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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

Sabah A

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

Training Manager

Dorothee Archambault

Development Director

Carlos Gaio

Senior Legal Officer

Mimi-doo Udendeh

Finance and Compliance Officer

Obi Ofokansi

Finance and Operations Manager

Jeannette Smith

Fundraising Officer

Sophie Gougeon

Grants Officer (Individuals)

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.

Sarah Bull (Chair)

Partner at Wilsons Solicitors LLP

Catherine Anite

Executive Director, Freedom of Expression Hub (Uganda)

Richard Brophy

Social Purpose and Sustainability Senior Manager at Yorkshire Building Society

Joshua Castellino

Executive Director & Professor of Law at Minority Rights Group International

Steven Finizio

Partner at WilmerHale

Matt Francis

Assistant Director, Head of Finance (Interim) at The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Caroline Frost

Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

David Jones

Head of Transformation and Systems, Science Museum Group

Maria Teresa Ronderos

Colombian Investigative Journalist

Smita Shah

Lecturer at PPLE College, University of Amsterdam

Governance Documents

Articles of Association

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Certificate of Incorporation

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Charity Registration

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Audited Accounts

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2015

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2016

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2017

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2018

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2019

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