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, chair and board of directors.

The Society’s President is Martin Breen, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. The secretariat oversees the day-to-day management and direction of the Society from Cambridge.

2019 saw the Society celebrating 20 years representing freedom of the press.

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

We produced this video in 2009 to highlight our achievement in our first 10 years.

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

You can also access our media page and watch video highlights from some of the events the Society has staged in its 20th year.

Dawn Alford - Executive Director

Joined the Society in July 2021. Dawn has had an extensive career in newspapers and as a magazine editor. She has also spent more than 10 years as an editorial content director for digital and print content agencies.
She began her career on the Exeter Leader, a Northcliffe weekly before going to work on the city’s evening title, the Express and Echo. She later worked as crime reporter and chief reporter at the Southampton Daily Echo.
On national titles, she worked in various reporting and executive roles including for the Sunday Express, Daily Express, Mirror, Sunday People and the New Day.

Martin Breen - President

Martin Breen is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Mediahius UK at their headquarters in Northern Ireland which publishes the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. In this role he retains the Editorship of Sunday Life. Martin first joined the Belfast Telegraph as a graduate trainee in 1998, later becoming a reporter at Sunday Life. He was appointed Sunday Life Editor in May 2009 and Deputy Editor-in-Chief in September 2020.

Ian MacGregor - Chair

Chair 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, PA Media, 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 - Campaign and Advocacy Officer

Claire joined the Society of Editors in 2012 and now oversees the campaign and advocacy work of the Society in line with its aims and objectives. Her role includes working to support the executive director and Society board in providing research to support and lead on the Society's varied initiatives, campaigns and parliamentary and legal work.

With nearly 10 years' experience helping to promote media freedom and the public's right to know, Claire also helps to plan and execute the Society’s varied events in line with its objectives: this includes the annual conference, national and regional media awards, the Satchwell Lecture and regional seminars.

Angela Upton - Administrator

A member of the team since 2006, Angela administrates the Society’s membership. She is also responsible for planning and bookings for the Society’s annual conference and awards. Other responsibilities include reconciling income and liaising with our accountants on financial matters.


Alison Gow - Audience and Content Director for the North West, Reach plc

Alison Gow is Audience and Content Director for the North West with Reach plc, and publisher of Laudable, a Google-funded collaboration between Reach and JPI Media to innovate and investigate opportunities for podcasts and audio for local news. Alison is a former newspaper editor and digital editor, with titles including WalesOnline, the Daily Post and the Liverpool Echo.

Ian MacGregor - Chair, 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, PA Media, 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.

Kamal Ahmed - Vice-President, Society of Editors,Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The News Movement

Kamal Ahmed is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The News Movement, a new media business focused on social media channels, new audiences and digital consumption. He is also a partner in the strategic advisory firm, WJL Partners.
Between 2018 and 2021, Kamal was Editorial Director of BBC News, working across news strategy, daily news and planning, commissioning, analysis, visual and audio journalism and new forms of digital content. He was a member of the Newsgroup Board and the Sounds board.
Between 2016 and 2018 Kamal was Economics Editor at BBC News, leading economics coverage for the corporation. He joined the BBC in April 2014 as Business Editor from the Telegraph Media Group where he was Executive Business Editor responsible for The Sunday Telegraph's business and economics coverage.
Between 2007 and 2009 Kamal was Group Director, Communications, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and before that was Executive Editor, News, at The Observer. Between 2000 and 2004, Kamal was Political Editor of The Observer, covering Tony Blair’s premiership. He has also worked at The Guardian and Scotland on Sunday.
A Leeds University Graduate in Political Studies, Kamal’s first book, The Life and Times of a Very British Man, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Alex Bannister - Group Managing Editor, Daily Mail

Alex Bannister has been Group Managing Editor at the Daily Mail since 2006.

Before working for Mail Newspapers, Alex was Group Managing Editor at Express Newspapers where amongst other things he wrote occasional leaders and indulged his love of two-wheeled sport with a weekly cycling column. Alex is also a board member of the NLA, a publisher-owned rights licensing and publisher services business with a core aim of supporting journalism.

Martin Breen - President, Society of Editors and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Independent News and Media, and Editor of Sunday Life

Martin Breen is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Mediahius UK at their headquarters in Northern Ireland which publishes the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. In this role he retains the Editorship of Sunday Life. Martin first joined the Belfast Telegraph as a graduate trainee in 1998, later becoming a reporter at Sunday Life. He was appointed Sunday Life Editor in May 2009 and Deputy Editor-in-Chief in September 2020.

Peter Clifton - Editor-in-Chief, PA Media

Peter has been Editor-in-Chief of PA Media 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 PA Media 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.

Oliver Duff - Editor-in-chief, i

Oliver Duff is the Editor-in-Chief of the i paper and inews.co.uk - named Newspaper of the Year and National News Website of the Year in 2020. i offers its growing readership a quick, quality briefing on current affairs.
The UK’s youngest national newspaper editor, Oliver was appointed in 2013 and has since launched the popular iweekend print edition, the website and app. In 2020 i was named the most trusted UK national newsbrand in research by industry auditor PAMCo.
Oliver previously worked at The Independent for a decade, where he was Executive Editor, responsible for news and investigations. His first bylines were published in the Leighton Buzzard Observer.

Ceri Gould - Editorial Revenue Director, Reach plc

Ceri is the Editorial Revenue Director for Reach Plc. She started her career on her local paper, the Glamorgan Gazette, discovering no better training ground than reporting on the community you’re a part of. Her career took her to the Western Mail, Wales On Sunday culminating in editing WalesOnline before moving to London to become Editor-in-Chief of the South East and Cambridge region. Her present role draws on all her journalistics know-how and ability to think like a reader in order to navigate new, creative ways of funding journalism in these most taxing of times.

Donald Martin - Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Editor of The Herald & Herald on Sunday
Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Award-winning Editor, with more than 30 years' experience editing national, regional, Sunday, daily and weekly titles across the UK. Currently Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest's Scottish titles and Editor of The Herald and the Herald on Sunday.
Previously Head of Publishing for DC Thomson's magazines including The People's Friend, My Weekly, Scots Mag, and Editor-in-Chief of DC Thomson Newspapers and Editor of The Sunday Post and Weekly News.

Former Editor of the Glasgow Evening Times, Aberdeen Evening Express and the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria; and deputy editor of the Cambridge Evening News.

He won his first editorship aged 24, launching the Edinburgh and Lothians Post before going on to become Group Editor at Thames Valley Free Newspapers.

Donald is the Scottish media representative on the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Vic Motune - Head of News, The Voice

Vic Motune is Head of News at The Voice, the UK’s largest publication aimed at a black British audience. His role involves developing content for the print edition, as well as video and audio content for The Voice’s website and social media platforms.

A journalist whose experience includes print, radio, and television news he has won two Race in the Media Awards for his work and a MIND award for reporting on mental health.

Before joining The Voice, Vic was a producer with 5 Live, creating and producing the weekly magazine show Word Up! He has also written for publications such as the New Statesman, the Big Issue North, and Mental Health Practice to name a few.

Moira Sleight - Editor and Publisher, Methodist Recorder

Moira Sleight is Editor and Publisher of the “Methodist Recorder”, a weekly, national newspaper.
She is currently Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, the City of London Livery Company for the communications and content industries.
She is a member of the Board of the London Press Club.

Victoria Watson - Managing Editor, The Sun

Victoria became the Managing Editor in early 2020 after four years growing The Sun’s digital team and business as Digital Managing Editor. Working with Editor-in-Chief Victoria Newton, she has headed a series of transformation projects positioning The Sun as a pioneering, digital-first seven day news operation.

She has been with The Sun for 10 years since joining from the News of the World, where she started as a sub-editor. While at The Sun, Victoria has worked in a variety of roles, including as a homepage editor and as Deputy Head of Strategy.

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 - Group Managing Editor, London Evening Standard and The Independent

Doug Wills is Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. He began his career as a reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers going on to several regional newspapers before working in London from 1986. Doug has 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 - Acting Editor, Newsquest Cumbria

Joy Yates is the current Acting Editor for Newsquest's Cumbria titles including the Carlisle-based daily The News & Star, the Cumberland News, Whitehaven News and Times & Star. A former Regional Director for JPIMedia’s North East portfolio, Joy oversaw titles including the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail as well as weekly titles the Northumberland Gazette and Berwick Advertiser until December 2021.
She is on the Society of Editors board of directors and is a former chair of the Society of Editors Northern Region.
An award-winning journalist, Joy is an industry adviser for Sunderland University on behalf of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Alison Phillips - Editor-in-Chief, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People

Alison first worked as a reporter for the Harlow Star weekly newspaper before going to Leeds University where she was editor of Leeds Student.
She was then a trainee at the Evening Argus in Brighton before joining Connors News Agency and Woman magazine.
She came to Trinity Mirror (now Reach) in 1998 as a feature writer on the Sunday People magazine. She moved to become Features Editor on the Daily Mirror in 2001.
In 2016 she was made Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Mirror papers and in 2018 was named as the Editor of the Daily Mirror, making her its first female editor since its very first editor in 1903. In February 2020 she was made Editor in Chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
Alison has also written a weekly column in the Mirror since 2012 and in 2018 was named “Columnist of the Year” at the National Press Awards.
She is chair of Reach plc’s Reaching Gender Equality group and Deputy Chair of Women In Journalism.
She has three children aged between nine and 15.
Alison is also a regular media commentator and has appeared on such programmes as Question Time, BBC Politics Live and ITV's This Morning

Ian Brunskill - Associate Editor, The Times and Sunday Times

Ian Brunskill has been at The Times for thirty years, working across the paper. For almost half that time he has been on the duty editing rota, regularly editing the paper in the absence of the Editor. His current responsibilities as Associate Editor of both The Times and The Sunday Times include editorial standards and ethics, compliance, complaints handling and journalist training, as well as special editorial projects and book serialisations. For HarperCollins he has edited three editions of The Times Guide to the House of Commons, a collection of Times obituaries and several annual Best of The Times anthologies. He is the editor of The Times and Sunday Times Style Guide.

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