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, but do not make decisions on complaints. The Board has 12 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.
Lord Faulks has a long career as a barrister specialising in claims arising from the Human Rights Act, professional and clinical negligence, personal injury, education, police claims and public law. He became a QC in 1996. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010 and served as Justice Minister from 2013-2016. He now sits as an unaffiliated peer.
Charles Garside is a trustee of the Journalists Charity and on the Board of the Society of Editors. A journalist for over fifty years, he was Editor in Chief at The European and news edited both the London Evening News and the Evening Standard. At various times he held roles at The Sun, Times, Daily Mirror, and Sunday Express, and concluded with a 14-year stint as first Managing Editor and then Assistant Editor of the Daily Mail
Eddie Gray spent forty years in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector, including at GlaxoSmithKline as President of the European Pharmaceutical Business and as CEO of Dynavax Technologies, a California biotechnology company. He was a Board member of Opportunity Now and a member of the Women’s Business Council, initiatives supporting furthering the contribution of women to business and economic growth
Sarah has spent most of her career as a partner Slaughter and May, where she was Head of the Disputes and Investigations Group. She is now a Senior Consultant at the firm alongside her roles as a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service, a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and a Governor of the Cripplegate Foundation.
Matthew Lohn combines his role as senior partner at Fieldfisher with his practice as a lawyer specialising in public and regulatory law. He was formerly a member of IPSO's Complaints Committee.
Brendan McGinty was Editor of the Sunday Mail newspaper until January 2020 and now runs his own Glasgow-based consultancy, Finnieston Communications. His 25-year career in journalism included roles at the Dundee Courier, Edinburgh Evening News and Sunday Mirror.
Ian MacGregor is President of the Society of Editors and Emeritus Editor of The Telegraph. He previously worked for the Southern Evening Echo, South West News Service, the Press Association, Daily Express and Daily Mail. He was launch editor of the Metro newspapers, editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, and deputy editor of the Evening Standard. He was deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph, weekend editor of the The Telegraph and editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
Barry McIlheney was CEO of the PPA, the industry body for all UK magazine media, for ten years. He is the former Editor and Publisher of such iconic brands as Smash Hits, Q, Empire, Elle, and The Face. He sits on the boards of the European Magazine Media Association and FIPP, the global media network. In 2018 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the magazine industry in his native Ireland.
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.
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.
Martin Trepte was formerly editorial director of Baylis Media and worked as a local newspaper journalist for almost 30 years. He is also involved with several grassroots charities and community organisations.