The trustees of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have appointed Rachel Oldroyd to the position of Managing Editor.
Ms Oldroyd has been acting editor since the beginning of September. She replaces Christo Hird, who stepped down in August, but will remain involved with the organisation as chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee.
Ms Oldroyd joined the Bureau shortly after its launch and has been its deputy editor for more than four years. She has worked across all the Bureau’s biggest projects including its investigation into the use of armed drones in targeted killings, its work on Wikileaks’ Iraq War logs and its many stories on political funding and lobbying.
Before joining the Bureau Ms Oldroyd spent over a decade at the Mail on Sunday, where she 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. Ms Oldroyd started her career as a financial reporter.
Chairman of the trustees James Lee said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to announce that Rachel Oldroyd has agreed to take over the leadership of the Bureau at this particularly exciting stage in our development.”
Ms Oldroyd said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to lead what I truly believe is an important organisation. With so many pressures on the media industry, there has to be room for philanthropically-funded, public interest journalism in the UK. I am convinced more than ever that independent, experimental organisations like the Bureau can play an important role in this changing industry.”
The Bureau is an independent not-for-profit organisation. Its aim is to produce high-quality evidence-based investigations for press, broadcast and social media with the aim of informing both the public and the media about matters of public interest. During its first four years, the Bureau has won a number of major awards for its journalism and its work has featured widely in the national press and media.