Meet the team

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden.

Everyone at the NCTJ is passionate about high standards of journalism, and is committed to the organisation’s values. We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

Find out more about us below, including contact details and information on who to contact for which subjects. For general enquiries, please email info@nctj.com.

Nikki Akinola

Senior diversity and inclusion co-ordinator

Nikki Akinola

Senior diversity and inclusion co-ordinator

Before joining the NCTJ, Nikki worked at Reed Learning as a learning and development coordinator for eight years.

She has extensive knowledge of training delivery and adult learning and has worked in the industry for 15 years in various sectors including sales, construction and business skills.

Nikki is responsible for the administration of the Journalism Diversity Fund and supports the NCTJ’s wider work in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Phone: 01799 544942

E-mail: nikki.akinola@nctj.com

Christina Borg

Journalism Skills Academy manager

Christina Borg

Journalism Skills Academy manager

Christina joined the NCTJ in June 2021 and is responsible for managing all the training courses, content and resources for the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy.

Christina has extensive experience in the learning and development field, both in education institutions and corporate companies. Previously, Christina gained an MSc in strength and conditioning, and travelled around the world teaching and coaching sports science based courses.

Phone: 01799 544940
Email
christina.borg@nctj.com

Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher

Chief executive

Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher

Chief executive

Joanne is our chief executive who has led the charity through radical change, notably to its qualifications, accreditation scheme, training provision, careers service and governance. She has extended and strengthened the organisation’s role and influence across the media and has developed the NCTJ’s charitable activities and impact, notably the Journalism Diversity Fund, the Community News Project and its research programme.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in history, Joanne began her career in marketing and moved into her first training role at the Newspaper Society. She then worked at the Professional Publishers Association as director of the Periodicals Training Council. Before joining the NCTJ, Joanne was chief executive of the Publishing National Training Organisation.

Email: joanne.butcher@nctj.com

Chris Dunham

Chris Dunham

Head of finance and IT

Chris Dunham

Chris Dunham

Head of finance and IT

Chris joined the NCTJ in April 2008 as head of finance and IT. He began his career in banking, working for 25 years at NatWest/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.

Phone: 01799 544934
Email: chris.dunham@nctj.com

Kathryn Fladgate

Project manager

Kathryn Fladgate

Project manager

With a degree in media and over 10 years’ experience within the media industry, Kathryn joined NCTJ in March 2019 and is responsible for managing special projects within the NCTJ, including the Community News Project.

Before joining the NCTJ, Kathryn worked at the University of Cambridge and NBCUniversal.

Phone: 01799 544933

E-mail: kathryn.fladgate@nctj.com

Will Gore

Will Gore

Head of partnerships and projects

Will Gore

Will Gore

Head of partnerships and projects

Having worked in the media sector for nearly two decades, Will joined the NCTJ in June 2019, with particular responsibility for the oversight of partnerships and projects. He worked for ESI Media between 2011 and 2019, first as deputy managing editor across the group’s Independent and Evening Standard titles, then as executive editor for The Independent. He began his career in 2000 as a complaints officer at the Press Complaints Commission, subsequently becoming assistant director, then director of external & public affairs. Before that he studied modern history at the University of Oxford.

Phone: 01799 544930

E-mail: will.gore@nctj.com

Lyn Jones

Lyn Jones

Head of qualifications

Lyn Jones

Lyn Jones

Head of qualifications

Lyn joined the NCTJ in November 2004 and is responsible for implementing our qualifications strategy, standards, and developing new qualifications to reflect the evolving skills required of journalists.

Lyn is also responsible for regulation and compliance with Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA general conditions. She manages the Journalism Qualifications Board, co-ordinates the work of our subject exam boards and oversees the implementation of quality assurance procedures and standards in relation to all qualifications. Lyn previously worked for an educational publisher and has managed a professional management training centre.

Phone: 01799 544939
Email: lyn.jones@nctj.com

Sarah Rix

Head of marketing and communications

Sarah Rix

Head of marketing and communications

Sarah joined the NCTJ in June 2017 and is responsible for the NCTJ’s marketing and communications.

Since joining the charity as marketing and communications executive, Sarah became manager in 2019 before joining the senior management team in 2021.

Sarah particularly enjoys working on schemes such as the Community News Project and Journalism Diversity Fund, and is passionate about encouraging people from all walks of life into journalism careers.

Sarah has a first-class degree in publishing, journalism and media. Before joining the NCTJ, Sarah worked for an independent magazine publisher and events organiser.

Phone: 01799 544947

E-mail: sarah.rix@nctj.com

Rachel Manby

Head of awarding

Rachel Manby

Head of awarding

Rachel joined the NCTJ in March 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the work of the NCTJ exams team, led by our assessment manager, and chief examiners to ensure the efficient administration and delivery of all NCTJ assessments.

Rachel is the chief point of contact for our awarding organisation regulators and is responsible for the NCTJ’s overall compliance with the recognition conditions regarding our qualifications, standards, public confidence and accessibility. She oversees the recruitment and training of NCTJ examiners/assessors, the monitoring of NCTJ-accredited centres, investigating and reporting on incidents of malpractice/maladministration, and ensuring high levels of quality assurance and standards, including particular needs and equal opportunities.

Rachel previously worked at a speech and drama awarding organisation in London as qualifications manager.

Phone: 01799 544935

E-mail: rachel.manby@nctj.com

Alison Puttock

Assessment manager

Alison Puttock

Assessment manager

Alison joined the NCTJ in May 2016 after relocating from West Sussex, where she worked as a finance administrator. Before this Alison’s career background was in childcare.

Alison is responsible for the Diploma in Journalism exam papers, marking and results, certification and aggregate results in addition to maladministration and appeals.

Phone: 01799 544938

E-mail: alison.puttock@nctj.com

Emma Robinson

Accreditation manager

Emma Robinson

Accreditation manager

Emma joined the NCTJ in April 2018 as accreditation manager. She is responsible for organising the accreditation system and liaising with centres, editors and students on all accreditation matters.

Before joining the NCTJ, Emma was a senior journalist at Newsquest Essex, having worked in a variety of different roles and newspapers at the company over six years. Emma studied on the NCTJ-accredited postgraduate diploma in print journalism at the University of Sheffield in 2011 and went on to complete the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), receiving two awards for her news interview and media law.

Phone: 01799 544944

E-mail: emma.robinson@nctj.com

Ellen Sanderson

Assessment co-ordinator

Ellen Sanderson

Assessment co-ordinator

Ellen joined the NCTJ in July 2021 and is responsible for co-ordinating the National Qualification in Journalism, shorthand and overseeing the Certificate in Foundation Journalism qualification.

She has a degree in forensic science from the University of Lincoln and in her spare time volunteers with an organisation called Girls Against, who help educate people across the country on misogyny and inclusivity.

Phone: 01799 544943

Email: ellen.sanderson@nctj.com

Andy Summers

Senior co-ordinator/developer

Andy Summers

Senior co-ordinator/developer

Andy has been working for the NCTJ since August 2015. A qualified archaeologist, in 2006 he gave up a career digging muddy trenches to travel extensively, before settling into a long-term role within the foreign exchange industry. Prior to the NCTJ, Andy worked for the University of Cambridge as an examinations administrator.

 

Andy is responsible for the development of e-learning content on the Journalism Skills Academy, the administration of apprenticeships and supports internal projects.

Phone: 01799 544941

Email: andy.summers@nctj.com

Sophie Talbot

Finance officer and administrator

Sophie Talbot

Finance officer and administrator

Sophie joined the NCTJ in June 2021 and is responsible for supporting the head of finance.

Previously she has worked in the charity sector, at the Children’s Society and Emerging Markets, and while living abroad in Poland she worked as a copy editor for a bilingual property magazine. She also studied economics and politics at Bath University.

Phone: 01799 544936

Emailsophie.talbot@nctj.com

Subject Staff member Contact
Careers advice All staff 01799 544014
Community News Project Kathryn Fladgate 01799544933
Diploma in Journalism Alison Puttock 01799544938
Exam bookings, e-portfolio, national exams Hannah Salvidge 01799544932
Exam schedule, approved exam centres, appeals, suspected malpractice and maladministration Rachel Manby 01799 544935
Finance, accounts payable and IT Chris Dunham 01799 544934
Journalism Diversity Fund, reasonable adjustments, equality, diversity and inclusion Nikki Akinola 01799 544942
Journalism Skills Academy, distance learning, corporate training, skills training Christina Borg 01799 544940
Marketing and communications, press enquiries Sarah Rix 01799 544947
National Qualification in Journalism, Certificate in Foundation Journalism assessments, shorthand Ellen Sanderson 01799 544943
Partnerships and projects Will Gore 01799 544930
Qualifications, syllabus Lyn Jones 01799 544939

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