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Former Senior Guardian Editor Joins IMPRESS Team

Chris Elliott has joined the team at IMPRESS as a consultant. 

IMPRESS CEO Jonathan Heawood said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to IMPRESS and we are thrilled to have such an experienced journalist join the team.  Chris’s main responsibilities will be to assist and advise our existing and new members on self-regulation. 

“Chris is a heavyweight when it comes to ethics, media standards and press freedoms.  He has been at the forefront of high profile issues at the Guardian, where, as the former readers’ editor and managing editor, he championed for more effective and efficient working practices for both print and digital editions and negotiated a new freelance charter leading to consistent fees, rights and intellectual property terms.”

Chris Elliott said: “I am delighted to be helping IMPRESS establish simple, honest and transparent systems for dealings with readers' complaints at each of their new clients. A willingness to face up to the fact that journalists get things wrong and deal with it is crucial in a digital age where each news organisation needs to build trust with readers if it is to survive and thrive.

“That belief is at the core of the values of IMPRESS. I am very happy to be part of that.”

After 12 years on regional newspapers Chris Elliott became a reporter at the Sunday Telegraph, with stints at the Sunday Correspondent and The Times before moving to the Guardian in 1995 as a reporter and news editor. He was appointed managing editor in 2000 before becoming joint managing editor of the Observer and Guardian in 2008. In 2010 he became the Guardian readers’ editor and gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. He was also a member of the Guardian News and Media (GNM) board for three years.

In addition to his consultancy work with IMPRESS, Chris will be advising the Ethical Journalism Network and working with Concern UK, a development charity.