Appointment Panel

The IMPRESS Appointment Panel is an independent subcommittee of the IMPRESS Board, which is responsible for appointing Board members through a fair and open process. The Panel itself was recruited through a fair and open process. It is also responsible for setting the rates of remuneration for the Chair and Board members.

Two members of the IMPRESS Board, Walter Merricks CBE and David Robinson, sit on the Appointment Panel.

Appointment Panel Members

Caroline Instance MCIPD (Chair) was appointed Chief Executive of Opra in 1996, after 18 years in human resources, to set up the UK’s first statutory regulator for pensions. From 2002 to 2011 she was CEO of the two UK professional bodies for actuaries. She facilitated improvement to their self-regulatory mechanisms and assisted in the merger of the bodies and development of a new Privy Council Charter. She is currently a trustee of ShareAction.


Chris Kenny (Panel Member) is the former Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board, the overarching independent regulator of the legal sector. He previously held senior posts in central government, regulation  and the private sector, and was for six years a member of the Board of Ombudsman Services. He undertook a major review of the Financial Ombudsman Service with Lord Hunt of Wirral in 2007-08. He is now Chief Executive of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and an independent member of the Board of Sheffield Hallam University.

Tom Murdoch (Panel Member) is a lawyer at leading charity law firm Stone King LLP.  His recent work includes the registration of Wikimedia UK as a charity and contribution to debate around the potential charitable recognition of public benefit journalism. Outside work, Tom is a trustee of Zambia Orphans of AIDS.

Damian Tambini (Panel Member) is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics. From 2002 to 2006 he was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on media and telecommunications policy, co-author of Codifying Cyberspace: Self-regulation of Converging Media (2008) and co-editor of Cyberdemocracy (1998) and Citizenship, Markets, and the State (2000).

Aidan White (Panel Member) is Honorary President and Founder of the Ethical Journalism Network. He has previously worked as a journalist for newspapers including the Guardian and theBirmingham Post and Mail. He served as General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists for 24 years. In that time, he helped create the world’s largest organisation of journalists, with members in 126 countries.