Our Team

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Jonathan Heawood

Executive Director

Jonathan began his career as a journalist at the Observer and went on to spend seven years as Director of English PEN, where he campaigned successfully for free speech and media freedom. He served as Director of Programmes at the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of Europe’s largest human rights foundations, where he developed a new strategy to support investigative journalism. In 2015, Jonathan founded the independent press regulator IMPRESS (The Independent Monitor for the Press). He led IMPRESS as CEO until March 2020.


Jonathan has written for newspapers and magazines including the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, London Review of Books, Prospect and New Statesman, and journals including Critical Quarterly, Ethical Space, Journal of Media Law, Communications Law, Information Polity and the British Journalism Review. He has also given evidence to several Parliamentary select committees and is regularly invited to speak at conferences in the UK and internationally.


He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor, a Committee Member at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and Chair of the Stephen Spender Trust. His book, The Press Freedom Myth, was published by Biteback in 2019.

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Joe Mitchell

Programmes Manager

Joe Mitchell co-founded and co-directed Democracy Club from 2016-2020. Previously, he gained experience in comms and advocacy with Purpose PBC, the UK Civil Service and Commonwealth Secretariat, and has experience with NGOs such as Transparency International and Global Witness. He has degrees from UWaterloo, SOAS and Oxford.


Clare Cook


Dr Clare Cook is a leading expert on independent journalism in the UK, specialising in business and revenue models. She is an experienced Principal Investigator having run mapping projects such as: Hyperlocal Revenues in the UK and Europe (Nesta); Ping! Trends to stimulate new revenues for local publishers (Google DNI and Nesta Future News Fund); and as co-author of Sustainable Business Models on the Net (Comet).


She is currently working as a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is co-founder of the Media Innovation Studio and heading up business viability for International Media Support with missions in Ukraine, Georgia and MENA. See https://clarecookonline.com/

Coral Milburn-Curtis 


Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis is an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, where she teaches research methods to graduate students. She is a professor at  Pôle Paris  Alternance and Director of Studies for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme. She is also a visiting professor at the GreMOG Laboratory, Paris. Her teaching specialism is quantitative research methods and she provides the statistical analysis for PINF research projects. 

Jo Reynolds 


Joanna has a research and evaluation background, with a PhD in public health. She has considerable experience designing and conducting research into a range of public health and social issues, with expertise in a broad range of research methodologies, specialising in qualitative approaches. Her areas of interest include community engagement and empowerment, and addressing health and social inequalities.


Joanna is the Director of Capacity Q, working with public, voluntary and third sector organisations to build capacity to undertake evaluation and qualitative research, to bring out the voices that matter most. She is also an academic, teaching and researching public health and sociology at Sheffield Hallam University.