JAMES TONEY, MANAGING EDITOR
James Toney is the Managing Editor and board director of News Associates and press agency Sportsbeat, with overall responsibility for our journalism training schemes in London and Manchester.
James has been highly commended for his journalism by Press Gazette and Sport England and was recognised for his commitment to the coverage of the Olympics by being named a torchbearer at London 2012.
James started his career on press agencies and national newspapers, securing his first front page aged 19. His big break came when he negotiated to become the first western journalist allowed access to the Iranian Embassy in London since the SAS siege in 1980. He organised deals to syndicate pictures and words to over 25 newspapers around the world.
He is most proud of the exclusive access he negotiated to view secret Stasi files to unreveal the doping past of many East German athletes and coaches and an exclusive investigation into the funding of the Olympics, which revealed the shadowy roles of figures with links to organised crime and illegal arms smuggling.
He is a regular commentator on news and sports issues on Sky News, BBC Radio and TalkSport. His first book was published by Bloomsbury in January 2013.
GRAHAM DUDMAN, CHAIRMAN, EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Graham Dudman is the chairman of the editorial advisory board. He helps with the development of our training courses to keep them relevant to the ever-changing demands of the industry.
He is a member of the NCTJ’s accreditation panel and sits on the board of the Society of Editors.
He started his career in local newspapers in Manchester, left News UK after 20 years in 2015. He held a number of positions at The Sun, including head of news, head of features and managing editor and spent several years on the paper’s editing rota.
More recently he was News UK’s editorial development director, working across The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun.
RACHEL BULL, HEAD OF JOURNALISM TRAINING
Rachel Bull is responsible for the smooth delivery of all News Associates training, admissions, course marketing and publicity.
She is an award-winning journalist with experience in local and national newspapers and her areas of specialist interest are data journalism and communications and digital marketing.
ANDREW GREAVES, HEAD OF JOURNALISM & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Andrew Greaves is the Head of Journalism at News Associates.
Before joining News Associates, Andrew spent more than a decade on regional titles both in the UK and Spain.
Working as a freelance, Andrew has contributed to, and acted as a consultant for, a number of national publications including the Guardian and the Economist.
Andrew is a member of the NCTJ’s public affairs board, acts as consultant editor for news website Mancunian Matters and writes a weekly football analysis column in the Lancashire Telegraph.
HOLLY MANJ, DEPUTY HEAD OF JOURNALISM TRAINING
Holly Manj is the Deputy Head of Journalism Training at News Associates and our lead on digital journalism and innovation, covering everything from mobile journalism to podcasting.
She is the direct contact between our trainees and the NCTJ. She is responsible for the delivery of all examinations at News Associates.
TOM PILCHER, JOURNALISM & SPORTS JOURNALISM
Tom Pilcher started his career in public relations before joining Reuters as a sports correspondent, covering the Olympics, World Cups, football European Championships, the Paralympics, Grand Slam tennis, major tennis events and Premier League football.
He has interviewed and profiled leading athletes across a range of sports and his work appeared across a range of publications including The New York Times, The Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Times of India, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The LA Times, Yahoo, Eurosport, ESPN and EuroNews.
He was a regular contributor to Reuters sports blog ‘Leftfield’ and headed up their live text commentary team for the US Masters, SuperBowl and Ryder Cup.
He was a key part of Reuters reporting team at the London 2012 Olympics and was responsible for all Reuters content at the London 2012 Paralympics.
He is now an Assistant Editor at Sportsbeat and a leading member of the Press Golf Society.
GRAHAM MOODY, JOURNALISM & SPORTS JOURNALISM
Graham Moody has worked in local and national newspapers covering a variety of roles from news to sport to leisure.
His work has appeared in The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Daily Express.
He was a senior reporter on the Olympic News Service at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
JESSICA BADGER, JOURNALISM
Jessica Badger is the editor of SW Londoner and has special responsibility for our part-time training courses in London. She worked in public relations before training as a journalist and also assists with the delivery of production journalism and shorthand.
JULIE ARMSTRONG, JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Julie Armstrong has spent a decade working in the UK press, starting with her hometown newspaper in Cumbria. Before joining News Associates she was a senior reporter for Newsquest.
ANGELA CATTO, SHORTHAND
Angela Catto is our lead shorthand tutor and member of the NCTJ’s shorthand board.
News Associates trainees constantly achieve the best results in the UK for this demanding module – underlined by impressive performances from their trainees in the 2014/2015 academic year.
GUY TOYN, MEDIA LAW, LONDON
Guiding our London trainees through the law and professional ethics is the responsibility of Guy Toyn, one of Britain’s most accomplished crime reporters.
He has covered more high profile murder cases than any other journalist in Britain and as news editor for the country’s top courts and crime agency, he has written extensively for almost every national paper.
Guy began his career on weekly newspapers in the Bristol area and was chief crime reporter on the Southern Daily Echo.
He has covered the most notorious trials at the Old Bailey for more than two decades, ranging from the classic gangland murder case of Linda Calvey to the shooting of Jill Dando, the Soham child murders of Ian Huntley and the Baby P child cruelty case.
GERRY SAMMON, MEDIA LAW, MANCHESTER
Gerry Sammon leads on the delivery of media law in Manchester. He was formerly a senior executive at the Manchester Evening News as editor of the Rochdale Observer, the Middleton Guardian and the Heywood Advertiser. His claims to fame include meeting the Pope on his Manchester visit, witnessing battles between miners and police during the miners’ strike and appearing on The One Show.
ANTHONY LONGDEN, COURSE ADVISOR ON JOURNALISM ETHICS
Anthony Longden has been a journalist for 30 years, 20 of them spent as an editor and senior editorial executive in various regional companies in the UK, including Newsquest, Trinity Mirror, Southnews, Argus and Westminster Press.
He has been a member of the Society of Editors’ Parliamentary and Legal Committee since 1999, lobbying on behalf of the media industry across a wide range of issues. Most recently he helped draft several of the Society’s modules of evidence for the Leveson inquiry. He completed a three-year term as an editorial member of the Press Complaints Commission in September 2012, and sat on its reform sub-committee. Now a consultant and journalist, he advises the SoE, the PCC during its transition phase, and Alder Media, a London-based crisis PR firm. He is also a judge for the annual UK Regional Newspaper Awards.