The SoE is now advertising the post as it seeks to replace Ian after his resignation last month in the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Society is seeking a successful candidate to lead its campaigning work and organising its flagship events the Press Awards and the Regional Press Awards on an annual basis, among other duties.
Applications for the role, which is currently being advertised on HTFP here, are being welcomed until 14 May.
The successful applicant will become the third executive director in the SoE’s history after the late Bob Satchwell, who helped found the organisation 21 years ago, and Ian.
Ian’s resignation came after his strongly-worded rebuttal of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s claims of racism in the UK media was widely criticised by national and regional journalists.
At the time, he announced he had decided to step aside to help the SoE “rebuild its reputation” following the controversy.
The SoE has declined to comment further on its search for a new executive director.