PR consultant Singers appointed to board of press regulator IPSO

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has appointed two new board members, a PR agency chief and a magazine publisher.

IPSO today announced the appointment of Claire Singers, former managing director and joint owner of entertainment PR specialist LD Communications, which she co-founded in 1989.

IPSO said Singers had worked with Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones, as well as having been involved in high-profile events such as Live 8 and Live Earth.

Singers stepped down from LD Communications in December 2015 and is now a freelance communications consultant and executive coach.

Singers said: "I love news, I love newspapers and having worked in public relations since the 80s, am an avid consumer of both. I'm looking forward to joining the IPSO Board and playing a part in the independent and rigorous regulation of the UK press."

Mike Soutar, a magazine professional with more than 30 years' experience in the sector, including as co-founder of Shortlist Media, is IPSO’s other board appointment.

Singers replaces Innocent Smoothies co-founder Richard Reed on the board and while Soutar succeeds the late Kevin Hand, a former Emap CEO. Both will take up their roles from the beginning of December.

Sir Alan Moses, IPSO’s chairman, said: "I am delighted to welcome Claire Singers and Mike Soutar to the IPSO Board. A regulator needs an effective Board to advise, prompt and oversee and in Claire and Mike we have two excellent appointments who will further strengthen our organisation."

Singers is the only PR professional on the 11-person IPSO board, although the deputy chair of its complaints commission is Richard Best, a former journalist who now runs Straightshot Communications.

Earlier this week, the Government launched a consutation on whether to implement section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 - a measure that would make members of a recognised press self-regulation scheme exempt from paying their opponents' legal costs, even if they lost a court case.

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