Advertisements from the independent Appointment Panel calling for applications for the position of Independent Press Standards Organisation chair have appeared in national and regional newspapers this week.

“The IPSO Appointment Panel is now looking to appoint the inaugural Chair of IPSO. This is a real challenge and a rare opportunity to lead in the creation of an important new national body,” the ad says.  

“The Chair will be one of IPSO’s seven Independent Directors, coming from outside the industry. You will be a proven leader with experience in a complex and high-profile environment,”

“You will be able to demonstrate independence, sound judgement and resilience, as well as the ability to work and communicate effectively in a public and high profile environment. Finally, you will be committed to protecting the rights of the public whilst maintaining freedom of expression.”

IPSO is set to commence operations in May. Over 90 per cent of the UK’s national press, and the majority of the regional press and major magazine publishers have signed up to it.

Applications for the position of Chair should be made to Saxton Bampfylde – the  IPSO Appointment Panel’s employment advisor – at BAIPA@saxbam.com – by 25 February.

The Appointment Panel is chaired by Sir Hayden Phillips (pictured), with Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood,  Paul Horrocks,  Dame Denise Platt, and John Witherow serving on the panel.