Board members

In common with all charities, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exists to help create a better society. The trustees of the NCTJ, our directors, take their responsibilities very seriously and their commitment and energy make a direct difference to journalism training and qualifications and everyone the charity helps. They have the ultimate responsibility for running the charity and exercising all the powers of the NCTJ, and in particular, for its property, finances, strategy and accountability.

The directors bring a range of skills, experience and knowledge to the NCTJ and represent the different stakeholders involved in the charity’s work. To be effective, the NCTJ aims to attract a range of people with a mix of skills. The board is diverse, with people who have a real understanding of the needs of professional journalists and others with good financial, business and management experience.

New directors are recommended and appointed by the existing directors. The chairman and chief executive are responsible for the induction and training of new trustees. The number of directors is not subject to any maximum but is not less than three. To help achieve good governance, a director's term of office is for an initial three-year period, renewable for a further three years, and, in exceptional circumstances, another three years; a total nine-year maximum term.

Kim Fletcher
Kim Fletcher
Chairman
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Kim Fletcher was appointed to the board of the NCTJ in June 2004 and is its current chairman.

He is a partner at the international, corporate communications firm Brunswick. He was previously editorial director of Telegraph Group Ltd, publisher of The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, and telegraph.co.uk. Kim read law at Hertford College, Oxford, before joining The Star, Sheffield, which sponsored him on the postgraduate journalism course at University College, Cardiff. He left Sheffield – having gained his NCTJ proficiency certificate – to freelance on Fleet Street, before joining the staff of The Sunday Times.

In 1998, after four years as deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, he was appointed editor of The Independent on Sunday. In 25 years on Fleet Street, Kim has written for most national newspapers as a news reporter, sports columnist or feature writer. Kim is editor of the quarterly publication British Journalism Review and author of The Journalist’s Handbook, published by Macmillan.

Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Vice chairman
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Laura Adams has been editorial director for Archant London since April 2013. Prior to this, she was digital editorial director for Archant London newspapers and London24.

After joining Archant in 2008 as deputy editor of Ham & High, Laura became editor of the Barking and Dagenham Post in 2010.

Laura trained as a journalist at Cardiff School of Journalism and her first job in 2002 was trainee reporter at the Rhondda Leader then a reporter/office number two at the Pontypridd Observer – both part of Western Mail and Echo newspaper group.

In 2005, Laura took a job as deputy news editor for Essex Chronicle and was promoted to news editor in 2006.

Gavin Allen
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Gavin became Controller, Daily News Programmes in October 2014. He has worked in many different areas of BBC News and has been deputy editor of the Today programme, editor of The Politics Show, executive editor of Question Time, editor of political newsgathering at Millbank, and News Editor.

Gavin is married with two children and lives in London.

Abu Bundu Kamara
Abu Bundu Kamara
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Abu Bundu-Kamara is a senior HR executive with more than 15 years’ experience in business and human resource management.

Abu joined Pearson in March 2003. As director of diversity and inclusion he leads the strategic development and implementation of the organisation’s diversity and inclusion strategy for the EMEA and APAC regions. He is responsible for the strategic direction Pearson takes with regards to its commitment to diversity and inclusion; broadly focusing on recruitment, engagement, inclusive leadership and embedding diversity and inclusion into how Pearson runs its business and thinks about its people, advising lines of business on equality and HR related matters, as well as communicating all diversity and inclusion plans effectively.

Abu has previously worked for Ryman's, Enron and The Canary Wharf Management Group.

Joanne Butcher
Joanne Butcher
Chief executive
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Joanne Butcher joined the NCTJ in June 2003 as chief executive. Joanne began her career in the regional press after graduating from the University of Exeter in 1987 with an honours degree in history. She joined the Newspaper Society’s marketing department and then moved into training, as senior training officer and then training manager.

She completed postgraduate qualifications in human resource management before joining the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) in 1995. Joanne was director of the Periodicals Training Council (PTC) for five years.

For two years she combined her role at the PTC with her work to set up the Publishing National Training Organisation, and later became chief executive of the organisation.

Joanne is a frequent guest lecturer, presenter and awards judge on publishing media training and development issues for universities and colleges, and industry conferences and awards. Joanne is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. She promotes the Investors in People Standard and has campaigned to improve work experience placements in publishing. Joanne was nominated to attend the 2001 and 2002 Women of the Year Awards.

Andy Cairns
Andy Cairns
Board member and trustee
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Andy Cairns is executive editor at Sky Sports News and has worked for the 24-hour sports news channel for the last 18 years.

He oversees a team of 150 journalists working on TV and online, and also has experience of leading a team of radio journalists. An NCTJ alumnus, Andy started his career on local newspapers in Surrey and South London before joining BBC East and then BBC News as a producer. He moved to Sky News, where he worked as a reporter, presenter and sports editor, before launching Sky Sports News in 1998.

Andy has been a member of the NCTJ accreditation board since its inaugural meeting in September 2010 and became chairman of the board in 2016.

Chris Dunham
Chris Dunham
Company secretary
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Chris joined the NCTJ in April 2008. He is the head of finance and IT as well as the company secretary.

He began his career in banking, working for 25 years at Nat West/Royal Bank of Scotland. He spent many years in general banking and then specialised in financial banking management. Before joining the NCTJ, Chris worked for Rainer, a national charity for under-supported young people, as regional finance manager and systems accountant.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and finance management.

Donald Martin
Donald Martin
Board member and trustee
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Donald Martin is head of publishing for consumer entertainment at DC Thomson.

He was previously editor-in-chief of DC Thomson Newspapers, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Evening Times, editor of the Evening Times and editor of the Evening Express in Aberdeen, a post he held for eight years. Before joining the Evening Express, Donald had been editor of the North West Evening Mail, deputy editor of the Cambridge Evening News, chief sub and production editor at the Reading Evening Post and group editor at Thames Valley Free Newspapers.

He won his first editorship at the age of 24, at the free weekly Edinburgh and Lothians Post.

Roz McKenzie
Roz McKenzie
Board member and trustee
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Roz McKenzie is course leader at UCFB, Wembley. 

An NCTJ alumna, Roz began her journalism career in 1997 as a features editor and news reporter for the National News Press Agency. She was a features reporter for the News of the World before moving into freelance work as a reviewer for the News of the World, and journalist for Mail on Sunday, daily nationals, women's magazines, Channel 5 news, Exclusive Press and PR.

Roz began teaching journalism at Lambeth College in 2005. She continued to combine freelance journalism work with running the journalism programme at Lambeth College before moving to UCFB in 2016.

Roz is a member of the trailblazer apprenticeship working group and a former member of the NCTJ accreditation board.

Alison Moore
Alison Moore
Board member and trustee
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Alison Moore is director of finance and company secretary at NLA media access. The company is owned by newspaper groups and is responsible for licensing the reproduction of newspaper content.

The company is a strong supporter of the Journalism Diversity Fund, helping to set it up in 2005, and continuing to support the on-going development and financing of the fund.

Before joining NLA media access, Alison, a chartered accountant, spent 15 years in accountancy practice – latterly with the top 10 firm Baker Tilly – where she worked in corporate finance, corporate compliance and practice management.

Colm Murphy
Colm Murphy
Director and trustee
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Colm Murphy began his journalism career in 1990 as a reporter then business editor on The Sunday Tribune. After this he was senior editor of Emerging Markets Data, followed by senior reporter on The Sunday Times. He continues to work as an investigative documentary scriptwriter for RTE Factual.

Colm joined the University of Ulster in 2004 as director of the NCTJ-accredited journalism MA course. He became subject leader in 2008 and head of school in 2010. His teaching and research disciplines include media economics, media law, news writing, interactive news production and freedom of information. He has updated the chapter on Northern Ireland law in the 22nd edition of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists.

John Ryley
John Ryley
Director and trustee
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Since joining Sky News in 1995, John Ryley has been at the heart of Sky News’ success and transformation into a world-class news organisation.

In 2009 he launched a campaign for leaders' debates which have transformed the nature of the election campaign, raising voters' interest and heightening political engagement. It led to a call by CBS anchor Dan Rather for his knighthood "for getting these debates on the air because for the first time the British public gets to see the three candidates, no filter, right in front of themselves for three good sessions." John has begun a campaign for cameras in court.

During his time at Sky News, John has pioneered innovative, live coverage of breaking news and news events for the award-winning channel. Credits include Sky News’ extensive live coverage of the Louise Woodward case in 1997, which secured the channel’s biggest audience yet. He produced Sky’s RTS award-winning coverage of the Princess of Wales’s funeral and as executive editor took a leading role in Sky’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks, for which the channel won its first BAFTA award.

In August 2002, John was responsible for devoting the channel’s output to coverage of the Soham murders, for which it won a second BAFTA award and an RTS award. John began his career in television news as a graduate news trainee at the BBC, followed by a stint on the BBC Nine O’clock News.

He joined ITN in 1990 and went on to become assistant programme editor on News at Ten and edited all ITV’s news shows. John was educated at Durham University and the Wharton School of Management.

Russell Whitehair
Russell Whitehair
Director and trustee
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Russell Whitehair joined the NCTJ board in 2010. He is a law graduate from the London School of Economics and began his career at a law firm in London before joining Newspaper Representations, a newspaper advertising sales and marketing company.

Russell has been influential in establishing a preferred single training route for journalists through NCTJ in local newspapers. He was also president of the Newspaper Society in 2007/08. In addition, Russell set up a contract publishing business and is currently deputy chairman and solicitor at Mediaforce Group.