Speakers

Senior national newspaper editors will be joining delegates at this year’s 20th anniversary conference. This includes Chris Evans (Daily Telegraph), Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror), Ted Verity (The Mail on Sunday) and James Harding (Tortoise).

The UK’s Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, will also be speaking and a panel of top UK investigative journalists has been announced. To find out more about our speakers scroll down to the biographies below. 

Our Speakers

Elizabeth Denham
Information Commissioner

Elizabeth Denham became the UK’s Information Commissioner in 2016. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulator for data protection and information rights. It enforces the law, both civil and criminal, against organisations that have violated data protection rules. The ICO provides guidance on and regulates key laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Elizabeth brings an international dimension to the role with her previous work as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Elizabeth was appointed chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in 2018 which seeks to provide international leadership in data protection and privacy as the premier global forum for data protection authorities.

In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to protecting information. She was also named as the most influential person in data driven business in the 2018 DataIQ 100 list.


Chris Evans
Editor, The Daily Telegraph

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
Editor, Daily Mirror

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
Editor, The Mail on Sunday

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.


James Harding
Co-Founder and Editor, Tortoise

James Harding is Co-Founder and Editor of Tortoise. Prior to this, James was the Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, the world’s largest news organisation, until January 2018.

Prior to that he was Editor of The Times of London from 2007-2012, winning the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years he edited the paper. 

He was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times, where he worked as Washington Bureau Chief, Media Editor and China correspondent opening the paper’s bureau in Shanghai in 1996.

He is the author of Alpha Dogs – How political spin became a global business and he presented On Background on the BBC World Service with Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor of The Economist.


Claire Newell
Investigations Editor, The Telegraph

Claire Newell is the Telegraph’s Investigation Editor. In recent years, she has exposed corruption and greed in English football and allegations of sexual and racial harassment against Sir Philip Green. Claire and her team are committed to holding the powerful to account. Their work has led to political inquiries, police investigations and changes to legislation.


Paul Henderson
Deputy Editor, Daily Mirror

Paul Henderson is currently the Daily Mirror’s Deputy Editor and has worked as Executive Editor (Seven Days) when he joined the Mirror in 2010.

He has previously worked as Royal Correspondent for the Daily Star; spent a decade as Chief Investigative Reporter at the Daily Mail; held a role as Daily Express Chief Reporter and was News Editor and Investigations Editor at the Mail on Sunday.

Over his career he secured first interviews with Buckingham Palace cat burglar Michael Fagan; led a team to the Far East to interview Pamella Bordes after the House of Commons sex scandal and interviewed the accused Lockerbie bombers in Colonel Gaddafi’s Tripoli. While at the Mail on Sunday, his investigation into Jeffrey Archer’s bagman Michael Stacpoole ultimately led to the Tory Peer being jailed for perjury.

Last year as Sunday Mirror Interim Editor, he published the result of an 18-month investigation led by Geraldine McKelvie into the Telford child sex abuse, which gained the paper Sunday Newspaper of the Year.  


Jane Bradley
Investigations Correspondent, BuzzFeed News

Jane Bradley is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and award-winning investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News. Her work on abuses of power, dirty money and national security has led to criminal convictions, resignations, government inquiries and led front pages around the world. Jane began her career on the prestigious BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme before becoming one of the youngest senior broadcast journalists at the BBC aged 24, and going on to work as a producer at Panorama. She freelanced for the likes of Dispatches, PBS Frontline, and the New York Times before joining BuzzFeed UK’s founding investigations team in 2015.


Tom Bristow
Head of Archant Investigations Unit

Tom Bristow leads the award-winning Archant Investigations Unit. He produces and edits in-depth articles for titles including the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News, East Anglian Daily Times and Ham & High.

His stories have led to criminal convictions and his work has been shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards and long listed for the Orwell Prize.

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a Masters in History and German in 2009, Tom joined the Press Association training course in Newcastle and has been working as a journalist ever since.

He has also worked for the Liverpool Echo and The Local in Berlin.


Kate Adie
Recipient of the Society of Editors' Lifetime Achievement Award and former BBC Chief News Correspondent

Kate grew up in Sunderland and gained her BA from Newcastle University where she read Swedish.

She became a familiar figure through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent. She is considered to be among the most reliable reporters, as well as one of the first British women, sending despatches from danger zones around the world. Kate is also the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and a presenter or contributor to many other radio and television programmes.

As a television news correspondent, Kate’s memorable assignments include both Gulf Wars, four years of war in the Balkans, the final NATO intervention in Kosovo and elections in 2000; the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster at Zeebrugge, the massacre at Dunblane, the Selby rail crash, the SAS lifting of the Iran Embassy Siege in London, the Bologna railway station bombing and the Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing in 1989.

Kate carried out numerous assignments in Northern Ireland throughout “The Troubles” as well as reporting on the referendum to ratify the Good Friday Agreement. Kate covered the Lockerbie bombing and reported from Libya after the London Embassy siege of 1984, reporting from Libya many times thereafter, including the bombing of Tripoli by the US in 1986. She also covered the Rwandan Genocide and the British military intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War.

She has served as a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, now the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the Whitbread, now the Costa Prize, and recently, the RSL Ondaatje Prize.

Kate has also served as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum and is a trustee of Sunderland Football Foundation.

Kate has honorary degrees from universities including Newcastle, Bath, Nottingham, Cardiff and St Andrews and is Honorary Professor of Journalism at Sunderland University.

Kate was honoured with a Bafta Fellowship in 2018.

Other awards include:

  • Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year 1980, for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege.
  • Winner, 1981 & 1990, Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award.
  • The Richard Dimbleby BAFTA Award 1990.

Kate received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.


Jodie Ginsberg
CEO, Index on Censorship

Jodie Ginsberg is chief executive of global freedom of expression organisation, Index on Censorship. Index publishes work by censored writers and artists and campaigns against censorship worldwide.

Prior to joining Index, Jodie worked as a foreign correspondent and business journalist and was UK Bureau Chief for Reuters news agency.

She sits on the council of global free expression network IFEX and the board of the Trust for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and is a regular commentator in international media on freedom of expression issues.


The Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP
Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

John Whittingdale has been Member of Parliament for Maldon in Essex since 1992. Prior to his election, he served as Political Secretary to Margaret Thatcher from 1988 until in 1992.

In 2001 John was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and later Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In July 2005 he was elected Chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, a position that he held for 10 years.

Following the 2015 General Election, John was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and became a member of the Privy Council. Following David Cameron’s resignation, he became a member of the new Select Committee on Exiting the European Union and in 2017 was elected Vice Chairman of the Committee.

John is Chairman of the British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union and a full member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Lithuania and Chairman of the All Party Writers Group and the All Party Group for Media Freedom.


John Battle
Head of Compliance, ITN

John Battle is Head of Compliance at ITN, the television production company that produces ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News.  ITN Productions also produces documentaries/ current affairs programmes for domestic and international broadcasters.  His role entails advising editorial teams on legal and regulatory issues such as libel, contempt of court, copyright, data protection, privacy and the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.  Recently he led the legal advice on Channel 4 News’ Cambridge Analytica/Facebook investigation. 

John initially worked as a criminal law barrister before working as an in-house lawyer for two major newspaper groups, Associated Newspapers and News UK.  He is the chair of the Media Lawyers Association and has been a key industry figure in lobbying for greater openness in the courts – including the CPS Media Protocol and filming courts and inquiries.   John also teaches in-house the NCTJ Court Reporting and Media Law courses.


Martin Breen
Editor, Sunday Life

Martin Breen has been editor of Sunday Life newspaper in Belfast since 2009. Investigations by the paper have exposed numerous criminal and terrorist elements in Northern Ireland which has led to reporters facing several terrorist threats due to their work. A board member of the Society of Editors, he also sits on the Independent News and Media executive team which manages the company’s print and digital interests in Northern Ireland including the Belfast Telegraph. The 42-year-old is also an industry adviser for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for their courses in the region.


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.


Nancy Fielder
Editor, The Star; Sheffield Telegraph; Doncaster Free Press

Nancy Fielder is editor of The Star, Sheffield Telegraph and Doncaster Free Press. She is passionate about using the strength of the local press to fight for the areas they represent. Nancy worked at several local newspapers including Newbury Weekly News, Shropshire Star, Express & Star and the Derbyshire Times group before becoming the first woman to edit a newspaper in her hometown of Sheffield. Nancy is a mother of three, recently completed a PhD focusing on the impact on mobiles on the distribution and consumption of local news and takes part in newspaper reviews on both Sky News and the BBC.


Jonathan Calvert
Insight Editor, The Sunday Times

Jonathan Calvert is the longest serving editor of the Insight team in its 50 year history, having held the job for 14 years. His first scoop for the team was exposing the cash for questions scandal as an undercover Insight reporter in 1994, and he was head-hunted soon afterwards to become investigations editor at The Observer where he oversaw a string of major exclusives. Since returning to his real home at The Sunday Times Jonathan has taken the helm of the Insight team and steered it through long line of famous exclusives – such as the Fifa files investigation which made waves around the world. He has been won a multitude of journalism awards, including Scoop of the Year on three occasions and Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.   


Alison Gow
Editor in Chief (Digital) for Regionals Division, Reach PLC.

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. 


Lucy Kueng
Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute , Oxford University

Professor Lucy Kueng is an advisor and expert on strategy, innovation and leadership who focuses on successful responses to the challenges of digitalization. Co-located in London and Zurich, she is Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University and Board Member of the NZZ Media Group. Lucy keynotes frequently at international conferences and is the author of numerous books and cases including Going Digital, Innovators in Digital NewsStrategic Management in the Media (winner of the AEMJM Media Management Book Award), Inside the BBC and CNN – Managing Media Organizations, and When Innovation Fails to Disrupt, the Case of BBC News Online


Keith Poole
Digital Editor, The Sun Online

Keith started in journalism in 1997, through the graduate trainee scheme of a local newspaper group in Kent. He was a reporter there for two years before becoming a reporter for Press Association. From there Keith joined the Evening Standard as a reporter before taking the leap to news editing back at PA on their national and international desk.

Joining the Daily Mail in 2002 on the news desk, Keith rose to become the paper’s youngest ever News Editor at the age of 30 in 2007. He was then promoted to assistant editor with a more overarching news and production role before taking the leap to digital with MailOnline in 2011.

Keith spent three years in New York with MailOnline as Managing Editor to establish it as one of the biggest US digital news brands, where it won widespread domestic recognition for its unrivalled coverage of many of the country’s biggest news events. He returned to the UK in 2014 to open a global desk for MailOnline before taking on the challenge of The Sun’s new free website in January 2016.

Keith is a married father of three young children who lives in Richmond, Surrey. He’s a lapsed drummer, cyclist, avid reader of sci-fi and historical novels and loves travelling the world (when he has the chance).


Look out for further speaker announcements coming soon.