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Our People

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

Alinda Vermeer

Chief Executive Officer

Aishat Idris

Finance and Operations Director

Pádraig Hughes

Legal Director

Sabah A

Senior Legal Officer
Laura McCartan joins Media Defence as our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Laura McCartan

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Ludilson Manuel

Finance and Administration Officer

Emmanuel Vargas

Legal and Grants Officer (Organisations)

Hannah Stoate

Training Manager

Dorothee Archambault

Development Director

Carlos Gaio

Senior Legal Officer

Obi Ofokansi

Finance and Operations Manager

Jeannette Smith

Fundraising and Communications Officer

Sophie Gougeon

Grants Officer (Individuals)

Makuta Kamara

Programme Finance and Compliance Officer

Olga Grygorovska

Legal 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.

Sarah Bull (Chair)

Partner at Wilsons Solicitors LLP

Catherine Anite

Executive Director, Freedom of Expression Hub (Uganda)

Richard Brophy

Head of Social Impact and ESG, RSA Group

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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2020

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