Will has been the Director of Full Fact since 2010, through three referendums, the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, the European Parliamentary and 2015 and 2017 general elections.
Will is a Marketing Academy scholar who appears regularly on TV, radio, and at events to discuss Full Fact's work and factchecks, as well as giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and select committee inquiries.
Before Full Fact, Will worked for the non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.
Head of Communications
Katie leads our communications team. She joined Full Fact in 2018 from human rights organisation Liberty, where she was Communications Director. She previously worked in public relations and advocacy for Girlguiding and as a newspaper reporter in the North West and London. Katie studied modern languages and journalism.
Claire joined Full Fact in 2016 and leads on work relating to Health and Social Care. In addition to factchecking work, she takes part in Full Fact's work with schools, universities and statisticians, speaking about factchecking and the work of Full Fact. She has also appeared on BBC Live Lessons talking to schools about how to spot misinformation.
External Relations Adviser
Jill joined Full Fact in 2015 to help develop our external relations. She divides her time between Full Fact and the Institute for Government, where she is Programme Director. Prior to joining IfG, Jill was Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at Defra, and has also worked in the Treasury and No. 10. She is a regular commentator on issues of effective government, appearing on the Today Programme, Start the Week, The World at One, and others.
Mike Hughes served as a statistician in the Government Statistical Service for over 35 years, holding senior appointments in a number of departments. His last post was as the Director of Policy in the Office for National Statistics.
Charlie joined Full Fact in September 2017 as Operations Manager. Before joining, she lived in Australia and worked for Committee for Sydney, a not for profit think tank. Prior to that she worked for Centre for London another charity that generates ideas to improve London.
Joël joined Full Fact in 2017. He researches and writes factchecks. He previously worked analysing the impact of the transition to Universal Credit on local authorities, and for a polling and research consultancy. He has a BA in History and an MSc in International Political Theory.
Abbas joined Full Fact in 2018. Before this, he worked as a social researcher, collecting quantitative and qualitative research to help inform policy development and evaluation for government departments and other public bodies.
Most recently he worked as research manager at Ofgem, Great Britain's energy regulator, and has also worked on projects for BIS, the Home Office and the Competition and Markets Authority. He has a BA in English and an NCTJ diploma in journalism.
Grace joined Full Fact in March 2018 from the Press Association, having previously freelanced for the Guardian Guide. She is one of team's factcheckers, and has a particular interest in checking memes and making videos.
Grace is a qualified journalist and has a Biology degree.
Esther Kersley joined Full Fact in 2019. Prior to working at Full Fact she worked in communications and research at the London School of Economics (LSE), the peace and security think tank Oxford Research Group and at anti-corruption NGO Transparency International. She has a Masters in Comparative Politics.
Tom leads our factchecking team and is responsible for ensuring that our factchecks are as accurate and fair as possible.
Tom was previously the Editorial Director of Buzzfeed UK and his experience includes Buzzfeed, Trinity Mirror’s UsVsTh3m, MSN and Metro UK.
Head of Automated Factchecking
Mevan leads our automated factchecking work. She is chair of the international Technical Standards Committee for automated factchecking. She is an adviser to the UK’s Big Lottery Fund on digital and has been adviser to both the HeroX and the Fake News Challenge automated factchecking competitions. She also ran the election and referendum crowdfunding campaigns, the latest raised over £100,000.
Mevan joined Full Fact in 2014 after working at Cancer Research in digital. She helped build Bite the Ballot where she launched Britain’s first ever National Voter Registration Day. She graduated with a Masters in Bioengineering.
Research and Impact Manager
Joe is responsible for developing new factchecking tools and products, and also supports the factchecking team editorially. He leads Full Fact's education work, teaching factchecking and critical thinking in schools and colleges, and delivers courses in data analysis to apprentices. He also leads Full Fact's consultancy work on good practice in presenting statistics and managing data, and has worked with journalists, statisticians and civil servants both in the UK and internationally. Joe joined the Full Fact team in 2011.
Front End Developer
Simon heads up front-end development for the variety of Full Fact products and tools. Simon joined Full Fact in 2018 after working at Expedia Inc and completing a Masters in Philosophy.
Ed joined Full Fact in 2017 as Technical Lead. He has technical oversight over all new automated fact-checking tools built at Full Fact. He was previously a Technical Lead at Mendeley and a Technical Architect at Elsevier. He also, somehow, has a degree in Anthropology.
David is a data scientist who joined Full Fact in 2019 to extend our automated fact-checking tools. He spent over 15 years in academia where he applied machine learning methods to a variety of tasks including biomedical text analytics; visual neuroscience; botanical image processing; and finding breaking stories on Twitter.
More recently, he worked for two tech start-ups where he developed tools to analyse millions of news articles and web sites every day. This included work on identifying people and companies; detecting 'fake news' sites; sentiment analysis; and topic recognition. He also co-organised a open challenge to detect hyperpartisan news on the web as part of SemEval 2019, which attracted over 40 teams from round the world. Outside of work he is a proud dad and occasional runner..
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Louisa joined Full Fact in 2019 and is responsible for our philanthropy fundraising. Before Full Fact, she worked as a fundraiser for a variety of charities focused on international development, social welfare, health and education.
She enjoys getting to transform great ideas into high-impact funded projects and has a Masters in Global Governance and Ethics.
Senior Policy Officer
Cassie joined Full Fact in 2018 as our Senior Policy Officer. She works on the follow-up that emerges from our individual factchecks, including correction requests and Parliamentary work, as well as driving forward our interventions into patterns of inaccurate claims.
Before joining Full Fact, Cassie worked in policy and public affairs for a blood cancer charity, having previously worked in Whitehall as a civil servant.
Jessica is Full Fact's Communications Officer. Through managing Full Fact's online channels, she focuses on growing Full Fact's audience and turning supporters into donors.
She joined Full Fact in 2018, previously having had Marketing roles in technology startups both in London and Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for a year. She also has a degree in Music.
The Board of Trustees oversees and is ultimately responsible for Full Fact.
It is and always has been a cross-party Board, with members from the three main UK-wide political parties.
The Board are not involved in the day to day operations of Full Fact, nor in editorial decisions. Those are the responsibility of the Director.
Michael is Chairman of the Anna Freud Centre, a charity dedicated to children’s emotional wellbeing, and trustee of five family charities. He is a director of a number of companies, one quoted and the others private, and was chief executive of Mayborn Group plc. He has been a Conservative Party donor. We are grateful to Michael for his past and continuing financial support.
Baroness Neuberger entered the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat Peer, but stepped onto the crossbenches shortly after being appointed senior rabbi at West London Synagogue in 2011. She is a former member of the Committee for Standards in Public Life. She is an adviser to the government on various issues and as a former Chief Executive of the King’s Fund she has extensive health experience.
Jean Seaton is the Official Historian of the BBC and Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster. She is the Director of the Orwell Prize for political writing, Events Editor of Political Quarterly and serves on several other editorial boards. She has served on various public inquiries, including on the broadcasting of Parliament.
Lord Lipsey is the deputy chair of the board. He is a non-affiliated peer and was previously a Labour Peer. He founded Straight Statistics in response to concerns about the abuse of data in public life and joined the Full Fact board when the two organisations merged. Before joining the House of Lords in 1999, he was was a journalist at the Economist, contributing the Bagehot column, as well as deputy editor of The Times and the Sunday Correspondent, and editor of New Society. He is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics.
Sharon Witherspoon is the former Director of the Nuffield Foundation, one of the UK’s largest grant making organisations. She has written and edited a number of books on social research, and in 2015 was awarded an honorary doctorate from University College London for her contributions to the field. She is a Trustee of the Supreme Court Arts Trust, and is Chair of the Department for Education’s Advisory Committee for its Evidence Based Programme Board.
Lord Sharkey is a Liberal Democrat Peer. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK before he founded his own advertising agency. He was Nick Clegg’s strategic adviser in 2007 and chair of the party’s 2010 General Election campaign, and also helped to run Margaret Thatcher’s successful 1987 election campaign.
Lord Inglewood is a Conservative Peer and has just stepped down as chair of the influential House of Lords Communications committee. He was responsible for the inquiries into the future of investigative journalism, media plurality and broadcast general election debates. He is a former Conservative MEP and Chairman of CN Group, a publisher of local newspapers across the north of England.
Simon is a Specialist Adviser (Statistics) to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee and works with a number of data science start-up companies. Prior to 2010 he spent a decade as Statistics Editor at the Financial Times, after working in the City in investment banking research. Before that, he was a civil servant in the Treasury, Central Statistical Office and the EU in Brussels. He has published several books on statistics. www.simonbriscoe.com and Twitter: @simonbriscoe
We would also like to acknowledge the vital support of two of our founding trustees who have since stepped down:
Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell QC, a Labour Peer, former Solicitor General, former Ombudsman for the Mirror Group of Newspapers and founder member of Amnesty International.
John Lloyd, founder and Journalism Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University; Contributing Editor of the Financial Times; former Editor of the New Statesman.
We are extremely grateful for the time donated to Full Fact by volunteers in all different capacities: we wouldn’t be here without them. Our volunteers donated over 4,000 hours of their time during the 2015 election, both in our election centre in King’s College London and from home.