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NCTJ seeking new chair as Fletcher bows out after two decades

The NCTJ is on the lookout for an “exceptional and inspirational editorial leader” to become its new chair after Kim Fletcher announced he was standing down.

Kim, the former editor of the Independent on Sunday and editorial director of the Telegraph Group, is bowing out after 20 years as a trustee of the training organisation, almost all of them as chairman.

Kim, who will step down in the autumn, will thereafter assume the honorary role of emeritus chairman.

The NCTJ is now advertising for his successor here and is employing executive search partner Ibison Media to lead the recruitment process.


Kim, pictured, completed his own NCTJ training at Cardiff University in the 1970s and trained on Sheffield daily The Star.

He is also editor of the quarterly British Journalism Review, author of The Journalist’s Handbook and has written for most national newspapers as a news reporter, sports columnist or feature writer.

He said: “What a privilege it has been to work with such a talented, creative and hardworking NCTJ team, so many dedicated trainers and industry figures and succeeding cohorts of young journalists.

“The NCTJ has a simple faith in the importance of journalism as a public good and the promotion of the highest standards.

“Our talented chief executive has always made the mission clear: to help new generations to succeed, to encourage a more diverse intake and to help journalists develop new skills in a changing trade.

“If I’ve been any help in that I am delighted.”

Chief executive Joanne Forbes added: “It has been an honour and a joy to work in partnership with Kim, who has steered the board and guided the charity through its transformation into one of the most important journalism organisations in the UK.

“I cannot thank him enough for his tireless work, unwavering support and encouragement.”

“Kim leaves big shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to talking to inspirational journalists and newsroom leaders with the skills, personal traits and gravitas who wish to take on the challenge.”