About The Society

Our Members

The Society of Editors has nearly 400 members, including editors, managing editors, editorial directors, training editors, editors-in-chief and deputy editors in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, radio, television and digital media, media lawyers and academics in journalism education.

They are as different as the publications, programmes and websites they create and the communities and audiences they serve. But they share the values that matter.

Our Values

We believe these values give the society the integrity and authority to influence debate on press and broadcasting freedom, ethics and the culture and business of news media.

The universal right to freedom of expression
The importance of the vitality of the news media in a democratic society
The promotion of press and broadcasting freedom and the public’s right to know
The commitment to high editorial standards

Society Membership

Apply for membership for a range of benefits, opportunities, advice and support.

Membership is open to people who work in or with any part of the news media in senior editorial or policy making roles.  Membership also extends to those who work within publications, broadcasting, digital media, journalism education, media law, aspiring journalists and all those who support the objectives of the Society.

Who's Who?

Find out more about The Society of Editors

The Society is a members’ organisation with an elected president and board of directors.

This Society’s President is Ian MacGregor, Emeritus Editor at the Telegraph Media Group. The Secretariat oversees the day-to-day management and direction of the Society from Cambridge. The secretariat is overseen by Ian Murray, who was appointed Executive Director of the Society in October 2017. Two standing committees spearhead the Society’s parliamentary and legal campaigning and training activities.

2019 will see the Society’s celebrate 20 years representing freedom of the press. We produced this video in 2009 to highlight our achievements in our first 10 years.

The Society was formed by a merger of the Guild of Editors and the Association of British Editors in April 1999.

Find out more about the organisation, the current president, and our board below.

Ian Murray - Executive Director

Ian was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Society of Editors in October 2017. Ian is the former Editor of the Southern Daily Echo and the Editor in Chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire titles. He stepped down from the role in 2017 after 20 years in the position. Alongside editing the Daily Echo, he was also in charge of the weekly free News Extra Series in the Southampton region, the New Forest Post, and Hampshire Society magazine series. He was the president of the Society of Editors for 2013-2014 and has been a member of the Society since its formation in 1999.

Ian formerly sat on the Editors’ Code Committee which oversees the industry’s Code of Practice

Ian MacGregor - President

President of the Society of Editors, Ian is the Emeritus Editor of the Telegraph. He is the former Weekend Editor of the Telegraph and has 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 moved to the Telegraph group in 2007, and has been deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph, editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and Weekend Editor. He was appointed Emeritus Editor in June 2017.

Claire Meadows - Research Officer

Claire has worked for the Society of Editors for six years and her main focus is on the Society's campaigning on behalf of press freedom. She is an English Literature and Language graduate and is NCTJ qualified. Her interests include promoting freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely; press regulation and promoting diversity.

Angela Upton - Administrator

A member of the team for ten years, Angela primarily administrates the Society’s membership. She is also responsible for planning and booking for the Society’s annual conference and awards, and assists with CPU admin.

Ian MacGregor - President, Society of Editors and Emeritus Editor, Telegraph Media Group

Ian is Emeritus Editor of The Telegraph and former Weekend Editor. He has 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 moved to the Telegraph group in 2007, and has been deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph and editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

Ian Murray - Executive Director, Society of Editors

Ian was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Society of Editors in October 2017 following the decision by founding director Bob Satchwell to step down due to ill health. He is the former Editor of the Southern Daily Echo and the Editor in Chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire titles. He stepped down from the role in 2017 after 20 years in the position. Alongside editing the Daily Echo, he was also in charge of the weekly free News Extra Series in the Southampton region, the New Forest Post, and Hampshire Society magazine series. He was the president of the Society of Editors for 2013-2014 and has been a member of the Society since its formation in 1999.

Martin Breen - Editor, Sunday Life

Martin is editor of Sunday Life newspaper in Belfast, a post he has held since 2009. He is a former Executive Editor of Sunday Life, having moved from the News of the World in January 2008. He began his journalistic career in 1998 as a graduate trainee with the Belfast Telegraph where he remained until early 2001, holding various posts including investigations and crime reporter. In 2001 he transferred across to the Belfast Telegraph’s sister title Sunday Life as a reporter. In October 2001, after being named the Press Gazette Young Journalist of the Year, he left the company to become the News of the World’s Northern Ireland correspondent until his return to Sunday Life in 2008. Under his editorship Sunday Life has been Northern Ireland’s Newspaper of the Year for the past two years running and won the Newspaper of the Year award at the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards in 2015.

Paul Clarkson - Managing Editor, The Sun

Paul Clarkson was appointed Managing Editor of The Sun in April 2016. He joined The Irish Sun in 2005 as Head of News before rising through the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor. During his time in Dublin he oversaw the launch of The Irish Sun’s online operation and The Irish Sun on Sunday print product, whilst leaving the titles in year-on-year circulation growth. Paul was previously News Editor at the Irish Daily Mirror and began his journalism career in music magazines and as a trainee with the Daily Express.

Peter Clifton - Editor-in-Chief, Press Association

Peter has been Editor-in-Chief of the Press Association since January 2015. He was the Editor of Ceefax, and both the BBC News and Sport websites during a 15 year career at the corporation, and was also Executive Producer of the MSN UK website for three years.

Clifton began his career as a news and sports reporter at the Chronicle and Echo newspaper in his home town of Northampton, and also had a stint as chief sub on the Press Association sports desk in Fleet Street in the early 1990s. Away from work his interests include cycling, golf, playing the piano and exchanging stories in bars.

Polly Curtis - Former Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost UK

Polly Curtis, Editor-in-Chief, joined HuffPost UK in August 2017 as Editor-in-Chief with 16 years of media industry experience. Immediate prior to joining HuffPost, Polly was Director of Media for British Red Cross during a time that included the organisation’s largest emergency response in decades, as they operationalised after the Manchester bombing, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks and at Grenfell.

Polly is a panel member of the Cairncross Review alongside other industry experts, including former Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright, Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield and KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson.

Prior to her position at British Red Cross, Polly was most recently Digital Editor at The Guardian, where she led digital plans for the Scottish referendum, the EU referendum and the 2015 election as well as the live coverage of some of the biggest breaking stories in recent times.

HuffPost UK currently has the joint 2nd highest reach of a digital news brand, just behind the BBC according to the Digital News Report 2017 and averages 11m UVs monthly.

Oliver Duff - Editor, the i

Oliver Duff is Editor of the i newspaper, Britain’s fastest-growing daily title. He’s currently the youngest national newspaper editor.

Brought up in Bedfordshire, he wanted to be an explorer, then Arsenal goalkeeper, before finally getting sidetracked into journalism, writing for his local paper. He read Politics at St John’s College, Cambridge, before starting work in newspapers as an admin assistant. He has worked as a reporter, gossip columnist, travel writer and news editor, nominated for the Cudlipp Award for excellence in popular journalism – although he was fired as a bar critic after three weeks.

He was a member of the team who launched the i newspaper in October 2010 and has covered the Olympics, two general elections, the London terror attacks and the phone hacking scandal.

Charles Garside - Assistant Editor, Daily Mail

Charles, Assistant Editor of the Daily Mail is also a former Managaing Editor of the Mail and a former editor of The European and deputy editor of The Times and the Sunday Express.

Alison Gow - Editor-in-Chief (digital), Reach PLC Regionals

Alison was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Reach PLC's (formerly Trinity Mirror) digital output in June 2017. In her former role as Editor of Digital Innovation for Trinity Mirror Regionals, she was responsible for developing new ways of digital storytelling, exploring tools and platforms to source, curate and present information, and engage audiences.

A former daily newspaper editor, she has worked in regional journalism for more than 20 years, and has specialised in digital journalism since 2008.

Jonathan Grun - Chairman, parliamentary and legal committee and honorary treasurer of the Society Emeritus Editor, Press Association

Jonathan Grun started his career as a journalist reporting sport for Hills Welsh Press Agency while at school in Cardiff. He was an indentured trainee at the South Wales Argus, Newport, before joining the Press Association as a general news reporter in 1979. He has been Editor of the Press Association since 2000.
He is a past President of the Society of Editors and a former chairman of the British Press Awards. He is the secretary of the industry’s Code of Practice Committee and vice chairman of the Defence, Security and Media Advisory Notice Committee. Jonathan is the chairman of the Society's parliamentary and legal committee and the honorary treasurer.

Ceri Gould - Editor-in-Chief, South East and Cambridge, Reach PLC

Ceri is Editor-in-Chief of the South East and Cambridge region for Reach where she leads the editorial strategy, digital and print, for the Live brands in Kent, Essex, Surrey, London, and Cambridge.

?Before that she was deputy Editor-in-Chief of Media Wales and award-winning Editor of WalesOnline. WalesOnline was the first regional digital brand to develop a personality distinct from the region's heritage print titles. Using 'I love Wales' as its core it gained a reputation for innovative, authentic-voice digital story-telling. This 'I love...' personality now forms the base of the Live digital strategy which is being rolled out across Reach's regional business.

Ceri's three obsessions are that journalist should think like a reader, deliver first-class attention to detail and be lovely to deal with.

She read English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge before starting her journalist career on her local weekly paper The Glamorgan Gazette. She moved to the national newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail as a senior, then WalesOnSunday as Head of News and Assistant Editor then back to The Western Mail as Deputy Editor, then Executive Editor.

Donald Martin - Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Donald is Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest's Scottish titles including the Herald, the Sunday Herald and the National. Before this he was Head of Publishing, DC Thomson.

He was previously Editor of the Sunday Post, Editor-in-Chief of the Herald and Evening Times, Editor of the Evening Times and Editor of the Evening Express in Aberdeen, a post he held for eight years.

Before joining the Evening Express, Donald had been Editor of the North West Evening Mail and Deputy Editor of the Cambridge Evening News.

Moira Sleight - Editor, Methodist Recorder

Moira is Editor of the Methodist Recorder (a weekly, national newspaper).

She is also a member of the Newspaper Society Council, the Independent Publishers Forum and the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. Moira serves on the Industry group of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and is Chair of the Weekly Independent Newspapers Association.

Sue Ryan - Media Consultant and Manager of the Mail Trainee Programme

A former Managing Editor of the Daily Telegraph and currently runs the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline's ' Trainee scheme.

She is Director of the Henley Literary Festival. She has worked on the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Today, the Observer Magazine and the Daily Telegraph as head of home news in 1992 before becoming Managing Editor. She is chair of the Journalists' Charity is a member of the SoE board.

Francesca Unsworth - Director of News, BBC

Francesca was appointed Director of News for the BBC in 2017 and started the role on January 2018. A former Head of Newsgathering in January 2005, Fran was appointed Director of the World Service in 2015 where she was responsible for a staff of around seven hundred working both in the UK and abroad. She has worked for the BBC for more than 25 years beginning in local radio and progressing to network radio and television. She was born in North Staffordshire and studied Drama at Manchester University.

Caroline Waterston - Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Express & Star titles

Caroline was appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Express & Star Newspapers in March 2018. She is a former Deputy Editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People and Head of Features and Features Editor at the Sunday Mirror. She has also worked as Deputy News Editor at The People and Features Editor.

Sarah Whitehead - Deputy Head of Newsgathering, Sky News

Sarah is Deputy Head of Newsgathering. She joined Sky in 2011 as Head of International News and moved to be Head of Home News in 2014. Sarah joined Sky from the BBC where she was Deployments editor in foreign News and Strand Editor on the BBC News Channel. In the 16 years she spent at the BBC she had an eclectic career involving working in documentaries, drama and news.

Doug Wills - Managing Editor, London Evening Standard

Doug Wills is Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard, The Independent, Independent on Sunday and i. He began his career as a reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers going on to several regional newspapers before working in London from 1987. Doug held a number of executive positions with the Evening Standard and was appointed Managing Editor in 2005, and then Group Managing Editor in 2011.

He is also chairman of the London Press Club and a past president of the Society of Editors.

Joy Yates - Group Editor, Johnston Press North East

Editor at the Hartlepool Mail, a Johnston Press daily newspaper on Teesside, since 2006. Joy had previously been deputy editor at the Mail’s sister paper the Shields Gazette in South Tyneside.

During her time as the Hartlepool Mail’s first female editor, Joy has overseen much high-profile editorial coverage on her patch including the saga of Hartlepool ‘canoe man’ John Darwin and this year’s Tall Ships Races.

The Society is proud to list amongst its Fellows, the following:

Ian Beales
Simon Bucks
Peter Cole
Andrew Colman
Edmund Curran
Paul Dacre
Geoff Elliott
Maurice Frankel
Phil Harding
David Meara
Bob Pinker
Alan Rusbridger
Richard Tait