Four new panellists join the six independent and three industry appointees already confirmed following an extensive recruitment process. They will oversee any standards investigation launched at the request of IPSO’s Board to investigate where the regulator has serious concerns about the behaviour or actions of any of its members.
Elisabeth Ribbans is a former managing editor of the Guardian newspaper and was an industry member of IPSO’s Complaints Committee from 2014-2017. She currently sits on the Code Adjudication Panel of the Phone-paid Services Authority and also works as a freelance journalist and as a consultant to clients including the British Copyright Council.
Damian Bates has been a journalist for almost three decades, rising to become an editor and editor-in-chief. He was a member of the Editors’ Code Committee for almost five years and former chairman of the Scottish Newspaper Society’s Editors' Committee.
He currently operates as a consultant specialising in strategic communications, leadership and public affairs. Alongside his consultancy, Abraitis and Company, he is the chairman of an international marketing company, non-executive director and author.
Jen Williams retired from Greater Manchester Police after completing 30 years service. Retiring as a Detective Superintendent. She has experience or investigating serious crime, covert investigation , intelligence and professional standards including corruption. She was also a Senior Identification Manager and as the National co-ordinator for the police service she co-ordinated the policing response to deaths of British Nationals overseas including the air crashes of MH17 and German Wings.
Tom recently retired as a Senior Officer in the Metropolitan Police Service and has extensive operational experience in Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism. Since leaving policing, Tom has continued his personal development and focused on using his 30 years’ experience to add value helping others. He is currently a Specialist Inspector for Her Majesty’s Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) where he conducts reviews of Policing in relation to Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime. Additionally, he is an Associate of the College of Policing where he delivers Senior Officer Investigation training.