The PPB is the part of the Institute that deals with our trade union activities. It campaigns on matters that affect the day-to-day lives of working journalists and deals with legal battles on behalf of members.


Tim Crook

Chairman, Professional Practices Board

about
Tim Crook has been a journalist and broadcaster for four decades and during that time has campaigned for freedom of expression and journalism rights in the British legal system. He’s combined his career with teaching/training journalism and broadcasting in Higher Education and is currently Reader in Media & Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. His book publications include UK Media Law Pocketbook and Comparative Media Law & Ethics.

Norman Bartlett

Board member

 

about
After service in the Royal Air Force, Norman Bartlett was employed in international marketing in the European electronics and defence fields.  He has been a full time researcher, writer and speaker on technical issues since 1971.  He is a Fellow of the Institute and served as President from 2011-13.  He was chairman of the Freelance division from 1997-2000 and was appointed Hon. Treasurer of the Institute in 2003-13.

Andrew Kelly

Board member

 

about
Andrew Kelly is an award winning journalist with 25+ years experience from trainee reporter to Board Executive of a major UK newspaper publisher – twice being awarded the Newspaper Society’s Best News Journalist of the year award.  Specialising in crime and investigative journalism. Extensive industry contacts at local and national newspaper level.

Adela Earlington

Board member

about
Adéla Earlington has worked in community, commercial and national radio, and written articles for magazines and newspapers.

She has a BA (Hons) in media and communication from Birmingham City University.

Adela continued her interests in marketing, radio, journalism and photography, before achieving a Distinction Masters in Radio from Goldsmiths, University of London.

She is the first recipient of the Jay Merriman Mukoro scholarship.

Adela has worked in production and research for a portfolio of publishers and international production companies, including the BBC. She specialises in giving a voice to others, audio storytelling and broadcast journalism.

Alistair Riddell

Board member

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Alistair recently graduated with distinction in the BJTC accredited MA Radio, at Goldsmiths. Currently freelancing for BBC Radio 4, talkRADIO, editing the Audioboom sports podcast and an Associate Lecturer in Media Law & Ethics at Goldsmiths. A background in journalism at student and community radio stations in Yorkshire led to Alistair moving to London to complete his Masters studies and begin freelancing as a radio journalist, researcher and producer.

Paul Leighton

Board member

 

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Paul Leighton trained at The Birmingham Post, then the West Midlands leading Morning paper.  After reading Politics and Economics at the University of Nottingham, he joined BBC Radio Derby as a political reporter and was the station’s Political Editor for three years. Later he wrote for the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian and was political columnist for the East Midlands ‘Trader Group’ newspapers. Paul read news for both Radios’ 4 and 2 and was a part-time instructor in the BBC Journalist Training Unit. He has since been Head of News for commercial radio stations in the northern Home Counties.

Prof. Kemal Yildirim

Board member

 

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Dr Kemal Yıldırım is a Professor in international relations and comparative politics who specialized in Middle eastern studies especially; ancient and modern mesopotamian studies which is a research area where Dr Yildirim has contributed in a large number of articles and various number of books on Mesopotamian politics, cultures and gender conflict issues.

He has also been invited for various conferences on protection of human rights and minorities and is an associate member of the Caribbean Academy of sciences in Trinidad and Tobago and European Sociological Association (ESA). Prof. Yildirim teaches at European School of Law and Governance in Kosovo and St Tomas university of east and midday in Granada – Nicaragua and is the  founder of Middle East studies center at Sastra Angor university in Cambodia.

He is currently conducting research on Human rights and refugee issues in Mediterranean region as well as violence in the media at the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute EMUI (EuroMed University).

Stuart Littleford

Board member

 

about
With more than 20 years experience in the industry, Stuart has worked both as a staff and, more recently, freelance journalist.  Starting his career in 1995 for the Builder and Engineer Magazine, his career has spanned periodical, photo and broadcast journalism; supplying material for all major news networks and many national newspapers.

Currently Stuart works as News Editor and reporter for Saddleworth News and is the current editor of Government & Public Sector Journal.