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 Alison Gow, digital Editor in Chief for Reach plc regionals. The Chair 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. 

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

Above is the anniversary video produced to show what we have campaigned for and how the Society’s work is important to the industry.

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.

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 was appointed vice chair of the Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee (DSMA) in 2018.

ian.murray@societyofeditors.org

Alison Gow - President

Elected President of the Society in November 2019, Alison Gow is Editor in Chief (digital) for the regionals division of Reach plc. She is currently running 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

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 - 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 thirteen years, 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.

office@societyofeditors.org

Mariella Brown - Events Planner/ Research Assistant

Mariella joined the Society of Editors in January and has overseen the annual Press Awards, Satchwell lecture, and the roadshow project between the courts service (HMCTS) and the Society. Passionate about freedom of expression, she also enjoys researching for and writing articles on industry causes.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in English, she has applied her background in theatre and event management to the media world.

mariella.brown@societyofeditors.org

Ellen Bramley - Events Planner/ Research Assistant

Ellen joined the Society of Editors this year having completed a Masters in
International Relations. During her studies she explored the facets of modern democracies and is now proud to advocate for what she regards as one of its most vital characteristics, freedom of speech.

ellen.bramley@societyofeditors.org
Alison Gow - President, Society of Editors and Editor in Chief (digital), Reach plc regionals

Alison Gow is Editor in Chief (digital) for the regionals division of Reach plc. She is currently running 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.

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.

Kamal Ahmed - Editorial Director, BBC News

Kamal Ahmed is Editorial Director of BBC News, responsible for the daily News Editors; Question Time; News Analysis and Explanation (including Reality Check and Long Reads); Radio 1 News including on digital platforms and Digital Current Affairs (including for BBC III). He also has responsibility for visual journalism, including data, graphics and the BBC News brand. He is a member of the Newsgroup Board and the Sounds board. Between 2016 and 2018 Kamal was Economics Editor for the BBC, 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 with responsibility 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. Prior to this Kamal was Executive Editor, News, at The Observer and one of the team that lead its relaunch. He has also worked for The Guardian and Scotland on Sunday.

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, 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.

Polly Curtis - Editor and Partner at Tortoise

Polly Curtis is an Editor and Partner at Tortoise, a UK-based start-up doing “slow-news” running under a membership model and a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the study of journalism.

Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief at HuffPost UK, where she built an editorial team and implemented a new strategy to navigate a post-Facebook age.

For most of her career she was at The Guardian, reporting on health, education, social affairs and then in Westminster as Whitehall Editor before becoming deputy national editor. Most recently she was digital editor, 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.

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.

Jonathan Grun - Chairman, parliamentary and legal committee and honorary treasurer of the Society. Emeritus Editor, PA Media

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 PA Media as a general news reporter in 1979.

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 an award-winning Editor, with more than 30 years' experience editing National, Regional, Sunday, Daily and Weekly titles across the UK. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest's Scottish titles and Editor of The Herald, the Herald on Sunday and the Evening Times.

Previously Head of Publishing for DC Thomson's magazines including The People's Friend, My Weekly, Scots Mag, Scottish Wedding Directory and No1 Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of DC Thomson Newspapers and Editor of The Sunday Post and Weekly News.

Former Editor of the Evening Express in Aberdeen and the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria, deputy editor of the Cambridge Evening News and Group Editor at Thames Valley Free Newspapers.

He won his first editorship at the age of 24, launching the Edinburgh and Lothians Post.

Donald is the Scottish media representative on the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation. He previously served for many years on the National Council for Training of Journalists.

Eleanor Mills - Editorial Director of the Sunday Times and Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine

Eleanor Mills is the Editorial Director of the Sunday Times and an award-winning Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine. She is also Chair of Women in Journalism (WIJ) and has been a tireless campaigner for diversity within the industry pioneering an innovative mentoring scheme at WIJ and pushing the equality agenda as a columnist on the Sunday Times. She is also a Trustee of Reporters Sans Frontiers.

During her career she has been Saturday Editor of The Times, News Review Editor of the Sunday Times, a celebrity interviewer and feature writer. She began her career on Tank World Magazine (the world's premier bulk-liquid transportation publication) before working on The Observer and as Features Editor of The Daily Telegraph.

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 works with the Journalists' Charity and is a member of the SoE board.

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.

Caroline Waterston - Group Editor in Chief, OK! and new!

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 - 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 - Editorial Director, JPIMedia North East

Joy is the editor of the daily titles the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail.

She is also the editorial director for the JPIMedia North East publishing unit, which includes the weekly title the Northumberland Gazette.

Joy is an industry advisor for Sunderland University on behalf of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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