Head of Standards and Regulation

London – based, with a hybrid working policy of 3x a week in the office

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. We hold newspapers and magazines to account for their actions, protect individual rights, uphold high standards of journalism and help to maintain freedom of expression for the press.


We are now seeking a new Head of Standards and Regulation, a dynamic role, to lead the standards function of IPSO. This team monitors editorial standards at publishers regulated by IPSO; supports good journalism and high editorial standards; and takes targeted action where it identifies shortcomings. The Head of Standards is a key voice for IPSO on standards issues, work which lies at the heart of IPSO’s role as a regulator, undertaking high-priority standards monitoring and interventions. Because there is no major social or political topic that is not, in some way, an editorial standards issue, it also involves engaging with external stakeholders around some of the most challenging and sensitive topics in our society.

This is an influential and purposeful role. Candidates will have a personal interest in current affairs and the news industry. They will have superb interpersonal and communications skills, and able to build personal credibility quickly with a wide range of stakeholders. Highly analytical, they will be skilful at dealing with complexity and contentious issues with resilience. The successful postholder will have strong understanding of running investigatory or regulatory processes, and be able to work at pace in an open and collaborative way, establishing relationships based on trust and mutual support in a committed and driven team.

IPSO places a strong emphasis on personal development for staff and a supportive work culture. If you believe you have the skills and qualities required, we would be very pleased to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.