Christo Hird (@Christo11)
After working in the City for four years, Christo Hird became a journalist, in which capacity his jobs included deputy editor of the New Statesman and editor of Insight on the Sunday Times. For more than 20 years he was joint managing director of the independent television company, Fulcrum TV, before starting the documentary company Dartmouth Films. He joined the Bureau in January 2013.
Rachel Oldroyd (@Raoldroyd)
Rachel joined the Bureau when it started in 2010. Before that she spent 13 years at the Mail on Sunday, where she worked closely with many of today’s best investigative journalists and launched the award-winning Reportage section in Live magazine. The section focused heavily on human rights violations and, under her editorship, won more than a dozen media awards.
Nick Mathiason (@nickmathiason)
Nick Mathiason started his career in journalism more than 20 years ago on Insurance Age. Since then he has been deputy news editor of Estates Gazette and, for 10 years, business correspondent at the Guardian and Observer. Three times shortlisted for major international newspaper awards, Nick has presented packages for BBC Radio 4’s World Tonight and regularly appears on television and radio.
Rachel Stevenson’s first job on graduating from the University of Manchester and the London College of Communication was on the specialist magazine, Money Marketing. From there she moved to be business correspondent at the Independent before moving to the BBC, where she worked for London TV News and the World Service. She joined the Bureau in 2013.
Melanie Newman (@Melanie_Newman)
Melanie Newman became a journalist in 2000. She worked on a specialist health service journal and was chief reporter and deputy news editor at Times Higher Education before joining the Bureau in 2010.
Alice Ross (@aliceross_)
Alice Ross is project leader of the Bureau’s work on drones. She was part of the team that launched the drone project. With Chris Woods and Jack Serle, she won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2013 for the Covert Drone War project. The team was also shortlisted in the Foreign Press Awards 2011. She worked as a freelance reporter and editor before doing an MA in Investigative Journalism at City University London and won the university’s Richard Wild prize for journalism in 2011.
Jack Serle (@jackserle)
Jack studied biological sciences at the University of Edinburgh, from which he graduated in 2010. After gaining a distinction in his MA for science journalism, he joined the Bureau in 2012. With Chris Woods and Alice Ross, he won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2013 for their work on drones and the covert war.
Maeve McClenaghan (@MaeveMCC)
Maeve McClenaghan, graduated from Nottingham University in 2007 and then worked for an educational charity and UNICEF UK, before studying for an MA in International Law and Human Rights. She joined the Bureau in 2011.
Will Fitzgibbon (@willfitzgibbon)
Will Fitzgibbon gained a first class Honours degree in law at the Australian National University in 2010 before studying at the London School of Economics. He worked in Australian politics and as a parliamentary researcher in the UK, before joining the Bureau in 2012.
Tom Warren is a graduate of the London School of Economics and City University, London. He has worked as a freelance copywriter for a number of business to business publications, as a freelance journalist on national newspapers and over the last two years for both Request Initiative and Help me Investigate Health. He joined the Bureau in 2013.
Owen Bennett-Jones is a Consultant to the Bureau. He is one of the UK’s most distinguished and experienced journalists specialising in South Asia and the Middle East. He has worked for the BBC for 25 years and has published widely on Pakistani politics and society. He has been a visiting Professor at Princeton University.
(All photographs by Garlinda Birkbeck.)
In addition to these permanent members of staff, the Bureau also works with experienced freelancers. In 2013 this has included Victoria Hollingsworth, an experienced TV assistant producer and Jason Lewis, formerly the investigations editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
The Bureau has a board of trustees, which meets six times a year. The trustees have overall responsibility for the finances and strategy of the Bureau. It plays no part in the day to day editorial decisions. The board appoints the Managing Editor, who has editorial freedom to pursue investigations and research consistent with the objectives of the Bureau set out here.
There is one sub-committee of the board – the Editorial Advisory Committee, which meets monthly. The role of the EAC is to ensure that the managing editor’s selection of subjects for investigation is consistent with the Bureau’s objectives, that the methods of investigation are technically rigorous and of high quality and the publishing partnerships will not adversely affect the reputation of the Bureau.
In fulfilling this role, the EAC is a forum in which both advice and suggestions can be given and also ideas and methods of investigation can be challenged. However, the EAC is similar to the supervisory (Aufsichtsrat) board in Germany – it has a monitoring, not a management role. If the EAC believes that the Editor is not meeting the objectives of the Bureau, it can inform the chair of the trustees.
Between the regular meetings of the EAC, the members of the committee are available for advice, should the Managing Editor wish to consult with them. The Managing Editor informs the chair of the EAC when the results of an investigation are about to be published.
The Chairman of the board is James Lee, former chief executive of Pearson Longman and a main board director of its parent company Pearson plc; co-founder of Goldcrest Film and TV and a former director of Yorkshire Television and the Film Council. He has advised or served on the boards of a number of international media companies, as well as having been the chairman of an NHS Hospital Trust.
The other trustees are: Sir David Bell, George Brock, Ray Fitzwalter, Geoffrey Robertson QC and David and Elaine Potter.
Sir David Bell is a former chairman of the Financial Times and is currently chair of Cambridge University Press. He is also a former chair of the Media Standards Trust and was an assessor to the Leveson enquiry.
George Brock has been professor and head of journalism at City University since 2009. Before that, he had a 28 year career on the Times, where he held a number of senior posts, including Managing Editor and International Editor. George Brock serves as an ex officio trustee, representing City University.
Ray Fitzwalter worked for Granada Television for over 20 years where he was editor of the renowned investigative programme World in Action and later head of current affairs. On leaving Granada he established his own independent production company.
David Potter is the founder and chairman of the microcomputer systems company Psion PLC, which became Psion Teklogix after Psion’s acquisition of Teklogix in 2000. He has been a member of the London Regional Council of the CBI, a Board member of the London First Centre and co-Chairman of the London Manufacturing Group. In 1999, in conjunction with his wife Elaine, he established the David and Elaine Potter Foundation.
Elaine Potter is co-founder of the David and Elaine Potter Foundation. A former member of the Sunday Times Insight team she co-authored several Sunday Times books, including Suffer the Children: the Story of Thalidomide and Destination Disaster: From the Tri-Motor to the DC10. Born in South Africa, she is a trustee of the University of Cape Town Trust.
Geoffrey Robertson QC has appeared in a wide range of high profile court cases, especially those dealing with freedom of expression, media law and constitutional law. He is joint author of the standard text Media Law.
Adviser to the board:
Michael Hay is Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He joined the London Business School Faculty in 1987, having previously been Deputy Managing Director of Blackwell Publishers.
Chair of the committee is Ray Fitzwalter (see above).
The other members are:
Elaine Potter (see above).
George Brock (see above).
Anthony Barnett is the Founder of openDemocracy and Co-Editor of OurKingdom, its UK section.
Isabel Hilton is founder and editor of chinadialogue.net – a website for climate change and environmental issues. As a writer and broadcaster, she has contributed to The Independent, The Guardian, El Pais, The Financial Times, Le Monde, La Republica, the New York Times, and The Sunday Times.
Gavin MacFadyean is director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, a visiting professor at City University and research consultant to several US documentary and feature film companies. He is a former producer-director of television programmes shown on all the main UK TV channels.
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