Chairman: William Horsley
William has been chairman of the AEJ’s UK Section since 2001.
He also represents the Association of European Journalists internationally on media freedom matters. He played a formative part in the creation of the Council of Europe’s online media freedom alerts system, the Platform for the protection and safety of journalists.
William had a distinguished career as a BBC journalist for over 30 years including lengthy postings as a foreign correspondent covering East Asia and Europe, and as presenter of TV and radio programmes like Europe Direct and Europe Today.
William is also co-founder and international director of the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), where he publishes his topical blog.
He has authored the OSCE Safety of Journalists Guidebook (3rd Edition 2020) and recently co-authored UNESCO’s Issue Brief on Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Foreign Correspondents (2021).
Secretary: Charles Jenkins
Charles became secretary of the AEJ in the UK in January 2020.
He first joined the Economist Intelligence Unit in 1975 and held a wide range of editorial and managerial posts there over a period of more than 35 years, including as director western Europe from 1996 to 2012. His output included regular in-depth EIU quarterly, monthly and special European country reports, analyses and forecasts.
Charles has also authored and contributed to major research papers on EU and national policy issues for other leading policy institutes including the Centre for European Reform, Chatham House, the Federal Trust and the European League for Economic Cooperation.
His EU Priorities blog can be found on the Ideas on Europe website of the Universities Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES).
Treasurer: David Worsfold
David took on the role of AEJ UK Treasurer in 2019.
He is an award-winning journalist, author and recognised authority on financial services and the insurance industry.
He has frequently contributed to The Guardian and other national media, and is a regular commentator on TV channels in the UK and internationally. In the 1990s David launched the British Insurance Awards scheme, which he has since successfully established as the leading awards scheme of its kind in the UK.
David’s specialist publication Twitter for Financial Services (Business Expert Press, BEP), explains how regulated firms can navigate the world of social media. He has developed an original training course for professionals on media and presenting skills which is the subject of From Behind the Desk to The Front of the Stage (BEP).
He has also published a military biography, Fighting for the Empire (Sabrestorm, 2016); and his new book on the post-Dunkirk evacuations from France in June 1940 was due out later in 2021.
Website editor: David Barker
David has managed and edited the AEJ UK website since 2016.
With extensive experience in Canada, Asia, and Europe in print, radio and television news, he has worked as an editor, producer, director and manager for Canadian Press, Swiss global shortwave radio, CBC, Asia Business News, and AP Television. He contributed to launch teams for local CBC television programs, CBC Newsworld 24 hour news, and ABN (now CNBC Asia).