Council – 2013-2015

The Institute’s Council is made up from elected Council members (below) and Officers of the Institute who sit on all Institute committees as ex-officio members.
The officers of the Institute include the President, Vice-president, Immediate Past President and Honorary Treasurer.
Details of the Institute’s elected officers may be found here.

Elected Council members:

Karen-Birch

Karen Birch – E-mail

Relevant experience

A working journalist with 12 years experience.  Karen has worked freelance shifts and contracts for local newspapers, online media and magazines.

Election address

It’s crucial to promote the character and integrity of the CIoJ (and by extension its members) while ensuring the organisation is proactive and visibly active in understanding supporting and representing the modern working journalist.  Current and future members need to be sure that someone or something is protecting their interests and the status of the profession.

Ken Brookes

Ken Brookes  – E-mail

Relevant experience

Freelance technical, travel and aviation photojournalist.  Past-President of CIoJ, Past-Chairman Freelance Division, Past-Chairman International Division,  CIoJ Copyright Representative 1975 to date.  Senior Trustee of Oak Hill and T P O’Connor Fund, Trustee of Pension Fund.  Founder-Editor of “International Journalist.”  Organiser of CIoJ 2008 Annual Conference.

Election Address:

Although I already spend much of my time on CIoJ activities, I could do an even better job and be of greater service to members as once again a full elected member of Council, which I was previously for many years.  As a former chairman of the Institute’s recruitment committee, I’d also like to see Council doing far more in support of our hardworking General Secretary’s efforts in this important area.

Mark-Croucher

Mark Croucher – E-mail

Relevant experience

Council member 2002-2006, Director of Communications, UK Independence Party, 2001-2007, Head of Media, Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group in the European Parliament 2009-2011.

Election address

At a time when the media is under pressure, we need a strong council committed to fighting both for the rights of journalists, and for the rights of the public to enjoy a free, uncensored press.  We’ve recently seen government ministers attempting to restrict investigative journalism with veiled threats concerning the implementation of Leveson and we must not let this happen.  We need to campaign, and to be clear about what we collectively stand for; a free press, but one governed by the ethical standards which form the very foundations of the Institute.

This should be a time for growth for the Institute.  The NUJ has meekly rolled over and seems – like Goebbels – content that the media should be the organ on which the government plays its music.  We have an opportunity to become a vocal and visible alternative to the supine NUJ, and we should not let it slip[ through our fingers.

Keith Lockwood – E-mail

Relevant experience

Election address

JShillumBhend

Jancie Shillum Bhend – E-mail

 Relevant experience

Acting vice chair of the CIoJ Freelance Division, member of the Professional Practices Board.

Election address

I have fifty years of experience in the magazine industry – forty five of those as a journalist, which brings a new angle of expertise to the predominately newspaper industry experience of the CIoJ members.  I tought journalism for seven years at graduate and post graduate level as a way of “giving something back” to the industry that has given me so much enjoyment – and I now have the time to use my experience for the good of the next generation of journalists.

Andy Smith  – E-mail

Relevant experience:

Editor of the Journal since 2003.  President, 2001-3.  An active member of the Institute since 1986.  Served on numerous committees and working groups.  Was the organiser of the 2001 Rochester Conference.

Election Address:

In-depth knowledge of the workings of the Institute and wide-ranging experience in journalism and PR over 25 years.  Plus – plenty of ideas for the future, as well as enthusiasm and proven dedication to the Institute.