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 the universal human right to freedom of expression. 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. He has also given evidence to several Parliamentary select committees.
Jonathan has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, London Review of Books, Prospect and New Statesman, and has contributed articles to academic journals including Critical Quarterly, Ethical Space, the Journal of Media Law and Communications Law. In 2011, Jonathan was included in the Guardian’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world of publishing. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, a member of the Committee of the Stephen Spender Trust and Vice-Chair of Governors at a federation of primary schools in West London.
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).
Laura Brown (Policy and Regulatory Manager) previously worked for the Advertising Standards Authority, initially as an Investigations Executive and later as a Copy Advice Executive for the Committee of Advertising Practice. During this time, she also completed a secondment as a Standards Executive at Ofcom. Prior to this she spent several years investigating public liability claims in both the private and the public sector. In her spare time Laura enjoys travel, cookery and reading.
Konsta Saastamoinen (Business Development Executive) has previously worked in the data privacy and fitness industries. Born in Finland, he has lived abroad for over 18 years in the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands. Konsta is trilingual, one of five brothers, and has an avid interest in the outdoors.
Sonia Giga (Office Administrator) 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.