Sir Joseph Pilling KCB has been appointed to conduct an external review of the independence and effectiveness of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He was appointed by the arms-length IPSO Appointments Panel, chaired by Wendy Harris, with a majority of non-industry members who are also not members of IPSO’s Board.
In a distinguished civil service career, Sir Joseph rose to be Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office. He has conducted many reviews, notably into the Civil Aviation Authority and as a panel member on the review of the ’30 Year Rule’. He most recently chaired a review for the Church of England on issues related to human sexuality. Zoe Gannon a barrister from the 11KBW chambers will support Sir Joseph in the review, which will be published in his name.
Announcing Sir Joseph’s appointment, Wendy Harris said:
“This role was openly advertised and the Appointments Panel was looking for someone of unimpeachable independence, with a track record of conducting high profile reviews. We were very pleased that we were able to appoint someone as eminent and experienced as Sir Joseph.”
Sir Joseph said:
“I welcome IPSO’s decision to set up an external review at what is an important time for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. I look forward to engaging with a wide range of industry stakeholders, as well as the general public, and would encourage anyone who has observations and views they wish to submit to contact us.”
1. the independence of IPSO’s Board and Complaints Committee, including appointment, composition and management of conflicts of interest;
The External IPSO Review: Terms of Reference
The External IPSO Review will report on how IPSO is fulfilling its role as regulator of the UK newspaper and magazine industries. It will examine the effectiveness of IPSO’s functions, and the extent to which it operates independently. In looking at this, the reviewer will test the degree to which IPSO has been faithful to its publicly stated principles and values.
The review will consider:
The review will be seeking input from any interested party, including members of the general public. To contact the review please go to the website at: www.ipsoreview.co.uk
For all press enquiries about the review please contact Tim Fallon via email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any press enquiries about the appointment process for Sir Joseph Pilling, please contact Niall Duffy at IPSO on 0300 123 222