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 committee 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.
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.
Research and Impact Manager
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.
Head of Product
Andy co-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.
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.
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.
Carianne joined Full Fact in 2019 to lead on our website strategy. Before this she worked for The National Archives, where she led on a project to improve the way historians and researchers find records in its digital catalogue. She’s passionate about using tech for good, and insists on making things user-friendly and clear (a product of a prior life as an editor). She has a degree in Critical Art Practice.
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.
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.
She has a BA in History.
Jessica is Full Fact's Communications Officer. Through managing and creating content for Full Fact's online channels, she focuses on growing Full Fact's audience and the supporter journey.
She joined Full Fact in 2018, having previously had Marketing roles in technology startups both in London and Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for over a year. She also has a degree in Music.
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 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 an English degree, and a fondness for science and statistics. He also writes novels.
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..
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.
Policy and Impact Officer
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.
She has a PhD and undergraduate degree in the biosciences.
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.
Olivia is responsible for using the best available academic evidence to measure and improve the effectiveness of fact checking. Together with Full Fact's research manager and partners at Africa Check and Chequeado, she writes a series of practical guides for fact checkers around the world.
Olivia joined Full Fact in 2019 after completing a PhD in Anthropology, and a Social Research MA. Prior to joining she also set up the Work Rights Centre, a charity which provides free employment rights advice and assists vulnerable people in improving their professional mobility. Olivia's interests straddle the line between academic research and impact driven charity work.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.