Jonathan Heawood (Chief Executive Officer) began his career as a journalist at the Observer and went on to spend seven years as Director of English PEN, where he campaigned successfully for free speech and media freedom. He co-founded the Libel Reform Campaign, which was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award, and sat on the Ministry of Justice Working Group on Libel Reform. Jonathan has written for newspapers and magazines including the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, London Review of Books, Prospect and New Statesman, and journals including Critical Quarterly, Ethical Space, Journal of Media Law, Communications Law, Information Polity and the British Journalism Review. He has also given evidence to several Parliamentary select committees and is regularly invited to speak at conferences in the UK and internationally. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Stirling University, a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor, and a Trustee of the Stephen Spender Trust.
Ed Procter (Chief Operating Officer) is the former Chief Executive of Sport Resolutions, which over a nine-year period he established to become the premier independent arbiter of sport disputes in the United Kingdom. He is editor of the Sport Arbitration Handbook. Before that he led the delivery of legal aid in the South East in his role as Regional Director of the Legal Services Commission and was Head of Monitoring at Sport England. He is a regulatory and compliance professional who has also worked in the criminal justice system, advertising and newspaper industries. Ed played first team football for the universities of London and Bath, where he was awarded a full blue. He represented Merton schools and Wimbledon FC at youth level. He now competes in long distance running events.
Lee Hall (Business Manager & Company Secretary) spent seven years at child health charity Best Beginnings as Finance & Office Manager helping take the organisation from a two-person startup to a well-established charity. Prior to Best Beginnings, Lee was Finance & Administration Director at ethical marketing startup 3 Lotus Media. He has also previously worked as Journals Publishing Coordinator for British Psychological Society. In his spare time, Lee practises Falun Gong and works to stop the human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners in China, as well as being a board game fan(atic).
Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana (Complaints and Investigations Manager) 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.
Clara Aguirre (Communications and Engagement Manager) comes from a background in Public Policy Comms. She is an LSE gradute, where she studied an MSc in media and Communications. She also studied Political Science at the University of Salamanca (Spain). She helped start and was Communications Coordinator for a Public Policy think tank in Argentina. As a PR consultant, she worked with politically-sensitive entities. She was also a Representative at the UN Deparment of Public Information. Clara has also written for Latin American news publications like Infobae and Anfibia.
Sonia Giga (Complaints Executive) is a graduate from the University of Kent, with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a graduate from King’s College London, with a Masters in World History and Cultures. She coaches a local netball team in her spare team and tutors Maths and English on the weekend. Sonia is also an avid traveller and Ice-Hockey fan that supports the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Alexandra Ward (Business and Communications Officer) completed her undergraduate studies in English and Politics at the University of Liverpool and holds a Masters 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 foodie and enjoys travelling whenever she gets the opportunity!