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Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive
Kirsty is a strategic and innovative leader whose career has focused on international current affairs and policy. She has written and published extensively across a range of leading international outlets, as a journalist and as a policy analyst and researcher. Her writing ranges from books and policy papers to news analysis and blogs covering a number of key international political issues and developments including an indepth focus on Europe and South Asia. She has worked for a range of organisations including think tanks, NGOs and international organisations, including in senior roles at Chatham House, Centre for European Policy Studies, Oxfam GB and the European Commission.
She is available to comment on the key threats to free expression that we face today. Contact email@example.com
David Sewell, Finance Manager
David had 20 years of experience of finance management in retail before joining Index in 2009. He is a highly experienced and talented finance professional. He leads Index’s financial reporting, budget management and ensures sound governance according to charities laws and guidelines. He has also taken on the role of HR director and is responsible for office management.
Fiona Bradley, Executive Assistant
Fiona is PA to the CEO at Index on Censorship. As well as assisting in the day-to-day running of the office, Fiona worked with the Events Manager to produce Index’s Freedom of Expression Awards 2013 and is currently leading on a variety of youth projects. Prior to joining Index, Fiona has worked in different media, publishing and arts organisations. If you have any general enquiries or need to get in touch with the CEO please email Fiona.
Amara Clark, Senior Development Manager
David Heinemann, Events Manager
David joined Index in 2013 to lead the event programme. Previously, he has worked in community development, social innovation and service design for organisations including The Young Foundation, The Challenge Network and Compass. He also has a background in Theatre, having directed and produced international work and new writing for venues around the UK. David studied English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
Rachael Jolley, Editor, Index on Censorship Magazine
Rachael Jolley is the editor of Index on Censorship magazine. Having started as a news reporter on a local newspaper, she moved on to writing for magazines, newspapers and websites in the UK and internationally (including The Times, the Financial Times and The Guardian). She has been editorial director at think tank British Future, managing editor for monthly magazine Business Traveller, and editor of Business Traveller Middle East, and commissioning editor (online) for the Fabian Society. She also launched the quarterly magazine Public Health Today.
Sean Gallagher, Editor, Online and News
Sean was the Managing Editor Online at the Los Angeles Times and an early producer at The New York Times among other leading media outlets. He has expertise in web development, international editorial and social media. Sean leads Index’s international news and reporting team in addition to contributing to coverage. He studied at Fordham University in New York.
Padraig Reidy, Senior Writer
Padraig is a journalist reporting on freedom of expression news, issues, politics and policy from around the world – ranging from popular blog posts to in-depth features and interviews. He has a substantial social media following and is a frequent commentator on broadcast and print media. Previously, he was deputy editor of New Humanist magazine, and he has also worked for the Guardian.
Milana Knezevic, Editorial Assistant
Milana reports on freedom of expression for Index on Censorship. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Norway before moving to the UK to study Politics and International Relations at the University of York. She speaks Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Norwegian fluently, and understands Danish and Swedish. Before joining the editorial team, she worked as an advocacy intern at Index. She has prior experience working for and contributing to Norwegian and British national and regional newspapers, and is an award-winning student newspaper editor.
Alice, a recent journalism graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, has joined Index as an editorial intern. During her time at university she worked as a multimedia journalist before specialising in print and online. In her final year of studies she was promoted to website editor for the student-run online news publication, as well as enjoying work placements at local and national newspapers.
Andrei Aliaksandrau, Belarus and OSCE Programme Officer
Andrei is the editor of the Civic Solidarity Platform and co-ordinates Index’s Belarus advocacy project.
Melody Patry, Advocacy Officer
Melody is advocacy officer at Index on Censorship. Melody provides research and analysis for Index’s policy formulation and works in building relationships with stakeholders to support our domestic and international programmes. Previously she worked as a political adviser for the European External Action Service and most recently, as writer and videographer supporting human rights NGOs in Egypt.
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