About us
Our people
Ed Procter
Chief Executive Officer

Ed joined IMPRESS as Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He is an established chief executive who over a nine-year period led the development of Sport Resolutions into the premier independent arbiter of sport disputes in the United Kingdom. He previously held senior leadership positions at the Legal Services Commission and Sport England. Earlier in his career he worked in criminal justice and the newspaper and advertising industries.

Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana
Head of Regulation

Lexie is a New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor who has worked in all forms of media regulation. She has previously worked at the Advertising Standards Authority in the investigations team and at the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification, an independent state media regulator, in a research and semi-judicial capacity. Lexie also has an avid interest in London’s arts and culinary scene.

Angie D'Souza Assoc CIPD
Business Manager & Company Secretary

Angie is an experienced Business Support Manager who most recently held the position of Office and Administration Support Manager for Imperial College, Student Union. Earlier in her career she worked as Management Accountant in the creative media and hospitality sectors, moving on to secure an advisory role, as part of a peripatetic service commissioned by the local authority, supporting school leadership teams with pupils struggling to access mainstream education. She is a CIPD qualified Human Resource practitioner.

Alexandra Ward
Marketing & Communications Manager

Alexandra completed her undergraduate studies in English and Politics at the University of Liverpool and holds a Master’s from King’s College London in Politics and Contemporary History. She has always had a keen interest in the press industry; her MA dissertation explored the history of press regulation in post-war Britain and she has written for titles including the Liverpool Echo and The Telegraph. Alex is a keen cinema-goer and enjoys travelling whenever she gets the opportunity.

Tanmaya Kale
Fundraising & Partnerships Manager

Tanmaya has completed her undergraduate studies in Economics from India and holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from King’s College London. She has over 4 years of experience in fundraising and donor relationship management working for social sector organisations in India. She has successfully built, developed, and led sustainable partnerships with major foundations and corporates. In her spare time, Tanmaya enjoys ticking off items from her long travel bucket list, refining her baking skills and exploring the city.

Tom Spencer
Regulatory Executive

Tom completed his undergraduate studies in Law with Spanish at the University of Liverpool and subsequently undertook the LPC at BPP Law School, where he was able to explore areas of interest such as media law and dispute resolution. He previously worked at Opus 2, advising lawyers on the use of a cloud-based platform designed for litigation and arbitration teams. In his spare time, Tom enjoys writing and producing music, as well as playing tennis.

Alexander Moss
Business Support Assistant


oined IMPRESS as Business Support Assistant after previously working at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) as a Payroll Officer. He studied Politics at Nottingham Trent University and gained a passion for media through modules he studied there, writing his dissertation on the Hillsborough disaster and the press’ response to it. Alex has a keen interest in football and is a Watford season ticket holder.

Richard Ayre

Richard has had a career in journalism spanning forty years, beginning in the early 1970s at the BBC in Belfast and going on to become the corporation’s controller of editorial policy and deputy chief executive of BBC News. He is a former member of the Ofcom Content Board and chair of its Broadcast Review Committee, and also chaired Article 19, the international freedom of expression charity. For fourteen years he was the Law Society’s freedom of information adjudicator before returning to the BBC as a member of the BBC Trust and chair of its editorial standards committee.

David Robinson
Treasurer and Senior Independent Board Member

David is Non-Executive Director and Audit and Compliance Committee Chair of Forester Life (UK), Trustee of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a member of the Beirat (Advisory Board) of Community Life GmbH (Germany) and a lay member of the Investigations Committee of the Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He is a former Governor and Audit & Risk Committee Chair of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, former Chair of the charity ‘Smalls for All’ and former Trustee of board diversity charity, ‘Changing the Chemistry’. An actuary, he was the founder and former CEO of life insurer Bright Grey (Royal London).

Cordella Bart-Stewart OBE
Board Member

Cordella has over 30 years’ experience as a solicitor and established her own general legal practice in North London in 1990. She has a strong interest in equality and human rights issues and has specialised in family and immigration law for over 25 years. She has been a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal since 2000. Formerly an independent Governor of Staffordshire University, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. She is a Chartered Manager and Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. She is a serving Director and founding member of the award winning Black Solicitors Network.

Debrah Harding
Board Member

Debrah has worked on behalf of the research sector for over 20 years. As Managing Director of the Market Research Society (MRS), Debrah leads on its standards, policy and public affairs activities, working extensively with government departments and global institutions. Debrah has a wealth of knowledge of ethical Codes, quality standards, guidelines and data protection/GDPR and their enforcement. Debrah is also Chair of the Global Business Research Network (GRBN), Vice-President of the European Research Federation (EFAMRO), a member of the BSI Standards Policy & Strategy Committee.

Shelina Janmohamed
Board Member

Shelina is an author, public speaker and newspaper columnist. She has written for publications such as The Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC and Campaign Magazine, and is a regular opinion columnist in The National UAE. She works in the advertising and branding industry and has worked with some of the world’s biggest companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle. She sits as an advisor on WPP’s Inclusion Board as well as the Inclusion Board for Ogilvy. She is a globally recognised expert on Muslim consumer trends. She has been named one of the UK’s 100 most powerful Muslim women.

David Leigh
Board Member

David was Anthony Sampson professor of reporting at City, University of London 2006-18. Until he retired from the paper in 2013, he was investigations editor at The Guardian for 13 years. In a journalism career spanning over 40 years he also worked for The Observer, The Times, The Scotsman, Granada TV, Thames TV and the Washington Post. He has won numerous journalism awards including Investigation of the Year 2015 (British Journalism Awards), Lifetime Achievement Award 2013, Global Investigative Journalism Network, and awards at the British Press Awards in 1979,1996 and 1997. His latest book is Investigative Journalism – a survival guide.

Pam Vick
Board Member

Pam is a highly regarded commercial business development and strategic consultant to Boards. She is an Ambassador for Women on Boards UK and an Advisor for of Boardroom Advisors, an organisation that provides part-Time CEOs, MDs, and NEDs internationally.Pam is a Trustee of The British Ecological Society, sits on an Advisory Board for the charity DEBRA, is a member of the Chairman’s Network, and has contributed to advertising effectiveness textbooks and articles including IPA Advertising Effectiveness Awards.

Andrea Wills
Board Member

Andrea has exceptional experience in broadcasting regulation, standard setting, and investigating serious editorial failings in the UK and Australia. She was Independent Editorial Adviser to the BBC Trust and investigated over 60 complaints about BBC content over the decade it existed. She began her career as a journalist and news editor in local radio, moved to television as an executive producer, before joining the BBC’s Editorial Policy team as its Chief Adviser. In Australia she worked for the ABC in Sydney, conducting independent reviews of broadcast content, developing editorial and media ethics standards, and training senior journalists.

Appointment Panel

The IMPRESS Appointment Panel is an independent subcommittee of the IMPRESS Board, which is responsible for appointing Board members and members of the Regulatory Committee through a fair and open process. The Panel itself was recruited through a fair and open process. It is also responsible for setting the rates of remuneration for the Chair and Board members.

Two members of the IMPRESS Board, Walter Merricks CBE and David Robinson, sit on the Appointment Panel.

Caroline Instance MCIPD
Chair of Appointment Panel

Caroline was appointed Chief Executive of Opra in 1996, after 18 years in human resources, to set up the UK’s first statutory regulator for pensions. From 2002 to 2011 she was CEO of the two UK professional bodies for actuaries. She facilitated improvement to their self-regulatory mechanisms and assisted in the merger of the bodies and development of a new Privy Council Charter. She is currently a Non Executive Director of Omnilife, a trustee of Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Chairman of Thakeham Parish Council.

Jean Gray
Appointment Panel Member

Jean is former Editorial Director at the Royal College of Nursing’s publishing company where she was responsible for the group’s 12 nursing titles and websites, as well as Nursing Standard which became the UK’s leading weekly nursing title. Jean began her career as a local newspaper journalist working on a range of weekly titles in North and East London.  She is currently a Trustee and Media Adviser with the Mary Seacole Trust, a charity that promotes the legacy of Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole to campaign for diversity and a more inclusive society, with a particular focus on inspiring young people and promoting diverse leadership in both private and public organisations.

Chris Kenny
Appointment Panel Member

Chris is the former Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board, the overarching independent regulator of the legal sector. He previously held senior posts in central government, regulation  and the private sector, and was for six years a member of the Board of Ombudsman Services. He undertook a major review of the Financial Ombudsman Service with Lord Hunt of Wirral in 2007-08. He is now Chief Executive of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and an independent member of the Board of Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul McFarlane
Appointment Panel Member

Paul is a Partner at Capsticks LLP who has 25 years’ experience advising, mainly employers in the public sector, on all aspects of employment and discrimination law. His particular specialisms include advising on: complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, advising on working time and industrial relations issues. He regularly writes on employment law issues in the national, HR and legal press. Paul is also Deputy Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA); a Board Director with Black Solicitors Network (BSN); and an External Assessor for the College of Policing.

Damian Tambini
Appointment Panel Member

Damian is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics. From 2002 to 2006 he was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on media and telecommunications policy, co-author of Codifying Cyberspace: Self-regulation of Converging Media (2008) and co-editor of Cyberdemocracy (1998) and Citizenship, Markets, and the State (2000).

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