Management Team

Will Moy

Will Moy

Chief Executive

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.

Ross Haig

Ross Haig

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.

Andy Dudfield

Andy Dudfield

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.

Mevan Babakar

Mevan Babakar

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.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Editor

Tom leads our fact checking team and is responsible for ensuring that our fact checks 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.

Glen Tarman

Glen Tarman

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.

Staff

Claire Milne

Claire Milne

Deputy Editor

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.

Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes

Statistical Adviser

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.

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Operations Manager

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.

Abbas Panjwani

Abbas Panjwani

Fact Checker

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. 

Grace Rahman

Grace Rahman

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.

Rachael Krishna

Rachael Krishna

Fact Checker

Rachael joined Full Fact in April 2019, having previously worked as a reporter for BuzzFeed News. She works with the fact-checking team, and has experience and interest in online misinformation and social media.

Jessica Hailstone

Jessica Hailstone

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. 

Andy Lulham

Andy Lulham

Web Developer

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.

Leo Benedictus

Leo Benedictus

Fact Checker

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.

Pippa Allen-Kinross

Pippa Allen-Kinross

Fact Checker

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.

Cassie Staines

Cassie Staines

Policy Manager

Cassie is responsible for leading our parliamentary engagement, our policy work on election integrity and our interventions work with public figures.

She joined Full Fact in 2018. Before that she worked in charity advocacy and as a civil servant.

Phoebe Arnold

Phoebe Arnold

Partnerships Manager

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.

Nicola Aitken

Nicola Aitken

Policy Manager

Nicola joined Full Fact in March 2020. She lead on our policy work on online harms and media literacy. Before that she worked as a civil servant, working on digital policy.

Gill Massey

Gill Massey

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.

Joseph O'Leary

Joseph O’Leary

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.

Simon Coltman

Simon Coltman

Frontend Engineer

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.

 

Ed Ingold

Ed Ingold

Technical Lead

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.

David Corney

David Corney

NLP Engineer

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..

Louisa Johnson

Louisa Johnson

Fundraising Manager

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.

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Policy Manager

Beki joined Full Fact in 2019 after working as a journalist for tech news site The Register and science policy magazine Research Fortnight, among others.

Emerald Mosley

Emerald Mosley

Design Lead

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.

Alex Joseph

Alex Joseph

Data Scientist

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.

Ben Weich

Ben Weich

Media Officer

Ben joined Full Fact as a Media Officer in February 2020.

He previously worked as the Jewish Chronicle’s Senior Reporter, and has had bylines in the Evening Standard, Mirror Online and the Independent.

James Perkins

James Perkins

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.

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young

Philanthropy Officer

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.

Rebecca Muress

Rebecca Muress

Philanthropy Officer

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.

Trustees

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.

Hon. Michael Samuel

Hon. Michael Samuel

Chairman

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.

Professor Jean Seaton

Professor Jean Seaton

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.

James Harding

James Harding

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.

Jan Royall

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.

Anna Cook

Anna Cook

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.

Sharon Witherspoon MBE

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.

Lord John Sharkey

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.

Lord Richard Inglewood

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.

Simon Briscoe

Simon Briscoe

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

Anand Menon

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

Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon

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.

Past trustees

We would also like to acknowledge the vital support of four of our previous trustees who have since stepped down:

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers

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.

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