The Bureau has a board of directors, which meets six times a year. The directors, who act like 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 (EAC), 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.
Composition of the Board
The chair of the board is James Lee, former chief executive of Pearson Longman and a main board director of its parent company Pearson plc. James is the 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 directors, listed in alphabetical order, are:
George Brock is a professor of journalism at City University London. Between 2009 and 2014 he was head of the journalism department. 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.
Don Cruikshank joined the Bureau board in 2016. Through his long career he has worked at the top of a wide range of companies including Virgin Group, Times Newspapers, SMG, Taylor & Francis, Clinovia and Audioboo. He has also run many government bodies including the National Health Service Scotland and the UK’s former telecom regulatory Oftel. He chaired a government banking review between 1998 and 2000 and was the chair of the London Stock Exchange between 2000 and 2003.
Christopher Hird is the former managing editor of the Bureau. Christo has a long career in journalism and documentary making. He runs Dartmouth Films and worked as a journalist on the Economist, the New Statesman and as an editor of the Sunday Times Insight team. He is a visiting professor at the City University, London and a trustee of One World Media, the Wincott Foundation and the Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund.
Lord Clive Hollick is a British businessman with media interests and a Labour peer. He was Chairman of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee from 2014 –2017, is the Prime Minister's trade and investment envoy to Kenya and Tanzania and a director of Honeywell International and Trafalgar Entertainment Group. He was a Partner at KKR and led the media industry team in Europe. He was Chairman of SBS Broadcasting and a director of The Nielsen Company. He is a member of the advisory boards of GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, and The Royal Society.
Lord Hollick began his career as a merchant banker with Hambros and from 1974 to 2005 he was CEO of United Business Media plc, an international publishing, information, broadcasting and market research group and a global money and securities inter dealer broking business now NEX Group and TP ICAP plc. He was Senior Independent Director of Diageo and a non-executive director of Logica, Havas, TRW and BAE Systems. He was Chairman of the SouthBank Centre leading the £120m transformation of the Royal Festival Hall and its surroundings. He founded the IPPR think-tank in 1988. He was appointed a member of the House of Lords in 1991. He has advised the Labour Party on business and economic policy and acted as a Special Advisor at the DTI in 1997 and 1998.
Yasmin Namini is a media executive with leadership success as an industry trailblazer, driving game-changing digital transformation for one of the world's most iconic brands, The New York Times. In her role as Senior Vice President, Chief Consumer Officer, Yasmin led The Times's print and digital subscription consumer revenue business, marketing and consumer insights. Yasmin left the Times in March 2015 when consumer revenue represented 53% of the company's total revenues; a transformative achievement in an industry traditionally dominated by advertising revenue.
Since leaving The Times, Yasmin works as an independent consultant and advisor to media and entertainment companies worldwide, specializing in digital transformation, monetization strategies and marketing. Her clients include notable media and entertainment brands including Aftenposten/Schibsted Media Group (Norway), Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) Group (India), El Tiempo (Colombia) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Inc. (USA). Yasmin also serves on Media24 South Africa's Digital Advisory Forum, a digital advisory committee reporting to Media24's Board of Directors. She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards and advisory committees including the International News Media Association (INMA), Oceanic Society, Alliance for Audited Media, Times Square Alliance and The News Literacy Project. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at IESE Business School, University of Navarra.
Grzegorz Piechota studies how technology can disrupt industries, including the media, as part of his research for both the University of Oxford and Harvard Business School. His project at Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism examines the impact of digital platforms on paid content models of news organisations.
In 1996 he began his career in reporting at Gazeta Wyborcza, in one of the smallest local offices, rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. A 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Piechota explored the transformation of the media business and the future of work in creative industries.
In addition, Piechota serves as a digital strategy adviser for Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) and consults with media companies worldwide.
He is a member of the International News Media Association’s Board of Directors and is a past president of INMA’s EuropeDivision. He is an active member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Online News Association, the Global Editors Network.
David Potter CBE is an academic, scientist and entrepreneur. He founded Psion in 1980 and led its development in software and the world’s first consumer hand-held computers. Together with Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Motorola, he created Symbian the first licensed software merging mobile phones and portable computers. In 1999 he was named Britain’s Entrepreneur of the year. David has served on national committees on higher education, science and technology and The Court of the Bank of England. He and his wife Elaine established the David and Elaine Potter Foundation.
Elaine Potter is the 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.
Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He was previously the Director of BBC News and worked at the corporation for 30 years. He is a Trustee of the World Wildlife Fund (UK) and of the International News Safety Institute for which he led an inquiry into the deaths of journalists around the world. From 2006-2009, he was Vice President of the European Broadcasting Union and represented public broadcasters on the advisory group to the UN's Internet Governance Forum. He was a member of the leadership committee of the Global Media AIDS Initiative, established by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2004. He was on the advisory board of the British Council and was formerly Chairman of the BBC's international charity, the World Service Trust, and a trustee of the free-speech NGO Article 19. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and of the Royal Society of Arts.
Editorial Advisory Committee
Christopher Hird (see above) is the chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee.
The other members are:
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 in China. 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.
Elaine Potter (see above).
George Brock (see above).
Emma Prest is general manager of DataKind UK, a not-for-profit worldwide organisation focused on finding ways that data science can be applied to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Emma handles the day-to-day operations of DataKind UK, supporting the influx of volunteers and building understanding about what data science can do in the charitable sector. Emma was previously a programme coordinator in the evidence and action programme at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in evidence-based campaigns.
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