IPSO announces new appointments to Complaints Committee

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has today announced new appointments to its Complaints Committee, the lay majority panel which judges complaints relating to potential breaches of the Editors’ Code and decides on sanctions.

Tristan Davies joins the Committee as an editorial member. He has worked at national newspapers for 35 years and is the former Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Executive Editor of the Sunday Times, Deputy Editor of the Mail on Sunday and Editorial Director of Mail+. He now works as a print and digital media consultant.

Tristan said:

“I am delighted to be joining IPSO’s Complaints Committee at a time when the need for a free, vibrant and responsible press has never been greater.”

Allan Rennie joins as an editorial member for Scottish publications. He is an Honorary Professor of Journalism at the University of Stirling, Non-Executive Director of NHS Forth Valley and a member of the Scottish Government’s short-life working group on public interest journalism. In a 30-year career in local and national newspapers, he edited the Clydebank Post, Daily Record, Sunday Mail, served as Editorial Development Director of Trinity Mirror Nationals and was managing director of Media Scotland.

Allan said:

“Having worked inside and outside the industry, I hope I can use my experience to further advance IPSO’s reputation as an independent, accessible and fair regulator. Championing freedom of expression while protecting the public from harm are not mutually exclusive. And both are key to a functioning democracy.”

Chairman of IPSO, Lord Edward Faulks QC, said:

“I extend my thanks to Peter Wright and Janette Harkness who are departing the Complaints Committee following the end of their terms, and welcome both Allan and Tristan. Their wealth of experience will bring distinct and valuable perspectives to IPSO’s work and support robust, independent press regulation.”