‘When broadcasters and charities work effectively together they can deliver stories which reflect the real world and give global poverty a human face. This helps build interest and support for international development. At a time of financial pressures at home, it has never been more important to ensure the UK public doesn’t look away.  But do look at this film:’

 Mark Galloway, IBT Director

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Our vision
People are inspired to take action for a fairer and greener planet as a result of  learning about the developing world in the media.

Our mission To ensure powerful, well informed media coverage of the developing world which builds understanding and action.

What we do We are a media and education charity with over 40 members including most of the main aid and development, environment and human rights organisations. (see Members)  For over 30 years we have linked them with broadcasters to increase the impact and reach of international  programming and build online audiences. We:

  • Publish original research to inform our members and broadcasters about trends, opportunities and audience behaviour (see Reports)


  • Lobby decision makers to ensure commitment to foreign affairs coverage across all genres. (see Lobbying)


  • Hold briefings to increase understanding and help programme makers, commissioners and member charities work better together. (see Events)


  • Train our membership in multimedia storytelling  ( see Training)

    Our impact As financial pressures bite and debate about aid grows, it has never been more important to bring the developing world to people’s doorsteps. There is much still to do and IBT is already responding successfully to this challenge by:

  • Influencing Whenever key decisions are taken, we are there. We regularly submit evidence to Ofcom, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and the  House of Lords Communications Select Committee (read submissions) This evidence has helped us lobby successfully to put international programming at the centre of public service broadcasting, including in the  last BBC Charter and Channel 4 licence. We will make sure it remains there. (for more information contact Sophie Chalk, Head of Campaigns)


  • Research IBT’s reports and market insight inform both our members and the broadcasters. Members say they are great value and help their teams to be more effective. They include awareness-raising through social media; the narrowing news agenda; the future of current affairs and young people’s attitudes to international affairs. (read reports) Our monthly newsletters are full of industry updates, upcomng events and audience insights. We are working to ensure they are widely read across departments.


  • Access Our monthly briefings with key commissioners are over subscribed and feedback consistently excellent from speaker and audience. The sessions have helped members pitch successfully, create better informed plans and work more effectively across teams. (see  Events)


  • Training Our practical workshops have been full and we are expanding this service to help our members become great multimedia storytellers.

IBT contacts

Mark Galloway, Director
MG_150x150Before joining IBT, Mark worked as a journalist, current affairs producer and documentary filmmaker. He’s been a Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, responsible for Education and Features, and has made films for ITV, Channel 4, the BBC, Discovery and Al Jazeera, winning more than a dozen national and international awards including a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival, a Peabody Award and a BAFTA.  At IBT, he’s responsible for the day to day running of the organization, overall strategy, research and relations with IBT’s members.

Sophie Chalk, Advocacy Consultant
sophie_150x150Before joining IBT, Sophie worked as a journalist (for Sky News) and documentary producer (for Yorkshire TV). She set up and managed Rooftop Productions in association with Christian Aid and was responsible for the pioneering children’s tv series Rooted. Sophie is an influential voice in media issues as a result of her work at IBT and her role as a Director of Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV). At IBT, Sophie works with broadcasters and regulators and is responsible for lobbying and campaigning.

IBT Trustees

Marie Staunton CBE (Chair)
Marie’s career has spanned the private, public and NGO sectors. She is currently Chair of Raleigh International, and of the Equality and Diversity Forum, Non-Executive Director of Crown Agents and Trustee of the Baring Foundation. She was Chief Executive of Plan UK and UK government Independent member of the EU Fundamental Rights agency. In the NGO sector she was UK Director at Amnesty and Vice Chair of their International Executive Committee, before becoming Deputy Director at UNICEF UK. In the private sector she was Publishing Director of FT Law & Tax. As a human rights lawyer she worked with community groups and women’s organisations and as a solicitor in the West Midlands. She started her career with the Simon Community, setting up shelters and hostels for homeless families in England and Ireland.

Margaret Batty (Vice Chair)

Margaret is WaterAid’s Director of Policy and Campaigns.  She has 25 years’ experience of working in an international capacity for the NGO sector, national and local government, EU Institutions and the UN. Throughout her career, she has focused on promoting diversity, social inclusion and non-discrimination at an international level. Margaret has held a number of posts at the UK Cabinet Office and Foreign Office.  She was Deputy Director in the UK Cabinet Office European Secretariat working for the G8 Sherpa, and EU Advisor to Prime Ministers Blair and Brown.  Prior to this, she was Head of the UK Government International Unit for Women and Equality, and for part of this time was seconded to the Foreign Office to work with women in post conflict Baghdad, Iraq. 

Richard Sumray (Treasurer)

Richard is a founder member of IBT and currently Chair of Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England South London, a magistrate chairing family and youth courts, Chair of Alcohol Concern and Visiting Professor at the University of East London. Over the last ten years he has been Chair of the London 2012 Forum and Changing Places for LOCOG, Chair of NHS Haringey and London Specialised Commissioning Group, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and Chair of the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Other Trustees:

Lily Caprani

Lily is Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF UK. She has over a decade of experience in the voluntary sector delivering major public communications, marketing and advocacy campaigns including at UNICEF UK, The Children’s Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Time to Change. Lily started her career in social care and welfare law. A committed defender of rights and an advocate for social justice, Lily is passionate about the power of communication and advocacy to change attitudes, mobilise support and change policy. She cares deeply about the voluntary and development sector’s capacity to evidence and communicate the outcomes and impact it achieves. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a first class honours degree in Communications. She is an advisor to the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Paulette Cohen

Paulette is a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays, having previously led their global micro-finance and employability partnerships with UNICEF, Plan, and CARE, and emergency response support with the Red Cross. Before that, she was head of communications at Save the Children and VSO, as well as the Conservation Volunteers, where she has been a Board member since 2009.

Michelle Davis

Michelle is Senior Communications Manager for Malaria Consortium, a UK NGO working in disease control and child and maternal health. Previously, she managed communications for Muslim Aid. Michelle has over 10 years’ experience directing factual programmes for the BBC and has led communications training in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MA in Global Media, focusing on public service broadcasting in post-conflict states. Michelle is also a Trustee for Conciliation Resources, a UK NGO supporting communities affected by violent conflict to achieve peace.

James Georgalakis

James is the Director of Communications and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Since joining IDS in 2010 he has played a key role in ensuring that rigorous research has a lasting impact on policy and practice. He is also the Director of the ESRC DFID Impact Initiative for international development research. Previous organisations where he has led advocacy strategy and policy communications include EveryChild and Sightsavers.

Richard Grange

Richard is the Head of News at ActionAid and works on humanitarian emergencies and women’s rights and economic justice campaigns. Prior to that he was a filmmaker and journalist at BBC Panorama.

Jack Lundie

Jack is Director of Communications at Oxfam GB, having worked across a range of media. Before Oxfam, he spent three years as Head of Brand & Communications at Save the Children, developing the content-led, brand marketing approach behind campaigns on Syria, newborn mortality, Christmas Jumpers and TV entertainment collaboration. Jack has also led digital for Comic Relief, innovation for BBC Sport and was the Deputy Editor of Blue Peter.  

Dr Harriet Tolputt

Harriet leads the team responsible for creative content and brand at the IMF in Washington DC. She joined the IBT Board  in 2013 when she was head of media for Oxfam. She subsequently went on to become the deputy communications director. Harriet has a PhD in criminology after investigating the effects of the media on victims of crime. Earlier in her career, she was news editor for the Press Association and spent over a decade working as a field news editor for Sky News. 

For more information read our annual review.

To join IBT contact Director Mark Galloway  (mark@ibt.org.uk).