Mark Croucher is the new Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. He was presented with his chain of office by Past-President Norman Bartlett at a special CIoJ event at the Civil Service Club in Whitehall on February 27. In his inaugural speech, the new Vice-President said that “vigilance in defence of press freedom” would be at the top of his agenda. An experienced investigative journalist and media consultant, Mark Croucher is a former director of communications for the UK Independence Party. He joined the Institute in 2001 and has been a member of Council on two separate occasions, 2003-2007 and 2013-present. Institute members including several Past-Presidents, as well as the new VP’s two daughters, Carolynne and Elizabeth, were there to see the new VP accepting his badge of office. He was elected unopposed, as there were no other candidates,and will go on to be President in 2016 when Paul Leighton’s term of office concludes.