The Full Fact team
The management, staff and Board of Trustees that make up Full Fact
Will Moy is Chief Executive of Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity which has pioneered automated fact checking. He has led Full Fact since work began in 2008.
He gave the Royal Statistical Society’s Beveridge Lecture Other Truths Are Available in 2018, co-authored The State of Automated Factchecking with Mevan Babakar in 2016, and regularly appears in the media and at events to discuss Full Fact's work.
Will has served on advisory groups for the ESRC, Ofcom, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Treasury, and regularly gives evidence to select committees and other inquiries. He has advised the ONS on a communications review and he was a Marketing Academy Scholar in 2018. He volunteers as a trainer on the NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning for charities.
Before Full Fact, Will worked in the House of Lords for non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety. He previously worked briefly in tech.
Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer
Mevan is responsible for Full Fact’s operations. Previously, Mevan was the founding head of Full Fact’s automated fact checking team, which went on to win the Google AI for Social Good Impact Challenge.
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.
Head of Automated Fact Checking
Andy leads our automated fact checking team and is focused on ensuring our automated fact checking technology is developing in line with the needs of fact checkers around the world. Andy was previously the Chief Publishing Officer of the Office for National Statistics and prior to that spent a decade working in product and technology roles at the BBC.
Head of Communications
Ross leads our communications team, overseeing Full Fact’s brand, profile and impact.
Before joining Full Fact in 2019, Ross managed press, campaigns, digital strategy and brand for organisations including the Behavioural Insights Team and New Economics Foundation.
Head of Fundraising
Louisa joined Full Fact in 2019 and leads our fundraising team, supporting individuals and charitable trusts to join the fight against bad information. Before Full Fact, she worked as a fundraiser for a variety of charities focused on international development, homelessness, health, and education.
Steve leads Full Fact’s editorial team and oversees our day-to-day fact checking work. Prior to joining Full Fact in 2021, he was news and investigations editor at the UK’s biggest consumer website, MoneySavingExpert.com – and before that he was a health journalist, working first as a reporter and then eventually editor of the GP magazine Pulse.
Head of Policy and Advocacy
Glen leads our policy and advocacy team and is responsible for securing changes from those in governments, parliaments, the media, internet companies and beyond that influence people’s exposure to bad information and its harms.
Glen is a non-profit leader with over 25 years’ experience in advocacy, campaigning, policy, communications and digital for charities and international development, human rights and environmental NGOs.
Glen previously headed advocacy globally for the INGOs CARE International and Action Against Hunger and he was Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns Director for Bond, the UK network of international NGOs.
A co-founder of Make Poverty History, one of the biggest campaigns Britain has seen, Glen has led many coalitions and campaigns in the UK and internationally that have combined lobbying and citizen action to win change on social justice causes.
Glen joined the Full Fact team in 2020 from Thomson Reuters Foundation where he was director of a global service supporting NGOs and their advocacy.
Pippa joined Full Fact as a journalist in January 2020 from her position as senior reporter at Schools Week.
She has previously worked for the Wimbledon Guardian and The Wharf and freelanced at Mirror Online.
Phoebe joined Full Fact in October 2019 to work with the international fact checking community on training and research projects. Before that she worked at Avaaz and First Draft, as a researcher and project manager on anti-disinformation advocacy and training campaigns. She was previously Head of Communications and Impact here at Full Fact.
Leo joined Full Fact in January 2020. For 15 years, he worked freelance as a feature writer for the Guardian, Prospect, the New Scientist and others, making maps of immigration, explaining citizens’ assemblies and debunking superfoods. He has a fondness for science and statistics. He also writes novels.
Thom joined Full Fact in September 2020 to help develop our community work as we establish ways to engage directly with those most impacted by misinformation. Thom manages the fact check requests that come into our WhatsApp service and via the Full Fact website.
Thom brings experience from working as a community organiser in the USA and UK, most recently setting up a Community Interest Company to provide support for international NGOs, academics and community groups using skateboarding as a tool for social development.
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.
David joined Full Fact in 2019 as a data scientist specialising in natural language processing. He helps bring AI into Full Fact's tools to better support fact checkers and other colleagues. David has previously worked in academia and for tech startups, where he developed tools to analyse news articles and other text.
Policy and Impact Manager
Bethan joined Full Fact in August 2021 and leads on follow ups on our fact checks, such as pressing for corrections to false and misleading claims, as well as other interventions to address inaccurate statements and problems of bad information online. She trained as a broadcast journalist and spent eight years working in TV production before joining Full Fact. She has worked on a range of factual TV programmes including Watchdog and Dispatches, as well as several documentaries on various subjects.
Daniella de Block Golding
Daniella joined Full Fact in February 2021 and is our Health Fellow. She is a medical doctor and prior to joining Full Fact was working in hospital and GP settings. She was a 2018/19 Churchill Fellow and has undertaken research in lived experiences of HIV, and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) roll out. She has a particular interest in community medicine, sexual health and communication in healthcare.
Supporter Communications Manager
Jessica leads on creating and implementing a supporter-centric communications plan, helping Full Fact build a loyal supporter base and strong financial foundations.
Prior to joining Full Fact in 2018, she had marketing roles in technology startups both in London and Melbourne, Australia.
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.
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.
Alex joined Full Fact at the beginning of 2020 to work with the automated fact-checking team in a Data Science role. Alex previously worked in the finance sector for both established corporations and fintech start-ups, before moving into the Defence industry where he worked on AI research projects for the Ministry of Defence.
Andy joined Full Fact in 2019 as a web developer. Prior to joining, he worked in international aid transparency. He’s a keen open source contributor, and has a background in computer science and machine learning.
People Operations Manager
Gill joined in March 2020 and is Full Fact’s People Operations Manager. She works with the Management Team and wider Operations Team to develop our people strategy and HR processes.
Gill has a background in the music industry, converting to a career in HR in 2012. She joins us from Kobalt Music Group where she was one of the HR Business Partners supporting the creative, recording and rights admin teams.
Claire joined Full Fact in 2016 and leads on work relating to Health and Social Care. In addition to fact checking work, she takes part in Full Fact's work with schools, universities and statisticians, speaking about fact checking and the work of Full Fact. She has also appeared on BBC Live Lessons talking to schools about how to spot misinformation.
Emerald joined Full Fact in April 2019. As Design Lead she has been tasked with evolving the Full Fact brand, and using design to further the impact of the work of a cross-functional team.
Prior to this, she has specialised in helping clients, agencies or in-house teams turn tricksy design problems into eye-catching and successfully developed products. If she’s researching, experimenting or designing, she’s happy.
Rebecca joined Full Fact as a Philanthropy Officer in September 2020. As part of the fundraising team she is responsible for inspiring people to see how their support can reshape public debate for the better.
Prior to this, she worked in the Development teams at the National Theatre and The Royal College of Music.
Tom joined Full Fact as a journalist in February 2021 from his position as finance correspondent at the Health Service Journal.
He previously worked for the Nottingham Post as its health correspondent. He also worked as an Investigations Executive for the UK advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Authority.
Special Projects Editor
Joe is responsible for developing new fact checking tools and products, and also supports the fact checking team editorially. He leads Full Fact's education work, teaching fact checking 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.
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.
Social Media Officer
James joined the team in 2020 to work on Full Fact's social media channels. He comes from a broadcasting background having worked for talkRADIO and talkSPORT. He is also a qualified journalist.
Online Fact Checking Lead
Grace joined Full Fact in March 2018 from the Press Association. She's in charge of our work on the Third Party Fact Checking programme with Facebook and is particularly interested in debunking rumours spreading on social media.
She is a qualified journalist and has a Biology degree.
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.
Sarah previously worked for HuffPost UK, and before that worked in local newsrooms including the Bristol Post, the Essex Echo and the Thurrock Independent.
Stephanie joined the team in September 2020 to help raise the vital funds Full Fact needs to counter the harm caused by bad information.
Prior to this, she held fundraising roles in an arts organisation and a medical charity, where she worked closely with grant-making trusts and foundations.
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 Chief Executive.
Michael Samuel MBE
Michael is Chair and Co-Founder of Full Fact. He also chairs the Anna Freud Centre and Civic, as well as being a Trustee of Helpforce and five family charities. As a businessman, he built up Mayborn Group and now chairs Muddy Puddles and Murex Energy, as well as serving as director of a number of other companies. He has been a Conservative Party donor. We are grateful to Michael for his past and continuing financial support.
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.
Anna Cook is a partner at Bristows LLP, where she specialises in commercial law, information technology, copyright and dispute resolution. She is also a Fellow of the Society for Computers and Law and a member of its Advisory Board, after serving as a Trustee of the SCL from July 2012 to February 2019. Anna is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, where she is currently the Vice-Chair of International of the Cyber Security, Data Privacy and Technology Committee.
Tim Gordon is the co-founder of Best Practice AI which advises organisations, investors and entrepreneurs on AI strategy and adoption. Best Practice AI was the first UK AI firm invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution and WEF’s Global AI Council. He works with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI.
He has held leadership positions at the Financial Times, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and in European and Asian media businesses. He was previously an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and was Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats from 2012-17.
James Harding is Co-Founder and Editor of Tortoise. Prior to this, James was the Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, the world’s largest news organisation, until January 2018. Prior to that he was Editor of The Times of London from 2007-2012, winning the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years he edited the paper. He was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times, where he worked as Washington Bureau Chief, Media Editor and China correspondent opening the paper’s bureau in Shanghai in 1996. He is the author of Alpha Dogs – How political spin became a global business and he presented On Background on the BBC World Service with Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor of The Economist.
Lord Richard Inglewood
Lord Inglewood is a non-affiliated peer in the House of Lords and Chair of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, having previously been a Conservative. He was Chairman of the House of Lords' Select Committee on Communications 2011-2014. Prior to that he was a MEP 1989-1994, 1999-2004, and Minister for Broadcasting 1995-1997, and was Chairman of CN Group 2002-2016, a local media company across the North of England, and was a member of the Reuter's Institute, Oxford University, Advisory Board 2015-2019.
Professor Anand Menon
Professor Anand Menon is director of academic think tank The UK in a Changing Europe. He’s also professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He is co-author of Brexit and British Politics and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union. Twitter: @anandmenon1
Baroness Janet Royall
Jan Royall is Principal of Somerville College Oxford. Under the last Labour Government she was Leader of the House of Lords and a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. She then served for 5 years as Leader of the Opposition in the Lords. She was appointed to the Lords in 2004 and became a Government whip with responsibility for health, international development, Foreign Affairs, Equality and Northern Ireland. She previously worked in the European Commission, for Neil Kinnock and for the Labour Group in the European Parliament.
Jan is still an active backbencher with an interest in education, young people, housing, health and social care, social justice, women, diversity and foreign affairs. In addition she is Chair of Trustees of the People’s History museum, Chair of the Oxford Strategic Partnership, Vice Chair of the Conference of Colleges and is associated with many charities and voluntary organisations.
Jan has always been passionate about education and equality of opportunity and has taken many associated Bills through Parliament from the Government and Opposition benches. She also regularly visits schools in this country and in other parts of the world. She has worked on many policy areas including citizenship and democratic engagement and is a strong supporter of social action for young people.
Lord John Sharkey
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.
Sharon Witherspoon MBE
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.
We would also like to acknowledge the vital support of five of our previous trustees who have since stepped down:
Jean Seaton, the Official Historian of the BBC and Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster.
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.
Lord David Lipsey, a non-party peer and previously a Labour Peer, former advisor to the foreign secretary and the prime minister; Former Deputy Editor of the Sunday Correspondent and the Times, and Political Editor of the Economist.
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.
Baroness Julia Neuberger, senior rabbi at West London Synagogue, a former member of the Committee for Standards in Public Life, an advisor to the government on various issues and former Chief Executive of the King's Fund.
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.