Speakers

Senior national newspaper editors will be joining delegates at this year’s 20th anniversary conference.

Amongst confirmed speakers for this year are Chris Evans (editor of The Telegraph), Alison Phillips (editor of the Daily Mirror) and Ted Verity (editor of The Mail on Sunday).

Chris Evans

Chris Evans has been editor of The Telegraph since 2014. He was head of news at The Telegraph from 2007 to 2014. Before The Telegraph, he worked at The Daily Mail (1995 – 2007) and at South West News Service in Bristol (1992 – 1995). He is a graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford.

Alison Phillips

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. 

She has also written a weekly column in the Mirror since 2012.  In 2018 she 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. 

Ted Verity

Ted Verity cut his teeth as a reporter on the Stoke Evening Sentinel before joining the Daily Mail as a News reporter in 1991.

For two years Ted was Royal Reporter – climbing Everest with the Duchess of York and touring Australia with Prince Charles – before being made Femail Editor in 1996.

Ted joined The Mail on Sunday in 2002 as Associate Editor, following which he spent four years in Ireland where he first launched the Irish Mail on Sunday and later the Irish Daily Mail.

In 2008 he returned to London and the Mail on Sunday – as Executive Editor then Deputy Editor – before becoming Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail.

In September 2018 Ted, who is married to wife Joanne with a six-year-old-son Archie, was appointed Editor of The Mail on Sunday.

Look out for further speaker announcements coming soon.