Change at the top for the foundation

Thomson Foundation has announced that Nigel Baker, chief executive since 2012, will retire from the role in July 2021.

Nigel has led a significant growth in activity during the last nine years – including a move into digital learning, and opening an associated non-profit entity in Germany, Thomson Media gGmbH. 

The foundation works in more than 30 countries a year to promote excellence in journalism and support the development of independent media.

Nigel said: “During the last nine years, we’ve had the privilege of training thousands of journalists and supporting dozens of news organisations. It’s been hugely rewarding – and never more relevant.”

Lord Chandos, chairman of the Thomson Foundation, said: “Nigel has made a truly exceptional contribution to the Thomson Foundation, whose impact, standing and prospects have, as a result, been much enhanced. We are delighted he will continue to lead the foundation into the middle of next year and, we hope, a recovery in the Covid-19 affected operating environment.”

Nigel has made a truly exceptional contribution to the Thomson Foundation.

Lord Chandos, chairman, Thomson Foundation

Nigel joined the foundation from Associated Press where he was vice president of business operations for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He previously held senior editorial roles at British news organisations, including ITN and Reuters. He is currently also the chairman of the Sky News Board.

The board of the Thomson Foundation has appointed Saxton Bampfylde to advise them on the appointment of a successor as chief executive.

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