Complaints Officer

Charlotte Urwin
Head of Standards

Liam Tedds
Standards Officer

Vikki Julian
Press and Communications Officer

Alistair Henwood
Legal and Policy Analyst

Tonia Milton
Systems and Office Manager

Michelle Kuhler
PA to Chairman & Chief Executive and Office Support Manager

Lauren Hay
Systems Co-ordinator

Mel Huggett
Systems Handler

Todd Stammers
Systems Handler