Vacancy | Chair of the Board

£32,000 per annum for 4-6 days per month | London and remote

Effective, accurate journalism has never been more important to society. The move from print to online journalism has created opportunities for a more diverse media with new platforms, ownership and funding models. But it is under more pressure than ever – from technological changes, the economics of publishing, the challenge of new unverified sources of news and opinion, and from political interests.  It can only fully embrace new opportunities and withstand these pressures, if it has a secure framework within which to operate, and the confidence of the public.

IMPRESS is the independent press regulator set up following the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It works on behalf of the public to raise the standards of print and digital news reporting and content in the UK and to ensure quality, independent journalism flourishes in a digital age. We support news providers to develop and professionalise their internal governance and complaints management processes, so that they are accountable to their readers and can build trust with them. We provide guidance and resources for publishers to strengthen their editorial decision-making and content quality. We are funded by member subscription fees and a long term funding agreement with the Independent Press Regulation Trust (IPRT).

We are seeking a new Chair to lead our Board and work with our CEO to deliver a new phase of expansion and impact. This is a pivotal moment in time for us. The next chapter for IMPRESS is about tackling complex topics such as media literacy, and focusing on public understanding of ethical standards and rights of redress. As we maintain our approved regulator status over the next decade, we will be growing and consolidating our membership and further developing our fundraising capabilities.  

This is a visible and influential strategic leadership appointment in which you will hold responsibility for our strategic direction and governance. You will be a capable ambassador for IMPRESS, confident on a public platform. You will engage with a wide range of influential stakeholders across regulatory, commercial and media spheres and exceptional alliance-building skills are essential. We are seeking an individual with stature and an outstanding personal record of achievement. Unimpeachable integrity is a must and you will already be trusted across different communities for your objectivity, balance and judgement.

To find out more about the appointment and to apply please visit:   https://starfishsearch.com/jobs/impress-chair/

Closing date is Monday 29th November 2021.