‘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 Executive Director

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Contents of ABOUT

Our vision A world in which the media is a force which enables all people to be active global citizens so that their actions can make a difference.

Our mission People in the UK will have access to more and better coverage of the world and will be able to find it easily through their favourite media.

What we do IBT works with the media to ensure that UK audiences remain engaged with global issues. We are an educational 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 Advocacy)
  • Hold briefings with media executives so that our members can achieve more impact with their media activities (see Events)
  • Train our membership to enhance their media and digital skills (see Events)

Our impact As financial pressures bite and the debate about aid and climate change grows, it has never been more important to bring global issues 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 Digital, 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 current BBC Charter and the Channel 4 licence. We will make sure it remains there (for more information contact Sophie Chalk, Advocacy consultant).
  • Research IBT’s reports and market insight inform both our members and media organisations. Members say they are of great practical benefit and help their teams to be more effective. They include the use of online video; campaigning through social media; the narrowing news agenda; the future of current affairs and young people’s attitudes to global issues (read reports). Our monthly newsletters are full of industry updates, upcoming events and audience insights.
  • Access Our monthly briefings with senior members of the media are popular with members and feedback is 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 recently focused on social media refreshers and digital skills. We are expanding this service to help our members become great multimedia storytellers.

IBT contacts

Mark Galloway, Executive Director
MG_150x150Mark joined IBT in 2001 and has led the organisation through a period of great change, managing a small but influential charity which consistently punches above its weight. At IBT, he’s responsible for the day to day running of the organization, overall strategy, research and relations with IBT’s members. Before 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. His main claim to fame is that he commissioned Grand Designs, one of Channel 4’s most successful formats.

Lorriann Robinson, Advocacy Consultant
Lorriann has over 12 years of experience in advocacy and campaigning, most recently as Head of UK Advocacy for the ONE Campaign. At ONE, Lorriann campaigned successfully to increase the aid budget and for new laws to tackle corruption and promote transparency. Prior to joining ONE, Lorriann worked as Senior Policy Adviser for World Vision UK, where she led research studies in India, Albania and Malawi, talking to young people and building the evidence base for renewed global leadership on child labour, early marriage and FGM/C.


Chloe Choppen, Digital Communications Officer
Chloe joined IBT in 2018 as the Digital Communications Officer. She is responsible for content creation and comms strategy across all social media, websites, print and digital content. Chloe brings a varied background in design and communications to the team, having worked previously in the creative marketing and charity sectors, including the award-winning branding agency ALLGOOD and mental health charity, Camden Hub. She recently took a career break to complete an MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at UCL.

IBT Trustees

Marie Staunton CBE (Chair)

Marie’s career has spanned the private, public and NGO sectors. She currently serves as Chair of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Crown Agents, and is a Trustee of the Baring Foundation. She was Chief Executive of Plan UK and of Plan Canada and the UK Government’s Independent member of the EU Fundamental Rights agency. In the NGO sector she was previously 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.

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:

Abdul Basit Ali

Abdul is the Social Media Manager at Islamic Relief UK. As an experienced social media strategist, he leads on the social media strategy at Islamic Relief UK as well as developing its influence through digital channels. Abdul is passionate about using digital channels for good and influencing change. He holds a Masters in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford’s Centre for International Development and a honours degree in Product Design.

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.

Richard Grange

Richard is Head of Communications and Media at the Mental Health Foundation. He is a former Head of News at ActionAid, where he worked on humanitarian emergencies, women’s rights and economic justice campaigns. Prior to that he was a filmmaker and journalist at BBC Panorama.

Jack Lundie

Jack is Centenary Director at Save the Children International. He has held a number of prominent roles in the charity sector including Director of Communications at Oxfam GB and Head of Brand and Communications at Save the Children UK. Jack has also led digital for Comic Relief, innovation for BBC Sport and was the Deputy Editor of Blue Peter.

Marcus Missen

Marcus has been director of communications and fundraising at WaterAid since June 2012. Previously he worked at NSPCC, first as development director then as head of strategy, and before that was director of fundraising and marketing at EveryChild. He has also worked in fundraising roles at the British Heart Foundation, Romanian Orphanage Trust and Fight For Sight.

For more information read our annual review.

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

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