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Media Defence is managed by a professional secretariat based in London.

Alinda Vermeer

Acting CEO
(Maternity Cover)

Lucy Freeman

Chief Executive Officer
(Maternity Leave)

Aishat Idris

Finance and Operations Director

Pádraig Hughes

Legal Director

Saba Ashraf

Senior Legal Officer

Naz K

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Ludilson Manuel

Finance and Administration Officer

Joanna Connolly

Legal Officer

Emmanuel Vargas

Legal and Grants Officer (Organisations)

Hannah Stoate

Project Coordinator
Digital Rights Advocates

Dorothee Archambault

Development Director

Jasmine Nehme

Communications Officer

Carlos Gaio

Senior Legal Officer

Mimi-doo Udendeh

Finance and Compliance Officer

Obi Ofokansi

Finance and Operations Manager

Jeannette Smith

Fundraising Officer

The trustees believe Board diversity is an imperative. They believe gender parity is a priority, alongside ethnic and geographic diversity, as well as the lived experiences of Board members, with regard to the issues that Media Defence seeks to tackle. The Board pledges to take the necessary measures to achieve this, and to support diverse participation.

Richard Brophy

Head of Social Purpose and Sustainability at Yorkshire Building Society

Sarah Bull

Partner at Wilsons Solicitors LLP

Joshua Castellino

Executive Director of Minority Rights Group

Steven Finizio

Partner at WilmerHale LLP

Matt Francis

Chartered Accountant

Caroline Frost

Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

Bob Jobbins

Chair

David Jones

Finance Transformation Lead, Science Museum Group

Smita Shah

Human Rights Barrister, Teacher at PPLE College

American Friends of MLDI

Aryeh Neier

President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations

Victor A. Kovner

Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dave Heller

Deputy Director, Media Law Resource Center

Adam Michnik

Floyd Abrams

Geoffrey Robertson QC

Hina Jilani

Jon Snow

José Zalaquett

Margaret Sekaggya

Param Cumaraswamy

Paul Collier

Soli Sorabjee

Yuen-Ying Chan

Mark Ellis

Wilf Mbanga

Governance Documents

Articles of Association

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Certificate of Incorporation

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Charity Registration

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Audited Accounts

Media Defence Audited Accounts
2012

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2013

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2014

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2015

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2016

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2017

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2018

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Media Defence Audited Accounts
2019

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