Staff

Ed Procter (Chief Executive Officer) 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.

 

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 (Head of Regulation) 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 is currently studying LLM Media and Entertainment Law at De Montfort University. She coaches a local netball team in her spare time and is an avid traveller and ice-hockey fan that supports the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alexandra Ward (Business and Communications Executive) 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 enjoys travelling whenever she gets the opportunity.

 

Jonathan Heawood: on secondment to the Public Interest News Foundation.