Advisory Board

Gavin MacFadyen from the Centre for Investative JournalismGavin MacFadyen is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), a visiting professor at City University and a research consultant to US feature film and documentary companies. He has previously been director of International Journalism Summer Schools and of The New York conference of Financial and Business Investigative Journalism.

His broadcasting experience includes producer-director of World in Action (Granada TV), Dispatches (Channel 4), Frontline (PBS), and ABC and BBC documentaries. Much of MacFadyen’s work has covered subject ranging from child labour to the history of the CIA, Watergate to sanctions-busting and the Iraq arms trade. In 1983 and 1993, MacFadyen produced the films The Keep and Ulterior Motives respectively.
Robin Hopkins, barrister at 11KBWRobin Hopkins is a barrister at London’s 11KBW chambers who specialises in the Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Information Regulations and the Data Protection Act. Hopkins advises the Information Commissioner’s Office, local authorities and other public bodies on policy changes, consultations and equalities duties.

Hopkins co-edits the Information Law Reports and Panopticon, a leading information law blog, and is on the editorial board of the Freedom of Information Journal and of the Law Society’s Freedom of Information Handbook (2012 edition). Robin was instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in the 2011 Building Schools for the Future litigation and has experience of judicial review permission hearings and statutory appeals in the High Court. He has published articles on constitutional issues and Article 9 of the ECHR.
Nick Davies, investigative journalistNick Davies is an investigative journalist, author and documentary maker with an exemplary record of exposing corruption. Davies was presented with the Paul Foot award in 2012 for his exceptional work for the Guardian in exposing News of the World phone hacking. Davies has also received the first Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism (1999)and Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards (2000).

Davies has published five books based on his investigations, including White Lies: The True Story of Clarence Brandley, Presumed Guilty in the American South in 1991 and Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media in 2008.
Genevieve Maitland Hudson, head of social impact at The UGenevieve Maitland Hudson has wide-ranging experience of working in social enterprise. She worked as a senior associate at the Young Foundation on a start up community learning venture. She is now head of social impact at The U. In 2010 she founded GLUE, a social enterprise working with young people excluded, or at risk of exclusion, from school that will be expanding its programme delivery across London in September 2012.

Genevieve also works as a consultant and has been involved in service design and evaluation design for a number of charities and social enterprises including the Well Centre in Streatham and the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. Genevieve has lectured at the universities of Oxford, Roehampton and Birkbeck, University of London and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.
Duncan Campbell, investigative journalistDuncan Campbell is an investigative journalist, television producer, author and consultant. He has published exposes in the areas of defence, civil liberties, secrecy issues, policing and computer forensics. Campbell also exposed the role of the NSA’s Yorkshire Menwith Hill Station in tapping worldwide communications (1980) and secret plans for the first ever British spy satellite, codenamed “Zircon” (1987).

Campbell’s reports in the Guardian on tobacco companies’ use of smuggling and tax evasion and his evidence to the parliamentary committee on health resulted in a government investigation into British American Tobacco. Campbell was editor and then chairman of the political weekly magazine New Statesman for more than a decade. He founded the television production company IPTV Ltd in 1990, covering corruption in sport and in customer services, and medical fraud and malpractice.


Des Freedman, LondonDes Freedman is a member of national council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He is a reader in communication and cultural studies at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. His interest centres on the relationship between the media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media regulation and policymaking. Freedman is editor of the Global Media and Communication journal.


Helen Darbishire is the founder and executive director of Access Info Europe, a Madrid based NGO which promotes the right of access to information in Europe and globally. Helen has previously worked as a campaigner and project manager at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris, and for the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information based in Budapest and New York.

Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010).


Ben Worthy is a lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. His interests include Freedom of Information, Open Data and E-government. Ben was the research associate in Freedom of Information and Data Protection at the Constitution Unit at University College London between 2007 and 2012.

He helped oversee the unit’s study of the impact of FOIA on British central government, local government and Parliament. He is co-author of the book Does FOI work? and author of several articles and reports on Freedom of Information including the impact of FOI on local government and Parliament.


Jonathan Baines is the Secretary of the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers (NADPO) and works in information governance in local government. He is a specialist advisor to the editorial board of PDP’s Freedom of Information Journal and also a regular contributor of articles to the same. Jonathan delivers training and advice both to his own employer and to external clients such as schools and other local authorities.

Jonathan holds an LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice from Northumbria University and in his spare time runs his own website on the subject of information rights, at


Brendan Montague is cofounder of Request Initiative and an investigative journalist who has worked for the Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail. He has used information law to generate stories in numerous publications including those above and filed copy to dozens of others. Montague is co-author with Amin of FOIA without the Lawyer and EIRs without the Lawyer.

Lucas Amin is co-founder of Request Initiative and began working with information law after graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2010. He has obtained disclosures that were reported on front pages of the Observer, Guardian and Independent, and in the Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail. Amin is co-author with Montague of FOIA without the Lawyer and EIRs without the Lawyer.